Bob Smith

08 Feb: Smith On Diesel Particulate Testimony

TRENTON – Senator Bob Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, the Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee and the prime sponsor of legislation which would greatly reduce diesel emissions in New Jersey, issued comments on testimony heard before his Committee yesterday on the dangers and health risks of particulate matter emissions, such as diesel emissions and other pollutants:

“The testimony we heard today from some of the preeminent experts in the field of air pollution and its impact on the health and safety of New Jerseyans, particularly children and senior citizens, should be a warning sign to the direction we could be going in if we take no actions to counteract the effects of particulate matter emissions.

01 Feb: Smith Bill Requiring Continued Education For Well Drillers Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which would require continued education for licensed well drillers in the State of New Jersey was unanimously approved by the Senate Environment Committee.

“Well drilling is far more than just putting a hole in the ground, and there should be a greater emphasis on continued education to require drillers to utilize the best practices to improve safety and reduce the impact on the environment,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, the Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. “By requiring proof of continued education for license renewal, we would ensure that drillers keep up to date with current safety standards for wells.”

13 Dec: Smith Bill Authorizing Greater Labor Organization Approved In Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which would make it easier for non-unionized employees to organize to increase their negotiating power was approved by the Senate Labor Committee today by a vote of 3-0.

“The right of employees to organize in order to negotiate better contracts with employers has always been symbolic of the American ideals of hard work and determination winning out over classism and social division,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset. “By allowing employees to designate a majority spokesperson through card-check, we’re opening up the power to organize to occupations that have traditionally been closed off to organized labor. We’re giving employees in those occupations the right to choose a voice and have a seat at the negotiating table.”

13 Dec: Smith Bill To Provide $6 Million For Cancer Institute Of New Jersey

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which would appropriate $6 million to the central New Jersey affiliate of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) to provide for comprehensive care and research was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 38-0.

“With our State’s unfortunate longtime reputation as a ‘cancer corridor’ state, New Jersey needs to show support for cancer treatment and research,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, the Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. “To this end, New Jersey’s efforts have been recognized by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently named the Garden State as a ‘cancer control’ state, but simple designation isn’t enough to roll back the tide of the disease. We need to continue to provide funding for the top notch cancer treatment and cutting edge research that will someday yield a cure.”

10 Dec: Preview – Senate Session Monday Has Security Issues

TRENTON – The Senate will convene Monday to deal with multiple issues of increasing safety for New Jersey residents in a post 9-11 world.

Democratic Senators Nicholas P. Scutari, Fred Madden, Paul Sarlo, Barbara Buono and John Girgenti all will be advancing their bills to structure the responsibilities of government agencies – at all levels – to respond effectively during possible emergencies.

06 Dec: Smith To Provide $6 Million For Cancer Institute Of New Jersey

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which would appropriate $6 million to the central New Jersey affiliate of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) to provide for comprehensive care and research was approved unanimously by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“Recently, New Jersey was named a ‘cancer-control’ state by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that’s in no small part due to the work being done at CINJ,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, the Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. “For too long, New Jersey has had the dubious distinction of being known as a ‘cancer corridor’ due to the abnormally high rate of cancer occurrences in the State, but CINJ and other groups are making strides in changing that image. On the State level, we should do as much as we can to support their efforts.”

03 Dec: Preview – Senate To Consider Internet Luring , Death Penalty Study

TRENTON – The full Senate and two of its committees are set to convene on Monday to consider several timely issues including a bill that would make the use of the Internet to lure an individual a third-degree crime.

Senators Paul Sarlo and John Adler introduced bill S-1429 after reports of a woman in Wood-Ridge being menaced by a stranger who parked his van near her home, leered at her, and frightened her into calling the police. The stranger had allegedly intended to commit a sexual assault against her after being enticed into coming to her home by a message he thought she had posted in an Internet chat room, but was, in fact, posted by an individual posing as the woman.