Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect a greater number of victims by making certain modifications to a law she pioneered, known as the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015,” (SASPA) which went into effect in May of 2016.
“We took a huge leap forward last year by enacting SASPA, which ensures all sexual assault survivors receive the same protections from being re-victimized – regardless of the nature of their relationship with the abuser,” Senator Beck said. “Now we are expanding those protections to survivors who have obtained a restraining order in any of the 23 other states that have laws like SASPA. This is a huge victory for survivors in New Jersey and across the country.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) responded to a lawsuit filed by rail unions to overturn a recent law she sponsored which prohibits NJ Transit engineers from operating trains while their driver’s license is suspended or revoked for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
According to a published report, rail worker unions believe the law conflicts with looser federal regulations and doesn’t improve safety.
“The rails unions’ claim that it doesn’t improve passenger safety to keep convicted drunk drivers with suspended licenses from operating trains defies common sense,” said Beck. “If you are so untrustworthy that you are prohibited by law from driving a car, you should not be trusted with the lives of hundreds of passengers riding in a train.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) applauded the creation of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness and offered her time and research in support of the committee’s work to develop school funding reform solutions.
“I’ve worked with Senate President Sweeney over the course of the past year to find a solution to reforming the school funding formula,” Senator Beck said. “Now that the Senate has created this pathway, I’d like to volunteer to serve the committee in some capacity so that we can finally secure these long-awaited reforms.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that establishes a new category of school aid for military-connected children. This aid would go to school districts that educate children of active or retired military members housed at Department of Defense facilities.
“Recent comments by school districts in our region notwithstanding, this primarily is a funding issue for school districts that educate military-connected children,” said Beck. “This legislation ensures that adequate funding follows these children and supports the operation of the school district that educates them. This bill does not leave the children of our military servicemen and women as a political football.”
Beck’s Legislation Inspired by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to Increase Domestic Violence Protections Signed Into Law
Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) commended Governor Chris Christie for signing into law a bill inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to expand domestic violence protections.
S-2483, sponsored by Beck, restricts access to firearms by certain persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses and provides a clear and supervised process for the immediate surrender of firearms.
“The enactment of this landmark legislation will prevent domestic abusers from committing acts of gun violence,” Senator Beck said. “We are thankful for the support and great inspiration provided by Gabby Giffords to enact these reforms that will protect our most vulnerable residents from harm. We’ve succeeded in closing a dangerous loophole and delivering on our promise to safeguard families from domestic abusers with access to firearms.”
“The inspiration provided by Congresswoman Giffords encouraged us to act, and the invaluable support of Americans for Responsible Solutions helped us to find a solution to protect the victims of domestic violence,” said Kean. “I want to thank Governor Christie and Majority Leader Weinberg for their partnership and leadership to enact these sensible reforms. We ended up with a practical solution that undoubtedly will save lives.”
Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature on Monday passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) designating February 3 of each year as “Senator Joseph Palaia Day.” SJR-87 pays tribute to “Senator Joe” Palaia, a beloved Monmouth County legislator and elementary school principal who passed away on August 20, 2016 at the age of 89.
“Senator Joe was a beloved educator and a true statesman, and his name is synonymous with public service in our community,” Senator Beck. “I knew when I was elected to serve Monmouth County that I had big shoes to fill. Joe always put the needs of the people of New Jersey first. He was an exceptionally kind and dedicated school principal who became a champion for children across our state.”
The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to create foreclosure protections for Superstorm Sandy victims. The bill now heads to Governor Chris Christie’s desk for final approval.
Senator Beck’s bill, S-2300, would establish temporary protections against foreclosure for families who continue to experience economic distress as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
“The process of securing state and federal recovery funds is long and complex,” Senator Beck said. “It’s been four years and yet we still have 3,200 Sandy victims eager to complete elevation and construction projects, including some that have just begun. Providing a pathway to prevent foreclosure will protect families who are struggling to fund both a mortgage and rent from losing the very home they have spent years trying to rebuild. It’s the right thing to do and I look forward to seeing the bill signed into law as swiftly as possible.”
Sen. Beck & Rep. Smith Announce 60-Day Temporary Stay on Renting Military Housing to Civilians at NWS Earle
Congressman Chris Smith and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) have announced that the Navy has agreed to place a 60-day temporary freeze on renting Naval Weapons Station Earle Housing to civilians.
“We have urged the Navy to reevaluate its dangerous current proposal in the context of recent terrorist events, especially and including events in New Jersey,” said Smith, who successfully fought against a similar proposal at Earle’s former Laurelwood Housing Units in 2010. “It is my sincere hope that these 60 days will be sufficient time for the Navy to better assess and fully appreciate the significant security challenges, as well as the public safety and education issues their plan creates for our region and tenuous new burdens it would place on our municipalities.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today voted against legislation giving large pay raises to members in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
“This outrageous legislation could not come at a worse time. Giving large pay increases to the politically connected at a time when hardworking residents are coping with a billion dollar gas tax increase is unconscionable. How can this legislature justify giving huge raises to public employees who are already making six figure salaries while so many families struggle to make ends meet? Public service is service and salaries will generally not be on par with the private sector.
Beck Supporting Project Little Soldier by Collecting Toys for Children with Deployed Military Parents
Gifts Will Be Collected Through Tuesday, December 20th
The legislative district office of Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) is once again participating with Project Little Soldier to serve as a collection point for gifts to send to children who have a parent deployed in the military.
“The men and women who serve in our nation’s military make significant sacrifices everyday,” said Beck. “By providing the children of these soldiers serving overseas with a few gifts at the holidays, we might be able to put their minds at ease a little knowing that their children are being cared for at home. Our communities have once again stepped up to provide that peace of mind, and I am very grateful.”