24 Jan: Madden/Sweeney Measure To Help Police Locate Lost Alzheimer’s Patients Advances In Committee

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Stephen M. Sweeney that would create training guidelines and require State and local law enforcement officers to work in conjunction with the national Safe Return program to help locate lost Alzheimer’s patients was approved today by the Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs committee.

“Disorientation is a dangerous side effect of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “Losing a family member can be one of the scariest experiences in the world for both those suffering with Alzheimer’s and for their loved ones. As a former State Police officer, this training is necessary to teach police how to safely recover lost Alzheimer’s patients and return them to their families.”

24 Jan: Gill Measure Would Afford Increased Rights To Foreign Adoptions

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill that would provide the foreign adoptions the same rights afforded to those done domestically was unanimously approved today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee.

“This is a bill that ensures family stability,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “This bill would make New Jersey family law consistent with the spirit of the Federal Child Citizenship Act. Families would no longer have to go through a process of re-adopting their children.”

24 Jan: Vitale-Smith Bill To Authorize Local Bonding For Refurbishment Of Ambulances, Public Safety Vehicles

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Bob Smith to authorize local governments to issue five-year bonds for the reimbursement of an ambulance, rescue vehicle or similar public safety vehicle was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today by a vote of 3-0.

“This past weekend, we’ve seen firsthand the necessity of having well-equipped local rescue and first aid squads, as they played a key role in providing care to local residents who were affected by the winter storm,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex. “Without quality rescue vehicles able to contend with snow drifts that were at least a foot high in most areas of the State, many of our first aiders would not have been able to reach those in need of serious medical assistance. Empowering local governments to fund rescue and first aid vehicle refurbishment is necessary to continue to allow local agencies to provide top notch services to our communities.”

24 Jan: Smith Bill To Provide $6 Million For Cancer Institute Of New Jersey Receives Final Legislative Approval

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 General Assembly today by a vote of 71-6, receiving final legislative approval.

“With this supplemental appropriation, New Jersey could realize complete regional coverage for cancer care and research, putting the most advanced cancer treatment techniques and skilled specialists at New Jerseyans’ fingertips,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, the Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. “By supporting the efforts of CINJ through State funding, we are ensuring that all of New Jersey’s residents have access to high-quality cancer care and treatment without having to travel burdensome distances to see the best doctors.”

24 Jan: Rice Bill To Expand Admissions Criteria For Nursing Care For Aids Patients

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice which would require the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to establish a Medicaid admissions criteria for a long-term care facility that would serve those with HIV/AIDS, was approved in the Senate Heath, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today.

“The AIDS virus is a deadly disease that is hitting the poor urban communities who are in the most need of special nursing care,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “Medical professionals have found ways to sustain the lives of those infected with the HIV/AIDS virus with doctors check-ups and substantial doses of medications. Unfortunately, many people who have AIDS also have other illnesses that make it difficult to take proper care of themselves, and we need to ensure that nursing care is provided to those individuals.”

24 Jan: Vitale-Buono Familycare Reform Bill Advances

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Barbara Buono which would reform New Jersey’s FamilyCare health insurance system to cover uninsured children and working poor adults was unanimously approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today.

“New Jersey has a moral obligation to provide for our least fortunate citizens, and the FamilyCare insurance program was designed to address that need,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “Unfortunately, there remains more than 200,000 children in this State who are uninsured, despite qualifying for FamilyCare health insurance coverage. We need a higher standard and a better success rate if we’re ever going to see FamilyCare live up to its promise of universal health care coverage for all working class residents in New Jersey.”

24 Jan: Sweeney Puses $2 Increase In Minimum Wage

TRENTON – The Senate Labor Committee today approved a measure sponsored by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney that would increase the State’s minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.15 over a two-year period.

“New Jersey’s reputation as one of the nation’s most progressive states is not done justice by the fact that we have the lowest minimum wage in the Northeast,” said Senator Sweeney, D-Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem, who also Chairs the Senate Labor panel. “New Jersey’s high cost of living warrants an increase in the minimum wage to allow the working poor to adequately provide for themselves and their families.”

21 Jan: Minimum Wage Hike Highlights Senate Committee Action Monday

TRENTON – A proposal to increase New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.15 over two years is expected to highlight Senate committee action on Monday, Jan. 24th, when the measure comes before the Senate Labor Committee.

“I’m confident that we have the support we need to approve this bill so we can start giving our workers a living wage,” said Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate Labor Committee Chairman and a prime sponsor of the measure, S-2065. “In a high-priced state like New Jersey, we can never forget that hourly workers still need to feed their families and pay soaring utility bills.”

19 Jan: Madden/Sweeney Measure Would Train Police To Locate Lost Alzheimer’s Patients

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Stephen M. Sweeney that would establish training guidelines and require State and local law enforcement officers to collaborate with the Safe Return program in locating lost individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease has been introduced in the Senate.

“As a retired State Police officer, I’ve seen the panic that family members experience when a loved one with Alzheimer’s can’t be found,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “This measure would allow law enforcement officials to receive the training necessary to help safely recover and return Alzheimer’s patients to their families.”

18 Jan: Sarlo Hails Hometown Heroine For Fighting Internet Sleaze

WOOD-RIDGE – Senator Paul A. Sarlo today praised Trish Barteck for her efforts in discouraging the “sordid abuse of the Internet to commit horrific crimes” by those who think they can hide with impunity behind fake names in chat rooms.

“Thanks to the courage of Trish Barteck, we now have a New Jersey law against sexual predators who abuse the Internet,” said Senator Sarlo, also the Mayor of this Bergen County community. “Because Trish Barteck was determined to help others avoid what she went through, people everywhere are safer today in New Jersey.”