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Senator Steve Oroho

Governor Signs Oroho Bill Allowing Special Events on Preserved Farmland

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would authorize special social events on preserved farmland was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho that would authorize special social events on preserved farmland was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am proud this legislation will be signed into law. Our heritage as the ‘Garden State’ goes back hundreds of years, and our farming tradition is still thriving in many families and communities throughout the state,” said Oroho (R-24). “In addition to growing fruits, vegetables, and grains, our farms can also be used for wedding ceremonies and many other special events. This bill, now law, will provide an economic benefit to farmers, preserve important farmland, and showcase New Jersey’s rich agricultural legacy.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Senate Clears Schepisi Bill that Would Increase the Safety of Drinking Water

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The New Jersey Senate approved legislation yesterday sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would help municipally-owned water companies comply with new DEP regulations while still being able to provide water to customers.

The New Jersey Senate approved legislation yesterday sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that would help municipally-owned water companies comply with new DEP regulations. (Pixabay)

“Due to New Jersey’s strict regulations concerning forever chemicals, water companies in the state are required by the DEP to engage in mitigation measures when any water well exceeds, or is expected to exceed, the maximum contaminant level for PFAS,” said Schepisi (R-39). “These measures can be extremely costly for small, municipally-owned water companies and can impair the ability of those companies to provide an adequate supply of water to the communities they serve. Many pre-existing wells exist on municipally-owned properties that are encumbered by Green Acres and are prohibited from constructing the very treatment vessels that are required. This legislation would address the issue by allowing certain exemptions from Green Acres regulations.”

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Senator Vince Polistina

Polistina Statement on Temporary Workers Bill

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Announces bipartisan legislation with Sen. Gopal to further address Temp Worker challenges

Today, Senator Vince Polistina voted in support of the “Temp Workers Bill of Rights,” affirming his support for the principle of equal pay for equal work and ensuring that all workers are treated fairly no matter where they work or who they work for.

Sen. Vince Polistina voted in support of the “Temp Workers Bill of Rights” today, affirming his support for the principle of equal pay for equal work and ensuring that all workers are treated fairly no matter where they work or who they work for. (©iStock)

“All people, regardless of their background, the color of their skin, or where they are from, should be treated equally under the law, and that certainly includes temporary workers,” said Polistina (R-2). “These men and women are chasing the same American Dream as the rest of us—the opportunity to work hard, provide for their families, and better themselves. Everyone, even those who opposed it, agree that this bill does that.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bill to Establish Muslim Heritage Month in NJ Advances

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January of each year would be designated as Muslim Heritage Month under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and advanced today by the New Jersey Senate.

January of each year would be designated as Muslim Heritage Month under legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and advanced today by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“I am extremely pleased that this was approved by the Senate today and I would like to thank Senator Stack for joining me in sponsoring this legislation,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “There are nearly 300,000 Muslim Americans in New Jersey, including numerous current and former elected officials dedicated to public service in their communities. It is long past time to recognize our Muslim brothers and sisters for their contributions to the diverse fabric of New Jersey.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Oroho Bill Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Extortion

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Fred Madden (D-4) that would establish the crime of sexual extortion to fight a growing trend that often victimizes minors was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Oroho’s bipartisan bill establishing the crime of sexual extortion to protect young victims was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“With the passage of this legislation, we are one step closer to identifying, convicting, and punishing perpetrators who engage in this despicable behavior,” said Oroho. “The legislature must continue to do everything within our power to protect our children from this heinous abuse.”

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Senator Jean Stanfield

Senate Clears Stanfield Bill Requiring BPU to Open Electrical Grid to New Energy Sources

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that requires the Board of Public Utilities to conduct a study on short-term solutions that would allow additional energy sources to connect to the electrical grid was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Stanfield’s bill requiring the BPU to find solutions that would allow additional energy sources to connect to the electrical grid was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“These requirements for the BPU will ensure that we have the necessary infrastructure in place to efficiently meet the energy needs of all New Jerseyans,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Our legislation offers four potential solutions that could open segments of the electrical grid that are currently closed to new energy sources. We are also instructing the BPU to identify alternative solutions as well.”

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Senator Edward Durr

Durr Resolution that Would Designate First Week of May as “Composting Awareness Week” Advances

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A joint resolution sponsored by Senator Edward Durr that would designate the first week of May of each year as “Composting Awareness Week” was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

A joint resolution sponsored by Sen. Ed Durr that would designate the first week of May of each year as “Composting Awareness Week” was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Composting has significant economic benefits for those in the agricultural industry,” said Durr (R-3). “Farmers who use compost actually spend far less money on expensive fertilizers and pesticides, water, and irrigation. That savings can then be reinvested in the local economy or used to make improvements on the farm. My legislation will not only recognize the importance of composting, but will further encourage the practice by businesses and individuals.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senate Approves Bucco Bill that Would Help Economically Disadvantaged College Students

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The New Jersey Senate approved legislation today sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would ensure economically disadvantaged college students could get help buying groceries from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if they qualify for assistance under the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF).

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would help economically disadvantaged college students buy groceries through the federal SNAP Program was advanced today by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“I am extremely pleased that the Senate advanced this legislation. We want to prevent college students from being forced to choose between course work and 20+ hours at a part-time job. That is inconsistent with the EOF’s purpose of helping residents attend college,” said Bucco (R-25). “This bill protects students from employment requirements that result in many young people facing a choice between SNAP benefits and earning the grades they need to succeed in school and earn their degrees.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill Improving Road Safety for Individuals with Disabilities Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin M. Corrado that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability, or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), to indicate that status on their driver’s license was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

The New Jersey Senate approved legislation today sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability to indicate that status on their driver’s license. (NJMVC)

“Over the last year and a half, I have been contacted by constituents with communication disabilities that say they have difficulty explaining their condition to law enforcement during vehicle traffic stops,” said Corrado (R-40). “This legislation will help alleviate that issue by allowing people with special needs to have that designation printed directly onto their license. This important information will assist law enforcement officials in identifying, and effectively communicating with, individuals with ASD during vehicle stops.”

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Senator Edward Durr

Durr Calls for Pause in Surveying for Wind Farms as More Dead Whales Wash Ashore

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Senator Ed Durr joined a growing chorus of state and federal lawmakers in calling for a pause in wind farm development activities as more dead whales continue to wash ashore.

A deceased 30-foot humpback whale on the beach in Atlantic City recently. (NJ.com)

“Some people are adamantly denying that the sudden surge in dead whales is linked to wind farm survey work, but the truth is they don’t really know,” said Durr (R-3). “We don’t know if sonar or drilling used to conduct surveys of the ocean floor is disrupting the ability of whales to navigate safely, possibly leading to more deadly groundings and vessel strikes. Unless we want to risk more dead whales on our beaches, we should pause the survey work to investigate.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Edward Durr

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Doug Steinhardt

Doug Steinhardt

District 23

Michael Testa

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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