Two bills in the Senate Republican’s new jobs package were passed today by Senate committees.
The Budget and Appropriations Committee passed Senator Beck’s S-2709 to create the “New Jersey Business Advisory Council” comprised of volunteer business representatives from throughout the state and various economic sectors to offer solutions to help improve New Jersey’s competitiveness and job climate. S-2709 advances to the full Senate for consideration.
“The diverse Business Advisory Council will provide unique insights about New Jersey’s business climate and what employers need to locate, grow and expand here,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “This legislation along with other bills in our new jobs package will provide state leaders with a complete picture and the answers necessary to correct the actual root causes of job loss and, in turn, make New Jersey more attractive to job creators who will hire more people in our top-notch workforce.”
Senators Jennifer Beck and Michael Doherty announced the introduction of legislation explicitly banning adult incest in New Jersey. The legislation is identical to a bill already introduced in the Assembly by Mary Pat Angelini.
Last month news outlets detailed reports that an 18-year-old woman was planning to marry her once-estranged biological father and move to New Jersey as it is one of the only states where there is no legal prohibition against adult incest.
Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, along with Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, today sent a letter to state Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez requesting information and further consideration of the state’s reported plan to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine location for travelers that may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.
“There are a lot of questions about how this decision was made and whether it is even necessary, or in the best public interest to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine site,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “It’s certainly important for the state to make plans on how to protect residents from this urgent public safety threat. I know New Jersey has thousands of empty hospital beds that would seem to be more suitable for the task.”
Legislation Is 1st Bill Advanced from 4th Phase of Senate Republicans’ New Jobs Bill Package
The Senate Economic Growth Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to create the “New Jersey Business Advisory Council” to recommend job-creating ideas to the state Economic Development Authority, the legislature and the governor.
S-2709 is part of the Senate Republicans’ fourth phase of a new six-phase jobs bill package, which will not cost taxpayers extra money and should quickly garner bipartisan support and passage. Senator Beck unveiled today five other bills in the fourth phase: “Improving New Jersey’s Economic Development Policies & Programs.”
“The diverse Business Advisory Council will provide unique insights about New Jersey’s business climate and what employers need to locate, grow and expand here,” Beck said. “This legislation along with other bills in our new jobs package will provide state leaders with a complete picture and the answers necessary to correct the actual root causes of job loss and, in turn, make New Jersey more attractive to job creators who will hire more people in our top-notch workforce. This package also helps spotlight New Jersey’s businesses in the global economy by promoting their products and giving them more opportunities to grow and expand.”
2015 Is the Year for Movement on this Critical Project
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop offered the following statement on the future of the Shark River dredging project.
“2015 will prove to be the year we see movement on the Shark River dredging project” said Beck. “I have been successful in securing a commitment from the State to fund this project, but the lack of a temporary drying site stopped progress. Working with NJDEP and NJDOT over the course of the last year, we believe we have come up with an innovative way to deal with this issue, which will be rolled out this year”.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement regarding the public hearing on the Port Ambrose LNG facility held at the Eatontown Sheraton on January 8, 2015:
“The Port Ambrose LNG is a project that could have a devastating impact for our ocean, beaches, and coastal communities. This project has no benefit for the State of New Jersey. Following Superstorm Sandy, our focus has been to promote the recovery efforts of the region, not needlessly inviting additional problems that can delay or impede the recovery process of the area.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation to create the “Clinical Trials Working Group” to promptly identify ways for the pharmaceutical industry to find appropriate clinical trials in New Jersey.
“Historically, New Jersey’s robust pharmaceutical industry has been forced to spend valuable time and resources looking outside of this state to find appropriate clinical trials for drugs and medications that they develop and test,” Beck said. “Clinical trials should be a regular part of business in New Jersey. This legislation creates a diverse and collaborative professional working group to recommend how New Jersey and its universities and colleges can partner with the private-sector to facilitate trials, add jobs and grow that sector of the economy right here.”
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to repeal the “Statewide Non-Residential Development Fee Act” of 2008, which adds another layer to the excessive cost of doing business and creating jobs in New Jersey.
“Unlike past moratoriums, a complete repeal of this Fee Act creates some stability and flexibility for employers to grow here and shows New Jersey will take serious action to attract job creators,” Beck said. “Today marks a key step toward what I hope will be the repeal of this fee. On a bipartisan basis, we must work to make this state competitive again.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini brought Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox to their district to meet with local officials about transportation priorities in their towns. Eight towns from legislative District 11 sent representatives to discuss projects and needs.
“Commissioner Fox hasn’t been at the job long this time around, but he was immediately responsive,” said Beck (R-11). “He recognized the importance of meeting with the towns to get an honest feel of the condition of New Jersey’s infrastructure and the needs of those using it. The towns that came in were truly appreciative and the Commissioner’s staff was receptive and helpful. We’ve brought Commissioners into meet in years past and it is always a success.”
Senator Jennifer Beck was named the “Woman of the Year” by the State Trooper’s Coalition, a subsidiary of the National Police Defense Foundation (NPDF). The NPDF is a non-profit organization that provides important medical and legal support services to the law enforcement community, as well as several programs involving public safety and child safety programs.
“I was honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Beck. “I have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for our men and women working in law enforcement. Every day, they put themselves in potential danger to keep our communities safe.”