15 Mar: Van Drew Bill To Reduce State Vehicle Fleet Advances

TRENTON – The Senate Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today released legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew to reduce the number of vehicles in state government by 10 percent each fiscal year for five consecutive years.

“We are experiencing the very beginning of what is probably going to be the most difficult budget in the history of the state of New Jersey and, as we go through this process, quite frankly, some folks – real people – are going to be hurt,” said Senator Van Drew, D-Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland. “I believe it’s incumbent upon us to look at any way we can to save money for the taxpayers without hurting real folks, and I think this is one of the ways to do that.”

01 Jul: Vitale Bill To Protect Developmentally Disabled Individuals Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale which would require a court order for admittance into the Moderate Security Unit (MSU) at the New Lisbon Developmental Center was approved by the Senate by a vote of 36-0.

“The MSU is specifically intended as an alternative to imprisonment for special needs prisoners with developmental disabilities, and we need safeguards in place to ensure that individuals who are incarcerated at the MSU belong there,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex, the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee. “The MSU is not a traditional treatment facility, and the regimented treatment and care provided is not necessarily appropriate for every individual with developmental disability. We need to ensure that the facility is not abused, and that developmentally disabled New Jerseyans have access to the appropriate care.”