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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Establishing Task Force to Protect New Jerseyans from Telemarketer Harassment Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish a task force to protect New Jerseyans from telemarketer harassment and intimidation was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would establish a task force to protect New Jerseyans from telemarketer harassment was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“In order to reduce the harassment and intimidation carried out by some telemarketers, we need to modernize consumer protections to keep up with advancing technology,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will establish a task force, consisting of experts and individuals who have experienced telemarketing harassment, to develop strategies to combat this awful behavior.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Approves Oroho Measure Ensuring Small Sending Districts Have Voice in School Matters

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Small school districts that send students to a high school district but do not qualify for representation on the school board would have more input on school policies and decisions under legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and advanced today during the Senate voting session.

Small school districts that send their students for a receiving district would have great say about the school policies and decisions under Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation. (SenateNJ.com)

Currently, only districts that contribute 10 percent or more of the total enrolment qualify for representation on the receiving district’s school board.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Allocating $10 Million to Local Food Banks Clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support New Jersey food banks has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support food banks has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Each day, many New Jersey families struggle to put food on the table, and unfortunately, the pandemic has only exacerbated this problem,” said Oroho (R-24). “The hunger crisis has led even more families to depend on food banks for their survival, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure those organizations can continue to support individuals and families in need.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Accommodating Service Members with Expiring MVC Paperwork Clears Senate

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Active military members serving outside of the state and their families would no longer have to stress over expiring New Jersey driver’s licenses under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and passed today by the Senate.

Under Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill approved by the Senate, active military members serving outside of the state and their families would no longer have to stress over expiring New Jersey driver’s licenses. (©iStock)

The legislation, S-1882, clarifies that the license of any active duty member of the Armed Forces of the Unites States or an immediate family member would remain valid for up to 90 days after the person returns to New Jersey.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senate Approves Corrado Bill Expediting Certifications for Future Mental Health Professionals

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado that permits expedited certifications for soon-to-be mental health professionals during a state of emergency was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

The New Jersey Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado that permits expedited certifications for soon-to-be mental health professionals during a state of emergency. (Pixabay)

“The emotional and psychological stress of the pandemic has significantly effected the lives of New Jersey residents,” said Corrado (R-40). “This bill will ensure that we have the appropriate number of mental health professionals to serve our local communities, particularly those on the front lines, during times of crisis.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senate Democrats Again Stymie Republicans in Quest for Select Committee on Nursing Homes, COVID Response

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The Senate Democrats once again torpedoed efforts by Senator Joe Pennacchio and the Republican caucus to convene a special Senate committee to investigate the Murphy Administration’s management of COVID-19 in veterans and nursing homes.

The Senate Democrats once again torpedoed efforts by Senator Joe Pennacchio and the Republican caucus to convene a special Senate committee to investigate the Murphy Administration’s management of COVID-19 in veterans and nursing homes. (Pixabay)

With unanimous support of the Republican caucus, Pennacchio again made a motion to advance a resolution, SR-68, which would create a Senate Select Committee with subpoena powers to evaluate how State policies and mandates contributed to the atrocities inside long-term care facilities and the deaths of 10,000 senior citizens.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senate Approves Bucco Bill Requiring Dental Insurers to Issue Refund for Reduced Usage During Pandemic

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would require dental insurers to provide refunds to individuals for reduced usage during the pandemic was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would require dental insurers to provide refunds to individuals for reduced usage during the pandemic was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“From March to May of 2020, many dental offices were forced to close due to the Governor’s executive order, which shuttered many businesses and stopped non-essential medical care,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will make sure that New Jerseyans who were prevented from receiving routine dental care during those two months get properly reimbursed.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Creating ‘Jersey Native Plants Program’ Clears Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish the “Jersey Native Plants Program” to promote the sale of native vegetation at local garden centers was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish the “Jersey Native Plants Program” has been advanced by the New Jersey Senate. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Shopping local is a great way to support the farms that make New Jersey the Garden State, but we also need to encourage people to plant local,” said Bateman (R-16). “Planting ‘Jersey native’ vegetation goes hand-in-hand with our successful ‘Jersey Fresh’ program. Together, through this legislation, we can strengthen local farms, promote healthy eating, and help the environment.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Introduces Bill Reversing Gov. Murphy’s Proposed School Funding Cuts

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New Legislation Uses Federal Relief Funds to Prevent Reductions in State School Aid

Senator Steven Oroho has introduced legislation to use federal stimulus funds received by New Jersey to prevent school funding cuts proposed by Governor Phil Murphy in his FY 2022 State Budget proposal.

Sen. Steven Oroho has introduced legislation to use federal stimulus funds received by New Jersey to prevent school funding cuts proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“No school should have to contend with the funding cuts proposed by the Murphy Administration while they are incurring significant costs to deliver a quality education during the pandemic,” said Oroho (R-24). “It makes sense to use a small portion of the billions in federal relief funds that New Jersey is getting to support our schools in this extraordinarily challenging time.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Senator Holly Schepisi Takes Oath of Office

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Holly Schepisi took the oath of office today to become the new Senator for New Jersey’s 39th Legislative District. She is the first Republican female Senator from Bergen County and the first female ever to represent District 39 in the Legislature.

Holly Schepisi took the oath of office today to become the new Senator for New Jersey’s 39th Legislative District. Click here for full size. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s an honor to continue serving the people of Bergen and Passaic counties in my new role in the New Jersey Senate,” said Senator Schepisi. “I’ll do my best to build upon Senator Cardinale’s legacy and continue the fight for affordability and opportunity for all of our constituents.”

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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

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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