Ronald L. Rice

05 May: Turner/Rice Bill Would Make Child Abuse And Neglect Task Force An Active Player In Fight For Child Safety

TRENTON – The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee approved legislation today sponsored by Senators Shirley K. Turner and Ronald L. Rice that would expand the responsibilities of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect to make them an active participant in reforming the State’s child abuse-related services.

“The Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect has served New Jersey well as an advisory body reviewing the practices and policies of DYFS, but given the recent high-profile cases of child abuse and neglect, we need them to take a more active role in promoting child safety,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “By enlisting the individuals serving on the Task Force to educate the public about the problems of child abuse and mobilize other citizens and community agencies to proactively address the problem, we are further strengthening efforts to reform DYFS and stop child abuse.”

05 May: Rice Bill To Assist Seniors With Home Repair Advances

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice, which would establish a program to assist seniors with low to moderate income afford needed repairs to their homes, was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

“With property taxes on the rise, too many elderly homeowners are forced to make difficult decisions on how to spend their dollars,” said Senator Rice, Chairman of the Committee. “Our seniors need to pay more for their property taxes and prescription drugs. This problem is leaving many seniors with only a few dollars to buy food, let alone afford necessary home improvements and repairs.”

29 Apr: Rice Urges Organization To Celebrate Senior Citizens Achievements

NEWARK – Senator Ronald L. Rice today urged local churches and area organizations to observe “Senior Citizen’s Day” in New Jersey on May 15th by planning events and activities to honor those living in the State who are over sixty-five years old.

“I can’t personally visit each and every neighborhood church or organization in the State but I want these groups to know that it is important to provide programs that celebrate our seniors on their special day in May,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “The achievements of our senior citizens have brought about so many advancements in civil rights, especially for women and minorities. ‘Senior Citizen’s Day’ is a way to thank our elderly for all that they have done for us.”

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.

28 Feb: Senate Education Panel Approves SCC Review Commission

TRENTON – In response to recent reports on the overspending of the School Construction Corporation (SCC), Senators Shirley K. Turner and Ronald L. Rice hailed today’s approval by the Senate Education Committee of their bill establishing the School Construction Review Commission to investigate SCC spending practices.

“We need to ensure taxpayers’ dollars are getting spent wisely,” said Senator Turner D-Mercer. “The SCC has plowed through the $8.6 billion in State funding for the school facilities project far too quickly. We need to get in there and make sure the money is going into building schools and not into the hands of overpaid professionals.”

24 Feb: Measure To Provide An Additional $15 Million In Rent Assistance To Working Families Gets Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – Senators Shirley K. Turner and Ronald L. Rice hailed the final passage of their bill by the Assembly today to appropriate an additional $15 million to bolster low-income rental assistance programs that were devastated by Bush budget cuts.

“For so many New Jersey families, the first step to realizing the American dream is finding a permanent home they can afford,” Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “For many of our poor families, it is difficult to find and keep a quality job, concentrate on schoolwork and maintain their personal health without a safe and permanent home. The myriad of ways the State supports its residents are vastly more effective when the recipient has a home of their own.”

23 Feb: Rice Continues To Fight For Small Businesses In Immigrant Community

NEWARK – Senator Ronald L Rice announced today that his fight against the indoor smoking ban “has just begun” because he feels a ban will destroy many small businesses and those in the immigrant communities of Newark.

“Newark is home to many locally run restaurants and bars that will be forced out of business if a indoor smoking ban takes effect,” said Senator Rice, Chairman of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. “A smoking ban will ruin small businesses in urban communities that rely on tobacco using clientele to keep afloat.”

14 Feb: Rice Bill To Promote African-American Arts Approved By Senate

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice which would establish a nonprofit organization called the New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation, was approved by the full Senate today.

Senator Rice stated that, “The New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation is a non-profit organization that will boost interest in African-American history, culture and art.”

“The New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation will promote the African-American culture that is full of history to the residents of New Jersey,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “The foundation will be able to enrich the minds and spirits of New Jersey’s youth by increasing opportunities for young people to learn and experience African-American Arts.”

07 Feb: Rice / Gill Take On Gangs With Advancing Legislation

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Nia H. Gill which would create a 26-member Gangland Security Task Force to examine the activities of adult and youth gangs and the effect that these gangs have on the communities in which they operate, was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee today.

“After September 11th, the federal government created an office of homeland security to deal with terror, in particular attacks from those living outside this country,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “We also must be protected from a real threat that is going on everyday in our own neighborhoods. The stories about gang involvement in a prescription drug ring in North Jersey demonstrates that the frightening reality of gang-related crime is everywhere.”