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Senator Michael Testa

Testa’s Bill Requiring Schools to Teach Information Literacy Advances

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Senator Michael Testa’s legislation requiring New Jersey school students to be educated in information literacy was advanced today by the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Michael Testa’s legislation requiring New Jersey school students to be educated in information literacy was advanced today by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

Testa’s bill, S-588, would direct the State Board of Education to adopt New Jersey Student Learning Standards in the separate content area of Information Literacy to better prepare students to find reliable, useful content online and avoid invalid and deceptive materials.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill that Will Help Reduce Property Taxes by Cutting Government Red Tape Clears Committee

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Municipalities may soon be able to reduce property taxes by using an individual’s income tax refund to cover the cost of their delinquent property taxes thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Municipalities may soon be able to reduce property taxes by using an individual’s income tax refund to cover the cost of their delinquent property taxes thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey’s antiquated tax laws regarding delinquent property taxes have consistently led to higher property taxes for homeowners throughout the state,” said Bucco (R-25). “In fact, delinquent property taxes have forced municipalities to place more funds in reserve for uncollected taxes—an action that inevitably raises all of our taxes. My legislation will allow localities to credit an individual’s income tax refund toward their delinquent property taxes. This small, but important change will make it much easier for local taxing authorities to collect on delinquent property tax obligations, reduce the reserve funds for uncollected taxes, and allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned dollars.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Measure Lifting Anonymity of Residential Landlords Advances

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Would Help Municipalities to Enforce Code Violations and Address Problems

Legislation sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson that would make it easier for municipalities to pursue rental property owners for building code violations cleared the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Sam Thompson that would make it easier for municipalities to pursue rental property owners for building code violations cleared the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Pixabay)

“So many rental units in our neighborhoods are being purchased by shell corporations that exist only on paper. When there are violations or other problems, municipal officials don’t know where to turn to get the issues resolved,” said Thompson (R-12).

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Introduces Comprehensive Bill Package to Improve School Safety

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon has introduced legislation that would help improve the safety and security of students, teachers, and staff in New Jersey’s classrooms.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon introduced legislation that would help improve the safety and security of students, teachers, and staff in New Jersey’s classrooms. (Pixabay)

“In light of the many tragedies that have occurred over the past decade, culminating in the heartbreaking tragedy in Uvalde, it has become painfully obvious that schools are no longer immune from the evils of this world. Because of that disturbing reality, it is paramount that we work to improve the safety and security of students and faculty in every classroom,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Every student deserves a nurturing environment where they’re not afraid to learn; every teacher deserves a safe workplace where they can focus on educating; and every parent deserves peace of mind knowing their child is protected in the classroom. The debate over gun laws and other more controversial options is ongoing. But this package of bills shouldn’t be bogged down by those debates. The time is now to take these steps to further safeguard all students in this state, no matter what school they attend.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Calls for Treasurer Muoio to Explain Unauthorized Transfer of Pandemic Relief Funds to Pay for $2k Checks to Illegal Immigrants

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Senator Michael Testa called for answers from New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio after it was revealed today that $10 million of unauthorized transfers were made to the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund, a Murphy administration program that would provide illegal immigrants with $2,000 payments and up to $4,000 per household.

Sen. Michael Testa called for answers from N.J. Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio after it was revealed today that $10 million of unauthorized transfers were made to the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund, a Murphy administration program that would provide illegal immigrants with $2,000 payments and up to $4,000 per household. (Pixabay)

“The current state budget includes language that allows Governor Murphy to make appropriations of up to $10 million from federal pandemic relief funds for any single relief program without legislative approval,” said Testa (R-1), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “It seems clear the Murphy administration exceeded that authority by appropriating $20 million for payments to illegal immigrants without the sign-off of the Legislature. Treasurer Muoio should be called before the Budget Committee to explain the Murphy administration’s disregard for the law.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio’s Budget Resolution Reflects Dedication to School Safety

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Senator Joe Pennacchio this week introduced a budget resolution that would commit $1.5 million to help ensure the safety of New Jersey school students.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio this week introduced a budget resolution that would commit $1.5 million to help ensure the safety of New Jersey school students. (SenateNJ.com)

“If there is ever a right time to invest in making our schools safer, it is now,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “School safety has gotten plenty of lip service recently, but this resolution will put Trenton’s money where its mouth is.”

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Senator Edward Durr

Durr: NJ Democrats Block Relief for High Gas Prices While NY Moves Forward to Help Drivers

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Just days after New Jersey Democrats broke the rules of the Senate to block an effort by Senator Ed Durr to provide Garden State families with $500 rebates to offset high gas prices and inflation, New York announced a gas tax holiday to provide relief to drivers. Similar relief has been enacted in nearby states, including Connecticut and Maryland.

“New Jersey Democrats appear to be the only people who don’t care that middle-class families are struggling with record-high gas prices and inflation,” said Durr (R-3). “That’s the only reason that would explain why they blocked our effort last week to put $500 back in the pockets of millions of New Jersey families immediately.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Discusses Solutions to Improve School Security

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In light of recent events, Senator Anthony M. Bucco said it’s important for legislators, school administrators, and parents to discuss and review security measures to ensure that children and their teachers are protected in our schools.

In light of recent events, Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said it’s important for legislators, school administrators, and parents to discuss and review security measures to ensure that children and their teachers are protected in our schools. (Pixabay)

“The tragedy in Uvalde has everyone asking if we’re doing everything we can do to keep our schools safe,” said Bucco (R-25). “In answering that question, it’s important that we look at both existing resources that are available to districts today and new laws and programs that can prevent violence and increase the security readiness of our schools.”

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District 10

10th District Legislators Introduce Resolution Urging Congress to Reinstate Military Members Discharged for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have introduced a resolution which urges Congress to reinstate U.S. service members who were forcibly discharged from duty in response to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. This resolution comes in response to several Marines from Ocean County who were discharged for opting out of the vaccine which prompted Congressman Chris Smith to introduce H.R. 7570.

District 10 lawmakers introduced a resolution that urges Congress to reinstate U.S. service members who were forcibly discharged from duty in response to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (©iStock)

“Our military service members have given so much to preserve our freedoms and they should not be punished for making a personal medical decision,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “Our legislation is urging Congress to do the right thing and allow the brave men and women of our nation the opportunity to continue their service while receiving the benefits they rightfully deserve.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Silenced in Push to Move Legislation Creating Investigation of Nursing Home Deaths

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Senator Joe Pennacchio’s efforts to speak in support of Democrat Senator Nia H. Gill’s motion to a relieve resolution SR-48 from committee was silenced after Senate Democrats moved to table the motion and the Senate President prevented comments.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s efforts to speak in support of Democrat Sen. Nia H. Gill’s motion to a relieve resolution SR-48 from committee was silenced after Senate Democrats moved to table the motion and the Senate President prevented comments. (SenateNJ.com)

Pennacchio and Gill are sponsors of the measure that would establish a on oversight committee with subpoena power to investigate New Jersey’s response to the pandemic in nursing homes.

“I am outraged and disappointed that we were once again prevented from even discussing this effort to scrutinize the policies and factors that may have contributed to the death toll in long-term facilities,” said Pennacchio. “Like the voices of family members clamoring for answers, my voice, and the voices of my Senate colleagues, were silenced today.

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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