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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Bolstering Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Advances

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to help the state meet its goal of 330,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025 was approved by the Senate today.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill that would enhance the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure and help the state meet its goal of 330,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025 was approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-3223, would help expand the New Jersey’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“If we’re going to get more electric cars on the road, we’re going to need easier and more convenient access to charging stations. It’s as simple as that,” said Bateman (R-16). “The popularity of electric cars is growing, and sales are increasing significantly as they have become more reliable and more affordable. This measure will help the critical charging infrastructure keep pace.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bills Fueling More Open Space Projects Clear Senate

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Projects Include Blue Acres Acquisitions in Flood Zones and Green Acres Parks

The acquisition and management of land for conservation will proceed under two bills sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and advanced today by the Senate.

Two bills sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado that would bolster the State’s efforts to acquire and manage land for conservation were endorsed by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Every county in the state will benefit from these bills,” said Corrado (R-40). “These are initiatives that will improve the standard of living in our densely populated Garden State, including the development of parks and recreation lands, and purchasing and maintaining acreage for Green Acres and crucial Blue Acres projects.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: 7,500 Nursing Home Deaths Show Need for More Inclusive Multi-Generational Housing Blueprint for NJ

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Legislation Helping to Expand Options for Families Clears Senate

After the heart-breaking loss of nursing home residents during the pandemic, Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to make it easier for seniors to live with family members and avoid moving into facilities was approved today by the State Senate.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to establish a commission to study and make recommendations on how to most effectively advance multigenerational family housing opportunities cleared the Senate. (©iStock)

“We lost more than 7,500 nursing home residents. In many cases it was nursing homes or nothing,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Family members were locked out and unable to visit and comfort their parents or grandparents, many who suffered and died alone and frightened. This bill will help provide families with an alternative to long-term care facilities.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Updating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council Advanced by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean that updates the membership and purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that updates the membership and purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council was advanced by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation will modernize the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council to reflect a more diverse audience—and more closely align the mission of the Council with the needs facing the deaf and hard of hearing community,” said Senator Kean (R-21). “By improving the membership and purpose of the Council, we will be able to more effectively assist individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing while enhancing public awareness of their needs.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Endorses Bateman Bill Helping Public Libraries Save Money and Improve Services

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Public libraries would be able to operate more efficiently under Senator Kip Bateman’s bill approved today by the Senate.

Public libraries will be able to reduce expenses under Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation allowing them to to dispose of outdated books, newspapers and magazines without going out to bid. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

Under the bill, S-2644, libraries would be able to dispose of outdated books, newspapers and magazines without going out to bid. It would eliminate the expense and delay of advertising for bids.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Introduces Bill to Better Honor Sacrifices of Recruits Who Die While Training to Become State Troopers

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Measure Guarantees $50,000 Minimum Annual Accidental Death Benefit to Surviving Spouse

Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation to address concerns related to the recent death of Lucas C. Homeijer, a State Police recruit who succumbed to injuries sustained during a training exercise at the New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation to address concerns related to the recent death of Lucas C. Homeijer, a State Police recruit who succumbed to injuries sustained during a training exercise at the New Jersey State Police Academy. (NJSP via Facebook)

“This young man died a hero while training to become a State Trooper who would protect and serve New Jersey families,” said Bucco (R-25). “His intention was to serve, just like his father and uncle before him, and we should honor his sacrifice in that pursuit even though his dream was never fully realized. I’m glad to have worked with the State Troopers Fraternal Association to develop a bill that will provide the survivors of fallen recruits, including the Homeijer family, with the benefits and recognition they deserve.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Statement on Democrats’ Marijuana Clean-up Bill Falling Through

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) released the following statement in response to news that plans have fallen through to advance a clean-up bill on Monday that was pursued by legislative Democrats to fix shortcomings in marijuana legalization legislation that Governor Phil Murphy has refused to sign:

Statement from Sen. Tony Bucco in response to news that plans have fallen through to advance a clean-up bill on Monday that was pursued by legislative Democrats to fix shortcomings in marijuana legalization legislation that Gov. Murphy has refused to sign. (Pixabay)

“I’ve expressed concerns for a long time that the process to legalize marijuana moved way too quickly and was backwards from the beginning. There are extremely complex criminal, regulatory, social, and tax implications that should have been figured out before a question was placed on the ballot.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Statement on Violence in Nation’s Capital from District 39 Lawmakers

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi released the following joint statement regarding the violence in Washington on Wednesday:

Joint statement from Sen. Gerald Cardinale, Asm. Robert Auth, and Asw. Holly Schepisi on the violence seen in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

“America was built upon both the right of our citizens to peacefully protest and the need for the democratic process to peacefully unfold. The violence seen in Washington, D.C., earlier this week violated both of these pillars of America. What happened was wrong and should never happen in a society committed to preserving law and order. Those who committed violent and illegal acts must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

District 10

10th District Team Ready to Override Murphy’s Veto of Bill to Aid Stressed Restaurant Industry

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The 10th District Legislators continue to stand in support of New Jersey’s restaurant industry and small business owners by announcing they are ready to override the Governor’s veto of legislation which allows restaurants and bars to establish expanded service amid the Governor’s mandated restrictions. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano call on President Sweeney and Speak Coughlin for votes to be scheduled in both houses of the Legislature to override Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation (A-4525).

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano call on President Sweeney and Speak Coughlin for votes to be scheduled in both houses of the Legislature to override Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation (A-4525). (Pixabay)

“It’s blow after blow for restaurant owners who have tried every possible solution to stay open during this pandemic despite the Governor’s endless executive orders,” state Senator Holzapfel. “I join my colleagues in the Senate and my fellow 10th District Assemblymen to request that this bill, which was passed unanimously in both houses, be voted on to override the Governor’s veto.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Informing People with Disabilities and Seniors of Public Transit Fare Discounts Becomes Law

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Requires Advertising to Promote Availability of Discounted Fares and Accessibility

A state program providing discounted bus and rail transportation to seniors and those with disabilities will be promoted with advertising under legislation (S-1936) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and signed into law today.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation requiring the the State to advertise its program for discounted bus and rail fares for seniors and those with disabilities is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

The new law requires the transportation commissioner to publicize the program, the reduced fare costs, and the hours when reduced fares may be used.

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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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