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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senator Jennifer Beck

12th District Legislators Respond to Hanson Report

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12th District Legislators Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande today issued the following statements regarding the latest recommendation contained in the Hanson Report relating to the horse racing industry in New Jersey:

“Hansons recommendations are unworkable for 2011,” said Beck, “and unacceptable as a solution for the industry challenges. When we are discussing horseracing in New Jersey, we are discussing the future of an entire industry, one which provides the State with 13,000 jobs and contributes to the preservation of nearly 200,000 acres of open space. Although the industry must change its business model to become sustainable, that change must be implemented thoughtfully and should occur over time. My colleagues and I have been working closely with both the standarbred and thoroughbred industries and together, keeping in mind the financial realities, have developed a plan to make horseracing in New Jersey a sustainable industry by 2013. The latest recommendations from the Committee do not allow for a progression of change, and therefore deliver a severe blow to both breeds. Consideration must be given to allowing this new business model to unfold.”

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Beck Applauds Passage of Off-Track and Exchange Wagering Bills

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) that would help New Jersey’s horseracing industry were unanimously passed today by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

“Horseracing is a vibrant, vital component of New Jersey life and culture, ” Beck stated. “The horse racing industry provides thousands of jobs, contributes over one billion dollars a year to our state’s economy and keeps about one-fifth of the state’s total acreage in agriculture. The two bills passed today address the long-term future of the horse racing industry by encouraging it to expand and move forward.”

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12th District Legislators Support Anti-Bullying Legislation

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The 12th District legislators are offering their support for upcoming legislation that strengthens the law on harassment, intimidation and bullying in public schools. This bipartisan legislation establishes the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” which applies to bullying at school, near school, on school buses, and cyberbullying and requires schools to address any reported acts of bullying.

“New Jersey has seen too many tragic results of bullying and harassment,” said Senator Jennifer Beck, a co-sponsor of the bill in the Senate. “All of our children need to be protected and parents must be educated about the realities of bullying. There is the illusion of anonymity and of a lack of consequences with events that take place on-line, but we’ve seen that consequences not only exist, but can be long-lasting and even fatal. This legislation is aimed at bringing our public schools to the forefront of this issue.”

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12th District Legislators to Make ‘Toolkit’ Presentation at Greenbriar

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will make a presentation on Governor Christie’s ‘toolkit’ on Tuesday, October 26th at 8 p.m. at the Greenbriar Retirement Community in Marlboro.

This is the third such presentation the 12th district legislators will give on the toolkit, which consists of more than 30 initiatives to cut waste and streamline government in order to control the tax burden in New Jersey.

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District 12 Legislators: Affordable Housing Law Should Not Include Commercial Fees of Mandated Development of Vacant Land

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande offer the following statement regarding the most recent law introduced to abolish COAH:

“On Monday, Assemblyman Gerald Green introduced a bill that would abolish the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, which we have long advocated. Unfortunately, unlike Senate Bill S-1, which passed the State Senate in June, Assemblyman Green’s bill calls for more of a burden to be placed on municipalities and businesses. Given the current economic climate, this is the wrong choice for New Jersey.

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Beck, O’Scanlon & Casagrande Laud Gaming/Horseracing Plan

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande would like to offer the following statement on the proposed legislative package of bills released by the Senate Democratic Leadership yesterday to deal with the issues facing New Jersey’s gaming and horseracing industries:

“We applaud the plan our colleagues have introduced and pledge our support in advancing the many initiatives outlined, some of which we have been advocating for many years.

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12th District Legislators: Turnpike Authority Audit Shows Need for Reform

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With the recent release of the State Comptroller’s report on the $43 million of wasteful spending at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande would like to offer the following statement:

“We call upon Comptroller Matthew Boxer to continue in his pursuit to root out extravagant and irresponsible expenditures at State authorities. The tens of millions of dollars of wasteful use of taxpayer money that has already been uncovered is proof that the New Jersey authorities structure is in need of a massive overhaul.

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District 12 Hosting 2nd Annual Blood Drive

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With Sponsorship by Wegmans and The Breeze Radio

The 12th District Legislators will be hosting the district’s 2nd Annual Blood Drive on Thursday, October 28th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Drive will be held at the District 12 offices in Freehold, located at 35 West Main Street in freehold Borough.

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Bipartisan Equine Symposium a Success, Brought More Than 80 Attendees to Learn About Impact of Industry on New Jersey

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Today’s Equine Symposium, co-hosted by Senator Jennifer Beck, Senator Paul Sarlo, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo brought more than 80 attendees including elected officials, equine experts, business owners and breeders to Perretti Farms to discuss the present challenges to New Jersey’s equine industry and possible solutions to facing those challenges.

“The goal of today’s event was to educate interested parties on the far-reaching effects of the horse industry in New Jersey,” said Casagrande, “and I believe it was quite a success. By bringing together experts from all equine and equine-related industries in New Jersey, as well as legislators from both sides of the aisle who believe in a future for horse racing in our State, we were able to create a full picture of exactly how vital this industry is to the economy in New Jersey.”

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12th District Legislators Reflect on Strides in Women’s Equality

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Today the State of New Jersey commemorates the 90th anniversary of the ratification of one of the most influential amendments on our society: the 19th Amendment, by celebrating Women’s Equality Day.

This amendment changed not only how women participated in our elections, but how they are viewed as members of society. With an equal vote, women were given the same tools as men to make their voices heard as they cast their ballots on issues that directly affect them, both as women and as members of the community.

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