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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Statement on Rescue of Pension and Health Benefits System

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Measure Will Save Property Taxpayers More Than $100 Billion

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the compromise reached on pension and health benefits reform by the Legislature and the Governor. Senator Pennacchio will be a Co-Prime sponsor of the legislation, S-2397.

“The pension and health benefits reform agreement reached today will save the taxpayers of New Jersey more than $100 billion. This tax relief will help middle-class families preserve the high quality of life in New Jersey.

“It is clear to everyone that the current pension and health benefits package is unsustainable. Public employees were made promises that were unsustainable, that the state could never keep.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting 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 Wednesday, June 15, at the Clinton Township Middle School at 7 P.M.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Hunterdon County’s Support of the Fair School Funding Solution

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ support of his Fair School Funding Solution:

“The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected to represent the interests of the citizens of Hunterdon County, have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The Freeholders have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Welcomes Pension Reform for Elected Officials as Part of Comprehensive Pension Reform Proposal

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s Senate voting session in which legislation (S-1875) he sponsored to prevent elected officials from simultaneously collecting a public pension and salary for the same elected position was held from a vote:

“Although my bill was held, I was assured by Senate President Sweeney that the effort to end this pension loophole which I’ve been continuing to champion will be considered in the larger context of the comprehensive pension reform proposal.

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District 9

Senate Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove “Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs” Measure

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The State Senate unanimously approved legislation 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 bill 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 will implement and operate the program in every county in the State.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds Governor’s Realistic Energy Master Plan

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (Somerset/Morris), a member of the Senate Environment Committee, issued the following statement today after Governor Chris Christie revealed the state’s 2011 draft Energy Master Plan:

“The Governor’s plan lays a strong foundation to expand on our state’s energy independence while protecting the environment and growing the economy. By putting a bigger emphasis on cleaner technologies and green jobs, the plan put forth will permit New Jersey to reduce its energy consumption, and at the same time lower our emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Legislation Halting Pension Abuse Clears Committee

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Bills Target Double-Dip Loophole Available Only to Elected Officials

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that would prohibit the practice of elected officials taking their pension, while continuing to receive their salary in elected office from which they supposedly retired was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“The law as it currently stands invites public officials, some of whom collect six figure taxpayer paid salaries for their service, to game the system and collect two public checks at the same time. This amounts to a serious breach of the public trust, ” Oroho stated. “Public service should be about getting something accomplished for the people you serve, not taking as much from the public treasury as you can.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Warren County’s Support of the Fair School Funding Solution

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ support of his Fair School Funding solution:

“The Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected to represent the interests of the citizens of Warren County, have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The Freeholders have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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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.”

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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