Shirley K. Turner

13 Dec: Assembly Approves Turner/Vitale Measure To Inform Sexual Assault Victims Of Emergency Contraceptive Option

TRENTON – Senators Shirley K. Turner and Joseph F. Vitale welcomed today’s final legislative approval of their bill to require hospitals to inform sexual assault victims about emergency contraceptives and provide them upon request.

“All women have the fundamental right to choose when and how they would like to become a mother,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “Victims of sexual assault shouldn’t have this choice taken away from them by the heinous acts of a criminal. We can help the healing process begin by giving them the option to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and let them feel empowered again.”

13 Dec: Turner Bill To Shut Tax Loopholes For Private Clubs Passes Both Houses

TRENTON – A measure sponsored Senator Shirley K. Turner that would close loopholes in the historical preservation laws that may allow a private club at Princeton University to gain tax exempt status passed the Senate today.

“The historical preservation laws allow for property tax exemptions to help out non-profit organizations seeking to preserve notable building for the education of generations to come,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “They were not meant to free private organizations from their responsibility to the community simply because they occupy an old building. I wish this law was unnecessary, but unfortunately there will always be someone looking for a free ride at the expense of the community.”

06 Dec: Turner and Rice Look To Bolster Housing Relief To Working Families

TRENTON – Senators Shirley K. Turner and Ronald L. Rice welcomed committee approval of their bill to appropriate an additional $15 million to the low-income rental assistance program signed into law over the summer.

“The fact that the federal government doesn’t do more than it does now to get working families off the street and into their own homes is illogical,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “But the Bush Administrations attempts this year to cut the Section 8 program is simply unconscionable. It is clearly up to the State to make sure the funds will always be there to get as many poor families into the homes they need to take the first steps out of poverty. This additional $15 million is another step in the right direction.”

06 Dec: Turner/Watson Coleman/Gusciora Laud US Olympic Rowing Team

TRENTON – Senator Shirley K. Turner, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora presented the U.S. Men’s Rowing Team with a Legislative Resolution commending the team on their gold medal performance in the men’s eights rowing competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

“The Olympics gives the entire country a chance to get behind the finest American athletes every four years,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “For those two weeks, there is only one team any of us cares about – Team USA. This year, New Jersey residents got a special treat as our favorite sons, the US Rowing Team, brought home the gold.”

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.

08 Nov: Turner Bill Would Extend ‘Animal House’ Provisions To Entire State

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner that would allow all municipalities to require landlords of “animal houses” to post bonds passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today.

“It’s time for the landlords of real-life ‘animal houses’ to take responsibility for the irresponsible actions of those they rent to,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “The local municipalities shouldn’t bear the cost of repeatrdly breaking up college parties. Requiring bonds has been a proven method in shore communities for reducing disruptions coming from rentals.”

03 Aug: Investing In A More Perfect Future — Increasing Access To After-School Programs For Working Families In New Jersey

In a perfect world, parents wouldn’t have to work if they didn’t want to and if parents did want to work, the end of the workday would coincide exactly with the ring of the school bell. In our less than perfect world, however, there is typically a several hour lapse between the time the school day ends and working parents arrive home. This lapse has created a dilemma for a society in which households with two working parents and single-parent households with one working parent have become increasingly a necessity and a norm.

Statistics show that approximately 40 percent of American youths’ waking hours are “free” hours–the hours not spent in school, at home doing homework or chores, at a job, or participating in other regularly planned activities. Forty percent of all waking hours is a significant chunk of time for young people to have on their hands, especially if a number of “free” hours are spent unsupervised.

07 Nov: Welfare Rolls Are On The Rise Again — What Should Be Done?

It’s hard to believe that it has been seven years since the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities and Reconciliation Act of 1996” was enacted. This landmark bill dramatically overhauled the welfare system as we know it. During the boom of the late 90s, a period of extraordinary economic expansion, single mothers left welfare faster than anyone expected. New Jersey’s response to welfare reform had brought about an almost 50 percent reduction in the welfare rolls (92,039 in 1997 to 50,207 in 2000). When some people pointed out that those who “escaped welfare” were not “escaping poverty,” they were ignored. Welfare rolls were down and that was all that mattered. And then came the downturn in the economy.