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Addiego, Rodriguez-Gregg & Howarth

  • Addiego, Rodriguez-Gregg & Howarth of the 8th Legislative District at Governor Christie’s Budget Address on February 16, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (center) wearing purple in the New Jersey State House on June 22, 2015 in recognition of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. (Facebook)

  • Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg and Berlin Borough Council President James Bilello visited Our Lady of Mount Carmel Regional School to talk about civics and state government with students on April 30, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Maria Rodriguez-Gregg taking the Assembly Oath of Office on January 14, 2014 to represent the 8th Legislative District. She was joined by her family and former Assemblyman Jose Sosa. (Press Release)

  • Senator Dawn Marie Addiego took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 8th Legislative District. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Dawn Addiego and Asm. Christopher J. Brown attended Berlin Borough’s Fire Prevention Night at the Berlin Borough Community Center on October 2, 2013. The 8th District legislators are pictured with Mayor John Armano (left), Emergency Management Operations Officer Fred Tuttle (right) and Brown’s son Brian. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) and David Silver, President of Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, unload donated goods that will be shipped to troops in Afghanistan. Addiego’s office serves as a drop-off point for donations. (BCT/Dennis McDonald)

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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Diane Allen

Senate Passes Allen/Addiego Bill to Improve Child Abuse Protections at Religious Institutions

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Dawn Addiego to correct a flawed statute that prohibits the Department of Children and Families (DCF) from informing a religious institution that substantiated allegations of child abuse have been made against an employee or volunteer.

Current law prohibits DCF from informing a religious institution that substantiated allegations of child abuse have been made against an employee or volunteer. A bill sponsored by Sens. Diane Allen and Dawn Addiego closes that loophole. (Flickr)

S-2637 stems from a New Jersey Superior Court Appellate decision regarding a man who was able to apply for a job as a youth pastor, despite having been found by DCF to have sexually abused and neglected his two children, as well as their 10-year-old cousin.

“Right now, a person who is fired from a day care center because of a failed child abuse record check can turn right back around and volunteer to teach Sunday school, and there’s nothing DCF or the courts can do about it. Their hands are tied by the law,” Senator Allen said. “The children in that church classroom are no less deserving of the law’s protection. One example is too many. We have to correct this injustice now.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego, Bucco Demand Life in Prison for Murder of Child During Sexual Assault

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Bill expands “Joan’s Law” to mandate life without parole for murder of a child under age 18 during a sex crime.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco to eliminate the possibility of parole for anyone convicted of the murder of a minor in the course of a sex crime.

Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (left) joined Rosemarie D’Alessandro as she testified in support of updates to “Joan’s Law” at the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 13, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

Since 1997, “Joan’s Law” has mandated “no release” in cases involving a minor under age 14. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to protect victims between the ages of 14 and 18.

“The monster who brutally raped and murdered little Joan D’Alessandro has been up for parole four times,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington) said. “Anyone who is evil enough to commit such a heinous crime once will have no qualms about victimizing another child, no matter how long they have been in jail. No parent should have to stand up in front of a judge over, and over again trying to convince them of this fact. We will keep fighting on their behalf until every minor receives equal protections under the law.”

Senator Addiego and Joan’s mother, Rosemarie D’Alessandro, both testified in support of the bill at the March 13 Judiciary Committee hearing in Trenton.

“My sons Michael, John and I are filled with joy today,” Rosemarie D’Alessandro said. “This shows how the unity of all those involved through their actions and voices makes a huge difference in the fight for more justice for young, vulnerable victims and their families. Now families will not be burdened by the thought of when the next parole date will be, or having to testify. Joan’s legacy is filled with positive energy. The vote today truly brings hope to New Jersey.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Senate Passes Addiego School Bus Safety Bill Following Local Tragedy

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Bill Creates “Task Force on Safety in School Transportation” in Memory of Child Struck and Killed by School Bus

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to establish the “Task Force on Safety in School Transportation.”

Addiego first introduced the bill after a 6-year-old child from her district, Edmond Bock, was struck and killed by a school bus in Waterford.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s bill to improve school bus safety was introduced after 6-year-old Edmond Bock was struck and killed by a school bus in Waterford. (Photo courtesy of Bock family)

“Each and every one of the 23 million children who ride school buses every year should be treated with the highest level of care by those who are responsible for getting them to school safely,” Senator Addiego said. “Edmond Bock’s death is a heartbreaking example of what can happen when we do not have the proper safeguards in place. We need to take immediate action at the state level so that no other child is put in harm’s way.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

After Local Child’s Death, Addiego Acts to Improve School Bus Safety Statewide

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Senate Panel Approves Addiego’s “Task Force on Safety in School Transportation”

Senator Dawn Addiego’s bill to establish the “Task Force on Safety in School Transportation” has cleared the Senate Education Committee. Addiego first introduced the bill after a 6-year-old child from her district, Edmond Bock, was struck and killed by a school bus in Waterford.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s bill to improve school bus safety was introduced after 6-year-old Edmond Bock was struck and killed by a school bus in Waterford. (Photo courtesy of Bock family)

“More than 23 million children ride a school bus year-round every year,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) said. “Each and every one of these kids has a right to be transported to school safely, and their parents should expect no less than the highest level of protection from those who are charged with this responsibility.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Sweeney, Addiego & Taliaferro Offer Plan To Expand Pension Investments To TTF

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Dawn Addiego and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro today unveiled bipartisan legislation that would expand the investment practices for the state’s pension funds to the Transportation Trust Fund, offering the opportunity for risk-free investments with good returns at the same time the TTF’s underwriting fees are reduced.

Sen. Dawn Addiego speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on Dec. 8, 2016 on bipartisan legislation she is sponsoring with Senate President Steve Sweeney (left) and Asm. Adam Taliaferro (right) to allow state pension funds to invest in TTF bonds. (SenateNJ.com)

“Finding a long-lasting and stable source of funding for our Transportation Trust Fund is a bipartisan issue, and so too is taking advantage of smart financial opportunities,” said Senator Addiego (R-Burlington). “Allowing the TTF to borrow directly from the pension fund is a smart move that guarantees a rate of return while helping to support the infrastructure work that is so important to our economy.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Now Law: Addiego Bills to Protect Children in Schools

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Establish guidelines to promote built-in security measures at new schools and improve school security training for staff, emergency responders

Two bills sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to improve security at New Jersey’s schools are now law after being signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s bills to protect New Jersey’ school children was signed into law. (©iStock)

“Providing students with a safe place to learn is one of our most important missions,” Senator Addiego said. “All of the participating parties –- teachers, staff, law enforcement – must be well-trained in all of the most up-to-date procedures, and we must be proactive in order to prevent a tragedy.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Passed: Addiego Bills to Improve School Security and Protect Students

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Bills establish guidelines to promote built-in security measures at new schools and improve school security training for staff, emergency responders

Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to improve security at New Jersey’s schools was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Two bills sponsored by Sen. Dawn Addiego to improve school security was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“When it comes to protecting students, the best policy is to be proactive,” Senator Addiego said. “These measures will implement a set of best practices that will make our school buildings safer and help school staff to be prepared in the event of an emergency.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Committee Advances Addiego’s “Eileen’s Law” Allowing for Vehicular Homicide Charges for Deaths Caused by Failing to Maintain Lane

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) to make it easier for prosecutors to obtain a conviction of vehicular homicide against a driver who failed to maintain their lane has been approved by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

Bruce and Eileen Lafferty testified in favor of S-2342 during a Senate Law & Public Safety Committee hearing on September 29, 2016. The legislation, Eileen’s Law, is named in honor of their late daughter, Eileen Marmino. (SenateNJ.com)

The measure, S-2342, was introduced to address deficiencies in current law that were identified following the tragic death of Medford resident Eileen Marmino, who was a wife, a mother of young twins, and a special education science teacher at Burlington City High School.

“It’s almost inconceivable that a driver who recklessly swerves out of their lane can’t be held accountable for killing somebody,” said Addiego. “Unless we start to prosecute more drivers for the deaths they cause, more families will suffer as the Marminos have since Eileen was taken from them.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego Bill to Protect Consumer Information and Privacy Passes Senate

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Legislation Sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Atlantic, Burlington, Camden) to protect the privacy of consumers by restricting the collection of their personal information was advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s legislation to protect consumers from retail cyber hacks was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“It seems like there’s a new data breach at a different retailer every few months,” Senator Addiego said. “If these kinds of attacks are getting to become a normal occurrence, we must put more protections in place to prevent consumers’ information from getting into the wrong hands.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego Bills to Enhance School Security Pass Senate Panel

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Bills establish guidelines to promote built-in security measures at new schools and improve school security training for staff, emergency responders

Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to improve security at New Jersey’s school passed the Senate Education Committee.

Two bills sponsored by Sen. Dawn Addiego to improve school security passed a senate panel. (SenateNJ.com)

“Sadly, schools across the country have been targeted by individuals who wish to carry out unimaginable acts of violence,” Senator Addiego said. “These measures seek to implement a few simple recommendations that will go a long way in making our schools safer for staff, teachers and students.”

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Dawn Marie Addiego

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Maria Rodriguez-Gregg

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Joe Howarth

Assemblyman - District 8

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