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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Measure to Facilitate Charitable Donations Signed Into Law

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Governor Christie today signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to facilitate charitable donations in New Jersey.

“We should encourage donations to charities in New Jersey, not penalize a person’s generosity,” said Oroho. “If someone from another state wants to give to a charitable cause here it doesn’t make them a resident of New Jersey and they should not be faced with paying New Jersey income tax because of their good will.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Fiscally Responsible Budget Grows Jobs Not Government

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Senate Republican Budget and Appropriations Committee member Steve Oroho applauded Senate approval of a fiscally responsible budget that looks to the long term health of the state.

“This budget shows that with responsible leadership we can make government work effectively to better New Jersey through economic growth and a better education for our children,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “It’s refreshing to see a spending plan that positions the state to add new business and jobs rather than to add more waste in Trenton.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Praises Budget’s Ban on Using State Aid for University Payouts

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Senator Joe Pennacchio applauded language included in the FY 2014 budget that prohibits state colleges and universities from using state aid to pay for payouts like the one given from Rutgers University to Coach Mike Rice in April.

Pennacchio (R-Morris) introduced a budget resolution following the Mike Rice scandal to dock Rutgers University approximately $2.1 million in state aid in the state’s FY14 budget, and require school officials to provide a report demonstrating how the payouts were funded out of administrative coffers without raising tuition or using state aid.

“While I am still calling for Rutgers University to show how the preposterous giveaways to Coach Rice were funded, I’m pleased this budget incorporates my suggestion to prohibit state aid from being used to pay off employees who fail in their public roles to educate youth,” Pennacchio said. “Taxpayers can now be assured that their money won’t be misspent on misguided payouts.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Record Pension Payment Continues Path Toward Solvency

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris) lauded the FY 2014 budget’s record pension payment as further proof that Republican leadership has reversed course and set the state’s pension systems on a path toward long-term solvency.

“After past administrations worried more about growing government than the rising cost to tax payers and solidifying the future of our public employees, Governor Christie’s $1.67 billion allocation for FY 2014 is the single largest pension payment in the state’s history,” Pennacchio said. “This record payment builds on the landmark pension and health benefits reform measure I sponsored two years ago.

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District 9

Assembly Passes 9th District-Supported Veterans’ Initiatives Regarding Healthcare and Legalized Games of Chance

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Action was taken by the Assembly in passing two veterans’ legislative initiatives supported and sponsored by 9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove.

The first measure, ACR-177, contains the recommendations issued by the Veterans’ Hospital Task Force, which Senator Connors and Assemblywoman Gove served on, for a comprehensive plan for expanding health care access for military veterans living in the southern part of the state.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Ensure Long Term Open Space Funding Advanced by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to provide long term funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation was advanced by the full Senate today. The legislation, SCR138, puts a proposal on this November’s election ballot where voters can choose to adopt a measure dedicating one-fifth of one cent of the state’s 7 percent sales tax to open space preservation for the next 30 years.

“New Jersey is in desperate need of a stable funding source for preserving the state’s open spaces,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “Protecting our natural environment and historic sites ensures our children and grandchildren can experience the same quality of life we have come to expect.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean-Sponsored ‘Patrick’s Law’ Advances to Gov. Christie

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to establish and enhance animal cruelty penalties in the wake of an infamous case of Patrick the Pitbull in Newark was advanced today by the Senate to Gov. Christie for consideration.

S1303 or “Patrick’s Law” criminalizes the failure to provide an animal with necessary care and establishes that crime and inflicting unnecessary cruelty on an animal is a disorderly persons offense, punishable by a maximum 6 months imprisonment and a $2,000 fine. This bill establishes the offenses of cruelly abusing a living animal and causing bodily injury to a living animal by failing to provide necessary care as fourth-degree crimes, unless as a result of these acts the animal dies or suffers serious bodily injury in which case the offenses are third-degree crimes.

“Caring for an animal is a high privilege that starts with basic love and care,” said Kean, a longtime advocate for animal rights. “Exceptionally weak, pathetic and downright evil people abuse animals — and they must be punished accordingly.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco, Pennacchio, Oroho: State Budget Approach is a Positive Sign

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Senators: Christie-Led Budget Compromise Validates How the People Feel About NJ’s Turnaround

Senate Republican Budget and Appropriation Committee members Anthony Bucco, Steve Oroho and Joe Pennacchio issued the following statements regarding today’s FY 2014 budget advancement:

“This budget is a positive sign that Democrats in this legislature are now all on board with New Jersey’s economic turnaround led by the Christie administration, which has revenues and private sector job gains growing each month,” said Budget Officer Bucco (R-Morris). “It’s unfortunate the budget lacks a much-needed tax cut and an opportunity scholarship program, but it proves that together we can position this state for economic growth instead of growth in government. It is a good step to show that we can make government spend within its means at all levels, just as New Jersey families and employers must do.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Bill Establishing Penalties for Leaving Scene of Boating Accident Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) establishing criminal penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident has been approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Donald Norcross (l) and Sen. Jim Holzapfel (r) with Bonnie Post at a meeting of the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee on June 17, 2013. Post, whose husband Robert was killed in a hit-and-run boating accident, was present to testify in support of legislation (S-2859) sponsored by Norcross and Holzapfel to enhance the penalty for leaving the scene of a boating accident. (SenateNJ.com)

“Now that our summer season has begun, residents are anxious to return to the water and safety is always our first concern. With more boaters on our waterways, accidents are bound to happen. This bill will increase the penalty of leaving a boating accident to a second degree offense if the other party dies as a result of their injuries,” said Senator Holzapfel.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Announces Bill to Authorize Inmate Landfill Recycling Programs

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Senator Gerald Cardinale announced today he’s sponsoring legislation aimed at reducing the amount of recyclable waste in New Jersey landfills by encouraging inmate landfill recycling programs.

“Every year exorbitant amounts of recyclable materials end up in landfills across New Jersey, endangering local environments and costing taxpayers and businesses millions of dollars in waste removal fees,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “It’s time we think outside the box to curb this continual cycle of waste.”

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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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