A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

04 Mar: Whelan-Beach Legislation To Support Homeless Veterans Approved By Budget Panel

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Jim Whelan and Jim Beach that would allow New Jersey taxpayers to make voluntary contributions on their tax returns to support homeless veterans was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

“New Jersey has an estimated eight thousand men and women who have served honorably in our Armed Forces now living on the streets,” said Senator Whelan, D-Atlantic. “By allowing residents to donate a portion of their tax refunds to the ‘Homeless Veterans Fund’ we can show a level of support from a grateful state. This bill is really the least we can do for people who’ve sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

20 Nov: Turner Measure To Require Annual $25 Child Support Surcharge Is Now Law

TRENTON � A measure sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner, which permits the Department of Human Services (DHS) to cover the cost of a $25 annual fee on child support payments, or require non-custodial parents to cover the cost, has been signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine. The DHS has indicated its intent to pay the fee with federal incentive dollars. According to DHS, there will be no additional cost to the State.

In October of 2005 the Federal Government began requiring families to pay an annual fee of $25 when the State collects at least $500 in child support payments.

�By nature, child support payments are designed to ensure that kids receive financial support from both parents,� said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. �While payment of the fee is mandatory, it would be unfair to call for single, custodial parents who are already working hard to raise their kids to cover the cost of child support. By stepping up and covering the cost of the fee, DHS is reaffirming its commitment to New Jersey�s families.�