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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Democrats Block Vote on Beck’s Pension Forfeiture Bill for 3rd Time

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An effort by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to force a vote on legislation she sponsors to forfeit the pensions of corrupt public officials (S-1557) was immediately blocked by Senate Democrats at today’s session of the New Jersey Senate.

A third attempt by Sen. Jennifer Beck to force a vote on legislation she sponsors to forfeit the pensions of corrupt public officials was immediately blocked by Senate Democrats today. (SenateNJ.com)

This marks the third time Democrats have voted to block the consideration of the pension forfeiture legislation. Previous motions by Beck to move the bill were immediately tabled by the majority on February 6 and February 13.

“Time and again, Senate Democrats have voted to protect the pensions of corrupt public officials,” said Beck. “It’s inexplicable that they would continue to choose convicted officials over the taxpayers they represent.”

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Senate Dems Block Beck’s Bill to Remove Firearms When Mental Health Professional Finds Threat

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Senate Democrats blocked a vote on legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) 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 vote on legislation sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck 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)

The legislation, S-2615, was previous approved by the General Assembly in a 45-24-5 vote.

“Most reasonable people agree that patients suffering from mental illness should not have a firearm if it’s believed they pose a risk to themselves or someone else,” said Beck. “This legislation should not be controversial or partisan. I’m disappointed that Senate Democrats would not allow this carefully considered bill to advance.”

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Beck’s ‘Stephen Komninos’ Law’ to Protect Developmentally Disabled Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed “Stephen Komninos’ Law,” bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to protect people with developmental disabilities from abuse and neglect, by improving transparency and accountability among caregivers and at the 2,340 group homes, developmental centers and day programs across the state.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Stephen Komninos Law” would protect people with developmental disabilities from abuse. The law is named for a 22-year-old man who died at the hands of a neglectful caregiver. (SenateNJ.com)

“What happened to Stephen Komninos was a horrifying, preventable tragedy,” Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “Clearly, there are a number of cracks in the system that are putting people at group homes and other types of care facilities in harm’s way. This law would establish comprehensive set of checks and balances to ensure what happened to Stephen never happens again.”

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Beck’s Legislation to Hold Negligent Landlords Accountable Advances

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Legislation (S-3270) introduced earlier this month by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) to hold negligent landlords accountable for deplorable, unsanitary conditions in subsidized housing has been advanced by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Jennifer Beck visited one of the locations highlighted in the APP series, “Renter Hell,” on Tuesday, May 30th, with local officials, including Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton. (SenateNJ.com)

The “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights” addresses problems, including children and families living side by side with rats and cockroaches, crumbling walls and ceilings, a lack of heat and hot water, that were identified in the recent Asbury Park Press (APP) investigative series, “Renter Hell.”

“Some of the living conditions revealed in subsidized housing across New Jersey are absolutely horrifying,” said Beck. “No family or child should be forced to live in squalor as a result of landlord negligence. Our legislation targets the playbook that bad landlords have used to avoid accountability and responsibility for too long.”

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Beck: Democrats’ Political School Funding Plan Misses the Mark & Continues to Overtax Residents

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Applauds Increased Funding for Underfunded Districts, Says All Property Taxpayers Deserve Relief

Senator Jennifer Beck, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, said that a highly political school funding reform plan announced by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto misses the mark when it comes to providing property tax relief.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that a highly political school funding reform plan announced by the Senate President and Assembly Speaker misses the mark when it comes to providing property tax relief. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I warned that we were likely to see a political school funding plan from Democrats since it’s an election year, and that’s exactly what they announced,” said Beck. “Their plan largely hurts Republican districts to help Democrats, and doesn’t provide the comprehensive school funding reform that New Jersey deserves.”

According to data provided by the Senate President and Assembly Speaker, school districts represented by Democrats in the Legislature would see a total net aid increase of more than $103 million. School districts represented by Republicans would see a total net increase of just $6 million, with many individual districts losing aid.

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Editorial: Keep Close Eye on School Funding Talks

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The following editorial by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) on school funding was published in the Asbury Park Press on June 11, 2017:

The biggest issue facing our state is property taxes. And the biggest impact on that issue is school taxes. Over the next several weeks, a new plan for school funding will be debated in Trenton.


In this APP editorial, Sen. Jennifer Beck says that any discussion of a new school funding plan must be fully transparent so that taxpayers and educators can engage in the conversation. (©iStock)

There aren’t a lot of details being provided on this plan, but estimates suggest that it could end up costing Monmouth County schools over $100 million in state school aid. This plan, if estimates are true, isn’t a fair or equitable solution to our school funding crisis.

In New Jersey, we are supposed to fund our schools in a way that gives all of our children an opportunity to succeed. We all know the problems that exist under the current school funding program:

It’s led to municipalities like Jersey City, which has the tax base to support their local schools but underfunds them by $255 million — while pocketing more than $418 million a year in state aid.

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Beck & O’Scanlon Call Assembly Proposal to Transfer NWS Earle Students Short-Sighted

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Call for Comprehensive Statewide Solution to Provide Property Tax Relief to Host Communities, Protect Children of Military Families

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said that a proposal (A-4453) approved by the General Assembly today to transfer military-connected children living on Naval Weapons Station Earle from one school district to another is harmful for the affected children and fails to address the core problem for property taxpayers.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon said that a proposal approved by the General Assembly to transfer military-connected children living on NWS Earle from one school district to another is harmful for the affected children and fails to address the core problem for property taxpayers. (Google Maps)

Beck said the Assembly legislation would merely shift the property tax burden of paying for students living on Earle from Tinton Falls and Colts Neck, without addressing the underlying problem of how to fairly fund the education of children living on military bases across New Jersey.

“The dispute over schooling for students from NWS Earle is all about property taxes,” said Beck. “Just transferring that burden from one set of property taxpayers to another doesn’t actually fix anything. Instead, property taxpayers in every New Jersey community that hosts a military installation deserve a comprehensive solution that spreads statewide the cost of educating students living on bases, in recognition of the sacrifices military families make for all of us.”

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Senators Beck and Rice Launch Effort to Hold Negligent Landlords Accountable for Deplorable, Unsanitary Rental Housing Conditions

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex) have introduced legislation (S-3270), the “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights,” to hold negligent landlords accountable for dangerous, unsanitary, and unsafe conditions in subsidized housing. The bill addresses the deplorable living conditions uncovered in the recent Asbury Park Press (APP) investigative series, “Renter Hell,” which found children and families living side by side with rats and cockroaches, crumbling walls and ceilings, a lack of  heat and hot water, and human waste. Many of sites investigated were in Asbury Park and Newark.

Sen. Jennifer Beck visited one of the locations highlighted in the APP series, “Renter Hell,” on Tuesday, May 30th, with local officials, including Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton. (SenateNJ.com)

“Landlords are evading local, state and federal enforcement while simultaneously allowing families to live in unimaginable squalor and collecting a pay check from our taxpayers,” said Beck. “It must stop. As New Jersey residents, we cannot allow our neighbors to live with dozens of rats and walls covered in cockroaches while taxpayers are footing the bill.”

Senator Rice added, “For decades I have fought for the tenants of Garden Spires and Pueblo City, but bad landlords and ineffective government oversight has allowed these complexes to continue to operate in a deteriorated, unlivable condition. There is a systematic failure here. Taxpayers are funding this housing and it must be safe, sanitary and code compliant.”

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Advanced: Beck’s ‘Stephen Komninos’ Law’ to Protect Developmentally Disabled from Abuse

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The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has advanced “Stephen Komninos’ Law,” bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to protect individuals with developmental disabilities from abuse and neglect, by improving transparency and accountability among caregivers and at the 2,340 group homes, developmental centers and day programs across the state.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Stephen Komninos Law” has passed the Senate Budget Committee. The law is named for a 22-year-old man who died at the hands of a neglectful caregiver. (SenateNJ)

The law is named for a 22-year-old man with intellectual disabilities who suffered 16 separate substantiated incidents of abuse between 2004 and 2007. Stephen passed when he was left unsupervised, against medical orders. According to published reports, his caregiver was allowed to return to work despite the fact that he had been found by DHS to have neglected not only Stephen, but another client as well.

“Stephen Komninos was abused not once, but multiple times before he died at the hands of a neglectful caregiver,” Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “Unannounced site visits, faster parental notification, and stronger penalties can and will save lives.”

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Beck Speaks Out on Behalf of Military Children at NWS Earle & Local Taxpayers

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) testified today in opposition to a politically-motivated bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Houghtaling and Downey that pits local taxpayers in Tinton Falls and Colts Neck against each other.

Sen. Jennifer Beck testified that the politically-motivated bill proposed by Houghtaling and Downey is not a solution and will only further the divide between Tinton Falls and Colts Neck taxpayers, and military families on NWS Earle. (Google Maps)

“The bill proposed by Houghtaling and Downey will generate a civil war between the Colts Neck and Tinton Falls school districts, leading to costly litigation that will harm taxpayers in both communities,” Senator Beck said. “The bill wrongly puts the children of our military families in the middle of a funding dispute. This is purely a financial issue for these school districts, and we need to treat it as such in order to find a solution.”

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