Senator James Beach's participates in his first roll call.

28 May: Senate Panel Approves Beach/Norcross Measure Allowing Paperless Submission Of Emergency Plans

Legislation Senators Jim Beach and Donald Norcross sponsored to allow for the paperless submission of emergency operation and evacuation plans to state officials was released yesterday by a Senate committee.

“To the degree that we can make it easier for state emergency management officials to receive, review and archive crisis plans in a timely fashion, the better,” said Beach (D-Camden). “And to the degree that we can save local governments and school boards the costs of printing and mailing plans that can be sent electronically, the better, as well.”

12 Dec: Madden Measure to Ban Yo-Yo Waterballs Clears Senate Commerce Committee

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden that would ban the sale of “yo-yo waterballs,” which have been blamed for the strangulation deaths of hundreds of children in the United States was approved today by the Senate Commerce Committee.

“According to Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, parents have reported more than 375 injuries due to these ‘waterballs’, and 263 of them have involved suffocation due to strangulation,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “These toys are clearly dangerous and should be banned. The safety of our children must be our top priority,” said Senator Madden.