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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Blasts Deal Giving Pay Raises to Executive, Legislative & Judicial Branch Members

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after legislation was posted on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee agenda giving large pay raises to members in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

Sen. Jennifer Beck opposes pay increases for members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. (Flickr)

“Before the ink was even dry on a 23-cent, $1.3 billion dollar gas tax increase, the public is once again subject to a cloak-and-dagger scheme. This time it’s a plan to give large pay increases to members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government,” said Beck. “I will be voting ‘absolutely not’ on this proposal when it comes before me tomorrow as a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. I urge everyone to contact their legislators to tell them to oppose this expensive proposal.

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Beck Co-Sponsors Bill Calling for Special Prosecutor to Handle Investigations of Any Sitting Governor

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has co-sponsored legislation filed by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) that would require the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor recommended by the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court if a criminal complaint is filed against the governor and probable cause is found.

Sens. Jennifer Beck and Raymond Lesniak’s bill would require the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate criminal complaints against any sitting governor. (©iStock)

“Restoring integrity and public trust to investigations should be a bipartisan issue given the public’s current lack of faith that we’ve seen with respect to Secretary Clinton’s e-mails, police shootings, and during Bridgegate” said Beck. “A special prosecutor to serve as an impartial investigator in cases where probable cause is found will go a long way to restoring the public’s trust in government.”

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Weinberg/Beck Bill Inspired by Gabby Giffords to Increase Domestic Violence Protections Heads to Governor

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg and Senator Jennifer Beck and inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to expand domestic violence protections has passed the Assembly. The bill now heads to Governor Christie’s desk for final approval.

Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Jennifer Beck’s bill, inspired by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, prevents domestic abusers from committing acts of gun violence. (©iStock)

S-2483 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.

“This landmark legislation will prevent domestic abusers from committing acts of gun violence,” Senator Beck said. “People who have proven they have the capacity to commit such atrocities should not be given a one-week grace period to surrender a firearm.”

“Senator Weinberg and I worked tirelessly to close this dangerous loophole and deliver on our promise to safeguard families from domestic abusers with access to firearms,” Beck added. “This bill is proof that the legislators can work together to protect our most vulnerable residents from harm. It should be signed into law immediately.”

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Senate Approves Beck Efforts to Continue Protecting Survivors of Sexual Assault

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The New Jersey Senate has passed 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). The law went into effect in May of 2016.

Sen. Beck’s bill would protect a greater number of sexual assault survivors by making modifications to a law she sponsored, “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015.” (©iStock)

Senator Beck’s bill, S-2601, would ensure New Jersey law recognizes and provides for the enforcement of protective orders originating from the 23 other states that also offer the protections established under SASPA.

“Any sexual assault survivor who has gone through the arduous process of obtaining a restraining order in another state must be able to keep those protections when they come to New Jersey,” Senator Beck said. “We can make this a reality under my Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act; by giving law enforcement the ability to enforce a protective order issued in any of the 23 other states that have these lifesaving laws in place.”

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Victory: Beck Applauds Restoration of Red Bank’s Historic T. Thomas Fortune House

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) congratulated local advocates for securing the restoration of the T. Thomas Fortune House. One of only two national historic landmarks in New Jersey with a role in African American history, the house will now be transformed into a cultural center dedicated to advocating for social justice.

Sen. Jennifer Beck applauds the restoration of Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune House, a national historic landmark that and home of the African-American journalist and human rights activist. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I am so grateful to the concerned citizens who rescued T. Thomas Fortune House from permanent destruction,” Senator Beck said. “This landmark was home to one of the most influential social justice advocates in our nation’s history. I cannot think of a better way to honor that legacy than to use the newly-restored landmark as a cultural and educational center dedicated to continuing Thomas’s lifelong mission to teach tolerance and secure equal rights for all.”

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Senate Passes Beck’s ‘Michael Massey’s Law’ Expanding ‘Move Over Law’ to Sanitation Vehicles

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The New Jersey Senate has  passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck expanding the “Move Over Law” to prevent sanitation worker deaths. “Michael Massey’s Law” is named for a Freehold resident who was killed when he was hit by a car while loading a garbage truck as part of his public works duties in Ocean Township.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Michael Massey’s Law” expands Mover Law protections to sanitation vehicles. (SenateNJ)

“Drivers know they have to slow down and move over when approaching an ambulance or police car because the ‘Move Over Law’ has been so effective at raising awareness and saving lives,” Senator Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “Michael Massey’s death is a tragic reminder that emergency responders are not the only public workers at risk of being hit by a car on the job. Those who operate sanitation vehicles should receive the same protections.”

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Beck Bill Continuing Efforts to Protect Sexual Assault Survivors Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect a greater number of victims by making certain modifications to the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015” has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s bill would protect a greater number of sexual assault survivors. Beck was a prime sponsor of the “Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act of 2015.”(SenateNJ)

S-2601 would ensure New Jersey law recognizes and provides for the enforcement of protective orders originating from other states.

“23 other states have passed laws similar to my ‘Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act,’ which has already started helping people,” Senator Beck said. “This bill will enable us to protect even more survivors, by extending the Act’s protections to apply to people who have obtained protective orders in other states.”

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Beck Bill to Prevent Sandy Foreclosures Advances Amidst Call for Further Action

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Senator Jennifer Beck’s (R-Monmouth) bill to create foreclosure protections for Superstorm Sandy victims has passed the Senate Budget Committee.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s bill would create foreclosure protections for Superstorm Sandy victims. Beck is also the sponsor of the “Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act.” (SenateNJ)

“Although four years have passed since Superstorm Sandy,” Senator Beck said. “We still have 3,200 homeowners eager to complete elevating and rebuilding projects, including some that have just begun. They don’t have the ability to fund a mortgage and a rent.”

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Beck Statement on Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement as the billion dollar, 23-cent per gallon, gasoline tax increase takes effect today:

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that she remains opposed to the onerous, billion-dollar gas tax increase that has taken effect. (SenateNJ.com)

“The failure of the legislature to enact meaningful cost saving measures has led to New Jersey funding its irresponsibility on the backs on New Jersey’s commuters and families. I remain opposed to this onerous, billion-dollar tax increase.

“I am working with legislators from both sides of the aisle on a legal challenge to whether the gasoline tax increase legislation is even constitutional. Serious questions have been raised regarding the unelected, four-person panel that determines which transportation projects are funded.  I plan to have a further statement once lawyers review all of the information at hand.”

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Weinberg/Beck Bill Inspired by Gabby Giffords to Expand Domestic Violence Protections Gets Approval of Assembly Panel

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The New Jersey General Assembly Appropriations Committee has given approval to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), and inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee has given approval to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence. (©iStock)

The proposal, S-2483, 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.

“This legislation closes loopholes by ensuring that when firearms must be surrendered due to conviction or restraining order, there are no gaps where the person still has access to their guns or the ability to cause additional harm,” said Beck. “If a person poses such a risk to another that a restraining order is necessary, their guns should be surrendered immediately.”

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