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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Denounces Sprinkler Bill that Would Hurt Middle Class & Sandy Recovery

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) issued the following statement after voting against legislation that was advanced by the Senate today to require new single-family homes to have fire sprinkler systems.

“This expensive mandate is the last thing New Jersey needs, as recent reports show the housing market is finally turning around for families and construction employers,” Singer said. “This bill threatens our recovery from Superstorm Sandy and the Great Recession. Too many of our middle class families are already saddled with impossible financial burdens.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Oroho Bill Establishing Zero Tolerance for Huffing and Driving

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, is now one step closer to becoming law after being passed today by the full Senate.

The bill, S2064, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who was killed in a car crash on Aug. 10, 2007 by a driver who police alleged was under the influence of inhalants.

“Kimberly’s death was an avoidable tragedy that no family should have to endure,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Huffing is extremely debilitating and getting behind the wheel while under the influence of any amount of illegal inhalants is inexcusable. This zero tolerance policy gives law enforcement the teeth needed to prosecute those reckless enough to huff and drive and hopefully will keep another family from suffering this same unimaginable pain.”

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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, SCR165, establishes a long term funding solution by dedicating a portion of the state’s sales tax annually for the next three decades for preservation purposes. The measure, which would need voter approval on next November’s ballot, dedicates $200 million annually, or 2.4 percent of the sales tax, whichever is less.

“This constitutional amendment establishes a responsible and sustainable means of providing long term funding for preserving open space and flood-prone properties,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “I’m confident that after much valuable discussion and input from many stakeholders this an approach that will assure preservation efforts are sustained without overburdening state resources.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Senate Passes Singer Bill to Establish Procedures and Certification Program for Mold Inspection, Remediation

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would help assure best practices are utilized in the inspection and cleanup of mold in residential buildings and school facilities was passed today by the full Senate. The measure would also establish a certification program for mold abatement and inspection workers.

“Exposure to mold in the confines of a home is a serious concern and unfortunately one many families have been left with in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “By establishing these standards for mold inspection and remediation residents will be better protected from shoddy work and a nightmare of ill effects.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Introduces Bill to Criminalize the Sharing of ‘Knockout’, Curb Future Trendy Crimes

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. introduced legislation to specifically criminalize the recording, sharing, distribution and publishing of assaults, such as “Knockout Game.”

“The Knockout Game isn’t the first trendy crime that has spread because of the popularity of internet videos showing the incidents,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “This legislation makes it clear that people in New Jersey who record, share, post or publish people being assaulted will be criminally liable.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Establish Standards for Home Elevation Process Passed by Senate

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The Senate today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect homeowners elevating their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The bill, S2976, establishes new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors.

“Families all along the shore are undergoing the process of having their homes elevated to protect against future storms. This is complicated, dangerous work and we need to make sure it is done safely and correctly,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex).

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Senator Tom Kean

“Race to the Top” Advocates Allen, Kean Statement on Early Learning Grant

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Senators Diane Allen and Tom Kean Jr. issued the following statement about the Governor’s announcement that New Jersey will receive a $44.3 million Race To The Top (RTTT) Early Learning Challenge Grant to provide early learning and development programs for thousands of high needs children throughout the state.

“New Jersey has always been committed to providing quality early learning opportunities for all students,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This grant will increase early childhood educational services for children throughout the state and give parents the information they need to help their children succeed. This funding will also go a long way to help improve communication among program provides and streamline the curriculum in early childhood education.”

Senator Diane Allen and Republican Leader Senator Tom Kean Jr. wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in October to endorse New Jersey’s RTTT grant application. The letter was included in the state’s application.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: South Jersey Counties Will See Increase in State Transportation Funding

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are advising constituents that under legislation enacted last year, southern Jersey counties will receive a greater share of state transportation funding due amendments made to the “New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority Act.”

The 9th District Legislative Delegation issued the following statement regarding this significant shift in state policy:

“In one of the most glaring examples of disparate treatment by Trenton in terms of state funding, for decades state funding of county roads was based on an antiquated federal formula that gave a disproportionate amount to urban areas at the expense of other parts of the state. Consequently, South Jersey was severely under-resourced in terms of transportation funding despite tremendous population growth and business development. Accordingly, we were proud to support legislation that simplified and equalized allocation amounts to ensure that additional funding will be directed to South Jersey to meet the area’s transportation infrastructure needs.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Sarlo Measure to Support Donations to Veterans Cemetery in North Jersey Advanced

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Paul Sarlo to facilitate charitable contributions for the development of northern New Jersey’s first veterans cemetery was advanced today by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

The Senators’ bipartisan measure, S2639, would give taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support the development and operation of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The planned 66-acre parcel in Sussex County would be the first veterans cemetery in the northern part of the state.

“Providing a final resting place near family and friends is the least we can do to honor those that have sacrificed so much to fight to protect the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris). “This cemetery will be a fitting final tribute to the thousands of North Jersey veterans and a comfort to their families. Hopefully, by adding this option to the tax return more of those with the means to give to this worthy project will do so.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco, Oroho Measure to Let Charter, Vo-Tech, Home-Schooled Students Play Public School Sports Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho requiring school districts to allow qualified charter, vocational and home-schooled students the chance to participate in district sports programs was advanced today by the Senate Education Committee. Currently, local school districts have varying policies on the matter.

“Children, regardless of ZIP code or school choice, should have equal opportunities to participate in publicly funded school athletics,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “This is a fairness issue that families in my district, Senator Oroho’s district and others across the state are trying to overcome. This legislation provides a common-sense solution.”

“School sports are an important and transformative part of many students’ lives,” said Oroho (Sussex, Warren, Morris). “The valuable life lessons, like the importance of teamwork, sacrifice and dedication, that I learned on my high school’s football field still have an impact to this day and are the same ones I passed on to students as a coach. This bill gives more children, and their parents who pay the same taxes as everyone else, that same opportunity to receive the many benefits of belonging to a team.”

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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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