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9th District Delegation’s “Combat to College Act” Bill Passes Senate Committee

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Legislation introduced by Senator Christopher Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove which would grant priority course registration to military service members and veterans attending public institutions of higher education was approved by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

The ‘Combat to College Act’ sponsored by Sen. Connors, Asm. Rumpf and Asw. Gove to make it easier for military service members and veterans to register for classes at public colleges was approved by the Senate Higher Education Committee. (©iStock)

The legislation, S-244 and A-790, is entitled the “Combat to College Act.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Panel Clears O’Scanlon Resolution Calling for Review of Police Chase Policy

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s resolution urging the State attorney general to launch a study of New Jersey’s guidelines for police pursuits cleared the Law and Public Safety Committee today.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. O’Scanlon calling for a review of the State’s outdated police pursuit policy and study of the proper utilization of emergency lights and sirens advanced today. (Flickr)

The measure (SR153) seeks a review of the vehicular pursuit policy, most recently revised in 2009.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Vindicated After Meeting with Governor & State Officials About Response to Algal Blooms on NJ Lakes

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Senator Joe Pennacchio said he felt vindicated after meeting today with Governor Phil Murphy, officials from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and other elected state and federal officeholders to discuss the State’s response to algal blooms on New Jersey lakes.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said he felt vindicated after meeting with Gov. Phil Murphy, officials from the NJDEP, and other elected state and federal officeholders to discuss the State’s response to algal blooms on New Jersey lakes. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey lakes were closed this summer I believe due to faulty NJDEP protocols that were based on political science rather than actual science,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Governor Murphy’s commitment to us today to reevaluate the State’s approach to preventing, monitoring, and communicating with the public about harmful algal blooms is welcomed and represents a total validation of the concerns we raised on behalf of families and businesses that were devastated by this summer’s unnecessary lake closures.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Corrado Measure to Detect Deadly Fentanyl in Street Drugs Clears Committee

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kristin Corrado sponsor legislation that would establish a program to detect fentanyl in the illegal drug supply. The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee today approved the measure (A5445/S3909).

Senators Kean and Corrado sponsor a bill to establish a program to detect the presence of deadly fentanyl in the illegal drug supply.

The bill would require the attorney general to establish a program to test for fentanyl in all controlled dangerous substances seized by police in the state.

“The severity of this crisis demands action, and I am pleased the committee took up this bill today,” said Kean (R-24). “With the information we learn from this program, we can better understand where fentanyl is most common and which neighborhoods and towns face the greatest risks. The testing could help police track the sources of the deadly drugs and get them off the streets.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bills to Assist Military Personnel Advances

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A series of bills sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to benefit military members in New Jersey has advanced.

A series of bill sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado to benefit military members in New Jersey has advanced. (©iStock)

The first bill, S-3830, would allow New Jersey state employees who serve in the Reserves or National Guard to use paid military leave for their required inactive duty training or any other regularly scheduled required training. Inactive duty training refers to the “one weekend a month” drill training for members of the National Guard and Reserve.

“Members of our Armed Forces can be beckoned to serve our country at a moment’s notice,” said Corrado (R-40). “Reservists and National Guard personnel with civilian jobs work hard to keep their military skills sharp through monthly weekend drills with their unit. Ensuring public employees can use their paid military leave for all required military training is the right and patriotic thing to do.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Boost Career Opportunities for Military Spouses Advances

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Senator Robert Singer’s legislation to waive occupational licensing fees for active-duty military spouses has unanimously advanced in the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation to waive occupational licensing fees for active-duty military spouses has unanimously advanced. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The transient nature of military life creates many career-building obstacles for active-duty spouses,” said Singer (R-30). “Licensing costs alone can be a barrier to job entry, especially for spouses who are repeatedly relocated between duty stations across the nation and across the world. Waiving fees for occupational licensure will help spouses secure meaningful employment and make life a little easier for military families in New Jersey.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho’s Initiative to Help Prevent Police Suicide Advances

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Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation to help prevent law enforcement suicide has advanced in the Law and Public Safety Committee.

Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation to help prevent law enforcement suicide has advanced. (Flickr)

“Just as the public often needs the help of the police, our brave police officers need our help, too,” said Oroho (R-24). “Our nation’s law enforcement run to confront danger as others flee, often being put in physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging situations. Prioritizing their psychological health and well-being by providing resiliency training is an important step to ensure we are there for our law enforcement community when they need it most.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Panel Clears Bateman Bill to Give Judiciary Seat on State Investment Council

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The Judicial Retirement System would have a representative on the State Investment Council under a bill sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and advanced today by the Senate State Government Committee.

The Judicial Retirement System, under legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman, would be represented on the State Investment Council. (SenateNJ.com)

Bateman’s bill (S3871) would increase the council to 16 members with the addition of a board of trustees member from the judicial system (JRS). The council includes one member each from the boards of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Targeting Ozone-Depleting HFCs Advances

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Legislation banning the sale or installation of equipment containing greenhouse gases, sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman, passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee today.

Sen. Bateman sponsors legislation to prohibit hydrofluorocarbons and other gases that threaten the ozone and transition the State to less harmful alternatives. (©iStock)

The bipartisan bill (S3919) prohibits hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone, transitioning the State to less harmful alternatives.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Measure to Rescue Recycling from Landfills Clears Environment Panel

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The Senate Environment Committee approved legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling in New Jersey.

The Recycling Market Development Council would be created by Sen. Bateman’s legislation to analyze the market and make recommendations for the future of recycling in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (S3939/S3944) would establish a Recycling Market Development Council to analyze the market for recycling and consider strategies to increase the use of collected recyclables in the manufacture of new products.

“There have been significant changes in the recycling market around the globe, and the impact is being felt here throughout our counties and towns,” said Bateman (R-16). “The public has been so effective and committed to recycling that supply now exceeds demand. The imbalance results in warehouses overflowing with paper, cans, bottles and plastic. Eventually, material once saved from landfills eventually ends up going there anyway. We need to find a solution.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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