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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 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 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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District 9

9th District Delegation’s “Combat to College Act” Bill Signed into Law

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Legislation prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove entitled the “Combat to College Act,” which would grant priority course registration to military service members and veterans attending public institutions of higher education, was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf and Asw. DiAnne Gove’s bill providing priority registration to college courses for military members and veterans has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“No one is more deserving of special consideration in college course registration than our veterans in view of their sacrifices as well as the scheduling complications that can, sometimes, arise due to their military service obligations. Veterans deserve to be moved to the front of the line.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Approves Bateman’s Bipartisan Anti-Hazing Measure

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman, Troy Singleton and Linda Greenstein cracking down on hazing in colleges and schools has cleared the Senate. The bill, S-3150/S-3628, would increase penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury.

Sen. Kip Bateman sponsors bipartisan that would crack down on hazing in colleges and schools and increase the penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury. (Pixabay)

The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

“Unless we explicitly prohibit the deep-rooted custom of hazing, more families will suffer,” said Bateman (R-16). “When our kids go to college, they should have the right to live and learn in a safe environment without fear. Parents who send their children off to school should demand no less.”

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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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