Legislation Gives Counties Discretion to Prevent Established Growers from Losing Their Leases to Preserved Farmland by Bid
Legislation was introduced today by Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Chris Brown and Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg that safeguards the interest of local farmers who cultivate and harvest preserved lands.
The bill addresses a concern with current state law that requires a bidding process for farming rights that fails to consider a farmer’s long-established connection to the land.
Questions Impartiality of Democrat-Heavy Committee Panel
Assemblyman Chris Brown welcomed news that the Assembly and Senate will merge their independent inquiries into the George Washington Bridge lane closure issue.
“Combining the two investigations is a step in the right direction. A bicameral committee eliminates duplication, increases efficiency, and it saves taxpayer money.
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg took the oath of office today, joining the General Assembly representing the 8th Legislative District (Burlington, Atlantic and Camden).
“I am honored to represent the residents of the 8th District in Trenton. I welcome the opportunity to work hard to bring new and better jobs to New Jersey, and make our state more affordable for struggling families and seniors,” said Rodriguez-Gregg.
Home-Baked and Store-Bought Treats Can Be Donated on Dec. 7 at 8th District Office on Rt. 70 in Medford
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Scott Rudder and Assemblyman Chris Brown will open their 8th District Legislative Office to collect donated home-baked cookies and sweet treats for shipment to U.S. military men and women deployed in Afghanistan and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
The office, located at 176 Route 70 East, just behind the Dunkin Donuts, will accept goodies on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The cookie drive is a great opportunity to recognize the contributions of our military men and women, and a chance to share the spirit of the season with our soldiers who will not be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones,” said Senator Addiego. “We are hopeful families planning to do some holiday baking will remember our troops, and bake an extra batch to share with them.”
8th District Legislators Earned Perfect Scores for Their Voting Records on Bills Deemed Crucial to Taxpayers
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Chris Brown were recognized for their consistent voting record on behalf of the state’s taxpayers today, by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA).
“Our primary goal in Trenton is making New Jersey affordable again for the taxpayers who live, work and raise families here,” said Addiego. “In the six years I have been in the legislature, I have fought for smaller, more accountable government, and lower taxes on New Jersey families and senior citizens.”
This is the third time the Taxpayers Alliance has issued a legislative scorecard, and Senator Addiego has earned a 100 percent grade each time.
Hour-Long Discussion Will Offer Tips and Strategies at 8 a.m. on Oct. 30
Criminal fraud targeting business entities and threatening their financial survival is a serious and growing problem, and learning how to spot scams and protect your organization from the threats will be the topic of the 8th Legislative District Business Roundtable on Wednesday, October 30.
“Business fraud is running rampant in this country,” said Senator Dawn Marie Addiego. “Criminals prefer to target small and mid-size companies because they lack the resources to protect themselves and monitor complicated financial transactions.”
Addiego & Brown Move to Extend Exemption for Realty Transfer Tax to Surviving Spouses of Disabled Veterans
“One Final Way We Can Say ‘Thank You’ for Your Sacrifices”
Legislation to be introduced by Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Chris Brown (both R-8) acknowledges the sacrifices of the surviving spouses of certain 100 percent disabled Veterans by extending to them the realty transfer fee exemption.
“We owe enormous gratitude to our warriors who are disabled in active service during times of war, and we can’t forget their spouses, who also share the burden and sacrifice,” said Senator Dawn Marie Addiego.
Legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman and Dawn Marie Addiego giving veterans’ organization more flexibility to manage their costs has been signed by Governor Chris Christie. The measure, S-87, allows those organizations to use the net proceeds from games of chance to support their organizations financially. Voters will have the chance to approve the proposal on a ballot question in November.
“Non-profits and organizations that serve our veterans have undergone difficult times in recent years as many people have had less to give because of economic hardships,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “This bill gives veterans’ groups additional financial flexibility by allowing them to tap a new stream of revenues to help pay their bills.”
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Scott Rudder and Assemblyman Chris Brown are introducing legislation to enhance the safety of New Jersey school students.
“As a society, we have learned some hard lessons. The vulnerability of our children demands changes in the way we build our schools,” said Senator Addiego. “Assuring a safe and welcoming learning environment for every child in New Jersey schools is our ultimate priority.”
Legislation Would Protect Health of Visitors and Preserve Beauty of Parks
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Chris Brown have introduced a pair of bills banning smoking at outdoor public gathering places, including State parks, beaches and wildlife management areas, and at recreation and conservation areas acquired or developed using State funds.
“As a mother, I am troubled by anything that threatens the health of our children,” said Senator Addiego. “Parents should be able to drop down a beach blanket without worrying about being down-wind from smokers and exposing their family to second-hand smoke.”