The Senate voted to pass “Michael Massey’s Law,” a bill sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to help prevent sanitation workers from being injured or killed in automobile accidents. Senator Beck’s District 11 colleagues Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande sponsor identical legislation in the Assembly.
The bill, S-951, was named for 39-year-old Michael Massey, a Freehold Township man who was killed after being hit by a vehicle while he was loading a garbage truck as part of his public works duties in Ocean Township.
“Michael Massey’s death is a tragic reminder of the risks that sanitation workers face as a part of their daily duties,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “Requiring motorists to slow down and move over when approaching sanitation vehicles will help to create a safety buffer for workers. I think we are all aware of the need to give extra space when approaching an emergency vehicle along the road. This legislation will make sure that same type of precaution is taken when approaching a sanitation vehicle.”
The Senate voted to adopt legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) creating a business advisory council to recommend job-creating ideas to the state Economic Development Authority, the legislature and the governor.
“The diverse 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). “By involving representatives from across a spectrum of economic sectors the council will be able to help identify the needs of various kinds of businesses and detect different issues that impact the attraction and retention of employers.”
Senate Republican Budget Committee Member Jennifer Beck stated the following before voting today against the Democrats’ tax-raising Fiscal Year 2016 New Jersey budget proposal:
“I voted against the Democrats’ state budget proposal, because increasing taxes only makes New Jersey a less affordable place to live and work. This is a partisan document by Democrats who chose to forge their own path against overtaxed residents, instead of working towards a bipartisan solution to benefit as many hardworking New Jerseyans as possible and excel job growth.
The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee advanced “Michael Massey’s Law,” (S-951) a bill sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to help prevent automobile accidents that result in death or injury for sanitation workers.
The bill was named for 39-year-old Michael Massey, a Freehold Township man who was killed after being hit by a vehicle while he was loading a garbage truck as part of his public works duties in Ocean Township.
“Providing sanitation services is a dangerous line of work, and those who perform this service often go unnoticed by motorists who speed through busy streets and highways without concern for a sanitation worker’s safety,” said Senator Beck. “We must do more to protect the lives of these public servants by making sure that drivers are aware of their presence.”
The Senate Transportation Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to ensure more affordable fuel during a State of Emergency.
“This legislation allows gas stations to provide motor fuel at the price per gallon or liter of their lowest grade when they only have higher grades left to offer,” Beck said. “We shouldn’t have to pay extra when we are vulnerable in the aftermath of disasters, just because there are supply shortages that are out of our control.”
The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck to strengthen local government ethics and accountability, in part, by transferring oversight at the municipal and school board level to the State Ethics Commission.
“I’m proud to say that this essential ethics reform is now one step closer to ensuring more accountable and less wasteful government at all levels,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “Each year, New Jersey’s public school districts collectively manage around $27 billion taxpayer dollars, while municipalities and counties collectively control approximately $15 billion taxpayer dollars. They must be held to the highest and most efficient ethics and accountability standards. Without this legislation, fragmented ethics oversight, which subjects a variety of government officials to different standards, will continue to be a recipe for the violation of public trust.”
The senators introduced this bill, S-729, in June 2012. Shortly thereafter, then-New Jersey Comptroller Matthew Boxer published a case-in-point investigative report about a Chesterfield Township Committeeman exploiting his position to reap a $200,000 windfall on the sale of development rights on his property.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to allow sexual assault victims to seek protective orders against their offenders was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations 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.”
The Senate Transportation Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Jennifer Beck and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to help prevent fuel shortages during a State of Emergency.
“This legislation will help assure that we never again experience such a devastating and crippling fuel shortage as we did during and in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “Fuel merchants in other states will be aware that they can immediately distribute fuel in our state when we are vulnerable and need it most.”
After Bowne Murder, Addiego, Allen & Beck Announce Legislation to Prioritize Gun Permits for the Most Vulnerable
Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego, Diane Allen and Jennifer Beck announced they will introduce legislation to prioritize firearms permit applications for residents protected by a current restraining order. According to a Courier-Post report, a Berlin Township woman who was killed in an apparent domestic attack on Wednesday night was waiting for the approval of a firearms permit. According to the report the application was submitted in April but the review process had not yet been completed.
“The tragic murder of Carol Bowne shows that there are sensible changes we should make to public safety laws to help people protect themselves,” said Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic). “This legislation will make sure that those who need protection the most are given priority when it comes to the lengthy process of applying for a firearms permit.”
Beck & O’Scanlon: Any Constitutional Amendment for Gaming Expansion Must Dedicate Revenues to Horse Racing Industry
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) offered the following statement reacting to news of a constitutional amendment to expand gaming in the State of New Jersey:
“Upon news that the Legislature will be hearing proposals for a constitutional amendment, we cannot offer any support to a gaming expansion proposal that does not dedicate a portion of revenues to the horse racing industry. The horse racing industry is an important part of gaming in New Jersey, and we must fight to make sure it remains so.”