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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Blasts Dimwitted NY Politician for Threatening NJ Drivers with Extra $50 Fee for Entering NYC

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NY Assemblyman Dinowitz Outraged NJ Might Refuse to Help Enforce City’s Scam Red Light & Speed Camera Tix

Senator Declan O’Scanlon blasted a dimwitted proposal by a New York lawmaker that would charge every New Jersey driver entering New York City a $50 fee as punishment for pending legislation that would prohibit the NJMVC from helping other states enforce automated camera tickets on Garden State motorists.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon blasted a dimwitted proposal by a New York lawmaker that would charge every New Jersey driver entering New York City a $50 fee as punishment for pending legislation that would prohibit the NJMVC from helping other states enforce automated camera tickets on Garden State motorists. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey got rid of our red light camera program because we learned it was a scam that enriched corrupt tech companies at the expense of drivers without improving public safety,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “Automated red light and speed camera systems are engineered to entrap drivers by shady operators that have been caught bribing politicians all over the country. The only way these systems make money is if proper yellow light and speed setting engineering criteria are ignored. Every competent, unbiased study of these systems demonstrates they have no overall safety benefit — and that’s the only measure that counts. Automated camera enforcement is a policing for profit racket that New Jersey rightfully banned. These camera systems have nothing to do with making roads safer and everything to do with making money. New Jersey doesn’t inflict these scams on our drivers or anyone else’s, and we should not be complicit in helping other states to perpetuate their automated injustice on New Jerseyans. The sooner all of these abusive programs end everywhere, the better.”

In June, the New Jersey Senate unanimously passed O’Scanlon’s “Automated Enforcement Inoculation Act,” which would shield New Jersey drivers from predatory fines for traffic violations captured by red light cameras and speed cameras in other states.

Under O’Scanlon’s legislation, S-460, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and other State entities would be prohibited from disclosing the personal information of New Jersey drivers to help another state impose or collect a fine for alleged violations captured by automated camera ticketing systems.

Out of fear that the Empire State might lose a stream of easy camera ticket revenues from out-of-state drivers, New York Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz introduced legislation in Albany that would charge New Jersey drivers, and those from other “uncooperative” states, a punitive $50 fee every time they enter New York City.

The proposed $50 fee would be in addition to existing bridge and tunnel tolls and a $23 congestion pricing toll that New York is considering charging drivers to enter much of lower and midtown Manhattan.

“I won’t let a dimwitted New York politician try to extort New Jersey into enforcing a corrupt automated ticket racket that preys on both his constituents and my own. And it should be noted that the folks most devastatingly impacted by these systems are the poor and middle-class workers,” added O’Scanlon. “I would warn Assemblyman Dinowitz that this escalating abuse of New Jersey workers by New York will give large employers even more incentive to open satellite offices in the Garden State. You’ll lose your precious corrupt ticket revenue and billions more in income tax payments to New Jersey, all while commercial vacancies in Manhattan climb even higher. New York has the most to lose by a long shot.”

Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi Seeks Permanent Solution for Temporary Workers

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Introduces Legislation Protecting Employees without Jeopardizing Industry

Senator Holly Schepisi today introduced legislation that would protect temporary workers and the agencies that employ them from the detrimental effects of another bill that could soon be on its way back to the Governor’s desk.

Sen. Holly Schepisi introduced legislation that would protect temporary workers and the agencies that employ them from the detrimental effects of another bill that could soon be on its way back to the Governor’s desk. (©iStock)

Schepisi’s measure, modeled after a recently enacted law in Massachusetts, creates important protections for workers without strangling New Jersey’s staffing sector with burdensome red tape.

“As early as this afternoon, the State Assembly could vote to adopt the Governor’s conditional veto of legislation that threatens the stability of not only staffing agencies but the businesses that depend on them for short-term workers,” said Schepisi (R-39). “This is an extremely flawed bill, and the Governor’s veto doesn’t come close to mitigating some of its most problematic facets.”

A-1474/S-511 passed both houses earlier this year without the support of a single Republican legislator. The measure’s heavy-handed mandates on agencies would be difficult – if not impossible – for staffing firms to satisfy, Schepisi said. Continue Reading…

Senator Kristin Corrado

Committee Advances Corrado Bill that Would Provide Assistance to Individuals with Hearing Loss

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Individuals who are hearing impaired may soon be able to apply for vehicle identification placards thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and advanced yesterday by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Individuals who are hearing impaired may soon be able to apply for vehicle identification placards thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado and approved yesterday by the Senate Transportation Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Over the last several months, I have been contacted by constituents who are hearing impaired 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 who are deaf or have significant hearing loss to have that designation printed onto a windshield placard. This important information will assist law enforcement officials in identifying, and effectively communicating with, individuals who are hearing impaired during vehicle stops.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Blasts Administration’s Latest Attempt to Silence Opposition

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Senator Joe Pennacchio today chastised the Murphy Administration for the autocratic management of the New Jersey State Board of Education after several board members who opposed the controversial new sex curriculum standards were set to be replaced.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio chastised the Murphy Administration for the autocratic management of the New Jersey State Board of Education after several board members who opposed the controversial new sex curriculum standards were set to be replaced. (©iStock)

“These educators dared to disagree with the dubious new education direction, and for this, they are being thrown off the board,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “That isn’t governing. It is dictating, and it is something we’ve seen too often from Trenton in recent years.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Michael Testa

Republican Senators Demand Action to Curb Pop-Up Riots

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Mayhem in Wildwood is Only the Latest Incident in a Disturbing Trend  

In the wake of the lawless, tragic weekend in Wildwood that left two people dead and overwhelmed law enforcement in numerous coastal towns, Republican Senators are calling for immediate legislative action on a bill that will protect communities and empower police to prevent future incidents.

In the wake of the tragic weekend in Wildwood that left two people dead and overwhelmed law enforcement in numerous coastal towns, Republican Senators are calling for immediate legislative action on a bill that will protect communities and empower police to prevent future incidents. (YouTube/NJ.com)

“The dreadful activity in Wildwood was completely out of control and totally unacceptable. It was preventable, and it should never have happened, but the Legislature and the Attorney General dropped the ball,” said Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), noting that 15 months ago he introduced legislation (S-1206) with Senate colleague Bob Singer targeting pop-up mobs and those who incite them.

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Murphy Squashing Dissenting Viewpoints on State Board of Education

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblymen Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy is attempting to squash any dissenting viewpoints on the New Jersey State Board of Education with new nominations announced yesterday.

Holzapfel, McGuckin, and Catalano said Gov. Phil Murphy is attempting to squash any dissenting viewpoints on the State Board of Education. (©iStock)

“It’s telling that of the eleven holdovers currently serving on the State Board of Education, the governor is only appointing nominees to replace the three who vocally opposed the new sex education standards,” said Holzapfel. “The clear message from the Murphy administration is that there’s no room for dissenting opinions in education, especially if that might interfere with the indoctrination of our children.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Kristin Corrado

O’Scanlon/Corrado Bill that Raises Awareness of Menstrual Toxic Shock Syndrome Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Declan O’Scanlon and Kristin Corrado requiring school districts to incorporate age-appropriate instruction on menstrual toxic shock syndrome (mTSS) was approved today by the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Declan O’Scanlon and Kristin Corrado requiring school districts to incorporate age-appropriate instruction on mTSS was approved today by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

“Toxic shock syndrome is a serious, potentially fatal, infection that can spread rapidly. This legislation was inspired by one of my residents, Madalyn Massabni, who we lost far too young due to mTSS. The bill will raise awareness for this rarely talked about, but nonetheless, serious condition by incorporating basic knowledge of mTSS into our school curriculum,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-13). “By doing this, students can learn about ways to prevent toxic shock and how to spot the signs and symptoms if the infection has already started.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill Simplifying the Purchase of Used Vehicles Clears Committee

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New Jerseyans who purchase used vehicles may soon enjoy an easier point of sale process thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

New Jerseyans who purchase used vehicles may soon enjoy an easier point of sale process thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado and approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee. (Pixabay)

“If an individual in New Jersey would like to purchase a used car from a private party, that individual should be afforded the same benefits he or she would receive from a dealer if they were buying a new car,” said Corrado (R-40). “Currently, New Jersey’s e-titling system does not include used vehicle sales documents or private motor vehicle sales documents. My legislation would make the used car buying process far more efficient and enjoyable by requiring the MVC to incorporate used vehicle sales documents into an electronic transaction system.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Committee Approves Testa Bill that Would Fund Critical Improvements to Public Water Systems

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Municipalities in New Jersey may soon see significant improvements made to public water systems thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Municipalities in New Jersey may soon see significant improvements made to public water systems thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa and approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Pixabay)

“Clean drinking water is a basic need which every New Jerseyan should have access to and that is why I am pleased that this bipartisan bill is moving ahead,” said Testa (R-1). “For far too long, New Jersey’s infrastructure needs have been either ignored or overlooked. This legislation aims to end that legacy of neglect and provide critical funding to public water systems that are in dire need of improvement and repair.”

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Senator Jean Stanfield

Stanfield Bill that Would Simplify “Senior Freeze” Program Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would transform the Senior Freeze from a reimbursement program into a credit program was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would transform the Senior Freeze from a reimbursement program into a credit program was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (©iStock)

“The Senior Freeze provides needed property tax relief for older homeowners, including many who are struggling to make ends meet on fixed incomes,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Currently, seniors must wait for the Treasury to send out the checks by mail, which is a costly and inefficient process. My legislation will simplify the Senior Freeze by crediting property tax bills directly so seniors don’t have to wait months and months for a rebate check.”

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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

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

Edward Durr

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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

Michael Testa

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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