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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Celebrates NJ’s History As Wage Equality Leader

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today regarding Women’s Equality Day:

Sen. Jennifer Beck honored the late Millicent Fenwick for her work advancing women’s equality during the Senate session on March 13. The board behind Beck contains news articles from 1970 on the law sponsored by Fenwick prohibiting gender-based wage discrimination in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a woman who has fought my way in the professional and political world, I am celebrating Women’s Equality Day today by proudly honoring the life and work of Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick,” Beck said. “Then-Assemblywoman Fenwick’s very first piece of legislation in the State Assembly was to outlaw wage discrimination in New Jersey. Since her legislation was signed on June 2nd 1970, New Jersey has been viewed as having one of the most aggressive wage equality laws in the nation.”

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Beck & Rice Deem ‘Renter Hell’ Inspection Results ‘Unconscionable’

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Legislators Call For Immediate Action To Pass “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights”

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) today called for immediate action following information showing that Garden Spires, a Newark property featured in the APP series “Renter Hell”, had inconceivably passed an inspection by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Sens. Jennifer Beck and Ron Rice are calling for immediate action on their “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights” to protect tenants and hold negligent landlords accountable. (SenateNJ.com)

“The fact that Garden Spires passed a HUD inspection is unconscionable. Our State inspectors at the Department of Community Affairs have issued more than 2,300 violations for this property,” Beck said. “There were more than 500 fire safety violations noted by DCA; that alone should result in a failing HUD score. In the HUD inspection, the actual units in Garden Spires failed, but the exterior passed. Resulting in a REAC (Real Estate Assessment Center) score of 66, which means the building passes.”

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Beck Urges Opposition to Dangerous Move to Drill Oil Off the Jersey Shore

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Beck stresses concerns from thousands in coastal communities regarding offshore drilling

Following reports that the federal government is moving forward with a new program to explore oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic coast, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) urged New Jersey residents to join her and Clean Ocean Action in opposing any such efforts that could put the Jersey Shore at risk.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is urging residents to stand together and oppose oil and gas drilling off of the Jersey Shore. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey’s $44 billion tourism industry is heavily reliant on revenue from the Jersey Shore,” Senator Beck said. “Local business communities up and down the coast have spent years trying to rebuild in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. An oil spill anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region would undue all of the progress we have made and more.

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Beck: “There are no ‘very fine’ Nazis or KKK members”

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) condemned comments made by President Donald Trump yesterday in which he tried to deflect responsibility for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia from white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan who rallied against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Sen. Jennifer Beck condemned comments made by President Trump yesterday in which he tried to deflect responsibility for violence in Charlottesville, VA. (SenateNJ.com)

One woman was killed and nearly two dozen were injured when a white supremacist intentionally plowed his car through a crowd of counter-protesters. At a press conference yesterday, Trump said there is “blame on both sides” and “very fine people” on both sides.

“Despite what President Trump says, there are no ‘very fine’ Nazis or members of the KKK,” said Beck. “It’s outrageous that the President of the United States thinks it’s appropriate to morally equate those who want to celebrate and promote racism and slavery with those who are standing up to defend freedom, justice, and equality. I condemn President Trump’s comments in the strongest possible terms and call on him to apologize and retract his statement.”

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Beck, Tom Komninos & Advocates on Gov. Christie’s CV of ‘Stephen Komninos’ Law’

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on Governor Christie’s conditional veto of “Stephen Komninos’ Law,” her bipartisan bill to improve accountability and transparency at the 2,340 group homes, developmental centers and day programs statewide.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that she will accept Governor Christie’s recommended revisions to her bill, “Stephen Komninos’ Law,” which protects people with developmental disabilities from abuse and neglect at group homes and other types of care facilities. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Beck thanked Tom Komninos, Aileen Rivera, Martha Cray, Gus Egizi, Senate President Sweeney, and all those who have advocated for this legislation over the past seven years.

“The advocates and I are ready and willing to accept Governor Christie’s recommended revisions to Stephen Komninos’ Law,” Senator Beck said. “I believe that our lifesaving legislation is so strong, that it could serve as a national model. This was a hard-won victory and I am grateful to the families and Senate President Sweeney for working with me to get this done.”

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Beck Consolidation Bill Signed Into Law

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Senator Jennifer Beck’s consolidation legislation eases the financial burden of combining municipal services

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to make the process of consolidating municipal services easier and more affordable was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s legislation to make the process of consolidation easier is now law. (SenateNJ)

“Our towns and taxpayers have a chance to see savings through consolidations with other municipalities, but sometimes, the high costs involved in the process can scare local officials away from pursuing these opportunities,” Senator Beck said. “With this new law, they will be able spread those costs over a few years and decreases the immediate financial burden. It is my hope that this will encourage more towns to take advantage of these long-term savings.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (7/11): Beck & Rice Visit ‘Renter Hell’ Complex, Hold Press Conference on Sanitary Rental Housing Bill Of Rights

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On Tuesday, July 11, Senator Jennifer Beck, Senator Ron Rice and tenant advocates will visit multi-family subsidized housing units in Asbury Park and Newark in order to highlight the unsanitary and unacceptable conditions tenants are forced to live in by negligent landlords. The visit will be a continuation of their bipartisan call for necessary reforms to rental housing.

On July 11, Sens. Jennifer Beck, Ron Rice, and tenant advocates will visit rental units and hold a press conference to call for necessary reforms to rental housing. Pictured: Sen. Jennifer Beck’s previous visit to one the locations highlighted in the APP series, “Renter Hell.” (SenateNJ.com)

WHO: Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex), tenant advocates, and local officials.

WHAT: Press conference on rental housing reform and visit to multi-family subsidized housing units.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 11, at 11 a.m. in Asbury Park; and 2 p.m. in Newark.

WHERE:
Asbury Park:
302 First Avenue; and
1204 Mattison Avenue
Newark:
40 West Kinney Street (Between Broad & Washington); and
80 Court Street; and
195 1st Street (Garden Spires)

AVAILABILITY: OPEN

CONTACT: Shawna Sullivan, 732-933-1591

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Beck Stands Firm in Opposition to Horizon Bill

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) voted against the Horizon bill and will continue to oppose it in its current form, saying she will continue to stand up for all ratepayers, including the 30,000 small businesses in New Jersey who provide this insurance to nearly a quarter-million employees.

Sen. Jennifer Beck voted against the Horizon bill and will continue to oppose it in its current form, saying she will continue to stand up for all ratepayers. (SenateNJ.com)

Beck voted against S-4 yesterday on the Senate floor and was the only member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to vote “no” when it was heard Monday in the committee.

“Any Horizon policy holder that has overpaid in premiums should get that money back. It is unconscionable for the State to swoop in and take their hard-earned dollars and put it into a slush fund for pet projects.

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Beck Concerned Bill Transferring NWS Earle Students Fails to Fix Property Tax Problem

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Offers Comprehensive Statewide Solution Eliminating Local Financial Burden for Educating Military Children

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) expressed concern that legislation (A-4453) transferring military-connected children living on Naval Weapons Station Earle from one school district to another fails to address the underlying problem of how to fairly fund the education of children living on military bases across New Jersey.

Sen. Jennifer Beck urged her colleagues to consider her legislation providing additional State aid to all school districts for the military-connected students they serve. (Google Maps)

“I’ve opposed this legislation because it is too narrowly focused and doesn’t represent a real funding solution for all of the host communities across the state that bear the responsibility of educating the children living on New Jersey’s military bases,” said Beck. “The issue at Earle is part of a much broader property tax problem that impacts all of the communities surrounding the military installations across the state. All of those communities that provide services to support our military families deserve additional property tax relief.”

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Beck’s Legislation to Remove Firearms When Threat Exists Blocked by Senate Democrats Again

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Senate Democrats blocked a second attempt by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to move legislation (S-2615) she sponsors which requires the seizure of firearms when a mental health professional determines a patient poses a threat of harm to themselves or others.

Senate Democrats blocked a second attempt by Sen. Jennifer Beck to move legislation she sponsors which requires the seizure of firearms when a mental health professional determines a patient poses a threat of harm to themselves or others. (SenateNJ.com)

“Time after time, we’ve heard that the perpetrators of horrible acts of violence, like James Holmes in Aurora and Adam Lanza in Newtown, had serious, known mental health issues,” said Beck. “Still, despite long histories of mental illness, they were able to obtain the firearms used to assault and kill others. Those crimes illustrate a clear gap in the law that needs to be closed to prevent similar tragedies from occurring here in New Jersey.”

A motion by Beck to relieve her bill from committee for consideration by the Senate was tabled by Senate Democrats during today’s Senate session in a 21-11 vote.

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