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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bill Requiring Student IDs to List Suicide Prevention Hotline Number Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio requiring student ID cards to include a telephone number for a suicide prevention hotline was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio that requires student ID cards to include a telephone number for a suicide prevention hotline has been signed into law. (Wikipedia)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed this bill into law today. There has been an extremely alarming rise in depression and suicide among students of all ages,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The availability of professional help during times of distress can mean the difference between life and death. Doing something simple yet important, such as printing the hotline number on every student ID, will help stem this tragic epidemic and give young people access to the mental health resources and support they need.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Bill Allowing Mobile Barbershops Signed by Governor

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Shops-on-Wheels Would Bring Services to Customers’ Homes, Offices

Barbershops and hair salons could soon take their scissors on the road under a new law sponsored by Senator Mike Testa and signed today.

Barbershops and hair salons could soon take their scissors on the road under a new law sponsored by Senator Mike Testa. (Pixabay)

“Barber shops on wheels will open the doors to new opportunities for hard-working professionals with ambitions to grow their business and conveniently serve more customers,” said Testa (R-1). “One thing we all learned from the pandemic is that residents, schools and businesses must be adaptable. Given the popularity of food trucks and the renewed emphasis on convenience and safety, barber shops and hair salons should not be restricted to brick-and-mortar locations.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Provide More Reliable Budget Forecasts Advances

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Revenue forecasts crucial to establishing State budgets would be more reliable under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Revenue forecasts crucial to establishing State budgets would be more reliable under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s bill, S-1530, would establish a joint legislative and executive branch New Jersey Revenue Advisory Board to provide consensus revenue forecasting advice for budget purposes.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Reducing Tax Payments for Employers Clears Panel

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Qualifying New Jersey corporations would be able to reduce their federal taxes under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and advanced today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Qualifying New Jersey corporations would be able to reduce their federal taxes under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and advanced today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (Pixabay)

Oroho’s bill (S-4068) amends the way business alternative income tax can be calculated in a manner that would reduce federal tax liabilities.

“We can help corporations cut their tax bill to the feds without reducing tax revenue to the state,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Money that would otherwise go to Washington could remain here in New Jersey if this measure is enacted. It is time for some good news for businesses in this state.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Panel Clears Bateman Bill to Help Homeowners Mitigate Lead, Asbestos

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to help owners remedy dangerous lead and asbestos in their homes was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

The owners of homes with lead or asbestos contamination would be helped by legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (©iStock)

“This bill will make it easier for homeowners to do the right thing and have trained professionals remediate toxins and carcinogens from their property ensuring a healthy environment for current and future residents of the property,” said Bateman (R-16). “For the health of residents, it is crucial to mitigate the risks of lead and asbestos in the home, but hazard abatement is costly.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Requiring Important Health Screening for Infants Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would require newborn infants to be screened for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would require newborn infants to be screened for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)

“Congenital cytomegalovirus infection can be a potentiality life threatening illness for infants. And, as is the case with most illnesses, early testing and treatment are critical to a positive outcome,” said Oroho (R-24). “This legislation will provide a vital benefit to mothers, fathers, and newborn infants in New Jersey by implementing early testing for congenital CMV throughout the state. Every parent deserves to know if their child has this illness and what steps to take next if they do.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill Improving Safety of Vehicle Stops for Individuals with Special Needs Clears Committee

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New Jersey drivers who have special needs may soon be able to have that designation added to their vehicle registration thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado that would allow drivers who have special needs to add that designation to their vehicle registration was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last several months, I have been contacted by constituents who say they have difficulty explaining their physical or developmental disability to law enforcement during vehicle traffic stops,” said Corrado (R-40). “This legislation will help alleviate that issue by allowing people with special needs to have that designation printed directly onto their vehicle registration. This important information will assist law enforcement officials in identifying, and effectively communicating with, individuals with disabilities during vehicle stops.”

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District 10

Holzapfel/McGuckin/Catalano Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans Clears Assembly Committee

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Shore Municipalities Would Be Permitted to Waive the Fees

Legislation sponsored by the 10th District lawmakers that would give shore towns the option to offer free or discounted beach access to veterans and their spouse and children was approved today by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Military veterans and their families could be granted free beach access under legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin and Asm. John Catalano. (Wikimedia Commons)

The panel unanimously passed the bill, A-4870, sponsored by Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, and Senator Jim Holzapfel’s identical bill, S-1454.

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Senator Michael Testa

Panel Clears Testa Bill Requiring Information Literacy Instruction in Schools

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Students in grades kindergarten through 12 would be educated in information literacy under legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Testa and passed today by the Senate Education Committee.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12 would be educated in information literacy under legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Testa and passed by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

Under Testa’s bill (S-3464), schools would be required to provide instruction on information literacy so students can determine reliable, useful content and avoid invalid and deceptive materials.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Establishing NJ Transit ADA Task Force Advances

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A task force will be created to ensure New Jersey Transit is meeting its Americans with Disabilities Act obligations under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced today by the Transportation Committee.

A task force will be created to ensure New Jersey Transit is meeting its Americans with Disabilities Act obligations under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced by the Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (S-2645) would establish a New Jersey Transit ADA Task Force to study terminals, stations, and equipment operated by or under contract with NJ Transit for compliance with the federal requirements.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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