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Senator Bob Singer

Singer’s Potentially Life-Saving Legislation Awaits Action by Gov. Murphy

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Senator Robert Singer’s legislation bolstering advanced life support services across the state is on its way to the Governor’s desk for consideration after passing both the Senate and Assembly this week.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation bolstering advanced life support services across the state is on its way to the Governor’s desk for consideration after passing both the Senate and Assembly. (Pixabay)

The bill, A-4107/S-2768, updates the State’s regulations of emergency medical services, including allowing a single paramedic who arrives at the scene of an emergency to begin treatment immediately, rather than waiting for a second medic.

“This is a critical piece of legislation that will save lives,” said Singer (R-30). “We have heard the frustrations of paramedics who found themselves in situations where people desperately needed help, but their hands were tied by regulations that forced them to wait for support from another authorized responder.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Bill Strengthens Protections for Victims of Workplace Abuse

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Expands Ban on NDAs in Employment Contracts to Include Non-Disparagement Clauses

More than three years after legislation was signed into law banning the use of non-disclosure agreements in employment contracts that silenced abuse victims, Senator Declan O’Scanlon has introduced a bill closing a recently exposed loophole that can still be used to mute sexual assault and harassment victims and shield predators.

More than three years after a law was signed banning the silencing of abuse victims with non-disclosure agreements in employment contracts, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has introduced a bill closing a recently exposed loophole that can still be used to mute assault and harassment victims and shield predators. (SenateNJ.com)

O’Scanlon’s bipartisan measure, S-2930, expands prohibitions established by S-121 in 2019. Also sponsored by Senator Andrew Zwicker, it bars provisions in contracts that waive certain rights or remedies and emphasizes that the current law on non-disclosures also bars certain non-disparagement provisions in employment contracts.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Vote Against Murphy-Democrat $50 Billion State Budget

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9th District Delegation: Budget Goes Big on Spending, Small on Tax Relief

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove voted “NO” on the FY2023 State Budget which was approved on Wednesday by the New Jersey Legislature. They said legislators and the public were denied sufficient time to review the state’s massive $50 billion spending plan, which was released late Monday night by Democrats.

Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf, and Asw. DiAnne Gove voted against the budget and said legislators and the public were denied sufficient time to review massive $50B spending plan. (Wikimedia Commons)

This year, Assemblyman Rumpf joined the Assembly Budget Committee and consistently testified in favor of limited government as a sustainable means of providing immediate tax relief and funding the state’s core obligations.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Highlights Delayed & Failed Tax Relief in Democrats’ Budget

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon highlighted the delayed and failed tax relief in the FY 2023 State Budget that Governor Phil Murphy will sign today, including a payroll tax increase that takes effect tomorrow, ANCHOR rebates that won’t be delivered until 2023, and child tax credits that won’t help parents until 2024, and tax bracket creep that remains unaddressed.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon highlighted the delayed and failed tax relief in the FY 2023 State Budget, including a payroll tax increase that takes effect on July 1, ANCHOR rebates that won’t be delivered until 2023, and child care tax credits that won’t provide relief until 2024, and tax bracket creep that remains unaddressed. (©iStock)

“The delayed and failed tax relief efforts in the Democrats’ budget when the state is ridiculously flush with funds will go down as one of the biggest missed opportunities in New Jersey history,” said O’Scanlon (R-13), the Republican Budget Officer. “Sadly, Democrats opted for huge increases in pork spending and the establishment of massive slush funds that will do nothing to help New Jersey families suffering today from high gas prices, soaring inflation, and property taxes.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bill Bolstering Businesses Developing Fusion Energy and Technology Clears Senate

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Provides that Companies Could be Eligible to Apply for EDA Incentive Programs

Senator Joe Pennacchio’s bill supporting fusion energy by ensuring companies working to develop the new technology could be eligible to apply under certain economic incentive programs was endorsed by the Senate this week.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bill supporting fusion energy by ensuring companies working to develop the new technology could be eligible to apply under certain economic incentive programs was endorsed by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Fusion energy has limitless potential to produce safe, clean, renewable electric power,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This technological breakthrough could someday soon change the world. If Trenton plays this right, New Jersey will be positioned to become a global leader in this promising new power source.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senate Endorses Corrado Bill Extending Service Life of School Buses

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The Measure was Prompted by a Shortage of New Vehicles

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to address the ongoing scarcity of new school buses was cleared by the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado to address the ongoing scarcity of new school buses was cleared by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

Corrado’s bill (A-3990/S-2593) extends the statutory service life of school buses by one year, providing relief for school districts and transportation companies scrambling to find replacements.

“The price of new buses and bus parts have skyrocketed since the pandemic and continuing supply chain problems,” said Corrado (R-40). “This bill would provide a respite, allowing safe vehicles to remain in service a little longer and providing time for the supply of new vehicles to catch up with demand.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Senate Clears Schepisi Bill that Would Help Individuals with Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would establish minimum Medicaid reimbursement rates for brain injury services was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that would establish minimum Medicaid reimbursement rates for brain injury services was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“Unlike other Medicaid community-based services, reimbursement rates for brain injury services have remained static in recent years despite growing costs. This threatens the ability of providers to meet the complex needs of individuals with brain injuries and provide services within a safe and fulfilling community environment,” said Schepisi (R-39). “And yet, despite the similar model of care, reimbursement rates for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries with intellectual and developmental disabilities have not only increased, but have actually restructured to account for inflationary trends. My legislation will align brain injury service rates with intellectual and developmental disabilities service rates to ensure that people with brain injuries can continue to thrive and reach their optimal recoveries in community settings.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senate Approves Corrado Bill that Would Overhaul MVC’s “Next-of-Kin Registry”

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New Jersey drivers may soon be able to register in-person for the Motor Vehicle Commission’s Next-of-Kin Registry thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

New Jersey drivers may soon be able to register in-person for the MVC’s Next-of-Kin Registry thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado and approved today by the NJ Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Although New Jersey residents have been able to sign-up for the Next-of-Kin Registry for several years, registration for the emergency contacts program is only possible via the MVC’s website or by mail—in-person registry is currently not an option,” said Corrado (R-40). “This bill, which will allow residents to add emergency contacts in person at MVC agencies, will improve the effectiveness of the Next-of-Kin Registry and allow law enforcement to more easily reach family members for individuals involved in serious vehicle accidents.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado: $50.6 Billion Budget is Missed Opportunity to Help Middle-Class Families

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Senator Kristin Corrado released the following statement after Senate Democrats passed a record-spending $50.6 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23:

It is extremely frustrating that once again Gov. Murphy’s budget fails to make New Jersey more affordable for middle-class families, said Sen. Kristin Corrado of the $50.6 billion plan passed by Democrats. (©iStock)

“With tax revenues at an all-time high, it is extremely frustrating that once again Gov. Murphy’s budget fails to make New Jersey more affordable for middle-class families.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Senate Clears Bipartisan Bill Increasing Security at Voting Locations Inside Public Schools

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Senator Holzapfel Says Emphasis is on Student Safety

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and approved by the Senate today would help ensure safety at schools that are used as polling locations across the state.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel and approved by the Senate would help ensure safety at schools that are used as polling locations across the state. (SenateNJ.com)

Under current law enacted last year, police officers are prohibited from polling places unless there is an emergency. The measure advanced today, S-2912, would allow police officers, when requested by school officials, to be present during voting at public schools.

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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