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

11 Jan: Smith/Sarlo Bill To Spur Green Development Clears

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen, Essex, Passaic) that would allow developers to qualify for low-interest loans from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) when building a high performance green building was cleared yesterday by the full Senate.

“This bill would provide financial incentives for builders and developers to create environmentally sustainable buildings, exactly the kind of development we need to be encouraging in New Jersey,” said Smith. “In addition to being environmentally sound, energy efficiency and green buildings help create jobs and economic growth.”

Senator Ellen Karcher

12 Sep: Karcher Autism Bills Signed Into Law

WEST WINDSOR –Six autism related bills sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher, a leading advocate for disability awareness issues, were signed into law today.

“A diagnosis of autism or developmental disability presents real challenges for parents and caregivers,” said Karcher. “While the medical community seeks to find answers to the causes of autism and developmental disability, states have an obligation to promote programs which help those living with the disability. These new lifesaving laws will help families deal with the hardships of caring for individuals with autism.”