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Senator Jean Stanfield

Stanfield Bill Honoring First DEP Commissioner “Richard J. Sullivan” Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that designates the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) state building in Trenton as the “Richard J. Sullivan Building” was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that designates the DEP state building in Trenton as the “Richard J. Sullivan Building” was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“As one of New Jersey’s most respected conservationists, Richard Sullivan not only dedicated his life to protecting the environment, but he established New Jersey as a national leader in pollution control, coastal protection, and land preservation,” said Stanfield (R-8). “My legislation will formally recognize Richard’s legacy and designate the NJDEP’s Trenton headquarters in his name.”

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Senate Approves Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Additional Safeguards for Children

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would require a state employer to screen for allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct in employment applications was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would require a state employer to screen for allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct in employment applications was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Any individual who works with children, or may come in contact with children due to the nature of their job, should be subjected to the most stringent background checks available,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Although a state employer may run a standard background check on a potential employee, we need to be absolutely certain that individuals are also screened for prior misconduct involving children—especially if the employee will have regular contact with them. My legislation will require this as part of the hiring process and will provide a greater degree of protection for the most vulnerable among us.”

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Stanfield Bill that Would Expand ‘VINE’ for Domestic Violence Victims Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would require domestic violence victims to be notified through the Victim Information and Notification Everyday System (VINE) cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would require domestic violence victims to be notified through the VINE system cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. (©iStock)

“Just as the VINE system has been put in place to ensure the rights and safety of crime victims, so too should the rights and safety of domestic violence victims be ensured,” said Stanfield (R-8). “This legislation will help support survivors of domestic violence as they work to rebuild their lives. As they go through this difficult process, the least we can do is give them some peace of mind.”

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After Historic Mullica River Forest Fire, Legislators Push for More State Funding to Help Towns Fight Wildfires

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Just days after first responders and firefighters safely extinguished a massive forest fire that burned over 15,000 acres in New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest, Senator Jean Stanfield, Assemblyman Michael Torrissi and Assemblyman Brandon Umba moved to sponsor legislation requiring state authorities to better compensate locals for forestry stewardship activities and for emergency wildfire response conducted on public lands.

Just days after firefighters safely extinguished a massive forest fire in NJ’s Wharton State Forest, Sen. Jean Stanfield, Asm. Michael Torrissi and Asm. Brandon Umba moved to sponsor legislation requiring state authorities to better compensate locals for forestry stewardship activities and for emergency wildfire response conducted on public lands. (Pixabay)

“Although Pinelands fires generally do not cause casualties, property loss can amount to millions of dollars for each fire,” Senator Stanfield (R-Westampton) said. “These fires often don’t spread to residential communities because of the hundreds of hours of brave work put in by our firefighters and the Forest Fire Service, but this all comes at a cost for many communities in the Pinelands, which already have a limited tax base.”

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A Thank You to Our Firefighters

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Senator Jean Stanfield, Assemblyman Michael Torrissi and Assemblyman Brandon Umba marveled at the speed and precision that New Jersey firefighters are tackling a forest fire that threatens to be the biggest in the state in over a decade.

Sen. Jean Stanfield, Asm. Michael Torrissi, and Asm. Brandon Umba thanked the brave New Jersey firefighters who are tackling a forest fire that threatens to be the biggest in the state in over a decade. (SenateNJ.com)

The Wharton State Forest fire is about 95 percent contained, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, and is expected to burn around 15,000 acres of forest.

“Over the weekend, South Jersey residents watched in fear as one of the largest forest fires in state history spread between Shamong, Hammonton, Bass River and Mullica through the Wharton State Forest. However, because of the swift action of dozens of fire companies, the fire seems to be under control with extremely minimal structural damage,” said Senator Stanfield.

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Senator Jean Stanfield

Stanfield Bill Requiring DOE to Evaluate Educational Needs of Military-Connected Students Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would require the Department of Education to identify military-connected students in its database was approved today by the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would require the Department of Education to identify military-connected students in its database was approved today by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

“Children of military service members face many unique responsibilities during their school years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “This legislation will allow schools to better evaluate the educational needs of military-connected students so that teachers can provide personalized academic support.”

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Senate Clears Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the DEP to support water infrastructure projects was approved today by the NJ Senate. (Pixabay)

“Environmental infrastructure project loans include millions in funding for clean water projects for the Evesham MUA, Medford Lakes, and Pemberton Township in the 8th District” said Stanfield (R-8). “The funds authorized by this legislation will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life.”

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Senate Approves Stanfield Bill Establishing “Purple Star Schools Program”

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would establish the “Purple Star Schools Program” in the Department of Education was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would establish the “Purple Star Schools Program” in the Department of Education was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Children of military service members face many unique responsibilities during their school years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Between K-12, military children can move to different locations six to nine times, which separates them from family and friends as well as familiar social environments. This kind of upbringing means finding the right school is extremely important—and by designating certain educational institutions as ‘Purple Star Schools,’ we can call attention to schools that provide for the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected students encounter.”

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Senator Jean Stanfield

Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the DEP to support water infrastructure projects was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is crucial for approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Stanfield (R-8). “The funds authorized by this legislation will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life. Ultimately, providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade critical infrastructure throughout the state will protect the public health of all New Jerseyans.”

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Stanfield Bill Would Help Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Work

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Senate Panel Endorses Measure to Create Business Tax Credit for Hiring Recovering Addicts

Senator Jean Stanfield’s legislation to help recovering substance abusers find employment cleared the Senate Economic Growth Committee today.

Senator Jean Stanfield’s legislation to help recovering substance abusers find employment cleared the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (©iStock)

Stanfield’s bipartisan bill, S-2228, would establish the Recovery Tax Credit Program to incentivize the hiring and continued employment of qualifying residents who are in recovery from substance use disorder.

“New Jersey has a responsibility to help individuals who have made the decision to get clean and have put in the work to get off drugs,” said Stanfield (R-8). “A stable job and the possibility of a brighter future is a necessary component for recovering addicts as they fight to rebuild their lives.”

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Jean Stanfield

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Michael Torrissi

Assemblyman - District 8

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