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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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Senator Tom Kean

Signed Into Law: Kean Bill Supporting Jersey-Based Artists

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Senator Tom Kean’s legislation to empower municipalities to reshape their downtowns, commercial districts and neighborhoods into vital, cultural incubators for Jersey-based artists has been signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to empower Jersey-based artists to grow and create has been signed into law. (Wikimedia)

His law, S-521, establishes a special designation that municipalities can use to promote artists living and working in New Jersey and across the United States.

“Look across New Jersey, and you will see concrete examples of how the arts play an integral role in our ongoing efforts to build vibrant communities,” said Kean, a longtime supporter of the arts. “Jersey-based artists support local jobs and foster statewide economic growth. This new law empowers these job creators to stay in New Jersey.”

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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 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 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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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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