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  • Freehold Borough Superintendent Tomazic and Red Bank Superintendent Rumage joined Sen. Jennifer Beck for the Governor’s Budget Message at the New Jersey State House on Feb. 28. The superintendents have worked with Beck to secure additional state aid for massively underfunded districts like theirs. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego and Asm. Joe Howarth met Carter and Corbin Taylor to talk about their program, Science for Sick Days, for kids unable to attend school because of illness, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Commission of Education Kimberley Harrington visited schools in Asbury Park and Long Branch on Feb. 14. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego at the ribbon cutting of the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County at Smithville Park on Feb. 8, 2017. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Gerry Cardinale with retired members of the FOP, PBA and RUPD who came to the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 6, 2017 to support S-1944, which allows more retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms after they retire. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaks to the Senate Transportation Committee in support of her “Antwan’s Law” bill to make roads safer for students, in Trenton, on Jan. 9, 2017. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaks at a Jan. 7 Statehouse event recognizing a law she sponsored that took effect this month to allow New Jersey adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio watches as Gov. Chris Christie signs his legislation at the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey headquarters in Trenton, N.J. on Jan. 4. (Full Story)

  • 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. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen was officially inducted into the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2017 on the weekend of Nov. 12 at the Institute’s conference in Arizona. (Full Story)

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Introduces Legislation to Ensure Fairness & Efficiency in Property Assessments

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Would Produce Cost Savings and Eliminate Tax Shock for Homeowners

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation which would require counties and municipalities to transition to a fair, cost-effective, and technology-based property assessment system, which would reduce volatility in property tax assessments and prevent tax shock for homeowners.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation would require counties and municipalities to transition to a fair, cost-effective, and technology-based property assessment system. (SenateNJ.com)

“Four years ago, Monmouth County implemented the Real Assessment Demonstration Program,” said O’Scanlon. “We learned a number of lessons along the way in our effort to achieve a fairer and more accurate system to assess properties. I’ve taken those lessons into account and incorporated what works into this new legislation.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty, DiMaio & Peterson Highlight $5 Million Transportation Aid Program Benefitting Hunterdon, Somerset & Warren Counties

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Senator Michael Doherty, Assemblyman John DiMaio, and Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren) announced $5 million dollars through New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Municipal Aid Program will be allocated toward twenty-six infrastructure projects in Legislative District 23.

Senator Michael Doherty, Assemblyman John DiMaio, and Assemblyman Erik Peterson announced $5 million dollars through New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Municipal Aid Program will be allocated toward twenty-six infrastructure projects in Legislative District 23.
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“I am pleased that over $5 million dollars is being invested in Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren counties to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” said Doherty. “New Jerseyans have the highest tax burden in the country. This return on investment to rebuild the roads in our backyard will make the daily commutes easier and more enjoyable for so many residents.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Increased TTF Aid Results in Warren County Tax Cut

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) congratulated the Warren County Freeholder Board on a tax rate reduction that will provide county residents with property tax relief in the coming year. The Warren County Board credited the increased transportation aid from the State stemming from the tax reform and restructuring legislation that Oroho sponsored in 2016 with the reduction.

Sen. Steve Oroho congratulated the Warren County Freeholder Board on a tax rate reduction that will provide county residents with property tax relief in the coming year. (Flickr)

“The significant increase in state road aid that resulted from our tax reform efforts has alleviated a large expense for county governments, leading to the property tax cut that residents of Warren County will receive,” said Oroho. “By doubling local transportation aid to counties as well as municipal governments, we lessened the burden on local property taxpayers from bearing the full cost of infrastructure maintenance and improvements.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Legislation to Help Local Farm Markets Succeed Advances

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Will Help Farm Markets to Compete, Enhance Economic Growth

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) to provide economic growth and variety to local farm markets by removing regulatory hurdles when their sell baked goods has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Senator Pennacchio and Bucco’s legislation to provide economic growth for New Jersey farm markets (Wikimedia Commons)

“By making it easier for farm markets to compete, we can encourage small business and help our farms to remain financially viable,” said Pennacchio. “We sell baked goods by the dozen and pies individually, not by weight. Farm markets should be placed on the same playing field as bakeries and other retail shops, allowing entrepreneurship to flourish.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Expresses Opposition to Nuclear Subsidy Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today to express his opposition to legislation, S-877, under consideration today by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon expressed opposition to a nuclear subsidy bill as currently drafted, saying he hoped to work with those concerned on a better solution. (Flickr)

“While I could not attend today’s important hearing due to the flu, I felt it my duty to do the research and make a statement on this significant and impactful legislation.

“I oppose S-877 for numerous reasons. First, let me say that I accept the fact that some subsidy to the nuclear industry to keep it viable may be justifiable. Unfortunately, this legislation is not the way to do that.

“On the nuclear subsidy, the amount proposed has seemed to be a foregone conclusion from the first time we heard about the bill, with very little backing to justify it.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Bucco Bills Providing Tax Relief to Military Members Advance

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A pair of legislative initiatives sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Anthony Bucco to lower the tax burden for members of our Armed Forces were approved by the Senate Military and Veterans Committee.

A pair of legislative initiatives sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Anthony Bucco to lower the tax burden for members of our Armed Forces were approved by the Senate Military and Veterans Committee. (Flickr)

The first bill, S-129 (Corrado), would exclude combat zone pay from taxation under New Jersey’s gross income tax.

“Members of our Armed Forces heroically serving in combat zones place their lives on the line every day,” said Corrado (R- Bergen, Essex, Morris, and Passaic). “They shouldn’t owe taxes to the State for the pay they earn while sacrificing so much. This is a small way New Jersey can thank them for answering the call to serve.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

ADVANCED: Corrado Bill to Combat Chronic Absenteeism In New Jersey Schools

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) to track and addresses chronic absenteeism at New Jersey’s public schools was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Corrado bill to combat chronic absenteeism that is affecting many New Jersey school districts. (Flickr)

“When our young students frequently miss school they are losing access to a key tool for success, an education,” said Corrado. “Falling behind in school can lead to long-term literacy problems and difficulty with basic mathematical concepts, which can hinder a child’s ability to succeed throughout life.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Law Raises Awareness of the Needs of the Homeless

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Says Donation of Socks Can Help Community Members in Need

A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip that designates February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” was signed into law. The measure is designed to raise awareness of homelessness and the ongoing need for socks by children, adults, and families without homes.

Senator Bateman’s “Sock for Homeless Day” signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“A pair of clean, dry socks can be a sign of hope for children and families suffering from homelessness,” said Bateman (R-16). “During the coldest winter month, a donation of socks can prevent hypothermia and injuries which untreated can lead to further health problems.”

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Bateman Launch “Socks for Soldiers” Collection Drive

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Senators Encourage Schools, Businesses, and Local Governments to Participate

Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman have launched a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by our troops serving around the world.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Kip Bateman have launched a ‘Socks for Soldiers’ collection drive to support our troops and veterans at home and abroad. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our heroes at home and abroad need our help to stay warm and comfortable,” said Bateman (R-16). “That’s why I’m partnering with Senator Corrado on a new effort to collect clean, unworn socks that are in high demand by our troops and our veterans. It’s an easy, inexpensive way that we can support those who sacrifice so much on our behalf.”

Corrado and Bateman urged schools, businesses, and local governments to post collection boxes with a “Socks for Soldiers” sign (print one here).

Corrado first collected “Socks for Soldiers” while serving as Passaic County Clerk. Last year, her program provided more than 6,000 pairs of socks to soldiers and veterans.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & Thomson Launch Effort to Safeguard Police & Fire Pensions, Protect Property Taxpayers

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblyman Ned Thomson have launched a joint effort to safeguard the pensions of police officers and firefighters, and to increase protections for property taxpayers.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asm. Ned Thomson would safeguard the pensions of police officers and firefighters and increase protections for property taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)

Their new legislative effort, S-1964/A-3414, would improve upon a plan to transfer management of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) to a newly empowered PFRS Board of Trustees.

O’Scanlon and Thomson expressed concern that a different version of the PFRS transfer plan, S-5, could result in increased costs to property taxpayers and a reduction of pension payouts to retirees.

“I have absolutely no problem with police and fire unions taking more control of their pension system investments. But if you let pension fund members set their own benefits or contribution rates without strict safeguards, you invite the very missteps that led to the underfunding of these systems in the first place,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “The potential consequences would be dire both for police and fire retirees who depend on their pension checks, and for property taxpayers who fund over 70% of the system. Assemblyman Thomson and I have proposed reasonable protections that can help the PFRS transfer to succeed financially over the long term.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony 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

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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