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Senator Bob Singer

Committee Advances Singer Bill that Would Exempt Certain Customers from Early Termination Fees

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Individuals preparing to enter long-term care facilities may no longer have to pay a termination fee for their cable, phone, or internet services thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer and approved today by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Individuals preparing to enter long-term care facilities may no longer have to pay a termination fee for their cable, phone, or internet services thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer and approved today by the Senate Commerce Committee. (Pixabay)

“Some cable, phone, and internet providers lock customers into a one- or two-year contract and breaking that contract can result in an early termination fee that can cost a customer up to $300,” said Singer (R-30). “My legislation will eliminate these fees for individuals who become ill or disabled and must immediately enter a long-term care facility. Companies should not be charging these people fees, who, under no fault of their own, must leave their home to get the medical and personal care they need.”

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Senator Jon Bramnick

Bramnick Bill Forcing Telemarketers to Identify Themselves within 30 Seconds Advances

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Senator Jon Bramnick’s bill requiring telemarketers to identify themselves and what they’re selling within the first 30 seconds of a call has passed the Senate Commerce Committee.

Sen. Jon Bramnick’s bill requiring telemarketers to identify themselves and what they’re selling within the first 30 seconds of a call has advanced. (Pixabay)

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” said Bramnick (R-21). “My legislation requires more transparency from telemarketers and punishes those who lie and misrepresent information on sales calls. If you’re on the up and up, you should have no problem with this bill if you’re a telemarketer.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Calls Purchase of SUVs with Pandemic Funds to Chauffeur Democrat Leaders Disturbing

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Senator Michael Testa issued the following statement after it was revealed that Governor Phil Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders spent $522,783 of federal pandemic relief funds on a fleet of new Chevy Suburbans for the State Police’s Executive Protection Unit:

Sen. Michael Testa said it’s disturbing that Gov. Murphy and Democrat leaders chose to spend more than $500,000 of pandemic relief funds to buy new SUVs for the State Police to chauffeur them around the state. (Pixabay)

“It’s disturbing that Governor Murphy and Democrat leaders chose to spend pandemic relief funds to buy new SUVs for the State Police to chauffeur them around the state. Instead of putting the billions in unspent relief funds that have sat idle in state accounts for two years to effective use, Democrats prioritized their own comfort and convenience over helping people. It’s despicable.”

Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

Testa/O’Scanlon: You Know Murphy’s Mismanagement of SHBP Rate Hikes Is Bad When Dysfunctional Trenton Looks Smart for Jumping Ship

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Say Exodus of Local Governments Could Be Disastrous for State Benefits Health Plan

Senator Michael Testa and Senator Declan O’Scanlon said a decision by the City of Trenton to leave the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) for a private insurer to avoid millions in health care premium increases could signal a coming exodus of local governments from the state plan.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said a decision by the City of Trenton to leave the SHBP for a private insurer to avoid a 23% premium increase could signal a coming exodus of local governments from the state plan. (©iStock.com)

The senators said a 22.8% rate hike this year for local governments in the SHBP was driven by the Murphy administration’s failure to achieve promised savings that had been highly trumpeted and its refusal to consider cost-saving proposals offered by public employee unions, towns, and counties.

“You know Governor Murphy’s mismanagement of SHBP rate hikes is really bad when the often dysfunctional city government in Trenton looks smart for jumping ship from the state plan,” said Testa (R-1). “More local governments are likely to realize they can achieve significant savings for both their workers and property taxpayers by shopping for health insurance in the private market. Nobody who can avoid it will pay the 23% premium increase pushed through by the Murphy administration.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Highlights Reforms After AG Launches Investigation Into Voting Machine Problems

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In response to a new investigation launched by the New Jersey Attorney General into the 2022 Monmouth County election, where an error led to the double counting of votes in multiple towns, Senator Joe Pennacchio called on the Senate to advance his legislation that would increase transparency by requiring open source voting technology.

In response to a new investigation launched by the Attorney General into Monmouth County voting machine problems, Sen. Joe Pennacchio called on the Senate to advance his legislation that would require open source voting technology. (SenateNJ.com)

“The news coming out of Monmouth County is just another reason why we can’t rely on voting machines that use proprietary software for error-free results,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Two years ago, I introduced legislation that would dramatically increase election transparency and integrity by requiring all voting machine technology to be open source. People have the right to demand elections that are fair and honest, and this bill would help restore faith in the process.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Doug Steinhardt
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members Blast Murphy Administration Plans to Tax Cloud Computing & Software Subscription Services

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Report from NJ Division of Taxation Comes Just Weeks After Gov. Murphy Pledged “Absolutely No New Taxes”

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee blasted a new report issued by the New Jersey Division of Taxation that calls for the taxation of cloud computing and software subscription services.

“The latest report from Taxation makes it clear that the Murphy administration is looking at new taxes on many Internet-based services,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), the Republican Budget Officer. “So much for Governor Murphy’s recent statements that there would be ‘no new taxes.’ That certainly didn’t last long.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: It’s No Shock Murphy is Delaying Hearings on His Expensive Green Energy Plan

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said it’s no shock that Governor Phil Murphy is pushing back hearings on his increasingly unpopular Energy Master Plan until “later in the year.”

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said it’s no shock that Gov. Phil Murphy is pushing back hearings on his increasingly unpopular Energy Master Plan until ‘later in the year.’ (SenateNJ.com)

“Let’s be clear that ‘later in the year’ means after Election Day,” said Bucco (R-25). “Trenton Democrats are scared that New Jerseyans might learn before November how much their energy bills will rise and how expensive it’ll be to convert their homes and businesses from gas to electric under Murphy’s extreme green energy plan. People deserve the truth.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Southern Shore Lawmakers Say Unprecedented Whale Deaths Warrant Suspension of Offshore Wind Projects

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Sen. Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan are intensifying calls to suspend offshore wind projects following an unprecedented number of whale deaths along the coasts of New Jersey and New York. They join a chorus of concerned elected officials and environmental and commercial fishing groups who are worried the push for more offshore wind development has contributed to the death of seven whales in a little over a month, including two on the endangered species list.

Sen. Michael Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen, and Asm. Antwan McClellan are intensifying calls to suspend offshore wind projects following an unprecedented number of whale deaths along the coasts of New Jersey and New York. (Pixabay)

Despite the opposition, Gov. Phil Murphy continues his aggressive green energy goals, which calls for increasing offshore electric wind generation to 11,000 megawatts by 2040. To date, three offshore wind projects have been approved by the state Board of Public Utilities. One would add 98 wind turbines in Ocean and Cape May counties and others could produce as many as 350 along Atlantic County’s shoreline.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

VIDEO: What’s the Next Extreme Plan Democrats are COOKING UP for New Jerseyans?

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What’s the next extreme plan Democrats are COOKING UP for New Jerseyans?

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: WTF JBOC?

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Joint Budget Oversight Committee Still Not Considering Plans to Put Billions in Idle Pandemic & Debt Relief Funds to Effective Use

Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon responded with dismay after the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) issued an agenda for its meeting on Monday that fails to consider proposals to put to use billions in idle pandemic relief funds and billions more set aside for debt relief in the FY 2023 State Budget.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon responded with dismay to the Joint Budget Oversight Committee’s continuing failure to consider plans to put billions in idle pandemic and debt relief funds to effective use. (Pixabay)

“We have billions in unspent federal relief funds sitting idle in State accounts for nearly two years that’s getting devalued by inflation,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), a member of the committee. “We have billions more set aside in the current State Budget to pay down debt that hasn’t been touched for more than six months. Since JBOC is responsible for approving the use of these funds, why has no plan been presented by Governor Murphy or the Democratic majority for approval? WTF are you waiting for?”

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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