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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Democrats Block Beck’s Bill to Protect Victims of Gender-Based Wage Discrimination

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New Jersey Senate Democrats blocked the consideration of legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) that would offer financial protections to the victims of gender-based wage discrimination.

Senate Democrats voted to table Sen. Jennifer Beck’s legislation offering financial protections to the victims of gender-based wage discrimination. (SenateNJ.com)

Beck attempted to move her legislation, S-2458, that would protect from taxation any awards or settlements related to claims of unlawful gender-based wage discrimination.

“New Jersey has one of the most aggressive, progressive wage discrimination statutes in the nation,” said Beck. “When such discrimination has been resolved, either through a trial or settlement agreement, our State furthers the victim’s mistreatment through aggressive income taxation of damages that have been awarded. I’m disappointed that Senate Democrats voted against the interests of women today.”

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Senate Democrats Block Beck/Doherty Sick Leave Reforms

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Republican Measures Would Address Nearly $2 Billion Property Tax Liability

Democrats in the New Jersey Senate blocked the consideration of sick leave reforms sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would address a nearly $2 billion liability for property taxpayers.

Senate Democrats tabled Sen. Jennifer Beck’s sick leave reform effort during the Senate session on June 22, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

Senators Beck and Doherty made motions to relieve S-2947 and S-572 from the committee process for consideration by the full New Jersey Senate.

“We’ve tried repeatedly to put an end to the outrageous six-figure payouts that drive up property tax bills statewide,” said Beck. “Democrats, however, continue to block our reforms that would end this abusive practice and make New Jersey more affordable. To be clear, this is more than a billion dollars of property tax relief that New Jersey Democrats have denied.”

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Beck Stands With Parents, Local Officials, Education Experts for Fair School Funding

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Supports $175 Million Increase in New School Aid, Says $46 Million in Cuts Unnecessary

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) rallied with parents, superintendents, local officials, and other legislators at the State House today for a fair school funding plan that would give underfunded districts the additional aid they deserve without imposing cuts to other districts that would result in huge property tax hikes and teacher layoffs.

Sen. Jennifer Beck rallied with parents, superintendents, local officials, and other legislators at the State House today for a fair school funding plan that would give underfunded districts the additional aid they deserve without imposing cuts to other districts that would result in huge property tax hikes and teacher layoffs. (SenateNJ.com)

“All of our children deserve a fair share of state aid for their schools,” said Beck. “That’s why I’ve fought for a decade to increase support for massively underfunded districts like Red Bank and Freehold Borough. Most importantly, it’s clear that we have the financial ability to increase support for those districts by $175 million, without taking a penny away from anyone else.”

Beck was joined at the rally by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex), Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (R-Ocean), Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Ocean), Brick Mayor John Ducey (D), NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer, Ocean Twp. Deputy Mayor Robert Acerra, Toms River Superintendent David Healy, Andover Regional Board of Education President Michael Fancher, Tinton Falls Superintendent John Russo, Middletown Superintendent William George, Ocean Twp. Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz, Eatontown Superintendent Scott McCue, and other local officials, parents, and school children.

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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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