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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senator Jennifer Beck

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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Doherty, Bateman & Beck Blast Democrats’ Plans to Fund Pork Rail Projects with New Gas Taxes from TTF

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Say Democrats Are Pulling Bait & Switch on Drivers Who Were Promised Safe Roads and Bridges from 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase

After raising the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, Senate Democrats announced their support for spending $1 billion of gas tax revenues to pay for an expensive light rail project.

Senators Mike Doherty, Kip Bateman and Jennifer Beck blasted today’s announcement by Senate Democrats that they want to fund an expensive light rail project with revenues from the 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase. (SenateNJ.com)

“The ink hasn’t even dried on the gas tax increase, yet Democrats are already scheming ways to divert billions paid by drivers to build the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Extension and other similar projects in their districts,” said Doherty. “We warned that this is exactly what they would do, and now they’ve proven us correct. It won’t be long before they’re back asking for another gas tax increase.”

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Beck Health Benefits Reforms Endorsed by NJ Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission

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Beck reforms would reduce health benefits costs by 33 percent, provide more than $1 billion in savings to the state and $2.7 billion in local property tax relief.

The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission on Friday, Oct. 21, reviewed Senator Jennifer Beck’s health benefits reform package and recommended that the New Jersey Legislature enact her legislation.

The Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission has recommended that the legislature enact Sen. Jennifer Beck’s health benefits reform package. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m pleased that the nonpartisan Pension and Health Benefits Review Committee has recommended that the Legislature act on my proposals,” Senator Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “New Jersey taxpayers and public employees in cost-sharing cannot afford platinum health coverage, when there are clearly more inexpensive alternatives available to use. My legislation would provide for a 33% reduction in health benefits cost to our State and local government units, leading to $1 billion in State savings and $2.7 billion in direct property tax relief. The time for legislative leadership to act is now, and I call on leaders in both houses to give my legislation a hearing in the most expeditious manner possible.”

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Beck Raises Awareness for NJ Domestic Violence Advocacy Day

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) participated in New Jersey Domestic Violence Awareness Advocacy Day, sponsored by the NJ State Junior League.

Sen. Jennifer Beck has long worked to raise awareness of domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“I’m proud to make sure that domestic violence remains a priority for legislators in Trenton. I remain dedicated to ensuring that victims of domestic violence are protected in our State, which is just one reason that I am proud to sponsor legislation crafted with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ input to restrict access to firearms by persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses. There is more work to be done, however, to rid our society of domestic violence. I urge anyone in need to call the National Domestic Violence help-line, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-799-SAFE, or visiting www.TheHotline.org.”

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Beck Writes to State Law Enforcement & Military Officials to Halt Navy Plans to Open NWS Earle Housing to Civilians

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has sent formal correspondence to Governor Christie, Colonel Rick Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, Brigadier General Michael Cunniff of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Director Chris Rodriguez of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security to enlist their assistance in halting the Department of Defense’s plan to allow civilians to reside on the active Naval Weapons Station Earle base.

Sen. Jennifer Beck advanced her effort to halt the Department of Defense’s proposal to allow members of the general public to utilize NWS Earle housing. (Google Maps)

“I am opposed, in the strongest possible terms, to the Navy’s plan allowing members of the general public to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. The current proposal is a dangerous one, and I will fight tirelessly against it,” said Beck. “The Department of Defense must abandon this proposal and ensure our area’s safety. Our Congressman, Chris Smith, is asking for a meeting with senior Navy officials on this proposal and I formally requesting that the State of New Jersey put its resources behind the effort to block this risky proposal from seeing the light of day.”

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Advanced: Beck Bill to Protect Consumers from Telemarketing Fraud & Harassment

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Bills creates a task force to study technology and other methods that could be used to limit or stop telemarketing harassment and intimidation

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect consumers from harassment by telemarketers was advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Jennifer Beck to protect consumers from telemarketing harassment was advanced by a Senate committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Due to advances in technology and approaches used by companies to skirt the rules of ‘Do-Not-Call’ laws, consumers are open to a constant barrage of calls from telemarketers they don’t want to hear from,” Senator Beck said. “Now people are getting these kinds of calls on their cellphones, which is even more intrusive and annoying than calls to landlines. We need to review what kinds of methods are available to us that can be used to fight this growing problem.”

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