Kyrillos, Beck Congratulate Hanlon as ‘Right Choice’ for County
Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) stated the following after the Senate confirmed the governor’s nomination of Christine Giordano Hanlon as Monmouth County Clerk, to fulfill the unexpired term ending this calendar year:
“We congratulate Christine on being affirmed as the county clerk. She is the right choice for the people of Monmouth County, and we are confident that she will continue to excel in executing some of the most vital government services, just as she has in the past in her impressive community and organizational leadership positions.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to allow sexual assault victims to seek protective orders against their offenders was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The bill, S-2686, known as the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015,” would permit victims of nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual penetration, lewdness, or attempts of such acts to apply for a temporary protective order with the Superior Court. This bill would specifically apply to cases in which the victim does not have a domestic relationship with the perpetrator and if he or she decides not to file a criminal complaint.
“Sexual assault survivors who feel that they are in danger of being re-victimized deserve immediate, responsive protection and assistance from the courts,” Senator Beck said (R-Monmouth). “As a former rape crisis advocate, I must say that this issue and the many impacted people cannot be ignored. Between 75 percent and 80 percent of sexual assault survivors know their perpetrator — they are friends, neighbors and colleagues. The same type of interpersonal dynamic exists in domestic violence cases, and restraining orders have served as an important protection for those survivors. All survivors need the opportunity to obtain a protective order.”
Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) stated the following on the reported decision by the National Football League to give up its long-held tax-exempt status:
“Last September, in the aftermath of the highly-publicized Ray Rice domestic violence case, we stood with our women legislative colleagues and called for the elimination of the NFL’s tax exempt status. In response to pressure from state legislators, members of Congress and the public, it appears the NFL has decided on its own to give up its tax exemption.
“The NFL for too long has been given special treatment. This league, which brings in billions of dollars a year, and is followed by millions of people of all ages, has operated on too many occasions as if it is above the law – including turning a blind eye to domestic violence. While it has taken some action to amend internal policies, there’s still a lot more to be done.
The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.
“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”
The Senate Republican Leadership team will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, April 23 to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package.
When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Room 319 (Senate Republican Caucus Room) of the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen; Conference Leader Robert Singer; Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck
Availability: Full, open
During today’s Senate Budget & Appropriations hearing with NJ Transit, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) stated the following to try to stop the agency from increasing its fares again on commuters:
“In 2010, I opposed the staggering 22-percent fare hike, and frankly it’s unacceptable to hit hard-working commuters with another increase to fund the same level of services.
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.”