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Senator Kristin Corrado

Panel Advances Corrado Bills Bolstering Mental Health Services in Schools

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to help address the need for more mental health professionals in school districts cleared the Senate Education Committee today.

Mental health services in New Jersey schools would be enhanced under legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and advanced by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

Two Corrado bills designed to help provide vital mental health help for stressed and confused school-aged children advanced. The legislation has bipartisan support.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Supporting ‘FIRST’ Robotics Programs in School Districts Advances

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was approved by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

“All of the available data clearly shows that STEM fields are some of the fastest-growing in the country and will continue to be for some time,” said Oroho (R-24). “My legislation will put science, technology, engineering, and mathematics front and center in select New Jersey schools and inspire students to pursue education and career opportunities in those fields.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill Expediting Certifications for Future Mental Health Professionals Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado that permits expedited certifications for soon-to-be mental health professionals during a state of emergency was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado that permits expedited certifications for soon-to-be mental health professionals during a state of emergency was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed this into law today. The emotional and psychological stress of the pandemic has significantly effected the lives of New Jersey residents,” said Corrado (R-40). “This new law will ensure that we have the appropriate number of mental health professionals to serve our local communities, particularly those on the front lines, during times of crisis.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Governor Signs Bateman Bill Enhancing Online Public Access to BPU Records

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would establish an online electronic public records access service on the Board of Public Utilities’ web site was signed today by the Governor.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would establish an online electronic public records access service on the Board of Public Utilities’ web site was signed by the Governor. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill signed today, A-4556/4145/S-2611, requires BPU to utilize the access service to provide advance notice of every public meeting and hearing conducted by the board seven days prior to the meeting date.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Commissioner Persichilli Said She’s Willing to Testify at Bipartisan Oversight Hearing, So Let’s Do It

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Senator Joe Pennacchio called for a bipartisan legislative oversight hearing to be held to review the New Jersey Department of Health’s pandemic response after Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said yesterday she would be willing to participate.

Health Commissioner Persichilli refused to attend a March 5 hearing chaired by Sen. Joe Pennacchio where veterans home residents and families who lost loved ones in nursing homes were hoping for answers. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

“It’s been over a year since I first called for a bipartisan committee to look into directives issued by the Murphy administration and the Department of Health that led to thousands of deaths in our nursing homes,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Yesterday, Commissioner Persichilli said publicly during a budget hearing that she’d be willing to testify in a bipartisan oversight hearing. I urge my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Majority to waste no time in scheduling the comprehensive hearing that the Health Commissioner has finally agreed to attend.”

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District 10

Holzapfel/McGuckin/Catalano Bill Makes Trunk Fighting a Felony

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New Law Protects Dogs from Inhumane Abuse

A bill sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District to protect dogs from trunk fighting was signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Trunk fighting with dogs is now a felony under legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano that was signed into law by the Governor. (Pixabay)

Trunk fighting is the deplorable practice of locking two or more dogs in the trunk of a car and instigating them to fight to the death.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean/Singleton Bill Making Trunk Fighting a Crime Becomes Law

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A bill sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Troy Singleton making trunk fighting with dogs an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree was signed today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Troy Singleton making trunk fighting with dogs an animal cruelty offense and a crime of the third degree was signed by Governor Murphy. (©iStock)

The new law, S-975, defines trunk fighting as enclosing two or more dogs in the trunk of a motor vehicle and instigating them to fight to the death.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Condemns Rocket Barrage on Israel

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Senator Michael Testa addressed the ongoing rocket attacks on Israel with the following statement:

Senator Michael Testa condemned the air strikes on Israel and pledged support for the Israeli people. (Flickr)

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the innocent families in Tel Aviv as the loss of life and destruction continues to mount. More than 700 rockets have landed in Israeli neighborhoods in the last two days and there appears to be no end in sight. This barbaric aerial barrage is uncalled for and must be stopped.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Easing Tax Burden on Small Businesses Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco to ensure that PPP loans that are forgiven by the Federal Government are exempt from New Jersey’s gross income tax was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco to ensure that PPP loans that are forgiven by the Federal Government are exempt from New Jersey’s gross income tax was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (©iStock)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the small business community in New Jersey. I can name dozens of family restaurants, small retail shops, and other establishments that have either closed their doors forever or are struggling everyday to stay open,” said Bucco (R-25). “During this extremely difficult time, small business owners should not have to worry about additional taxes. My legislation will eliminate the State tax and keep the State from profiting off the backs of businesses that continue to struggle during the pandemic.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi Introduces Legislation Requiring Face-to-Face Interaction to Address Unemployment Delays

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To help address the ongoing unemployment delays in New Jersey, Senator Holly Schepisi (R-39) and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) have introduced legislation to help residents get the benefits they have earned by requiring state employees to work in person if their job requires face-to-face interaction with the public.

To help address the ongoing unemployment delays in New Jersey, Sen. Holly Schepisi and Sen. Michael Testa have introduced legislation to require state employees to work in person if their job requires face-to-face interaction with the public. (SenateNJ.com)

“I have heard from so many constituents who have been waiting months to get their unemployment payments. These delays are indefensible and have significantly impacted thousands of New Jersey families,” said Schepisi (R-39). “Trying to settle claims online or via email clearly has not worked. Yet, in most cases, the problems could be easily solved with a face-to-face discussion with a Department of Labor specialist. My legislation will get State workers back to their desks where they can meet face-to-face with New Jerseyans and solve the problems in a timely manner.”

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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

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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