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  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck visited the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park on March 8, 2016 to highlight legislation to help non-profits and charities. (Full Story)

  • Addiego, Rodriguez-Gregg & Howarth of the 8th Legislative District at Governor Christie’s Budget Address on February 16, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman and the Senate Environment Committee have taken official action to help protect the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from proposed development following a State House hearing. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced opposition to Democrat-proposed constitutional amendments that would lock in automatic tax increases and diminish voter influence in rigged New Jersey legislative elections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole joined the family of a fallen Waldwick police officer on Dec. 16, 2015 to unveil signs dedicating a section of Rt. 17 in the borough the ‘Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway.’ (Facebook/Kevin O’Toole)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Michael Doherty presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals at a State House press conference on Dec. 14, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Michael Doherty presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals at a State House press conference on Dec. 14, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored as ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association on Dec. 3, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck served as judges for the AT&T Civic App Challenge, a two-month hackathon to develop mobile applications that meet a community need. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho joined the Littell family on Nov. 13, 2015 to unveil signs dedicating Route 15 in Sussex County the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway.” Oroho sponsored the legislation honoring the late senator. (Facebook/Steven Oroho)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck at a press conference with Clean Ocean Action calling for N.J. Gov. Christie and N.Y. Gov. Cuomo to veto the Port Ambrose LNG project. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio received the “Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award” at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen was pinned as an “Angel in Adoption” on October 6, 2015 to honor her efforts to advance the rights of adopted children across New Jersey. (Full Story)

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Works with Survivors & Advocates on “Erin’s Law” to Prevent Child Sex Abuse

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Bill introduced this week requires school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into core curriculum

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has introduced “Erin’s Law” requiring school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into the core curriculum. Senator Bucco is working with local advocates and survivor Erin Merryn, for whom the law is named, to swiftly advance the measure.

“Erin’s Law,” sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, would require school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into the core curriculum. (Erin Merryn)

“We teach our children not to talk to strangers, but for 93 percent of children who are sexually abused, the attacker is not a stranger – it’s a parent, a family friend, or someone else they trust,” Senator Bucco said. “We cannot allow children to feel ashamed and suffer in silence. Erin’s Law will empower kids to recognize the signs of abuse and speak out the moment an unsafe behavior occurs. I will continue to work with Erin, and the advocates fighting for victims in our community, until every child in every New Jersey classroom has access to this education.”

Senator Bucco’s bill requires all school districts to incorporate age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness and prevention education in grades preschool through 12 as part of Core Curriculum Content Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. Senator Bucco introduced Erin’s Law (S-2145) on May 2. The legislation has been enacted in 27 states.

“Without Erin’s Law kids are often only going to be educated to be quiet on this matter and those are the kids that are being abused,” Erin Merryn said. “Had this law existed when I was a child I could have spoken up instead I stayed silent. I am thrilled Senator Bucco is sponsoring Erin’s Law in New Jersey and sees the importance in protecting kids from abuse.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: NJ Transit Must Stand Firm on Contracts & Fares

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Analysis Shows NJ Transit Riders Pay Highest Fares in Nation

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that a new report showing that NJ Transit riders pay the highest fares in the nation should prompt the rail agency to stand firm to a pair of rail worker unions that just voted to reject a new contract.

Sen. Jennifer Beck called on NJ Transit to stand firm for commuters in contract negotiations with unions to prevent highest-in-the-nation fares from climbing even higher. (SenateNJ.com)

The fare analysis, conducted by the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers, compared the fares charged by the nation’s largest rail systems.

“It’s not surprising that NJ Transit riders pay the highest fares in the nation,” said Beck. “After being hit with a 9 percent fare increase last October, commuters who depend on NJ Transit to get to work are at a breaking point.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Budget Resolution to Fund Christie’s Proposal to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

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Sen. Bateman will introduce a budget resolution to add $10 million to the FY 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination. (Pixabay)

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman today announced his plans to introduce a budget resolution to add Governor Christie’s proposed $10 million to the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination.

“I applaud Governor Christie for joining our bipartisan effort to safeguard all New Jersey children from the devastating effects of lead poisoning,” Senator Bateman said. “Adding funds to the FY17 budget to support testing school drinking water for lead exposure is a no-brainer. As elected officials we have a responsibility to develop a swift and responsible solution to solve this critical public health and safety crisis. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to achieve this goal.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Advanced: Doherty Bill Requiring MVC to Issue Windshield Certificates for Vehicles Exempt From Inspection

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) to require the Motor Vehicle Commission to issue certificates to vehicles exempt from inspection has cleared the Senate Transportation Committee. This would include passenger vehicles from 1995 and older under a change coming to the state inspection program.

Sen. Mike Doherty’s legislation requires the NJMVC to issue windshield certificates to vehicles exempt from inspection, to prevent confusion arising from changes to the state’s inspection program. (SenateNJ.com)

“Issuing these exemption certificates is a commonsense update to existing law that would have a positive impact on countless New Jersey drivers,” Senator Doherty said. “Preventing unnecessary motor vehicle stops enables law enforcement officials to save valuable time and police resources, and focus on keeping our roadways and communities safe.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Renews Call for Passage of Sandy Homeowners Protection Act

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In the wake of recent news reports of FEMA contractors intentionally short-changing Superstorm Sandy victims on their claims, and making sure that claim reviews produced artificially low numbers, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) called for the swift passage of her legislation, “The Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act.”

Sen. Jennifer Beck called for the swift passage of her legislation, ‘The Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act,’ in the wake of news of FEMA contractors intentionally short-changing Superstorm Sandy victims. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“The FEMA claims process has not been easy to navigate nor has it produced fair outcomes for the many homeowners and residents in my district that were directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy. I have written to members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation on this very issue and I am pleased that Congressman MacArthur has called for a congressional hearing on reports of possible fraud in the claims review process,” said Beck.

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.

“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Tom Kean

Media Advisory: Kean & Allen to Visit Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel TODAY (4/28) to Discuss Supporting Non-Profits, Boosting Charitable Giving

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen will visit Paulsdale, the historic Mt. Laurel home of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul, today, April 28th, to discuss the importance of legislation (S-1932) to create a charitable deduction for contributions to New Jersey-based non-profits.

The non-profit Alice Paul Institute seeks to fulfill the life-long mission of Alice Paul to achieve full gender equality worldwide. (Wikimedia Commons)

Kean and Allen will be joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.

Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Sen. Diane Allen; Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.

What: Press conference on legislation creating an income tax deduction for charitable giving.

When: Today, Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m.

Where: Alice Paul Institute (Paulsdale), 128 Hooten Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Urges Dems to Stop Blocking Bipartisan Port Authority Reforms

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Sen. Tom Kean urged Democrats to stop blocking his legislation – the speediest, most effective way to enact Port Authority reforms. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called on Senate and Assembly Democrats to stop putting commuters and taxpayers at risk by blocking his Port Authority reform bill, which remains the fastest way to overhaul the troubled agency.

“Passing my Port Authority reform bill is still the speediest, most effective way to enact critically-needed and long overdue reforms,” Senator Kean said. “The people of New Jersey and New York have waited long enough. No realistic path forward has been presented for any other option.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Responds to Democrats’ Attempt to Block Gov. Christie’s Gun Law Reforms

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Senator Gerarld Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) expressed his strong opposition to the Democratic proposal to block Gov. Chris Christie’s common-sense changes to New Jersey’s gun laws, calling the resolution a misguided measure that would put countless New Jerseyans at risk of serious harm.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale responded to a Democratic proposal to block Gov. Chris Christie’s gun law reforms. (©iStock)

“National statistics show that when a state chooses to become a ‘shall issue’ state, violent crime goes down,” Senator Cardinale said. “Blocking the Governor’s proposed regulations will discourage victims facing serious threats from applying for the permits they desperately need while allowing criminals to continue operating knowing that their victims won’t be able to defend themselves.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Editorial: How We Can Boost New Jersey and Its Non-profits

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on his effort to help New Jersey’s non-profits while reducing the burden on state taxpayers was published in the Star-Ledger on April 24, 2016:

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation would create a state income tax deduction for donations to New Jersey-based charities. (SenateNJ.com)

New Jersey’s nonprofit charitable organizations improve people’s lives every day, and offer much-needed support in times of crisis.

While our nonprofit groups have repeatedly risen to the task, including after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, they are facing new financial pressures that put at risk their future ability to respond.

A concerning new report by New Jersey’s Center for Non-Profits has shed light on just how difficult it has become for the state’s charities to meet growing needs.

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