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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Hosts Economic Development Meeting with Orthodox Jewish Chamber, Ocean & Monmouth Officials

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Today, the 30th Legislative District held an economic development meeting with Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Founder and CEO Duvi Honig, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, and numerous mayors from Ocean and Monmouth counties.

The 30th Legislative District held an economic development meeting with Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Founder & CEO Duvi Honig, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari, and numerous mayors from Ocean and Monmouth counties. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey is blessed with strong human capital, a prime location, robust transportation infrastructure, and the best public schools in the country,” said Singer (R-30). “Still, more can be done to increase our state’s economic competitiveness. I am proud to work with Mr. Honig and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce to help enhance our business development efforts, especially in Ocean and Monmouth counties.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Committee Assignments Cover Veterans, Health, Seniors, Federal Relations, & Higher Education

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Rumpf and Gove Named as Policy Co-Chairs to Assembly Republican Caucus

9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have received their committee assignments for the 2020-2021 Legislative Session.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove have received their committee assignments for the 2020-2021 Legislative Session. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Connors will once again serve on the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Assemblyman Rumpf will continue serving on the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Regulatory Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee. Assemblywoman Gove will be returning to both the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee as well as the Assembly Higher Education Committee. The Assemblywoman will be taking on a new assignment by joining the newly formed Assembly Senior Services Committee.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Governor’s Energy Master Plan Creates More Uncertainty for Business & Families

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Under Newly Signed Executive Order, DEP Could Deny Permits Based on “Climate Change Considerations”

Senator Steven Oroho said a new executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy in conjunction with the release of his new Energy Master Plan will lead to increased uncertainty for both businesses and families.

Sen. Steven Oroho said a new executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in conjunction with the release of his new Energy Master Plan will lead to increased uncertainty for both businesses and families. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re already seeing an exodus from New Jersey due to the high cost of living and doing business here,” said Oroho. “Now the governor wants to give the DEP another reason to deny permits that are already difficult to obtain. Ask anybody in the Highlands Region how many years it takes to get a project approved if they are lucky enough to get approval at all. Who would consider trying to build anything in New Jersey going forward with yet another impossible hoop to jump through?”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Study Health of Nursing Homes Advances

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Commission Will Consider Impact of Medicaid Reimbursement Changes

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would create a commission to study the impact of increased hourly reimbursements on nursing homes was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Robert Singer’s bill to launch a commission to study the quality of patient care and the health of New Jersey nursing homes after changes to Medicaid personal care services reimbursement rates was cleared by the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“We need to understand what the rate changes mean to the important services provided at these facilities,” said Singer (R-30). “Did they have an effect on staffing, the cost of care for residents, or the financial health of nursing homes? It’s imperative to discover if there has been an impact on patient care, and this bill will help us get the answers.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Supporting Equine Therapy with Special License Plates Advances

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation that would establish special license plates commemorating the horse as the state animal passed the Senate Transportation Committee. The plates will help fund therapeutic riding programs for people with special needs and to support the health and well-being of horses in the state.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation will help fund beneficial therapeutic riding programs for people with special needs and veterans coping with PTSD and depression by creating a special license plate recognizing the horse as New Jersey’s State Animal. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jerseyans love horses, and the special plates will recognize that affinity,” said Bateman (R-16). “Assisted riding therapy programs are deeply rewarding and beneficial for participants, both physically and emotionally. The license plates will do more than commemorate horses, they will help change lives.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Shielding Community Homeowners from Unexpected Fees Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) that would protect homeowners in some communities from surprise fees and assessments was advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill clarifies the intent of a 2017 law and protecting homeowners in some communities from unexpected fees and assessments. (SenateNJ.com)

“When someone purchases property that isn’t in an association, they shouldn’t have to worry about fees being forced on them,” said Oroho. “The 2017 law did not change the rules for owners who were not already members of an association or planned community. This bill provides homeowners with badly needed protections from unexpected financial burdens. I thank my co-prime sponsor, Senator Troy Singleton, for moving the bill so quickly in this new session.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Singleton Bill to Prohibit Persons from Contracting with the State if Barred from Federal Contracts Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Troy Singleton, which would prohibit a person from contracting with the state for public work if they are barred from receiving a federal contract, was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Steve Oroho and Troy Singleton, which would prohibit a person from contracting with the state for public work if they are barred from receiving a federal contract, was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“If a person is banned from contracting with the federal government due to fraudulent activity, then they shouldn’t be allowed to profit with public dollars from New Jersey taxpayers,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R- Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Closing this loophole will prevent bad actors from being able to take advantage, saving New Jersey time, money, and headaches. I am pleased to see that this commonsense taxpayer protection is now law.”

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Senator Tom Kean

NOW LAW: Kean Bill Will Protect Students Struggling to Repay NJ CLASS College Loans

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Senator Tom Kean’s legislation to help students who are having trouble repaying their NJCLASS loans was signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to help students who are having trouble repaying their NJCLASS loans was signed into law. (Flickr)

“The NJ CLASS loan program was designed to aid students who need financial assistance beyond what the federal loan program has provided,” said Kean (R-21). “Students who are having trouble repaying these loans shouldn’t be punished with overly-aggressive collection practices, especially if they are making efforts to get their loans back in good standing.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Helping Clear the Air of Greenhouse Gases is Now Law

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation banning the sale or installation of equipment containing greenhouse gases was signed by the governor.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill prohibiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone and transitioning the State to less harmful alternatives was signed into law. (©iStock)

The new law (A5583/S3919) transitions the State to less harmful alternatives by prohibiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone.

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman/Corrado Bills Funding Public-Supported Preservation Projects Signed

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Voter-approved and constitutionally dedicated money will help preserve open space

Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Kristin Corrado sponsor a series of bills, signed into law by the governor this week, appropriating almost $215 million in constitutionally dedicated funds for farm and land preservation, and clean water and Blue Acres projects.

The governor signed a package of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Kristin Corrado appropriating constitutionally dedicated funds for farm and land preservation, and clean water and Blue Acres projects. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

“New Jerseyans have long supported open space and farmland preservation,” said Bateman (R-16). “In the most densely populated state in the nation, the public understands the need to protect undeveloped parcels and expanses of green fields. They have made their voices known at the polls where they have overwhelmingly favored the responsible acquisition of lands to sustain our State identity as the Garden State.”

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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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