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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Honors Life of Millicent Fenwick Who Outlawed Wage Discrimination & Fought for Civil Rights

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Fenwick Sponsored State Law Prohibiting Sex-Based Discrimination, Was Called “Conscience of Congress” by Walter Cronkite

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) introduced and the Senate approved a resolution (SR-112) honoring the life and work of the late Millicent Fenwick, a Republican woman who fought for women’s pay equity and civil rights in both the New Jersey Legislature and the United States Congress.

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)

“Millicent Fenwick was a life-long fighter for civil rights, not just for women, but for anyone who was not being treated equally under the law,” said Beck. “As a freshman Assemblywoman, Millicent Fenwick’s first piece of legislation outlawed wage discrimination. Today, women across the nation owe her a debt of gratitude for leading this civil rights fight. As a result of her efforts, New Jersey now has one of the most rigorous, progressive and aggressive wage discrimination statutes in the nation.”

RELATED: Senator Jennifer Beck shared the following response to inquiries she has received on S-992, an employer reporting bill.

Fenwick was one of just two women serving in the New Jersey Legislature, both Republicans, when she entered the General Assembly in 1970. The first bill she sponsored, A-403 of the 1970-71 legislative session, outlawed gender-based wage discrimination by adding “sex” as a protected status to New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). That bill quickly passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Governor William T. Cahill (R) on June 2, 1970 (P.L. 1970, c. 80).

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Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Democrats Block Three Attempts by Kyrillos, Doherty & Beck to Move Bills Limiting Local Sick Leave Payouts to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Measures Would Stop Six-Figure Payouts for Unused Sick Time to Retiring Local Government Employees

Three separate efforts by Senate Republicans to protect property taxpayers by moving bills they sponsor addressing the absurd six-figure sick leave payouts that some local government employees receive when they retire were blocked by Senate Democrats during today’s session of the New Jersey Senate.

Senate Democrats tabled an effort to bring S-194 up for a vote. (SenateNJ.com)

Motions were made by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) on S-194, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) on S-572, and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) on S-2140 to bring the bills to the floor of the Senate for consideration. Senate Democrats blocked each of those efforts.

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Beck Votes Against Effort to Legitimize Unconstitutional Transportation Pork Panel

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) voted against legislation (S-3075) in the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee which would give the Governor and Legislature another year to form a political pork panel that would have the ability to manipulate billions of dollars in state transportation spending. Her refusal to help legitimize the panel follows the receipt of a legal opinion from the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services that deemed the “Capital Program Approval Committee” unconstitutional.

Sen. Jennifer Beck voted against legislation giving the Governor and Legislature another year to form a political pork panel that would have the ability to manipulate billions of dollars in state transportation spending. (Wikimedia Commons)

Under previously approved legislation, the Capital Program Approval Committee is to be a panel of four individuals, including political appointees, who would have power over the state’s Annual Transportation Capital Program. The objection of any single member of the committee would explicitly prevent the Legislature from funding any transportation projects in that year.

“We have an opinion from OLS that this panel unconstitutionally usurps the authority of the Legislature to appropriate funds,” said Beck. “A single member of this pork panel who doesn’t believe they are getting their fair share for their pet projects could effectively hold hostage all state transportation spending. I cannot support any legislation that would further legitimize this committee that clearly is designed to waste the gas taxes paid by millions of drivers for political purposes.”

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‘Michael Massey’s Law’ Expanding Safety Advances

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The Assembly Transportation Committee has passed “Michael Massey’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to expand the “Move Over Law” to sanitation vehicles. The bill is named for Michael Massey, a 39-year-old Freehold man who was tragically killed when he was hit by a car while loading a sanitation vehicle as part of his public works duties in Ocean Township.

Sen. Jennifer Beck testifies in support of her “Michael Massey’s Law” bill at the Assembly Transportation Committee Hearing, on March 6, 2017, in Trenton. The bill would expand the “Move Over Law” to prevent sanitation worker deaths. (SenateNJ.com)

“Michael was a life-long Monmouth County resident and hardworking young man,” Senator Beck said. “When we learned of his death we were shocked and saddened. This tragic event was a wake-up call that we need to do more to slow down traffic in order to reduce injuries and fatalities on the job. While this legislation of course cannot alter the great loss that the Massey family has experienced, we are hopeful that such a common sense change to our law will prevent other public works employees from being injured.”

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Beck Coordinates Donation Collection for Ocean Grove Fire Victims

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will be collecting items for individuals affected by the 5-alarm fire on March 3 in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Neptune Township officials have estimated up to 40 families may have been affected.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is coordinating a donation collection for those affected by the March 3 fire in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. (Flickr)

Items which would be helpful to displaced families include; blankets, towels, and toiletries. All donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Senator Beck’s District Office at 32 Monmouth Street, 3rd Floor in Red Bank.

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Beck Joined by Freehold and Red Bank Superintendents for Governor’s Budget Message

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Superintendents Tomazic & Rumage Join Beck in Trenton Again to Continue Advocacy for School Funding Reform

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) hosted Freehold Borough Superintendent Dr. Rocco Tomazic and Red Bank Superintendent Dr. Jared Rumage at the New Jersey State House in Trenton for the delivery of the Governor’s Budget Message for FY 2018.

Freehold Borough Superintendent Tomazic and Red Bank Superintendent Rumage joined Sen. Jennifer Beck for the Governor’s Budget Message at the New Jersey State House on Feb. 28. (SenateNJ.com)

“Red Bank and Freehold Borough face the dual challenges of being among the most underfunded school districts in the state, while also experiencing some of the greatest enrollment growth,” said Beck. “I’ve worked closely with Dr. Tomazic and Dr. Rumage on our mutual effort to secure additional state aid for massively underfunded districts like theirs, and am glad they could join me again in Trenton today to continue this important fight.”

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Beck Brings NJ Education Commissioner to Asbury Park and Long Branch Schools

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) brought Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington to Asbury Park and Long Branch schools this Tuesday. Beck and the Commissioner were joined by Asbury Park Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet and Long Branch Superintendent Dr. Michael Salvatore along with principals, teachers, administrators, and other school officials.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Commission of Education Kimberley Harrington visited schools in Asbury Park and Long Branch this week. (SenateNJ.com)

Asbury Park School District’s “Building a Brighter Future” initiative has seen measurable success through enhanced literacy growth and graduation rates. Asbury Park continues to expand its academies with the addition of Allied Health, Engineering, and Law and Public Safety through a partnership with Monmouth County Vocational School District.

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Beck Honors Asbury Park Student Athletes on Senate Floor

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) helped honor the Asbury Park Blue Bishops football and boys soccer teams on the Senate floor during the voting session on Feb. 13. Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet, along with soccer coach Jean Dortissant, players Fenelson Etienne and Widmaier Beaubrun, football coach Tim Fosque and players Namir Argilagos and Calvin Simmons-Carter were all present to accept the Senate resolution from the Monmouth County legislative delegation.

Sen. Jennifer Beck honored members of the Asbury Park High School football and boys soccer teams at a New Jersey Senate session. (SenateNJ.com)

The Asbury Park Boys Soccer Team won the NJSIAA Central Group I Sectional Title for the first time in 35 years this past fall.  Coach Jean Dortissant noted they finished the season with a record of 18-4-1; it was the soccer team’s first title since 1981.

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Senate Democrats Again Block Vote on Beck’s Pension Forfeiture Bill

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Also Block Vote on Beck’s Sick Leave Reform Bill

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) continued her efforts to end the New Jersey Senate’s inaction on issues of importance to the people of New Jersey.

In a party-line vote, and for the second Senate session in a row, New Jersey Senate Democrats blocked a vote of Sen. Jennifer Beck’s bill to forfeit the pensions of corrupt public officials. (SenateNJ.com)

Beck’s attempts to force full Senate votes on bills she sponsors to forfeit the pensions of corrupt public officials (S-1557) and limit payouts for accumulated public employee sick leave (S-2140) were blocked by Senate Democrats.

“For the past two Senate sessions, I’ve attempted to bring up for a vote my bill to forfeit the taxpayer-funded pensions of public officials convicted of corruption,” said Beck. “For the second session in a row, Senate Democrats have blocked a vote on my bill, essentially expressing their support for continued pension payments to corrupt individuals who have violated the public trust. It’s absolutely astounding.”

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Beck’s Legislation to Provide Foreclosure Protections for Sandy Victims Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) creating foreclosure protections for victims of Superstorm Sandy has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s bill creating foreclosure protections for victims of Superstorm Sandy has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (FEMA)

Beck’s bill, S-2300, establishes temporary protections against foreclosure for families who continue to experience economic distress as a result of the storm.

“A few days ago, I held a public meeting for Sandy victims who continue to experience financial and bureaucratic difficulties associated with the recovery process,” said Beck. “We heard from too many families that are struggling to pay mortgages on homes that are still uninhabitable while also paying rent on temporary housing until they can move home again. We know unequivocally that this financial burden can be overwhelming. This new law will ensure that those families victimized first by the storm, and later by government and insurance company bureaucracies, will have additional protections from foreclosure.”

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