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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill Seeks to Protect Taxpayers by Targeting Bad Checks Written to Counties and Municipalities

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are set to introduce legislation that would permit municipalities and counties to increase the service charge imposed for checks returned for insufficient funds.

Under current law, the service fee imposed by a municipality or county cannot exceed $20 per check. The 9th District Delegation’s legislative initiative would allow municipalities and counties to impose a service charge up to, but not to exceed, the usual customary service charge of the commercial banking institution where the municipality deposits its checks and other written instruments.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Statement on Judiciary Committee’s Release of Patterson Nomination

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Anne Patterson from the committee:

“Anne Patterson has unshakable credentials as a legal scholar with high ethical standards and a demonstrable judicial deportment. I am pleased that her conformation hearing has finally been held and look forward to voting for her conformation in the full Senate.”

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Statement on the Confirmation Hearing for Anne Patterson

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s confirmation hearing for Anne Patterson, nominated by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

“Anne Patterson is more than qualified to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She has a rock-solid reputation as one of the brightest legal minds in our state and is highly respected by her peers in the legal community.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Opinion: Court Funding Decision a Supreme Failure

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The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) appeared in the Courier News on May 31, 2011:

In New Jersey’s 31 poorest school districts, the so-called “Abbott” districts, New Jersey spends more per pupil than anywhere in the state and almost anywhere in America- $4 billion in total for less than 25% of the state’s student population.

It all started thirty years ago, when the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered that increased funding for poor districts be used as a remedy for poor graduation rates and student outcomes among disadvantaged kids.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean Statement on the Passing of the Brother of Senator O’Toole

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement regarding the sudden passing of Brian P. O’Toole, brother of State Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex/Bergen/Passaic):

“It is with a heavy heart I am announcing that Brian P. O’Toole, brother of Senator Kevin O’Toole, succumbed yesterday to pancreatic cancer. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Senate go out to the O’Toole family for their loss.”

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 4PM – 8PM at Shook’s Funeral Home in Cedar Grove, NJ. A funeral mass will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Protecting Patient Safety Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that would require all surgical practices to be licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services was passed by the Senate Health Committee today. Under current law surgical facilities only have to be registered, not licensed, and have less stringent operating requirements. The licensed centers are inspected every two to three years, have more specific staffing requirements and must report to the state medical errors that result in serious injuries.

“Surgical facilities often provide complicated, yet necessary surgical procedures and should have similar safety standards as ambulatory care facilities, ” Singer stated. “We must take the necessary precautions to prevent putting any patient at unnecessary risk.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Files School Funding Plan & Constitutional Amendment in Response to Supreme Court Decision

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, filed a school funding proposal and a constitutional amendment to remove the Court from decisions on how we fund our schools.

“Because the Court has overstepped its clearly defined constitutional authority and assumed the duties of the Legislature and the Executive Branch, I have no choice but to make an effort to amend the constitution to remove the Court from school funding decisions.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano: Governor’s Decision to Pull Out of RGGI “A Good First Step”

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Governor Chris Christie’s decision to pull out of RGGI – New Jersey’s version of the Cap & Trade energy tax – was applauded today by the 24th District legislative team of Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano. RGGI was rushed through the lame duck Democrat-controlled Legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Jon Corzine in January 2008. Today’s action came after a year-long lobbying effort by grassroots conservatives.

“Governor Christie’s decision to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, eliminates a large burden that will make New Jersey more friendly for businesses and affordable for consumers and homeowners,” said Senator Steve Oroho.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Applaud Court Ruling on E-Verify

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State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-24) praised a United States Supreme Court ruling today sustaining an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally. In its ruling, the Court rejected arguments that states have no role in immigration matters.

By a 5-3 vote, the Court said that federal immigration law gives states the power to impose sanctions on employers who hire illegal workers. The law in question was passed by Arizona’s legislature in 2007.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Governor’s Action Is the Right Move for New Jersey’s Unemployed

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Christie Ends New Jersey’s Participation in RGGI

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in support of Governor Christie ending New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (RGGI)

“Governor Christie moved decisively today to end New Jersey participation in a scheme that penalized the state’s taxpayers for pollution that originates in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Two states that do not participate in the RGGI. This proposal never made any sense for the environment or the people of the state.

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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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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