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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call for End to Seismic Blasting Near Barnegat Bay

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The New Jersey General Assembly passed a legislative resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove which urges the cancellation of seismic blasting plans in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay. The resolution (AR-220) further urges the National Marine Fisheries Service to cancel any future plans relating to the performance of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.

A graphical depiction of a marine seismic testing array. (Hannes Grobe/Wikimedia Commons)

Assemblyman Rumpf, Assemblyman Gove and Senator Christopher J. Connors, representatives of the 9th Legislative District in the New Jersey Legislature, have vehemently opposed the seismic blasting program on account of environmental concerns raised by prominent environmental and fishing organizations.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Legislation to Prevent Students From Enrolling in NJ Schools Under Fake Addresses Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help prevent families from lying about a child’s address in order to enroll the child in an out-of-district New Jersey school is now law.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to prevent families from lying about a child’s address in order to enroll the child in an out-of-district New Jersey school is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is estimated that thousands of students across New Jersey are illicitly enrolled in a New Jersey school outside their home district,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex). “This type of “boundary hopping” comes at a significant cost to the receiving school and it takes away valuable resources and opportunities from the students and families who live in the district and pay taxes to fund their local schools.  This legislation gives districts a valuable tool to help settle questions about where a student is really living when a residency dispute arises.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Protect Consumers, Establish Standards for Third-Party Energy Suppliers Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to increase consumer protections for customers of third-party energy suppliers was signed into law by Governor Christie.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation increasing consumer protections for customers of third-party energy suppliers was signed into law. (Flickr)

“Today’s bill signing ensures a greater level of transparency in the third-party energy supplier marketplace and establishes clear standards to better protect consumers,” said Singer. “Too many customers who switched to third-party suppliers in hopes of lowering costs have been lift with astronomical gas or electric bills due to confusing or misleading contracts.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel: Time to Crack Down on Drivers Who Speed Past School Buses

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The following editorial by Senator James W. Holzapfel on legislation he sponsors to establish a pilot program for municipalities and school districts to use video monitoring systems to help enforce laws against illegally passing a school bus was published on NJ.com on Nov. 28, 2015:

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s legislation would establish a pilot program allowing the use of video monitoring systems to help enforce laws against illegally passing a school bus. (SenateNJ.com)

Parents across the nation share one simple expectation: Children boarding and exiting a school bus should never be in harm’s way. Shockingly, an estimated 14 million drivers illegally pass stopped school buses each year nationwide, even when school bus stop arms are extended.

Unlawfully passing a school bus is a serious crime in New Jersey. Callous and reckless drivers who choose to break this law must be held accountable for their actions.

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Senator Bob Singer

Video: Singer Discusses Bipartisan Effort to Address Property Taxation of Non-Profit Hospitals

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Senator Robert Singer (R-30) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about a bipartisan effort to come to a compromise on how non-profit hospitals in New Jersey pay property taxes.

Click here to view the video.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: School Funding Disparity for Suburban and Rural Taxpayers Just Got Worse

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Citing the growing disparity in State school funding as one of the chief reasons for high property taxes, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove lambasted the enactment of legislation that provides an undisclosed amount of supplemental State aid to the Atlantic City School District.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove lambasted the enactment of legislation that provides an undisclosed amount of supplemental State aid to the Atlantic City School District. (Flickr)

The legislation, A-3983, narrowly passed both houses of the Legislature in June. Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove all opposed and voted against the bailout bill when it was presented on the floor of their respective Houses for final passage.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Toys for Tots Donations Welcome at Senator Pennacchio’s Montville District Office

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Bergen, Morris, Passaic) announced that his legislative office will be collecting Toys for Tots donations throughout the holiday season. All are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Senator’s District 26 office in Montville.

Senator Pennacchio’s legislative office will be collecting Toys for Tots donations throughout the holiday season. (Flickr)

“The holiday season is a time for us to come together to support those in need, and teach our own children the value of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate,” Senator Pennacchio said. “It is truly a privilege to open our doors as a collection site for Toys for Tots, a wonderful organization that has given hope to millions of children. I urge my constituents to take the time to make a donation and embrace the spirt of generosity that this season inspires.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Statement Supporting Proposed Overhaul of New Jersey Water Quality Management Rules

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Senator Steven Oroho, (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) expressed his support for sensible changes to state water quality management regulations that will no longer hinder reasonable economic growth yet maintain key environmental standards.

Sen. Steven Oroho expressed support for changes to state water quality management regulations that will allow economic growth while maintaining key environmental standards. (Pixabay)

“The water quality management plan drafted by the previous administration forced municipalities to adopt extremely complex and overly broad regulations that put local planning agencies at odds with the DEP,” Senator Oroho said. “We cannot continue to enforce a ‘one-size-fits-all’ set of mandates. Our communities must have the flexibility to develop clear and consistent land-use plans that recognize zoning and environmental impacts that are unique to each municipality.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Raise Awareness, Combat COPD Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to raise awareness and combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was signed into law.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation to raise awareness of and combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was signed into law. (©iStock)

“We need to do more to help the hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents struggling with COPD – the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Senator Singer. “By establishing a task force to evaluate how we can raise awareness and expand community resources, we are helping countless New Jerseyans with COPD live fuller, happier lives.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Legislation Allowing for More Affordable Biosimilar Medication Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer making it more affordable for patients to get the treatment they need by allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms was signed into law.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms has been signed into law. (Flickr)

Biologics are an increasingly relied on form of medication created from living cells and used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, MS and other debilitating diseases. Within the industry, a generic version of a biologic is referred to as a biosimilar.

“Biologics are an important tool in treating severe diseases but they can be very costly as well,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “By now allowing pharmacists to substitute for an approved biosimilar more patients will be able to afford to get the treatment they need.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Edward Durr

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

Vince Polistina

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Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Doug Steinhardt

Doug Steinhardt

District 23

Michael Testa

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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