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Senator Bob Singer

Panel Passes Bipartisan Bill to Equalize College Development Processes

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New Jersey’s private nonprofit colleges are a step closer to having the same land-use and development advantages as the state’s public colleges, as the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee passed today a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Robert Singer and Paul Sarlo.

S-1534 places private nonprofit colleges under the “Municipal Land Use Law” and a state Supreme Court decision that exempts public colleges and universities from local zoning jurisdiction in recognition of their critical public missions in educating New Jersey residents.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Hail Action on Jessica Lunsford Act

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today hailed the passage of the Jessica Lunsford Act (S-380/S-642) by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee. Connors, Rumpf and Gove are co-sponsors of the legislation which is named for Jessica Lunsford, the Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a sex offender, and is modeled on legislation which was enacted by the State of Florida.

In mid-March, the 9th District Delegation started an online petition drive through their legislative website calling for legislative action to be taken on the Jessica Lunsford Act and other sex offender legislation.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Kean’s Iran Divestiture Legislation Clears First Legislative Hurdle

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Building on his long-standing advocacy against state investment in nations with poor records on human rights and terrorism, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. has submitted legislation to ensure New Jersey tax dollars are denied to businesses conducting activity in Iran.

The bill, S-1304, which cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee today, would deny state and local public contracts to any person or entity that invest in Iran’s energy or finance sectors.

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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Allen, Kean, & Oroho Sponsored “Jessica Lunsford Act” Clears Committee

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Legislation that would mandate a sentence of 25 year to life in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The bill, dubbed the “Jessica Lunsford Act” in memory of the Florida nine-year-old who was raped and murdered in 2005 by a previously convicted sex offender, is sponsored by Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean, Jr., and Steve Oroho.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano: Indictment of Elizabeth School Board Pres. Affects All NJ Taxpayers & Students

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In response to Thursday’s news report regarding the indictment of Elizabeth School Board President Marie Munn on charges of theft by deception and tampering with public records or information related to the free lunch program, State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-Sussex, Warren and Morris, said much more is involved in this issue than allegations of fraud in the state’s free lunch program.

A State Auditor report issued in June that sampled 10 school districts indicated that state aid is increased between $4,700 and $5,700 for each student enrolled in the lunch program. The audit also found that 37 percent of students in the program were ineligible.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Clears Bateman’s Bill to Foster Municipal Mergers

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The full Senate unanimously passed today Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill to remove financial impediments hindering towns from merging.

“The passage of this bill brings a positive message toNew Jersey’s overburdened property taxpayers that there is a bipartisan commitment in the legislature to lower our nation-high property taxes,” said Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Sussex. “We must provide our ample number of local governments with any possible measures to encourage money saving shared services and mergers.”

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District 9

Senate Passes Connors, Rumph & Gove Supported Bill to Protect Privacy Rights of Accident Victims & Their Families

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The State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by 9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would prevent first responders from photographing persons whom they are assisting or disclosing photographs of such persons without their consent.

Senator Connors is the prime sponsor of the legislation (S-199) in the Senate, while Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove have joined as cosponsors on the companion bill (A-789).

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. Expresses Disappointment with Judiciary Committee for Harris Rejection

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s action today in rejecting Bruce Harris’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

It is New Jersey’s loss that Bruce Harris has been denied the opportunity to serve on the Supreme Court. His intellect, personal story, professional record, and educational background qualify Bruce by any objective measure to serve on the Court.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Kip Bateman

Cardinale, O’Toole, Bateman & Beck Speak Out on Harris Rejection

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Senators Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Christopher “Kip” Bateman, and Jennifer Beck, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this joint statement following the committee’s rejection of Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

Once again, the committee’s majority has applied unsound arguments and unreasonable standards to the confirmation process to mask partisan, ideological motives for rejecting a well-qualified nominee.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Boxer’s Report on Colleges Shows Need for ‘Transparency in Government Act’

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Senator Joe Pennacchio, R-Essex, Morris, Passaic, renews his call for this legislature to pass the “Transparency in Government Act” to prevent abusive spending of public moneys by New Jersey’s community colleges, as detailed in state Comptroller Boxer’s report released Thursday.

“Comptroller Boxer has found deeply troubling levels of arbitrary, wasteful spending that New Jersey’s community colleges are getting away with,” Pennacchio said. “The ‘Transparency in Government Act’ would make community colleges and other entities own up to this abuse in the public eye and report spending to the state Treasurer, making people immediately aware of college presidents being reimbursed for country club memberships, spouse’s travel or $400 lobster dinners.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. 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

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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