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Update on Cable/Telephone Deregulation Bill (A-3766/S-2664)

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During caucus deliberations on the finalized State Budget, there was an interesting development not widely reported on regarding A-3766/S-2664, entitled the “Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act,” which would deregulate cable and phone services in our state and potentially lead to cost increases as well as the loss of consumer protections for ratepayers. More than 800 constituents have contacted our 9th District Legislative Office in opposition to this legislation in light of potentially sharp rate increases they can ill-afford during these extremely difficult economic times.

Behind closed doors at the State House, another attempt was made by supporters of the bill, both in the Legislature and in the business community, to have A-3766/S-2664 posted for a vote in the Senate at the 11th hour of the voting session prior to the Summer recess. Undoubtedly, this was done in the hope that the bill and the groundswell of public opposition to it would be overlooked, given all the attention that would be directed to the State Budget.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Present His “Fair School Funding” Plan at Milton Friedman Day Luncheon

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Plan Would Provide Equal Aid to All Students Per the NJ Constitution

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee,¬†will deliver a presentation at the Milton Friedman Luncheon to be held at Vitale’s restaurant in Teaneck, New Jersey. The luncheon will honor what would have been Professor Friedman’s 99th birthday.

In response to the State Supreme Court’s decree, earlier this year, that the taxpayers of New Jersey spend an additional $500 million on chronically failing inner city schools, Senator Doherty is advancing a school funding plan based on a provision in the state constitution. The “Fair School Funding” plan would guarantee that every child equal school aid, regardless of their place of residence.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Sponsoring Legislation to Protect Privacy Rights of Accident Victims and Their Families

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9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are supporting legislation to make it unlawful for first responders to disseminate photographs or video recordings of accident victims to the public without the consent of a victim, patient or their next-of-kin if the victim or person cannot provide consent.

Senator Connors is the prime sponsor of legislation (S-2891) in the Senate, while Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove have joined as cosponsors on the companion bill (A-2274). The 9th District Legislators’ actions are in response to outreach from several constituents who have been affected by this issue, as well as first aid and emergency response personnel supportive of a State law to prohibit footage from accident scenes from being made available to the public without permission.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Borough of Oceanport’s Support of Fair School Funding Solution

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Borough of Oceanport’s support of his Fair School Funding Solution:

“The Borough of Oceanport’s officials elected by the taxpayers to represent their interests have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. Those duly elected officials of the Borough of Oceanport in Monmouth County have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally on a per student basis.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer: Tax Relief for Seniors a Result of Fiscal Discipline by Governor and Republican Legislators

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$90 Million Increase for “Senior Freeze” Property Tax Assistance in 2012 Budget

Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) issued the following statement today after the Christie administration announced that they have already begun mailing Senior Freeze checks to senior and disabled homeowners. Checks for the Senior Freeze program, which protects senior citizens and disabled residents from increases in property taxes, will average more than $1,200 this year, going directly to recipients who earned $70,000 or less in 2009 and 2010.

“We are in a position to increase direct property tax relief for seniors and disabled residents because of the fiscal discipline shown over the past two years by Governor Christie and my Republican colleagues.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Money Without Innovation, Accountability Fails New Jersey School Children”

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Lauding the Christie Administration’s announcement that the state will expand its partnership with Harlem Children’s Zone to include other struggling school districts, Senate Republican Leader and Education Committee member Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) called on Senate leadership to allow debate and votes on legislation aimed at increasing accountability and innovation in New Jersey public schools.

“Proper funding of education for every school district in New Jersey is important, but funding alone doesn’t get results for our children,” said Kean. “If money alone were the answer, New Jersey’s inner cities would have the highest graduation rates, test scores, and educational outcomes of any district in America because they spend more per student than almost anywhere in the nation. Innovation and accountability, currently lacking in our public school system, is key to making every dollar we spend on education work better for students in every school district, regardless of economic status.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Borough of Closter’s Support of Fair School Funding Solution

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Borough of Closter’s support of his Fair School Funding Solution:

“The Borough of Closter’s officials elected by the taxpayers to represent their interests have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The elected officials of Closter in Bergen County have acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Oversight of Temporary Transitional Aid Essential for Program’s Success

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“Oversight Language Initially Removed in Democrat Sponsored Budget”

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today following Governor Christie’s announcement that he would support full funding of temporary, transitional aid in the FY 2012 Budget as long as appropriate oversight of the program is restored. Senator Oroho is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3009 that would strengthen, by state statute, the State’s oversight of municipalities that receive additional aid:

“State aid must be awarded equitably, whether through the Transitional Aid Program, education aid or regular municipal aid. Given our current financial circumstances we need to make sure every tax dollar is spent effectively and efficiently.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean, Senate Republicans Release School Aid Calculator

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R- Union) announced there is a school aid calculator (https://www.senatenj.com/school-aid) on the Senate Republican website to help parents, teachers and administrators learn how much additional funding their school district is receiving for the 2011-2012 school year.

This year, Senate Republicans worked with Governor Christie to increase state aid to all school districts. The budget, signed by Governor Christie and sustained by Senate Republicans, increases overall aid to schools by $850 million, including $318 million for suburban and rural districts.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean, Jr. Submits “Caylee’s Law”

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Establishes Penalties for Failing to Report, Concealing Death or Disappearance of Children

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) has submitted legislation that establishes criminal penalties for failing to report the death or disappearance of a child. The bill is named for Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, whose disappearance and death went unreported for nearly a month.

“It is actually with a bit of reluctance that I submit this legislation, as government really should not have to legislate where common sense should prevail,” said Kean. “But common sense dictates that a parent or guardian who does not to report the disappearance or death of a child in their care should be considered criminally negligent.”

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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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