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07 Apr: Coniglio / Girgenti Bill To Aid National Guard Becomes Law

TRENTON -A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph Coniglio and John A. Girgenti which will aid members of the New Jersey National Guard by exempting them from income tax on housing and subsistence allowances became law today.

“Our men and women in the National Guard and the reserves sacrifice a great deal at home to fight for our country,” said Senator Coniglio, D-Bergen, the Chairman of the Senate State Government Committee. “Currently, when guard members are called to active duty the State provides housing and subsistence allowances to recognize the hardship that full-time active duty can have on a person’s life. We should exempt those allowances from the income tax, so that the intention of the housing and subsistence allowances are met.”

01 Apr: Adler To Promote End Of Life Directives In New Jersey

TRENTON – Senator John H. Adler announced today that he will be introducing legislation to promote awareness for end-of-life advanced directives when the Legislature reconvenes this spring.

“On the national level, we’ve seen the pain and grieving of Terry Schiavo’s family as they fought over what they believed her dying wishes would have been,” said Senator Adler, D-Camden, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The family has had to balance their love for Terry and their desire to be with her with the desire to release the pain and let her go, and the weight of that decision has torn a family apart.

23 Mar: Buono Measure To Reduce Mercury Contamination Signed Into Law

TRENTON – Automobiles headed to the scrap heap will now have to have all mercury switches removed before being destroyed under legislation sponsored by Senator Barbara Buono and signed into law by Governor Richard Codey today.

“Scrapped cars are estimated to contribute 1,000 pounds of mercury into the environment each year,” said Senator Buono, D-Middlesex. “The overwhelming majority of that mercury seeps into the ground, contaminating local ground water and adding to already high levels of mercury in sea life. Even minimal exposure to mercury poses a danger to people and animals, particularly expectant mothers and small children. With this legislation, we will prevent a significant amount of mercury from entering the environment each year.”

23 Mar: Rice On Auto Insurance Good News: We’ll Take It

TRENTON – Senator Ronald L. Rice, chief sponsor of the “New Jersey Automobile Insurance Competition and Choice Act,” which is credited with rejuvenating the State’s auto insurance market and helping consumers secure more choices in less than two years, praised the law’s positives results as listed in today’s report, “In the Driver’s Seat,” by the Department of Banking and Insurance.

“With a new company (Esurance) starting up here next week, it just gives our drivers more of the choices they need to help themselves, pricewise, like never before,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex.

17 Mar: Karcher Endorses Codey Ethics Overhaul Plan

TRENTON – Senator Ellen Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer, issued the following statement regarding the findings of Governor Codey’s Special Counsel for Ethics Reform, which released a report detailing recommendations on promoting more ethical government on Monday:

“New Jersey voters are suffering from a crisis of faith in their elected representatives, having faced the shame of corrupt politics in recent years while some officials have abused their offices to the breaking point. Now, we have a real map to reform, and I look forward to its swift passage through the Legislature.

16 Mar: Baer Bill To Protect Against Identity Theft

TRENTON – Senator Byron M. Baer has introduced legislation which would restrict the use of Social Security numbers for identifying purposes in order to protect against identity theft.

“Most people try hard to physically protect themselves by wearing seat belts, eating healthy eating and exercising regularly,” said Senator Baer, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

15 Mar: Madden Measure To Ban The Sale Of Certain Mercury Thermometers Receives Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden that would ban the sale of most thermometers containing liquid mercury has received final legislative approval.

“This is an issue of public safety,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “Thirteen other states have banned these liquid mercury thermometers, and its time New Jersey stepped up to protect the health and well being of its citizens from the risk of this dangerous poison.”

14 Mar: Senate Approves Kenny’s Bipartisan Inspector General Bill

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Released on: March 14, 2005

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TRENTON – The Senate today approved a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bernard F. Kenny Jr. to create a permanent Office of Inspector General.

“The Inspector General will be the point person to root out profligate spending and mismanagement at all levels of government in New Jersey,” said Senator Kenny, D-Hudson.

14 Mar: Adler: Smoke Free Promotes Healthy Living

TRENTON – Senator John H. Adler today said his bill, S-1926, to require restaurants and other public places to be smoke free is “the single most important proposal to promote health in my legislative career.”

Senator Adler, D-Cherry Hill, said, “This measure will save lives. This law will prevent chronic illnesses and avoid tragedy for many thousands of families.”

14 Mar: Vitale Remarks On ‘New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act’

TRENTON – Senator Joseph F. Vitale, D-Middlesex, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following comments regarding the Committee’s approval today, by a vote of 7-0 with 1 abstention, on the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act,” which would restrict smoking in nearly all indoor workplaces, including casinos and restaurants:

“Today, we took a significant step forward in the fight for cleaner air in New Jersey. By approving the ‘Smoke-Free Air Act,’ my Committee has taken a stand, passing a bill which would spare New Jerseyans the health risks associated with inhaling second-hand smoke.