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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Levels Playing Field Allowing Small Businesses to Remain Competitive

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that would help local businesses provide court reporting service, better compete with larger, out-of-state companies was passed by the Senate Commerce Committee today.

“These larger agencies hire certified reporters, often as independent contractors, but the firms themselves have no limitations on the way that they do business because they do not fall within the purview of the court reporters’ certification law or any regulation by the board, ” stated Singer. “These large agencies have an unfair competitive advantage because they have not been restricted with respect to giving gifts or other incentives to attorneys in order to get their business.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Addresses Doctor Shortage in New Jersey

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Report says 12 percent gap in physician supply versus demand within 10 years

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that establishes a physician loan redemption program for certain specialties was passed by the Senate Education Committee today. The bill is based on a recommendation in a report issued by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals that said loan forgiveness is one of the top factors that medical residents look for in determining a practice.

“We need to address the impending physician shortage to prevent the risk of people going without any, or with insufficient, care., ” Singer stated. “The nine million New Jersey residents deserve to know that well-trained doctors will be available to serve their health care needs when they need it most.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Protecting Property Owners Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union) that exempts sales of certain homes and seasonal rentals from the bulk sale notification requirements was signed into law today.

The bulk sales notification process was established in 2007 to ensure the State was able to collect outstanding tax liability from businesses before they left the State or disposed of a large portion of assets. Because of the manner in which the law was written, the sale of single family homes from individual sellers was made subject to the requirements, resulting in home purchasers having to file paperwork and provide ten days notice to the Division of Taxation for every real estate transaction, or else risk being held liable by the State for the seller’s delinquent taxes.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Bedminster on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Monday, September 19 at 7:00 PM in the Bedminster Township Municipal Building, One Miller Lane, Bedminster, NJ.

The Senator has proposed a new school funding formula that is fair and equitable to all students in the state; urban, suburban and rural. The new formula be would implemented by constitutional amendment that would have to approved by the voters.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Honored By ‘Legislator of the Year’ Awards

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Two Groups Honor Senator for His Work on Economic Development and Job Creation

The New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED) have both named Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) as their Legislator of the Year. The two groups selected Oroho for his legislative efforts to make New Jersey more competitive economically and collaborative work to help grow the economy and fuel job creation.

“The State Chamber of Commerce and NJ SEED are strong advocates for issues that are critical to New Jersey residents, including job creation and economic development,” Oroho stated. “I appreciate the positive work both of these organizations do and am honored to be recognized for my efforts in the State Legislature to improve the quality of life for every New Jersey resident.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in West Amwell on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 P.M. in the West Amwell Town Hall at 150 Rocktown-Lambertville Road, West Amwell, N.J.

The Senator has proposed a new school funding formula that is fair and equitable to all students in the state; urban, suburban and rural. The new formula be would implemented by constitutional amendment that would have to approved by the voters.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: Job Creation and Economic Growth Continue to Be GOP Focus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today following the Senate President’s announcement that the Legislature will spend the next several months seeking to implement a series of economic measures that will help jumpstart the state’s sagging economy:

“Republicans continue to be willing and ready to work at a moment’s notice on any legislation that creates permanent, private sector jobs in the state. We must reignite our state’s competitive advantage and attract businesses and create jobs. Unemployed workers deserve a government that works across party lines to consider every responsible proposal to improve our economy and get residents working again.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Assstance For Hurricane-Impacted Businesses Available

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For businesses who suffered losses during the Hurricane, business owners must first contact their County Office of Emergency Management and their insurance provider.

For information about New Jersey State assistance for businesses, please contact the New Jersey Business Action Center at (866) 534-7789 and speak with a specialist. State assistance programs, including the Main Street Disaster Relief Program, can also be viewed at www.newjerseybusiness.gov.

Federal assistance loans for businesses in designated counties will be available through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Visit www.sba.gov for the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program or call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Disaster loans can be applied for electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA): The number to file a claim for federal assistance for damage to both personal and business property is (800) 621-FEMA. Application can also be made at http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm

Senator Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean’s Alternate Contact Information

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Power Outages In Westfield Knock Out Communications In District Office

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding power outages in his Westfield District Office:

“Power outages in my Westfield office have disabled the phone lines. Constituents needing assistance, on any issue including the cleanup from Hurricane Irene, can reach my staff by e-mail at: senkean@njleg.org. Constituents needing help by phone should contact my Assembly colleagues; Assemblyman Bramnick at 908-232-2073 or Assemblywoman Munoz at 908-918-0414.

“I hope to have normal operations restored in the Westfield district office in the next couple of days.”

Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Addressing Bed Bugs in Hospitals, Hotels and Other Facilities Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that would require healthcare and residential facilities to have a bedbug maintenance plan in place with a licensed exterminator was passed by the Senate today.

“Any facility where people stay overnight should have a plan in place, ready to be carried out at a moments notice should bedbugs be discovered, ” Singer stated. “Senior citizens, hospital patients and tourists throughout New Jersey all have a right to know that the bed they are sleeping in is clean, safe and free of bedbugs.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony 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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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