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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Submits Constitutional Amendment Giving Voters the Opportunity to Approve Same Sex Marriage

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Amendment Is Similar to Efforts by Marriage Equality Advocates in Maine

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset/Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex) has submitted a Senate resolution (SCR-88) that would, if passed by the legislature and approved by voters, amend the State Constitution to permit same sex marriage in New Jersey.

“Let’s stop the political games and let the people of New Jersey decide,” said Bateman. “Marriage equality advocates and opponents would both have the ability to register their opinion at the ballot box. Nobody would be disenfranchised on either side of the issue.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Cardinale: “Leak of Confidential Documents is a Violation of Senate Rules, Must be Punished”

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All information or remarks concerning the character or qualifications of any person nominated by the Governor which are brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee or other appropriate committee during its consideration of the nomination shall not be made public. (Senate Rule 20:4)

Each house shall choose its own officers, determine the rules of its proceedings, and punish its members for disorderly behavior. (New Jersey State Constitution, Article 4, Sec. 4, Par. 3)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the release and public discussion of documents pertaining to Supreme Court nominees Bruce Harris and Phil Kwon that are guaranteed confidentiality under Senate rules.

The Senators have sent a letter requesting an investigation and corrective action, including disciplinary proceedings for any Senator involved, to Senate President Stephen Sweeney:

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Lesniak: “NJEA Executive Director’s Callous Remarks Make the Case for Opportunity Scholarship Act”

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. and Senator Raymond Lesniak said today that dismissive comments made by NJEA Executive Director Vincent Giordano about school children in chronically failing districts make a compelling case for school choice.

When asked about children in failing districts whose families did not have the resources to pay for private education, Mr. Giordano responded, “Life’s not always fair and I’m sorry about that.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer, Rible & Kean to Obama: Don’t Help Countries that Protect American Fugitives

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Portugal Has Hand Out for American Dollars, But Won’t Hand Over Murderer Who Escaped from New Jersey Prison

President Obama should not consider giving any assistance to Portugal as long as it continues to shield violent American fugitive George Wright, 30th District Republicans Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Dave Rible and Sean T. Kean said today.

“George Wright is a convicted killer who escaped from prison and is a fugitive from justice,” Singer, R-Ocean and Monmouth, said. “The Portuguese courts erred when they ruled that the statute of limitations on his murder conviction has expired. A convicted murderer cannot just run out the clock on his sentence by hijacking a plane and leaving the country, as Wright has done. He must be brought to justice and serve the term of imprisonment to which he was sentenced.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing Tax Breaks to Businesses Employing National Guardsmen and Reservists Advances

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Legislation authored by Senators Steven Oroho (R- Sussesx/Warren/Morris) and Anthony Bucco (R- Morris/Somerset) providing tax credits to businesses employing members of the New Jersey National Guard or reservists in the United States Armed Forces has been cleared by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

The bill, S-234, gives employers a credit against the New Jersey Gross Income Tax and/or Corporation Business Tax of 20% of an employee’s salary, not to exceed $2,000 per worker, when an employee is called to active duty.

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District 9

Assembly Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove “Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs” Initiative

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The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee has advanced legislation (A-638) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would establish a “Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs” (HOFNOD) program within the Division of Fish and Wildlife to encourage children to avoid drug use.

“Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs”  is a nationally recognized program developed by the Future Fisherman Foundation which has operated successfully in over a dozen states. The Connors-Rumpf-Gove measure would establish the HOFNOD program on a Statewide basis by enabling the Division of Fish and Wildlife to implement and model the program after the pilot HOFNOD program implemented in Ocean County in 2000. To the maximum extent possible, the Division would implement and operate the program in every county in the State.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Majority Holding Up Harris and Kwon Hearings for Political Gain”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ increasingly evident intention of breaking its promise of confirmation hearings for the nominations of Phil Kwon and Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

“I am deeply disappointed that the Senate Majority seems intent on breaking the Senate President’s promise of speedy confirmation hearings for Phil Kwon and Bruce Harris.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Today at the Statehouse Political Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

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A Story of Mass Hysteria Caused by a Budget Not Yet Introduced; Rated P for “Premature”

Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee today expressed bewilderment at the use of the committee’s time to hold a hearing on Governor Christie’s proposed income tax plan weeks ahead of the Governor’s Budget Message:

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Require Study of Looming Doctor Shortage in NJ Approved by Senate Health Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) which would require the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to convene a planning summit to examine an expected shortage of physicians practicing in New Jersey has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

“A recently completed report predicts that within the next decade, New Jersey will face a shortage of thousands of physicians practicing in family care and important specialties,” said Singer. “Unless we get to work now to prevent that shortage, many New Jerseyans may soon find themselves without doctors or unable to obtain appointments or treatments when they need them.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Reducing Motor Vehicle Fines Approved by Committee

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Legislation Lowers Fines for Failing to Produce License or Registration from $150 to $25

The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation (S-73) sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) that would greatly reduce the fine for failing to produce a driver’s license or vehicle registration during a traffic stop. Under the legislation, the fine for failing to produce those documents would be reduced from $150 to $25 if the police officer conducting the stop can verify by electronic means that those documents have been issued to the person and are valid on the date of the charge.

“Everyone who drives has at some point left their wallet or purse with their driver’s license at home, or forgotten to put the new registration card they received in the mail into their glove compartment,” said Bateman. “Charging a busy mother a $150 fine because she forgot her purse while rushing to pick up her kids from soccer practice doesn’t make sense. Considering that virtually all patrol cars used by police now have computers that are linked to MVC databases, it’s easy enough to verify if a stopped driver is licensed and if their car is registered.”

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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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