Beck Legislation Expands “Duty to Warn” Law to Help Practitioners Prevent Acts of Violence by Patients
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that would expand the state’s “duty to warn” statutes to help prevent more types of violent acts that practitioners believe a patient is likely to commit, including mass casualty attacks such as shootings and bombings.
“New Jersey’s ‘duty to warn’ law protects doctors, psychiatrists and other professionals from civil liability when they take steps to prevent a patient from committing an imminent act of violence that they believe is likely to occur,” said Beck. “The problem is that our current law is too narrow and only covers instances where the potential victim is known.”
Beck Introduces Resolution Opposing Naval Weapon Station Earle’s Effort to Rent On-Base Housing to General Public
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) filed a Senate Resolution opposing the Department of Defense’s current proposal allowing members of the general public to utilize Naval Weapons Station Earle housing.
“I am opposed, in the strongest possible terms, to the Navy’s plan allowing members of the general public to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. The current proposal is a dangerous one, and I will fight tirelessly against it,” said Beck. “The Department of Defense must abandon this proposal and ensure our area’s safety. This resolution serves to put the Department of Defense on notice that the residents of New Jersey do not want this risky plan put into place.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) was honored by the Affordable Housing Alliance at their 25th Anniversary Awards Luncheon on September 23, 2016 for her work in support of the organization’s mission.
The mission of the Alliance is to improve the quality of life for all NJ residents by developing and preserving affordable housing, by providing housing education and by helping communities meet their legal and moral housing obligations.
Senator Jennifer Beck, along with representatives from Congressman Christopher Smith’s office, Freeholder Lillian Burry, Colts Neck Committeeman Michael Fitzgerald and Tinton Falls Board of Education President Peter Karavites met with Captain Jay Steingold of Naval Weapons Station Earle to be briefed on the Department of Defense’s proposal to allow civilians to utilize housing located on Naval Weapons Station Earle.
All officials in attendance voiced their strong opposition to Captain Steingold and Department of Defense officials to the plan and have received commitment from the Navy chain-of-command for a subsequent, follow-up meeting on the proposal.
“I am opposed, in the strongest possible terms, to the Navy’s plan allowing civilians to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. The current proposal involving members of the general public to be granted access to an active military weapons installation is a dangerous one, and I will fight tirelessly against it. The events of this past weekend only heighten the need for increased security at our military sites and I don’t believe that allowing non-military personnel on the base is a workable policy to ensure our area’s safety” said Senator Beck.
On Saturday, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will serve as the Grand Marshal for the parade of horses at the Open Space Pace and Festival of Horses, an all-day event to promote and preserve New Jersey’s open space and horse racing industry in Freehold.
“It’s truly an honor to serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade of horses,” Senator Beck said. “For five years, this event has been an outstanding celebration of New Jersey’s proud horse racing tradition and shined a light on the importance of preserving our open space.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos and Senator Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) have introduced a trio of Senate resolutions seeking to prevent the construction of a controversial high-voltage transmission line through Monmouth County by JCP&L.
The “Monmouth County Reliability Project” would drive a 230-kV transmission line on 140-foot-tall monopole towers on a nearly 10-mile path from Aberdeen to Red Bank, cutting through Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and across the Navesink River with sight exposure to Fair Haven and Rumson.
“This project is no more welcome today than it was 25 or more years ago when JCP&L shelved it due to the blistering public opposition and other available options,” said Kyrillos. “Once again, we are calling on other federal and state regulatory agencies and officials to work with us to address the significant local concerns that have been raised by residents and to develop a reasonable alternative.”
Senator Jennifer Beck, (R-Monmouth) a former rape crisis counselor and longtime advocate for survivors of sexual assault, hosted an appreciation dinner on Sept. 14 honoring advocates that serve 180 Turning Lives Around.
“The advocates at 180 Turning Lives Around dedicate thousands of hours each year to helping survivors recover and rebuild,” Senator Beck said. “They are the comforting voice at a counseling session; the hand that guides a victim through a medical exam or grand jury hearing; and a lifeline for victims who dial the hotline at 3 a.m. in need of emergency assistance. This dinner and the donations we collect are the least we can do to honor the heroic work they do every day for local survivors and their families.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to prohibit persons with DUI-related suspended or revoked licenses from operating NJ Transit trains has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“It’s incomprehensible that people who were prohibited from driving a car due to DUI-related issues were allowed to continue driving trains with hundreds of passengers,” said Beck. “I’m glad that the Legislature and Governor Christie were able to act so quickly to fix this outrageous loophole in state law.”
Beck Praises Department of Education Commissioner’s Decision to Fund Freehold Borough Schools Expansion
85% of Project Costs to Be Paid by State
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) announced that Commissioner of Education David Hespe has ruled that Freehold Borough may proceed with school construction, and the State of New Jersey will fund 85% of all project expenses after local referendums have twice failed. The Commissioner’s decision specifically cites that Freehold Borough’s students cannot receive a thorough and efficient education in their current conditions. For the 2016-2017 school year, the borough schools are 572 students over capacity.
“This is a historic day for Freehold Borough. The process of filing an official appeal to the Commissioner of Education is a long and in-depth process that is rarely employed because of the incredible amount of scrutiny and fact-finding that must occur. The facts in Freehold Borough speak for themselves. Over the last decade, their student population has grown dramatically while State funding has remained essentially flat. It is exceedingly rare for the legal challenge to result in the State of New Jersey paying 85% of the costs of a project,” said Beck.
The New Jersey Senate has approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) that enhances protections for victims of domestic violence.
The compromise proposal, S-2483, restricts access to firearms by certain persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses, and provides a clear and supervised process for the immediate surrender of firearms.
“This common-sense compromise ensures that when firearms must be surrendered due to conviction or restraining order, there are no gaps where the person still has access to their guns or the ability to cause additional harm,” said Beck. “For a person subject to a temporary restraining order related to domestic violence, for example, it makes no sense to give them a week to turn in their firearms. You’re just giving them a week to do something bad. If the person is such a risk that the restraining order is necessary, the guns should be surrendered immediately.”