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Senator Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson Sworn In as Senator for 12th Legislative District

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Sam Thompson was sworn in as the new Senator for the 12th Legislative District during the reorganization of the New Jersey Senate on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio Regarding the Passing of Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce

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State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Assemblyman Alex DeCroce:

“It is with sadness that New Jersey awoke to the news that Assemblyman and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce died suddenly last night. Alex was a dedicated public official, but importantly a caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. My condolences and prayers go out to Betty Lou, their children and grandchildren.

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District 9

9th District Delegation Urges Governor to Veto Controversial EMS Legislation

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove today wrote to Governor Christie asking that the Governor veto A-2095/S-818 which would revise requirements for emergency medical services delivery in New Jersey.

In their letter, the 9th District Legislative Delegation outlined their deep concerns regarding A-2095/S-818, specifically the costs involved in implementing the bill’s provisions and its negative impact on volunteer emergency service personnel.

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District 9

9th District Delegation’s Coastal Evacuation Preparation Measure Passes Assembly

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Legislation initiated by efforts undertaken by the 9th Legislative District Delegation more than five years ago to enhance New Jersey’s evacuation preparedness procedures was passed with strong support by the Assembly.

The measure (S-264/A-3224), sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, would implement recommendations made by the Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force in its final report.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Reinstate Death Penalty for Child Killers, Cop Killers & Terrorists Blocked by Trenton Dems

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Senator Robert Singer issued the following statement regarding the parliamentary tactic used by the Trenton Democrats to block the consideration of legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities:

“I do not support the death penalty out of a need for revenge or due to malice in my heart. Neither do the many individuals I have met who have suffered from heinous crimes, ” Singer stated. “I support the death penalty because sometimes it is the only way to achieve justice for the victims and families affected by horrible crimes.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer/Allen Bill Increasing Penalties for Illegally Passing School Bus Approved by Committee

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Legislation that would increase the penalty for illegally passing a school bus has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The measure, S-400, is sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Senator Diane Allen (R-7).

“We know from school bus drivers that people routinely ignore the flashing red lights that are meant to protect children when they are crossing to and from their buses,” said Singer. “It’s clear that the current monetary penalties, as low as $100, are simply not enough to discourage drivers from breaking the law and putting children at risk. This legislation is an important step that will help stop preventable tragedies from occurring.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Legislation Reforming Public Worker Disability Pensions Conditionally Approved by State Panel

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Legislation sponsored by state Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Passaic) preventing abuse of the state’s disability pension system has was approved, pending minor changes, by the State Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission on Friday, December 9, 2011. Responding to the panel’s vote, Senator Pennacchio issued the following statement:

“I’m pleased that the Commission has approved, with conditions, my legislation to address this very important issue. Disability pensions serve an important purpose for those injured in service to the public who incurred a legitimate disability that prevents them from continuing to work. However, this system should not become a haven for those seeking to cheat the system and collect lifetime benefits at taxpayer expense due to negligence or fraud.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Corzine’s Lame Excuses Don’t Fix the Problem

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Congress Should Subpoena More Wall Street Bankers

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding former Governor Jon Corzine’s testimony on the collapse of MF Global yesterday:

“Following the catastrophic, cascading collapse of major investment banks on Wall Street in 2007, which caused the current global economic recession, the United States Government held no one accountable. Nobody was prosecuted, no hearings were held and no reforms were implemented.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Increase Long-Term Care Beds for Persons with Huntington’s Disease Approved by Committee

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Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) that would allow two facilities that provide long-term care to individuals with Huntington’s Disease to expand to forty beds each has been approved by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.

“We know that there is a long waiting list to get into some of the long-term care facilities that specialize in treating people with Huntington’s Disease,” said Singer. “Without this legislation, facilities that want to expand their programs to help more people would not be able to do so. It’s critical that we get this done.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Atlantic County Freeholders for Support of Fair School Funding Plan

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

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

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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