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Sweeney Bills To Improve Employer-Employee Relations And To Help Control Animal Overpopulation Approved In Committee

TRENTON – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by State Senator Stephen M. Sweeney have been released from committee.

S-1798 which concerns rights of Delaware River Port Authority employees was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee and is on its way to the full Senate for a vote.

This bill provides that, upon the explicit legislative concurrence of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, employees of the DRPA shall be subject to the provisions of the “New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act,” and shall have all of the rights provided to employees by that act, including, the right to form, join or assist an employee organization, and the right to have that employee organization engage in collective bargaining on behalf of the employees.

“I’m glad to see this piece of legislation moving along,” said Senator Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem. “It’s important for workers to have appropriate rights.”

Another bill sponsored by Senator Sweeney, S-1026,which requires all cats and dogs released from pounds and shelters to be sterilized with certain exceptions, and establishes penalty for noncompliance, was released from the State Economic Growth Committee.

“Most animals end up in shelters because they have no one to care for them or they are not receiving proper care. This piece of legislation will help fight the over population of stray animals,” said Senator Sweeney. “The Gloucester County Animal Shelter is a great example of how this legislation would work. The shelter charges $125 for cat and dog adoptions. The price covers, spay/neuter, all shots and appropriate vaccinations and a heart worm test.”

S-1026 now heads to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for a vote.