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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Requiring Civics Classes in Middle School Signed by Governor

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Civics must be included in middle school curriculums under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and signed into law today.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean mandating the teaching of civics in middle school is now law. (Pixabay)

“A well-rounded education in civics is essential for creating knowledgeable, engaged citizens who understand the sacrifices and hardships made on behalf of our democracy,” said Kean (R-21). “The law signed today will help provide students with the skills and background necessary for them to actively participate in democratic society. Every student in our public schools will have the opportunity to learn about how our government functions, the rights of citizens, and the values our nation was built on.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Assisting Service Members and Veterans Seeking College Education Becomes Law

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Legislation that will help service members and veterans continue their education and attend college classes, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, was signed into law today.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill helping service members and veterans continue their education and attend college classes was signed by the Governor. (Flickr)

“New Jersey is becoming more accommodating to the brave men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms,” said Kean (R-21). “It is challenging enough to work and attend classes, but for those in the military, juggling schedules and managing deadlines is even more cumbersome. The new law will ease some of the burden of earning college credits for members of the military by offering them the flexibility when registering for classes or when military obligations conflict with course schedules.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Bill Signed Into Law

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A veterans legislative initiative (S-956/A-911) introduced by Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove which would extend the current disabled veterans’ property tax exemption to disabled veteran shareholders and their surviving spouses residing in a cooperative or mutual housing corporation has been signed into law.

Legislation introduced by Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf, and Asw. DiAnne Gove that would extend the current disabled veterans’ property tax exemption to disabled veteran shareholders and their surviving spouses residing in a cooperative or mutual housing corporation has been signed into law. (©iStock)

The 9th District delegation issued the following statement on the enactment of their veterans’ legislative initiative:

“Corrective action has now been taken to ensure that disabled veterans shareholders and their surviving spouses residing in a cooperative or mutual housing corporation will now be eligible to receive the disabled veteran’s property tax exemption.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Will Vote Against Nanny State ‘Dog Leashing and Fencing’ Bill

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Calling it among the worst examples of government overreach, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove oppose legislation (A-2401) that would require dog leashing and fencing requirements throughout the State.

Sen. Connors, Asm. Rumpf and Asw. Gove said they will vote against legislation that would require dog owners to fence their property, calling the bill extreme and unnecessary. (Pixabay)

The 9th District Delegation issued the following statement:

“Imposing leashing and fencing requirements on dog owners is the nanny state at its worst. The overwhelming majority of dog owners are responsible people who take great care to ensure their dogs do not run loose on the streets, let alone pose as a threat to public safety.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Praises Brown’s Legislative Service & Commitment to Atlantic County

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the legislative career of Senator Chris Brown (R-2) following the Atlantic County senator’s announcement that he will resign from the New Jersey Legislature to take on a new role serving Atlantic City:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean praised the legislative career of Sen. Chris Brown following the Atlantic County senator’s announcement that he will resign from the New Jersey Legislature to take on a new role serving Atlantic City. (SenateNJ.com)

“Chris has been a valued member of our caucus, a trusted voice in the State House, and a fighter for all of the people of Atlantic County during his decade of service in the Legislature.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Don’t Be Shocked If Murphy Uses Delta Variant, Opaque Testing Procedures to Justify Another Shutdown

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Senator Michael Doherty said New Jerseyans should not be shocked if Governor Phil Murphy uses the Delta variant and overly sensitive PCR tests as an excuse to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates.

Sen. Michael Doherty said New Jerseyans shouldn’t be shocked if Gov. Phil Murphy uses the Delta variant and overly sensitive tests as an excuse to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates. (Pixabay)

“The Murphy administration continues to engage in a massive display of fear-mongering over the Delta variant,” said Doherty (R-23). “Nobody should be shocked if the Murphy administration uses it as an excuse to lockdown New Jersey again and reimpose all of the COVID restrictions and mask mandates we fought to have lifted.”

“Although the Delta variant of COVID-19 may be more contagious than prior strains of the virus, it appears to be weaker and less dangerous than prior variants,” stated Doherty. “It is well known in the scientific community that as viruses mutate, they become more contagious but less lethal.”

Doherty also expressed concern that the Murphy administration is allowing PCR tests for COVID-19 with a high cycle threshold (Ct) to be counted, despite evidence that many individuals who test positive at higher Ct levels are asymptomatic, no longer sick, or past the point of being contagious.

Last year, a New York Times article highlighted how many states failed to set reasonable limits on the number of amplification cycles performed on COVID-19 test samples, leading to unnecessary concern about high numbers of positive cases that actually pose little if any risk to the public.

“The Murphy administration still refuses to answer basic questions about how COVID-19 PCR tests are performed in New Jersey,” added Doherty. “His administration has refused to inform the public regarding the number of amplification cycles that are performed during testing. Why the total lack of transparency? Even though there has been a reported bump in the total number of cases due to the Delta variant, there has not been a corresponding surge of people who are severely sick or hospitalized. That fact alone should be enough to forestall a new round of executive orders. But I fear the worst from a governor who has shamelessly acknowledged that he doesn’t consider the Constitution prior to making decisions.”

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Urges Booker & Menendez to Support NJ in Remote Work Tax Fight with NY

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After New Jersey’s United States Senators weighed-in on Tri-State dispute with New York over billions in federal transportation aid, State Senator Steven Oroho called on Senator Cory Booker and Senator Bob Menendez to join the fight against our neighbor’s unfair taxation of remote workers from the Garden State.

Frustrated that Gov. Murphy won’t stand up to New York’s tactics, Sen. Oroho called on New Jersey’s U.S. Senators Booker and Menendez to join the fight against our neighbor’s unfair taxation of remote workers from the Garden State. (Pixabay)

“It’s both shocking and dismaying that the Murphy administration has been so timid as Governor Cuomo continues to find new ways to shakedown New Jersey and our taxpayers,” said Oroho (R-24), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “For months, we have been waiting and calling upon the administration to, at least, change their instruction actually telling New York companies to withhold New York taxes from New Jersey residents who are working at their kitchen table rather than the lower NJ taxes, but they haven’t even done that.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Lauds Decision that Will Allow NJ Home Bakers to Cash in On Fresh Treats

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Since 2009 when he first introduced legislation that would allow state residents to legally sell cookies and cupcakes they made at home, Senator Kip Bateman has been a vocal advocate for home bakers with an entrepreneurial dream.

After fighting for it for a dozen years, Sen. Kip Bateman welcomed news that home bakers in the state will soon be able to sell their cookies, cakes and pies for a profit. (Pixabay)

This week, Bateman joined home bakers across the state welcoming news that New Jersey will no longer be the only state in the nation prohibiting the sale of home-made baked goods for profit.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Highlights Success of Law to Help Small & Minority-Owned Business Compete

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Senator’s Bill Created Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program

Senator Joe Pennacchio said he was proud of a 2017 law he sponsored in close coordination with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) that has helped small businesses owned by women and minorities to succeed in New Jersey.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio watches as Gov. Chris Christie signs his legislation at the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey headquarters in Trenton, N.J. on January 4, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

Pennacchio’s legislation (S-123) creating the Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program was signed into law by former Governor Chris Christie at an event at the AACCNJ headquarters in Trenton on January 4, 2017.

“This program was the result of a successful bipartisan effort that we led in close coordination with the AACCNJ,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Our goal was to help small and minority-owned businesses cut through bureaucratic red tape and provide support to help them meeting surety bonding requirements to bid on public contracts. I’m proud of our partnership with the AACCNJ and the success of the program we developed to help small business to compete, grow, and create new jobs.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Governor Signs Bipartisan Bill to Help Bring Underserved Communities Up to Speed with Broadband Internet Service

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Troy Singleton to help deliver high-speed broadband internet access to underserved parts of the state was signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Troy Singleton to help deliver high-speed broadband internet access to underserved parts of the state has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

The new law, A-850/S-2864, will establish the Broadband Access Study Commission to evaluate the feasibility of establishing community networks to deliver state-of-the-art internet speeds to the public.

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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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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