Group discusses local transportation projects and priorities with local mayors and council members
Senator Jennifer Beck invited senior Department of Transportation officials to her district to meet with local leaders to discuss ongoing projects and issues. The group toured District 11 and met with local mayors, administrators, and council members to discuss transportation priorities within their communities. On this particular tour, the group met with representatives of Deal, Shrewsbury Borough and Red Bank.
“The Department of Transportation offered to come into the district to talk to local leaders and I was happy to make it happen,” said Beck. “The roads and thoroughfares in the region are constantly being updated and improved, it is important that the state hears about local needs and concerns. Monmouth County has presented a number of unique transportation challenges that we will need to be addressed at both the state and local level.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to ensure top-notch healthcare diagnosis by ensuring the quality of the state’s laboratories was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“These labs process samples, and the results they produce often determine what medical treatment a patient gets,” Senator Beck said. “If we can’t be sure that our labs are being run properly, people can’t have confidence that their doctors will get the critical information they need to make the right recommendations.”
Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect a greater number of victims by making certain modifications to a law she pioneered, known as the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015,” (SASPA) which went into effect in May of 2016.
“We took a huge leap forward last year by enacting SASPA, which ensures all sexual assault survivors receive the same protections from being re-victimized – regardless of the nature of their relationship with the abuser,” Senator Beck said. “Now we are expanding those protections to survivors who have obtained a restraining order in any of the 23 other states that have laws like SASPA. This is a huge victory for survivors in New Jersey and across the country.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) responded to a lawsuit filed by rail unions to overturn a recent law she sponsored which prohibits NJ Transit engineers from operating trains while their driver’s license is suspended or revoked for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
According to a published report, rail worker unions believe the law conflicts with looser federal regulations and doesn’t improve safety.
“The rails unions’ claim that it doesn’t improve passenger safety to keep convicted drunk drivers with suspended licenses from operating trains defies common sense,” said Beck. “If you are so untrustworthy that you are prohibited by law from driving a car, you should not be trusted with the lives of hundreds of passengers riding in a train.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) applauded the creation of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness and offered her time and research in support of the committee’s work to develop school funding reform solutions.
“I’ve worked with Senate President Sweeney over the course of the past year to find a solution to reforming the school funding formula,” Senator Beck said. “Now that the Senate has created this pathway, I’d like to volunteer to serve the committee in some capacity so that we can finally secure these long-awaited reforms.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that establishes a new category of school aid for military-connected children. This aid would go to school districts that educate children of active or retired military members housed at Department of Defense facilities.
“Recent comments by school districts in our region notwithstanding, this primarily is a funding issue for school districts that educate military-connected children,” said Beck. “This legislation ensures that adequate funding follows these children and supports the operation of the school district that educates them. This bill does not leave the children of our military servicemen and women as a political football.”
Beck & Kean Commend Signing of Bill Inspired by Gabby Giffords to Increase Domestic Violence Protections
Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) commended Governor Chris Christie for signing into law a bill inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to expand domestic violence protections.
S-2483, sponsored by Beck, 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.
“The enactment of this landmark legislation will prevent domestic abusers from committing acts of gun violence,” Senator Beck said. “We are thankful for the support and great inspiration provided by Gabby Giffords to enact these reforms that will protect our most vulnerable residents from harm. We’ve succeeded in closing a dangerous loophole and delivering on our promise to safeguard families from domestic abusers with access to firearms.”
“The inspiration provided by Congresswoman Giffords encouraged us to act, and the invaluable support of Americans for Responsible Solutions helped us to find a solution to protect the victims of domestic violence,” said Kean. “I want to thank Governor Christie and Majority Leader Weinberg for their partnership and leadership to enact these sensible reforms. We ended up with a practical solution that undoubtedly will save lives.”
Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature on Monday passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) designating February 3 of each year as “Senator Joseph Palaia Day.” SJR-87 pays tribute to “Senator Joe” Palaia, a beloved Monmouth County legislator and elementary school principal who passed away on August 20, 2016 at the age of 89.
“Senator Joe was a beloved educator and a true statesman, and his name is synonymous with public service in our community,” Senator Beck. “I knew when I was elected to serve Monmouth County that I had big shoes to fill. Joe always put the needs of the people of New Jersey first. He was an exceptionally kind and dedicated school principal who became a champion for children across our state.”
The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to create foreclosure protections for Superstorm Sandy victims. The bill now heads to Governor Chris Christie’s desk for final approval.
Senator Beck’s bill, S-2300, would establish temporary protections against foreclosure for families who continue to experience economic distress as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
“The process of securing state and federal recovery funds is long and complex,” Senator Beck said. “It’s been four years and yet we still have 3,200 Sandy victims eager to complete elevation and construction projects, including some that have just begun. Providing a pathway to prevent foreclosure will protect families who are struggling to fund both a mortgage and rent from losing the very home they have spent years trying to rebuild. It’s the right thing to do and I look forward to seeing the bill signed into law as swiftly as possible.”
Sen. Beck & Rep. Smith Announce 60-Day Temporary Stay on Renting Military Housing to Civilians at NWS Earle
Congressman Chris Smith and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) have announced that the Navy has agreed to place a 60-day temporary freeze on renting Naval Weapons Station Earle Housing to civilians.
“We have urged the Navy to reevaluate its dangerous current proposal in the context of recent terrorist events, especially and including events in New Jersey,” said Smith, who successfully fought against a similar proposal at Earle’s former Laurelwood Housing Units in 2010. “It is my sincere hope that these 60 days will be sufficient time for the Navy to better assess and fully appreciate the significant security challenges, as well as the public safety and education issues their plan creates for our region and tenuous new burdens it would place on our municipalities.”