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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Release Sick Leave Reform Calculator

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Reminder That Democrats Have Yet to End an Indefensible Perk Costing Taxpayers Millions

New Jersey taxpayers can now view the cost to their individual communities of accumulated unused sick leave by public workers on the Senate Republicans’ website. The “Sick Leave Reform Calculator” demonstrates the financial liabilities incurred by local governments to date as a result of a special perk that has yet to be banned by lawmakers.

With no action scheduled by the Majority on legislation ending these payments prior to the close of the current legislative session, Trenton Democrats have all but ensured that an indefensible practice yielding no public benefit will continue for the foreseeable future.

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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 Tom Kean

Kean/Allen Sponsored “Caylee’s Law” Approved by Senate, Assembly

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Diane Allen (R- Burlington) upgrading penalties for failing to report the disappearance or death of a child passed both houses of the legislature today and heads to Governor Christie’s desk.

If signed, “Caylee’s Law” the bill upgrades the charge for failing to report the death of a person to the proper authorities. It would now be a fourth degree crime. A new crime of failing to report the disappearance of a child within 24 hours is also created under the legislation, carrying fourth degree penalties as well.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Kyrillos, Bateman, O’Toole: “Given a Chance to Save Taxpayers Money, Majority Takes a Pass”

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Senators Joe Kyrillos, Kip Bateman, and Kevin O’Toole today attempted to provide tax relief to New Jersey residents by forcing votes on long-stalled legislation eliminating payments for unused sick leave for public employees, providing voters the opportunity to opt their community out of civil service rules, and implement accountability in the state’s numerous independent authorities and commissions.

Rebuffed by their colleagues, the Senators issued the following statements condemning the Majority’s reluctance to consider legislation that would save taxpayer dollars:

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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 Tom Kean

Kean/DeCroce: “A ‘Seinfeld Session’ in Trenton Leaves Taxpayers Waiting for Reform”

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Republican Leaders Decry Wasted Opportunity in Lame Duck

With both the Senate and Assembly in session today and time rapidly running out on the current legislative year, Democratic leaders in Trenton have planned dozens of votes on bills of very little substance for taxpayers, said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.

Both chambers’ agendas have excluded consideration of substantive, unfinished reforms dealing with excessive terminal leave payments, the state’s antiquated civil service system, or capping state spending in order to build a better and more predictable business climate.

Dubbing today’s proceedings the ‘Seinfeld Session’- a legislative voting session about nothing of much consequence to taxpayers- Kean and DeCroce released the following statements decrying an opportunity wasted:

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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 Kip Bateman

Bateman: Chiesa Is Eminently Qualified to Be State Attorney General

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Jeffery Chiesa to be the next state Attorney General:

“Jeffery Chiesa is eminently qualified to be the next Attorney General of the state of New Jersey. He has proven himself both in private practice and the public sector, most notably as a federal prosecutor and Governor’s Counsel.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale: Judges Must Be Treated the Same as All Other Public Employees

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Pension and Benefits Reforms Should Apply to the Judiciary

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the refusal of prospective judges to state that they believe that recently enacted, bipartisan pension reforms apply equally to all public employees.

“I support Governor Christie’s argument that the pension reforms apply equally to all public employees, including the Judiciary. I am disturbed that three of the judges renominated for tenure did not express solidarity with the other employees of the State of New Jersey.

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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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