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  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was presented the 3rd Annual Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on October 16, 2014 for his strong support of the state’s business community. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Robert Singer (R-30) and Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) held a State House press conference on October 16, 2014 to unveil new legislation, S-2509, to provide financial assistance to New Jersey’s urban enterprise zones. (Facebook)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean toured the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs with company President Marcus Weldon (right) after unveiling legislation on October 10, 2014 to foster innovation and increase job growth in New Jersey. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of Drew Keough, following the Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law” on October 9, 2014. Lt. Pezzano, a Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of S-2243 to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was a “celebrity reader” to the preschool children at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Little Sprouts Early Learning Center in Newton, NJ on October 6, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Tom Kean (R-21) and NJMEP visited DESIRON’s furniture factory in Kenilworth, NJ on October 2, 2014 in honor of National Manufacturing Day. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) toured the manufacturing facility of Tri-Power Designs in Denville, NJ to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) was presented the “Patriot Award” by the New Jersey Food Council at the organization’s Good Government Breakfast on October 1, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) and a bipartisan group of New Jersey’s women legislators held a press conference in front of MetLife Stadium on September 30, 2014 to urge the removal of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in light of the league’s long history of inaction regarding domestic violence during his tenure. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (right) and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (left) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Performing Arts Center with a ribbon cutton to mark the completion of the theater’s Main Lobby Building Project in Morristown, NJ on September 29, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) talking to News 12 on September 22, 2014, prior to the Senate’s approval of his legislation (S-516) that would increase penalties for leaving loaded firearms within easy access of a minor, resulting in injury or death. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12) spoke in support of legislation that the New Jersey Senate approved to increase accountability and transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during a session on September 22, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) distributed sackpacks to students at Beverly City School in Beverly on September 17, 2014. She also visited Charles Street School in Palmyra to hand out the packs provided through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot. (Press Release)

Senator Joe Kyrillos

Statement from Sen. Kyrillos on Federal Court NJ Sports Betting Ruling

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Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of New Jersey’s recently enacted law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, responded to a federal court’s restraining order that will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept sports wagers as planned:

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on October 24, 2014 preventing Monmouth Park, pictured, from starting to accept wagers on sports as had been planned. (nakashi/Flickr)

“I am disappointed that the temporary restraining order imposed by a federal court will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept wagers on sporting events this weekend as was planned. I believe, however, the court will find after a more thorough review that New Jersey’s repeal of prohibitions on sports betting at our racetracks and casinos is compliant with both federal law and the guidance provided in previous federal court rulings.”

Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole Bill Allowing for Contributions to ALS Association on Tax Returns Passes New Jersey Senate

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Legislation (S-2396) sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) that would allow New Jersey residents to make voluntary contributions on their state income tax returns to the ALS Association was approved by the New Jersey Senate in a 38-0 vote.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s legislation (S-2396) to create a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to donate to the ALS Association follows the successful, but short lived, Ice Bucket Challenge social media fundraising campaign.

The measure’s advance follows the grassroots Ice Bucket Challenge social media campaign that raised $115 million for the ALS Association between July 29 and September 22.

“Many of us participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for ALS research and the care and treatment of those suffering from this horrible disease,” said O’Toole. “While the viral fundraising campaign was very successful, it was also short lived. This legislation will create a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to demonstrate their generosity and help fight ALS.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Banning Microbeads Passed by Senate

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The Senate voted 38-0 to adopt legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman prohibiting personal care products that contain tiny particles known as microbeads from being sold or produced in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Senate voted to approve legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman banning the sale or production of personal care items containing microbeads, tiny plastic particles used in products including toothpaste, soaps and creams. (iStock)

Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to products like face washes and cosmetic products as an exfoliate.

“Microbeads pose a significant environmental concern as they can’t be trapped by most water filtration systems and as a result end up in rivers and lakes,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer. “The best way to keep these synthetic pieces of plastic from ending up in the drinking supplies that millions of New Jerseyans depend on is to keep the products they are used in off the shelves. This legislation puts New Jersey at the forefront of a national effort to address this important problem.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Praises Quick Signing of Sports Betting Bill

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement following the signing of legislation that removes state prohibitions on sports wagering at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) and Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to remove state prohibitions on sports betting at racetracks, including Monmouth Park, and Atlantic City casinos was signed into law on October 17, 2014. (Ted Kerwin/Flickr)

“I am pleased that our legislation removing state prohibitions on sports betting was signed into law so quickly. Monmouth Park has been preparing for this to happen and is poised to start taking bets in the upcoming days,” said Kyrillos, a prime sponsor of the legislation. “Sports betting will provide a financial lifeline that will help protect jobs at Monmouth Park and Atlantic City casinos. The legislation was drafted based on guidance from federal courts, and we trust it will stand up to any future challenge.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Receives Oak Leaf Award from The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) was honored with an Oak Leaf Award by The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey for his years of work to protect the environment, preserve open space and farmland, and other important environmental initiatives.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) was honored by The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey for his work to protect the environment and preserve open space. Pictured is Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve in Warren County, NJ, managed by The Nature Conservancy. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

“Preserving open space and working for clean water, air and land are initiatives that benefit everyone,” said Bateman. “Organizations like The Nature Conservancy do so much directly and in support of these important environmental efforts, making their recognition a true honor.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Committee Approves “Kimmie’s Law” to Establish Zero Tolerance for Driving Under the Influence of Inhalants

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, has been approved the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

Kimberly Goupil died from injuries sustained in a car accident in which police alleged the driver was under the influence of inhalants. Kimmie’s Law, sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho, would make it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant.(Facebook)

The bill, S-358, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who died on August 11, 2007 from injuries sustained in a car crash a day earlier. Police alleged that the driver of the car in which she was riding was under the influence of inhalants.

“Kimberly’s death is a reminder that impairment caused by the inhalation of household chemicals can be just as dangerous for drivers as that caused by the consumption of alcohol or the use of illicit drugs,” said Oroho. “This legislation makes clear that we have zero tolerance for those who would abuse inhalants and get behind the wheel.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Lesniak & Kyrillos Urge Gov. Christie to Sign Sports Betting Bill

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Assembly Gives Final Legislative Approval to Measure Removing Prohibitions on Sports Betting at Racetracks & Casinos

Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), prime sponsors of Senate legislation that would explicitly remove language in state law that prohibits wagering on sporting events, applauded the New Jersey General Assembly’s approval of the legislation (A-3711/S-2460) and urged Governor Chris Christie to sign the bill into law.

Following Assembly action on S-2460, Senators Lesniak and Kyrillos urge Governor Christie to sign the legislation to remove prohibitions in state law on sports wagering at casinos and racetracks, including Monmouth Park, pictured. (Five Furlongs/Flickr)

“We are a short step away from getting this done and a lot closer to bringing sports betting to New Jersey,” said Lesniak. “It’s been a long, tough effort and we’ve gone up against powerful interests, but now there is an urgency because sports gaming will be a lifeline to the Atlantic City casino industry at a critical time. It will produce jobs, generate economic activity and be a long-term benefit to New Jersey. I urge the governor to sign it into law as fast as he can.”

“Sports betting can assist New Jersey’s struggling casino industry and with our challenges at Monmouth Park Racetrack,” said Kyrillos. “Both houses of the Legislature acted quickly to approve this critical measure, and I am confident Governor Christie will join our efforts to help protect Atlantic City and Monmouth Park jobs by signing the bill into law.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson & Rice Renew Call for Legislative Select Committee Investigation of Abuses at Newark Watershed

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Report Indicates Active Federal Investigation

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) and Senator Ron Rice (D-28) renewed their call for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) to launch an inquiry into abuses of government power and cover-ups at the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation (NWCDC).

Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference on Feb. 27, 2014 to urge a “Select Committee” investigation into the City of Newark.

An attorney for the NWCDC has confirmed in a published report that the watershed corporation, formerly chaired by current United States Senator Cory Booker, has provided documents to a federal grand jury and has been “assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office with their investigation.”

“The report by the State Comptroller into wrongdoing that occurred at the Newark Watershed while Cory Booker was Chairman detailed the likely abuse of millions of dollars of taxpayer and ratepayer funds,” said Thompson. “While the federal investigation looks into the possible violation of federal law, it is imperative that the Legislature use its investigatory powers to determine how we can strengthen state law to prevent abuses.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Senate Approves Sports Betting Bill

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Measure Would Clear Legal Obstacles

Acting to remove legal obstacles in the effort to bring sports betting to New Jersey, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that would explicitly remove language in state law that currently prohibits wagering on sporting events.

The New Jersey Senate approved legislation to remove prohibitions in state law on sports wagering at casinos and racetracks, including Monmouth Park (pictured). (Five Furlongs/Flickr)

The move would reinforce the state attorney general’s attempt to lift the court injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Video: Beck Discusses NFL’s Long Inaction on Domestic Violence

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about dozens of arrests of NFL players related to domestic violence in recent years and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s long inaction on the issue.

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