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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senate Advances Corrado, Singleton Bill to Permit Health Care Professionals to Waive Copayments for Military Members

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A bill sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Troy Singelton, which would permit certain healthcare professionals to waive copayments, advanced from the Senate.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s bill to allow certain healthcare professionals to waive copayments for active-duty military members and their families passed the Senate. (WikiMedia)

The bill, S-2968, would supplement the Health Care Quality Act and permit a primary care physician or an advanced practicing nurse to waive the health insurance copayments of active duty military members when they receive a service covered under a health benefits plan.

“Our active-duty military members should be able to easily afford health insurance copayments for themselves and their families,” said Senator Corrado (R-Bergen/Essex/Morris/Passaic). “We owe it to these brave men and women to provide the best medical care possible, at a reasonable cost. Waiving health insurance copayments is a small gesture to thank our active-duty personnel for their service to our country.”
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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado, Singleton Bill to Assist Homeless Veterans Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Senator Troy Singleton, which would expand the current pilot program to authorize grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans, cleared the Senate .

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado which would expand the current pilot program to authorize grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans passed the Senate. (©iStock)

“It’s our duty to ensure the safety and well-being of our heroes, especially those who have fallen on hard times,” said Senator Corrado (R-Bergen/Essex/Morris/Passaic). “These grants will allow many incredible non-profit organizations to purchase and rehabilitate more abandoned properties for New Jersey’s homeless veterans. No one who has sacrificed so much in service to our country should have to spend a single night without a roof over their head.”
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Senator Bob Singer

Singer, Gopal Congratulate Award-Winning Monmouth County

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Joint Resolution Recognizes Prestigious ‘Teddy Award’ Granted for Workers Compensation Program reform

The New Jersey Senate passed a joint legislative resolution sponsored by Senators Robert Singer and Vin Gopal applauding Monmouth County’s Division of Benefits for receiving the “Teddy Award,” in recognition of their efforts to diligently improve the county’s workers compensation program.

The Senate passed Sens. Singer and Gopal’s joint resolution congratulating Monmouth County for receiving the ‘Teddy Award.’ (SenateNJ.com)

Monmouth County’s reforms have been nationally recognized and awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Award, also known as the ‘Teddy Award’ by Risk & Insurance.

“What does this award really stand for?” Senator Singer (R-Monmouth and Ocean) opined. “Ensuring your employees are kept healthy, secure, and can get back to work quickly and safely after an injury. It’s a wonderful achievement that puts Monmouth County and New Jersey in the national spotlight. I am proud to represent a county that truly cares about the quality of life for their 4,100 employees.”
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Senator Steve Oroho

District 24 Lawmakers Welcome DEP Action on Vernon Waste Pile, Pledge Continued Vigilance in Seeing Illegal Activity Stop

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-24) released the following joint statement in response to news today that the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is beginning to take legal action against the property owner who is operating an unauthorized waste dump in Vernon Township.

District 24 lawmakers welcome news that the State will take legal action against the property owner who is operating an unauthorized waste dump in Vernon Township. (SenateNJ.com)

“We welcome the action of the State DEP in beginning legal proceedings to stop the property owner from illegally dumping waste material in violation of solid waste regulations and to begin to comprehensively test soil samples of the dirt pile to ascertain if any contaminants may be present.

“We always believed the State DEP was the most appropriate enforcement authority to address this matter and we know their latest actions are greeted with a certain sense of relief in the community at-large. Clearly, the immediate cessation of any more dumping on the site while the waste pile is being thoroughly tested is a must.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Efforts to Keep Trump off NJ’s 2020 Ballot Will Lead NJ Down a Slippery Slope

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) released the following statement in light of yesterday’s State Senate passage of legislation (S-119) that would require candidates for President and Vice President to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in New Jersey.

Sen. Pennacchio attempted to amend the bill on the floor to include all candidates for Governor, State Senate, and General Assembly. In a clear rebuke of transparency, the majority party chose to block his commonsense amendment.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that S-119 is nothing more than a thinly-veiled political stunt to keep President Trump off the ballot, and that blocking his amendment to include NJ Legislative and Gov candidates was the height of hypocrisy. (©iStock)

“Blocking my amendment was the height of hypocrisy. Clearly, their bill is nothing more than a thinly-veiled political stunt to keep President Trump off the ballot. It shows that they are unwilling to hold themselves to the same standard. I highly doubt that the Senate Majority would have done this if a Democrat was in the Oval Office.

“Frankly, this bill is probably unconstitutional. It sends a message that states can tamper with the ballot in any way that pleases the majority party politically, and taxpayers will be the ones who pay the price when this ends up in court. This is a very slippery slope.

“Partisan politicians should not pick and choose who gets to run for office. Every citizen who cares about their community and their country should have the right to stand up and serve. In my opinion, President Trump certainly fits that bill.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Give Research Animals a New ‘Leash’ On Life Passes Senate

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‘Home for Animals Heroes Act’ Creates Road to Adoption for Former Research Animals

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would give cats and dogs serving as research animals a chance to find their “forever home” has passed the New Jersey Senate. The bill would require the State’s higher education institutions to offer laboratory animals to rescue organizations for purposes of adoption.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would give cats and dogs serving as research animals a chance to find their “forever home” has passed the Senate. (©iStock)

“Every animal’s life is worth saving, yet dogs and cats who are used as research animals are often euthanized, instead of being given the chance to find a loving home,” Senator Bucco said. “Creating a road to adoption will ensure our furry friends get a new ‘leash’ on life.”

“The Humane Society of the United States thanks Senator Bucco for his leadership on this humane measure which offers animals who are suitable for adoption after being used in research, the opportunity to be placed in a loving home,” said Brian R. Hacett, the New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of United States. “People who have adopted former research dogs and cats can attest to the resilience and affection of these animals once they are given the chance to flourish in a home environment.”
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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Tom Kean

Bipartisan Anti-Hazing Bill Passes Senate

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Singleton/Kean/Bateman Bill Bars Students Convicted of Hazing from Receiving State Tuition Aid

The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, and Senators Troy Singleton and Kip Bateman that would ensure in-state college students who are convicted of hazing are not eligible for State tuition aid.

More than 200 students have died from hazing-related accidents in the United States since 1838, and 40 students have died in the past decade alone, according to reports. (Economist.com/Hank Nuwer)

“Our legislation sends a clear message: if you haze a classmate, the state will not fund your education. Students can choose to value their time on campus and treat others with respect, or find another way to pay for it,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “We won’t allow this culture of humiliation and violence to continue in New Jersey. Too many young lives have been lost already.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean/Vitale Bill to Help NJ Moms, Address Maternal & Infant Mortality Rates Passes Senate

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Bill Would Improve Statewide Medicaid Data Analysis Practices

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Health Committee Chair Joe Vitale to improve the health, well-being and safety of New Jersey’s expectant mothers and newborns on Medicaid has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Leader Tom Kean and Senate Health Chair Joe Vitale to improve the health, well-being and safety of expectant mothers and newborns on Medicaid has passed the Senate. (©iStock)

New Jersey’s maternal and infant mortality rates are some of the highest in the country, especially for African Americans. S-3406 would address this crisis by improving certain Medicaid data analysis and healthcare practices.

“New Jersey mothers and their newborn babies are dying at alarming rates,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “By analyzing Medicaid data, we can identify risk factors and break down barriers to care that are putting women and children in harm’s way. This bill, along with the rest of our bipartisan maternal healthcare package, will help close the racial disparity gap, build stronger families, and save lives.”
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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Will Vote NO on Marijuana Legalization

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced that their Delegation is unified in their opposition to any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be voting accordingly when a bill is considered by their respective Houses.

The 9th District Delegation is unified in their opposition to any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use, and will be voting accordingly when a bill is considered by their respective Houses. (Pixabay)

As a member of the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee, Assemblyman Rumpf participated in hearings held this year across the state regarding the impact of marijuana legislation on the state, including the public’s health and safety. The Assemblyman’s extensive consideration of testimony provided by advocates on both sides of the issue allowed for the Delegation to make an informed decision.

The Delegation’s opposition to legalizing marijuana is also consistent with the views expressed by the majority of constituents with whom the Delegation has discussed the issue over the years.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Will Push Floor Amendment Requiring Gov & State Legislators to Release Tax Returns

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In response to news that the New Jersey State Senate plans to vote Thursday on legislation requiring all candidates for President or Vice President of the United States to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in New Jersey, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) announced that he will attempt to amend the bill on the floor, so that it applies to all Gubernatorial, State Senate and General Assembly candidates as well.

During the Feb. 21 voting session, Sen. Joe Pennacchio will attempt to amend S-119 on the floor, so that it also applies to candidates for Governor and the State legislature. As drafted, S-119 requires candidates for President and VP to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in NJ. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey Democrats are claiming that this legislation is about transparency, well what’s good for the goose is what’s good for the gander,” Senator Pennacchio said. “If this really is about making sure voters are well-informed, then commonsense dictates that S-119 should apply to all of us as well. I would vote ‘yes’ if the Senate accepts my proposal to change the bill so that it also applies to all 120 State legislative offices and candidates for Governor.”

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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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