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Senator Michael Testa

Testa & Gopal Introduce Resolution Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the US

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Senator Michael Testa and Senator Vin Gopal have introduced a concurrent resolution commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV).

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Vin Gopal introduced a concurrent resolution commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV). (SenateNJ.com)

“Since its inception, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States has been fighting anti-Semitism, supporting our country during wartime, and taking care of our servicemen and women during their time of need,” said Senator Michael Testa (Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “I am proud to introduce this resolution recognizing the JWV for their incredible work over the last 125 years. The critical programs and support they provide for our veterans and service members is immeasurable.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would require municipalities to provide free beach access to veterans was advanced this week by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that would require municipalities to provide free beach access to veterans was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“In recognition of our brave veterans who have defended this nation, it is fitting to offer them free admission to New Jersey’s incredible, award-winning beaches,” said Kean (R-21). “This is a small way to honor our country’s military personnel and show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. I hope that this legislation will help our veterans enjoy the unique experience of New Jersey’s beaches with their family and friends.”

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District 1

MEDIA ADVISORY (6/14): Testa, Simonsen & McClellan to Call for Full Reopening of Cape May MVC

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The First Legislative District team will be joined by local officials outside the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agency in North Cape May on Monday, June 14 at noon to call for a full reopening of the facility for all types of transactions.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan of the First Legislative District will hold an event outside the North Cape May MVC on Monday, June 14 calling for a full reopening of the facility for all transactions. (NJMVC)

The Cape May County agency is currently operating as a “licensing center” that does not process vehicle transactions involving new registrations, titles, or license plates.

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan say the nearest MVC “vehicle center” is a 60 to 90 minute drive for many Cape May County residents, which is too far for the county’s large population of senior citizens and veterans.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill to Improve Transportation Access for Residents with Developmental Disabilities Advances

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State residents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities would have an easier time traveling independently under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and cleared this week by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean would make independent travel more accessible for state residents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation (S-3442) requires the Department of Transportation (DOT), the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to review current infrastructure design practices for highway and public transportation projects.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Gov. Murphy Must Invest in Fixing Broken Unemployment & MVC Computer Systems While State Has the Money

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) transactions.

Sen. Tony Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission transactions. (Pixabay)

“The State is awash in cash like never before and we have a clear memory of the unemployment system failures and long lines at the MVC that plagued New Jerseyans during the pandemic,” said Bucco (R-25). “There will never be a better time than right now to invest in a technology modernization program to address these significant challenges. If we continue to kick the can down the road, the money will disappear and people will forget until the next emergency reminds us that these systems are still broken.”

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District 10

10th District Lawmakers: Murphy Needs a Plan for Revenue Windfall

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Call for Full Funding for Suburban Schools that Have Suffered Significant Cuts

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District released the following statement after revised state revenue figures indicated New Jersey will have an additional $5 billion in unexpected revenues for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1:

The Murphy Administration is sitting on $11.5 billion, and Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano want some of the money to fully fund school districts that have faced significant cuts in in Brick, Toms River, and Ocean County. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The Murphy Administration is holding a massive bundle of cash and, as usual, they aren’t discussing their plans with the Legislature or the public. This is yet another example of the Murphy Administration’s lack of transparency.

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi Bill Allowing Paramedics to Administer Buprenorphine Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that allows paramedics to administer buprenorphine, which is used to treat acute withdrawal symptoms after patients are revived from an opioid overdose with naloxone, was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that allows paramedics to administer buprenorphine was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Each year, tens of thousands of Americans lose their lives from an opioid-related overdose, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this tragic reality,” said Schepisi (R-39). “The unprecedented rise in opioid-related deaths shows that we need to do more to combat the addiction crisis. My legislation will provide our first responders with the necessary tools to combat this insidious epidemic, prevent future opioid-related deaths, and get more people on the road to recovery.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Panel Advances Kean Bill to Make Medicine More Affordable for NJ Seniors

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More seniors and residents with disabilities will be eligible for help with prescription drug costs under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean would ensure more seniors and residents with disabilities will be eligible for help with prescription drug costs. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The high cost of prescription medicine is one of the most troubling concerns of people living on fixed incomes,” said Kean (R-21). “This legislation would help 20,000 more residents save money by expanding income eligibility levels for New Jersey’s prescription drug programs for seniors.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Committee Approves Singer Bill Establishing Review Teams to Combat Drug Overdose Deaths

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Drug overdoses claim the lives of more than 3,000 New Jersey residents each year. Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would help prevent fatalities was approved today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer would create county drug overdose fatality review teams to help save lives. (Flickr)

The bill, S-52, would authorize New Jersey counties to establish local drug overdose fatality review teams to develop strategies to prevent drug overdoses and promote cooperation among state and local government agencies.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republicans Propose Returning $4 Billion to New Jersey Taxpayers

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called for a windfall of State tax revenues to be returned to New Jersey taxpayers after the State Treasury revealed billions in unexpected revenues that isn’t needed to balance the budget or meet important priorities.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee called for a windfall of State tax revenues to be returned to New Jersey taxpayers. (Pixabay)

The following statement was released today by Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1):

“On Monday, Senate Republicans put out a comprehensive plan for the budget and for effectively utilizing the nearly $6.5 billion of new federal relief funds at New Jersey’s disposal.

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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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