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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio Condemns Dr. Anthony Fauci on Senate Floor

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Senator Joe Pennacchio delivered the following statement on the Senate floor prior to a vote on a partisan resolution (ACR-195/SCR-134) honoring the life and work of Dr. Anthony Fauci:

“As a leader over the past 30 years in National Health, it was Dr. Fauci’s responsibility to prevent and prepare this nation for a potential pandemic.  Dr. Anthony Fauci may have contributed to this pandemic, but unfortunately in a negative way.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has a history of flip flops, Senator Joe Pennacchio said, and he doesn’t deserve to be applauded. (Wikimedia Commons)

“On Feb. 17, 2020, Dr. Fauci said the risk of coronavirus in the U.S. was ‘miniscule’ and advised people to skip using masks. Asked about China locking down the Wuhan region, Dr. Fauci said ‘that’s something that I don’t possibly think we can do in the United States.’

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Approves Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes

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Measure Would Help Fund Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This appropriation represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this funding permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

The legislation, S-3618, makes a supplemental appropriation of $10 million for grants for certain lake management activities for recreation and conservation purposes.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Praise Senate’s Passage of Senior Community Immunity Bill

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove praised the Senate’s passage of legislation to protect senior communities from potentially expensive pandemic-related lawsuits.

Specifically, the legislation (S-3584) would prohibit any causes of action for damages arising from a COVID-19 exposure or transmission on the premises of a planned real estate development. Under the legislation, the immunity would not apply to acts or omissions constituting a crime, actual fraud, actual malice, gross negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Moves Hostile Amendment to Democrats’ Bill Extending Murphy’s Emergency Powers

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Democrats Block Oroho’s Effort to End Public Health Emergency in Full Immediately

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) proposed a hostile amendment during the Senate floor debate on flawed legislation (S-3866) proposed by Democrats that would extend Governor Phil Murphy’s emergency powers until next year.

The Democrats’ bill extends pandemic-related executive orders and restrictions issued by the governor until 2022, including mask mandates for children.

Oroho moved a hostile amendment that would have amended the bill to end the public health emergency immediately and stripped Governor Murphy of the power to spend billions in federal relief funds without legislative oversight. His amendment was blocked by the Senate Democratic Majority.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Increasing Penalties for Buying, Selling Stolen Jewelry Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that imposes stricter penalties on jewelers who violate New Jersey’s secondhand jewelry and precious metals record keeping laws was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman that imposes stricter penalties on jewelers who violate New Jersey’s secondhand jewelry and precious metals record keeping laws was approved by the Senate. (Flickr)

“Under my legislation, jewelers who pawn off illegally obtained valuables on innocent consumers could no longer claim ignorance as a defense for buying and selling stolen goods,” said Bateman (R-16). “Sellers who try and hide the fact that they received stolen property, and are putting it up for sale, must be held accountable for breaking the law.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Senate Approves Holzapfel Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans

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Shore Municipalities Would Be Permitted to Waive the Fees

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and approved today by the Senate would allow shore towns to offer free or discounted beach access to veterans and their spouse and children.

United States military veterans would be eligible for free beach access in some New Jersey municipalities under Senator Jim Holzapfel’s legislation. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We want to welcome our veterans who were willing to risk their lives for our nation to our award-winning beaches,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “It is because of the dedication and commitment of our military men and women that we, as Americans, enjoy the freedoms we cherish.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Legislation Eliminating Mandates on Small Towns Advances

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Senator Steve Oroho’s measure that would eliminate a mandate on small municipalities and help ease the burden of filling boards of health for small towns was approved by the Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and approved by the Senate would eliminate a mandate on small municipalities and help ease the burden of filling boards of health for small towns. (SenateNJ.com)

“Every municipality is required to have a board of health, but for towns with small populations, it can be a challenge to find volunteers willing to serve on local boards and commissions, including the board of health,” said Oroho (R-24). “This (S-1416) helps solve the problem, allowing municipal governing bodies to serve as boards of health. It is a sensible and efficient solution.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Legislation Allowing New Jerseyans to Donate Part of Tax Refund to Cancer Research Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward cancer research and/or pediatric cancer research has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Tony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward cancer research has been approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

“The voluntary contributions from New Jerseyans under this bill will provide support for approved scientific research projects that focus on the numerous different causes of cancer,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This additional funding and support will allow researchers to investigate new cancer treatments and new ways of preventing this insidious disease that has affected millions of people.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Measure Reining in Absentee Landlords Clears Senate

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Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation to crack down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses cleared the Senate today.

Senator Steve Oroho’s bill protecting neighborhoods for nuisance rooming and boarding homes was approved by the Senate. (©iStock)

“Affected residents regretfully know all too well how absentee landlords can disrupt a neighborhood’s quality of life,” said Oroho (R-24). “Communities deserve decency and cooperation from operators of any shared housing complexes. This measure will empower our towns with the proper enforcement tools against bad actors while helping to curb disruptive behavior.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado to Introduce Bill Allowing Kids to Unmask at Daycare

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Online Petition Urging Gov. Murphy to “Unmask Our Kids” Nears 10k Signatures

Senator Kristin Corrado will introduce legislation tomorrow allowing children to unmask at daycare as a companion to bills introduced this week allowing kids to stop wearing masks at school and summer camp.

Sen. Kristin Corrado will introduce legislation allowing children to unmask at daycare. She said an online petition signed by nearly 10,000 people urging Gov. Murphy to “Unmask Our Kids” shows broad support for ending mask mandates for children. (Pixabay)

“The package of bills we are sponsoring would override Governor Murphy’s executive orders and allow New Jersey’s children to unmask at daycare, summer camp, and school,” said Corrado (R-40). “With infection rates for adults plummeting and little demonstrated risk to children from the virus, we think it’s time to unmask our kids.”

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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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