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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Revitalize Recycling Market Is Now Law

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling in the state has been signed into law.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling in the state has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“There have been significant changes in the global recycling market, and the impact is being felt throughout our counties and towns,” said Bateman (R-16). “Local governments are struggling to maintain recycling without the outside revenue. The public has embraced recycling so effectively that supply now exceeds demand. The imbalance results in warehouses overflowing with paper, cans, bottles and plastic, and the excess ends up going to the landfill.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Disappointed by Murphy’s Veto of $500K for Clean Drinking Water, Approval of $1M for Stadium Project in Paterson

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Senator Joe Pennacchio chastised Governor Phil Murphy’s misplaced priorities after he signed legislation providing $1 million to renovate a decrepit stadium in Paterson just days after vetoing $500,000 to help maintain Greenwood Lake in Passaic County.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio expressed disappointment at Gov. Murphy’s misplaced priorities after he approved $1M to renovate an unused stadium in Paterson just days after vetoing $500K to maintain Greenwood Lake. (GoogleMaps)

“Less than a week after Gov. Murphy blocked a bipartisan effort to support Greenwood Lake and ensure clean drinking water for more than 3 million people, he approved twice as much money for someone’s pet project in Paterson,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The veto was especially disappointing because the governor had personally claimed responsibility for the state-owned lake. To instead fund the renovation of an unused stadium is a staggering demonstration of the governor’s politically driven and misplaced priorities.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Common Interest Community Bill S-2425 Stopped from Becoming Law

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove responded to Governor Murphy’s decision to pocket veto the common interest community bill (S-2425) which was opposed by the 9th District delegation and thousands of their constituents.

Asm. Brian Rumpf and Asw. DiAnne Gove testifying against common interest community legislation (S-2425) during a hearing of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee in Trenton on Dec. 5, 2019. (NJ Assembly GOP)

The legislation’s stated purpose was to consolidate certain laws applicable to all types of common interest communities, a term defined to encompass planned communities with homeowners associations, condominiums, and cooperatives.

“The Majority Party Legislative Leadership decided to ignore the thousands of residents living in age-restricted communities, who our delegation stood shoulder-to-shoulder with in firmly opposing this very unpopular legislation that passed in Lame Duck in the 11th hour on the last day of the legislative session.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

NOW LAW: Bucco Bill Allows Towns to Highlight Efforts to Control Property Taxes

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Says It Will Encourage Shared Services to Lower Cost of Government

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco providing towns an opportunity to highlight their efforts to control property taxes through shared service agreements has been signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco providing towns an opportunity to highlight their efforts to control property taxes through shared service agreements has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey residents struggle to pay the nation’s highest property tax bills, and they want to know what’s being done to ease that burden,” said Bucco (R-25). “This new law provides towns with the opportunity to show directly on property tax bills how they are using shared service agreements to produce savings for taxpayers.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

NOW LAW: Bateman Legislation Supporting Shared Services to Ease Property Tax Burden

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman encouraging cost-saving shared service arrangements to save property taxpayers money has been signed into law.

The new law sponsored by Sen. Bateman encourages shared services to save property taxpayers money. (Pixabay)

“It’s no secret that New Jersey property taxes are the highest in the nation,” said Bateman (R-16). “It’s time for Trenton to start finding ways to save taxpayer money. In many cases, sharing services between municipalities or government entities will deliver the same level of service at significant cost savings and provide desperately needed relief to tax-weary families.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

NOW LAW: Corrado Bill Designates February as ‘Career and Technical Education Month’

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to highlight and promote the many benefits of career and technical education has been signed into law.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to highlight and promote the many benefits of career and technical education has been signed into law. (iStock)

“Technical schools can open the door to in-demand jobs and high-paying careers,” said Corrado (R-40). “From engineering technologies to construction trades, vocational education fills a growing need for skilled workers in various industries. The designation of February as ‘Career and Technical Education Month’ will help us recognize the importance of New Jersey’s 21 county vo-tech schools and all they do to ready the next generation of tradespeople.”
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Senator Kip Bateman

Governor Signs Bateman Bill Expanding Veterans’ Property Tax Relief

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to expand property tax relief benefits to all veterans who were honorably discharged and to those with a service-connected disability has been signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to expand property tax relief benefits to all veterans has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“Everyone who has worn our country’s uniform should be respected and recognized for their service to our nation,” said Bateman (R-16). “Those who sacrificed so much to defend the freedoms we hold dear deserve our support. Expanding New Jersey’s property tax deduction to our Garden State veterans who honorably served is our small way of saying ‘thank you for your service.’”

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Senator Tom Kean

NOW LAW: Kean Bill to Help Improve Health Care of Minority Women

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to advance the health of African-American women has been signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to advance the health of African-American women has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“For more than 50 years, minority women have suffered with more disease, complications and deaths in every aspect of women’s health. This initiative will help us discover the causes and address the issues,” said Kean (R-21). “Mortality rates three to four times higher for pregnant African-American women are unacceptable. We can close the gap and significantly improve the health outcomes for new mothers and their children.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill Exempting Disabled Vets from Paying Beach Buggy Permit Fee Signed Into Law

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Disabled veterans will now be exempted from paying beach buggy permit fees under legislation authored by Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove that was recently signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

Disabled veterans have been exempted from paying beach buggy permit fees under a newly enacted law that was authored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove. (SenateNJ.com)

Under the law, a disabled veteran is defined as a State resident who has been honorably discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces and has been declared by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as having a service-connected disability of any degree.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer’s ‘Charlie’s Law’ to Combat Opioid Addiction Is Now Law

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Senator Robert Singer’s legislation to combat drug addiction through requiring pharmacists to educate patients on how to safely discard unused, unwanted, or expired drugs and needles has been signed into law.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation to combat drug addiction through requiring pharmacists to educate patients on how to safely discard unused, unwanted, or expired drugs and needles has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“Charlie’s Law” is named in memory of Charlie Van Tassel, a beloved son and brother who struggled and succumbed to his addiction at the age of 33. Charlie’s Law will require pharmacists to educate patients on how to safely discard unused, unwanted, or expired drugs and needles.

“All too often addiction begins at home, stemming from abused prescriptions or unused medication falling into the wrong hands,” said Singer (R – Monmouth and Ocean). “To someone like Charlie, who fought to stay sober, a bottle left unattended can be life-threatening. We can avoid addiction through proper disposal of unused drugs. Ensuring pharmacists educate patients on how to best dispose of unused medication will save countless lives.”

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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

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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