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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Host DOT Commissioner on Tour of Local Projects

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) welcomed Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) and other top department staff on a tour this week to review several transportation projects in the 24th Legislative District.

Left to Right in Blairstown: Assemblyman Hal Wirths; DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti; Senator Steve Oroho; DOT Deputy Commissioner Joe Bertoni; Helen Carew, District 24 Office; Jeff Spatola, District 24 Office; Jay Imenez, DOT Commissioner’s Chief of Staff; Zenobia Fields, Director of Government & Community Relations for DOT; Blairstown Township Mayor Stephen Lance. (SenateNJ.com)

“We were pleased to have the commissioner and key staff come up to the district to see firsthand some of the local road projects that require the State’s attention and assistance,” said Oroho. “Having top-level DOT representatives on-site to see the actual roads and the conditions, and be able to speak to local officials, helps in the planning and the resolution of these projects.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Timothy Piazza Law: Bateman’s anti-hazing bill advances

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Timothy Piazza Law: Bateman’s anti-hazing bill advances

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to increase penalties for hazing resulting in injury was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

Senator Kip Bateman’s Timothy J. Piazza Law increases penalties for hazing resulting in injury. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill today. (Pixabay)

“Timothy’s death was a horrible and preventable tragedy,” said Bateman (R-16). “No college student should have to endure the horrors Timothy suffered. With the support of the Legislature, we can enact this law and protect young people from this dangerous and cruel practice.”

Bateman’s bill, S-3150, would increase hazing to a crime of the fourth degree, and aggravated hazing to a crime of the third degree. Currently, the charge reaches aggravated hazing when the criminal act results in serious bodily injury to another person.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Democrats Rule Cardinale “Out of Order” for Attempting to Condemn All Racist and Discriminatory Comments Directed at Elected Officials

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After Rejecting Cardinale’s Proposal to Increase Civility in Nation’s Political Discourse, Democrats Adopt Partisan Attack on President

An effort by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) to address the incivility at all levels of American politics was ruled “out of order” by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

After ruling an effort by Sen. Gerry Cardinale to increase civility in politics “out of order,” Democrats on the Judiciary Committee adopted a partisan attack on the President of the United States. (SenateNJ.com)

“How is it ‘out of order’ to suggest that the New Jersey Senate as an institution should not be selective in its outrage at the growing incivility that has pervaded our nation’s political discourse?” asked Cardinale. “Through their actions today, New Jersey Democrats have shown that they don’t care about condemning racist and discriminatory comments unless it serves a partisan political purpose.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

After Another Six-Figure Sick Time Parachute, Bateman Urges Action on His Bill

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The police chief in Palisades Park is retiring after a scathing review of the operation of his department, but only after he cashes more than $115,000 in checks for unused sick time. It’s just the latest example of a long string of abuses suffered by property taxpayers in the state, Senator Kip Bateman bristled.

Senator Kip Bateman called the six-figure sick leave payout to the police chief in Palisades Park just the latest example of the ongoing abuse of NJ property taxpayers.

“Sick time was never intended to be a personal retirement account for a select group of public employees, but here we go again,” said Bateman (R-16). “Another police chief retiring, and another six-figure invoice for the property taxpayers to deal with.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Seeks to Make NJ a Leader in Fusion Energy

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Introduces Bill Package to Support Research & Commercialization of Fusion Energy Technology

Senator Joe Pennacchio has introduced a bipartisan package of legislation to make New Jersey a global leader of fusion energy research and the development of commercial technology to bring fusion power to market, saying it represents a rare opportunity for the business and environmental communities to work together.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s package of bills would make New Jersey a global leader of fusion energy research and the development of commercial technology to bring fusion power to market. (SenateNJ.com)

“After bringing together and listening to experts in the field of fusion energy, it’s clear that the development and commercialization of this clean, sustainable source of power would revolutionize the way the world thinks about energy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “As the home of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and a growing ecosystem of start-ups that are looking to bring fusion power to market, New Jersey has a real opportunity to be a global leader in fusion energy technology. It’s wholly apparent that some prudent moves by the State to support this industry in its infancy could yield massive dividends for our residents and New Jersey’s future. Just as California has its Silicon Valley, New Jersey could have its Fusion Epicenter if we play our cards right.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: State Should Reimburse Towns For Cost of Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption

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To force Trenton to comply with its own laws, the 9th District Delegation is calling for committee consideration of their legislation to require the State to annually reimburse each municipality for the cost of complying with the State mandate of exempting disabled veterans from paying property taxes.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove are calling for committee consideration of their legislation to require the State to reimburse towns for the cost of exempting disabled veterans from paying property taxes. (©iStock)

The legislation, S-314 and A-686, introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove would also require the state to provide funding to municipalities to cover the administrative costs associated with the veterans’ property tax relief program.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: New Fraud Charges in School Lunch Program Show State School Aid Formula Still Vulnerable

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Says Senate GOP “Every Child Counts” Plan Eliminates Opportunities for School Aid to Be Skewed by Fraud

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said that new criminal charges related to the fraudulent enrollment of ineligible students in the free and reduced-price school lunch program in Elizabeth show that the State’s school funding formula remains vulnerable to external manipulations.

Sen. Steven Oroho said recent fraud charges in Elizabeth show how billions in State school aid allocations will remain subject to manipulation until Senate Republican school funding reforms are enacted. (Pixabay)

“Year after year, we keep finding people who are willing to commit fraud to get their kids free or reduced-price lunches at school that they are ineligible to receive,” said Oroho. “These cases of fraud cost taxpayers much more than just a few dollars for a lunch. In fact, billions in State school aid allocations are based, in part, on a flawed school funding formula that uses enrollment in the lunch program as a key metric of poverty. As long as we tie State school aid to a number that can be manipulated at the district level, we’ll never have an equitable distribution of funding to the districts that deserve it.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Murphy Administration Refuses to Share Docs Detailing Rationale for Closing NJ Lakes

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NJDEP Denies OPRA Request for Information Related to HAB Advisories for Lake Hopatcong & Greenwood Lake

Senator Joe Pennacchio said the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has denied legal requests for public records related to the decision to issue advisories for Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake for harmful algal blooms (HAB), lending credence to the suggestion that the Murphy Administration intentionally utilized the local economic pressures associated with lake closures to create a false sense of urgency for nearby communities to create expensive new stormwater utilities permitted through the “rain tax” recently enacted by the Governor.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the Murphy Administration’s refusal to release records related to the effective closure of several lakes for the summer lends credence to the suggestion that the actions were politically motivated. (SenateNJ.com)

“If the decisions to issue the advisories that have effectively closed Lake Hopatcong and other New Jersey lakes for much of the summer were based purely on public health concerns, there’s no reason for the Murphy Administration to deny public record requests for internal documents containing discussions of the rationale behind those actions,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The fact that the Governor’s staff refuses to share the deliberative documents that we requested leads us to believe that they have something to hide. Perhaps they don’t want the public to see the political underpinnings of their economically damaging decision to close Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake to recreation, unnecessarily, during prime summer months.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for Enacting Important Anti-Bullying Legislation

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After a recent television news investigation into school bullying found the danger may be more prevalent than state statistics show, Senator Joe Pennacchio urged the General Assembly to pass his Mallory’s Law legislation bolstering New Jersey’s anti-bullying statutes.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio is calling for the enactment of “Mallory’s Law” to toughen NJ’s anti-bullying laws. Pictured: the Senate honors Mallory’s Army on Dec. 18, 2017 for its fight against bullying. (SenateNJ.com)

The News 12 New Jersey report indicates school districts may be significantly under-reporting bullying cases. One district reported nine incidents to the state in three years, while school board minutes showed 27 in the same period.

“We need to stop this nonsense and prevent the under-reporting of bullying that is going on, and my bill will help do that,” said Pennacchio, whose bipartisan bill (S3433) passed the Senate in June with unanimous support, although the Assembly version has not moved. “We’re going to force schools to keep better records.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Votes Against Flawed Vote-by-Mail Bill

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Democrats Block Amendment to Prevent Voter Fraud

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) voted against flawed vote-by-mail legislation today saying the measure fails to address the significant issue of voter fraud.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio voted against flawed vote-by-mail legislation saying the measure fails to address the significant issue of voter fraud, including voting by illegal aliens. (SenateNJ.com)

“The vote-by-mail expansion that we were here to fix was flawed for more reasons than those recently identified by the Secretary of State,” said Pennacchio. “Voter fraud is very real in New Jersey, and much of that fraud centers on ballots not cast in a polling place. This legislation does nothing to prevent illegal aliens from voting or to stop campaign operatives from illegally registering people, collecting ballots, and rigging elections.”

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