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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Named “Advocacy Champion” by NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking

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Senator Joe Pennacchio was honored as a 2020 Advocacy Champion by the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT).

Formed in 2011, the NJCAHT is a non-profit comprised of 180 unique groups, including faith-based organizations, government agencies, academics, and law enforcement, who stand united against human trafficking.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio was honored as an Advocacy Champion by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. (SenateNJ.com)

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery, and it’s happening today, right here in New Jersey,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “By staying alert and informed of red flags, we can help those who are trapped and prevent innocent people from falling victim to this heinous crime. Working together on a bipartisan basis, the New Jersey Legislature can help end this exploitation and provide survivors the support they need.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: $500k of Funding for Hillsborough Road Safety Project Finally Released by Murphy Administration

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Brown Avenue Extension Will Divert Truck Traffic from Dukes Parkway West

Senator Kip Bateman said that $500,000 of funding to begin a critical road project that will improve public safety in Hillsborough has been unfrozen by the Murphy Administration months after it was approved as part of the FY 2020 State Budget.

Sen. Kip Bateman said that $500,000 of funding to begin a critical road project that will improve public safety in Hillsborough has been unfrozen by the Murphy Administration. (Pixabay)

“The funding that finally has been released from reserve by the Murphy Administration will allow for the first steps to be taken on the construction of the Brown Avenue extension,” said Bateman (R-16). “When completed, this project will increase the safety of the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who cross the road that runs through Duke Farms.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer’s ‘Meals on Wheels’ Legislation Now Law

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Senator Robert Singer’s legislation supporting the important Meals on Wheels nutrition program with public donations has become law.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation to establish the Meals on Wheels New Jersey Fund and allow residents to donate money to the organization on their State income tax form has been signed by the governor. (SenateNJ.com)

The measure signed by the governor (S-463) establishes the “Meals on Wheels in New Jersey Fund” and provides an option on the State income tax return that will allow taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to the fund.

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Senator Tom Kean

Now Law: Kean Bill Creates ‘Campus Sexual Assault Commission’

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission was signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our college campuses should foster a healthy learning environment; a secure place where students can grow without fear of the unthinkable,” said Kean (R-21). “Many brave survivors have come forward to share their stories. They, and all survivors, deserve justice. Establishing this commission will create real deterrents to combat the campus assault epidemic and keep New Jersey’s college students safe from sexual violence.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Now Law: Corrado Bill Accredits Fire Academy Classes

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s legislation to help firefighters use their academy training to earn college credits has been signed into law.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to help firefighters use their academy training to earn college credits has been signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“Firefighter training classes are just as rigorous and challenging as college courses, and I am pleased they will now be recognized as such,” said Corrado (R-40). “Accrediting fire service training creates a pathway to a fire science bachelor’s degree, opening the door to career advancement. Ensuring New Jersey’s four year state colleges will award these credits is a common-sense move to help firefighters climb the career ladder and better protect Garden State residents, their property, and our community at large.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Governor Signs Three Oroho Bills Into Law

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Three legislative initiatives sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris) were recently signed into law by the Governor.

Three legislative initiatives sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho were recently signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

The first new law, S-538, extends tax-exemption eligibility for low-income senior housing projects. The legislation was drafted to address a situation at Knoll Heights Village, an age-restricted community in Sparta, as well as other projects across the state.

“This law will help age-restricted communities control costs while providing residents with the quality of life they deserve,” said Oroho. “We shouldn’t cut off assistance to low-income senior communities as soon as they pay off their mortgage. That not only disincentives facilities from paying off their debt early, but it could potentially force these communities to close their doors once the support stops. Through extending their tax-exemption eligibility, these facilities will have a chance to take money that would otherwise go toward paying taxes and use it for expenses that are crucial to their continued operation.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Workers to Lose Hundreds from Paychecks This Year to Fund Murphy’s Progressive Agenda

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Senator Steve Oroho warned New Jersey workers that they should expect smaller paychecks in the New Year due to the governor’s expansion of several benefit programs.

Sen. Steve Oroho said the governor never told people how much it would cost for his expansion of paid family leave and temporary disability, but now the impact is being felt in workers’ paychecks. (Flickr)

“People should understand that the expansion of the paid family leave and temporary disability programs the administration has touted are anything but free,” said Oroho (R-24). “They come at a significant cost, and taxpayers are left holding the bag. Some New Jerseyans will pay nearly $500 more this year. The governor never told people it would cost that much.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Governor Sending Mixed Messages on Jobs

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the goal of Governor Murphy’s Jobs NJ plan to address the skills gap to help prospective employees meet the needs of employers sounds positive, but expressed concern that the sum of the Governor’s anti-worker actions will hurt many New Jerseyans.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the sum of the Governor’s anti-worker actions will hurt many New Jerseyans, pointing to automated kiosks that have begun to replace many low-income workers in response to progressive wage policies. (SenateNJ.com)

“The general goal of ensuring that New Jerseyans in the workforce have the skills that employers value makes a lot of sense,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m concerned, however, that the totality of the Governor’s tax-increasing and anti-worker policies will set us back two steps for every step forward we take to create more opportunity for New Jerseyans.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Requiring Proper Training of Behavior Analysts Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean ensuring the qualifications of behavioral analysts has been signed by the Governor.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill addressing concerns about the qualification of practicing behavioral analysts has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“Behavior analysis is a powerful and promising tool,” said Kean (R-21). “The field is rapidly expanding. The specialty is being used more frequently to treat autism, developmental disabilities, and mental health issues. This new law will ensure behavioral analysts are educated, skilled and licensed.”

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District 9

District 9 Lawmakers React to Gov’s 2020 State of the State

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: End the Extreme Policies That Are Driving People Out of the State

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove offered the following remarks in response to Governor Murphy’s 2020 State of the State address:

Following Gov. Murphy’s State of the State address, Connors, Rumpf & Gove said the Governor should end the extreme policies that are driving people out of New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The last two-plus years have proved to be extremely aggravating for many of our constituents who watch as the cost of living in this state only gets higher as a direct result of Trenton’s extreme policies.

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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

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

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

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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