Steve Sweeney

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.”

11 Jan: Senator Sweeney Reacts To the State Of The State

TRENTON – Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, D-Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem, issued the following statement today, regarding Acting Governor Richard J. Codey’s comments on working to increase the State’s minimum wage in his 2005 State of the State address.

“During today’s address Governor Codey touched on the important subject of the State’s inadequate minimum wage. New Jersey has one of the highest costs of living in the nation, but at $5.15, our minimum wage ranks among the states with the lowest cost of living.

20 Dec: Sweeney Measure Would Protect Volunteer Emergency Workers

THOROFARE – A measure sponsored by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney that would allow emergency volunteer workers to receive paid time off when they are called to alarm during work hours has been introduced in the Senate.

“The events of the past few years have demonstrated the huge importance of emergency workers,” said Senator Sweeney, D-Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem. “These volunteers put their lives on the line when they go out on emergency calls, and school districts should do their part to encourage their bravery.”

08 Dec: Sweeney On Minimum Wage: We’ll Move An Increase

TRENTON – Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, today said his panel is prepared to advance an increase in the minimum wage and will work closely on the issue with Acting Governor Richard J. Codey.

“We will be working closely with Governor Codey and his recommendations to provide New Jersey workers with a real-time living wage,” said Senator Sweeney, the Legislature’s leading proponent for increasing the State’s minimum wage, currently set at $5.15 an hour.

05 Nov: Preview – Six Senate Committees Meet On Monday

TRENTON – Six Senate committees are scheduled to meet on Monday to consider issues ranging from the plight of the working poor to the restoration of “Ladies Nights” in bars and restaurants to bans on lawsuits by people claiming fast food restaurants made them fat.

Other bills up for consideration before the Senate panels involve municipal sanctions against landlords who rent so-called “Animal Houses” near colleges and in resort areas, the coordination of emergency response teams and disclosure requirements of staffing levels at nursing homes.

05 Nov: Preview – Senate Labor Committee To Hold Hearing On The Plights Of New Jersey

TRENTON – The Senate Labor Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday November 8, in Committee Room 1 of the State House Annex to discuss the need for better conditions for the State’s working poor.

Labor Committee Chairman, Senator Stephen M. Sweeney believes that this hearing is important to address and help correct the issues affecting New Jersey’s working poor.