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

18 Jun: Responding To NYPD Surveillance Of Muslims In NJ, Cunningham-Stack Bill Would Protect Public Privacy

TRENTON – In response to the recent discovery of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)’s surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey as a part of secret counter-terrorism efforts, Senators Sandra Bolden Cunningham and Brian Stack sponsored legislation that would protect the privacy of the public by setting forth guidelines related to out-of-state law enforcement conducting counter-terrorism activities in New Jersey. The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee yesterday unanimously approved the legislation.

“The NYPD’s secret counter-terrorism efforts conducted on New Jersey soil demonstrate a blatant disregard for individual rights and government transparency,” said Senator Cunningham, D-Hudson. “Surveillance efforts that target specific ethnic or racial groups are particularly dangerous, as they lead to widespread discrimination and deny suspects the presumption of innocence. In order to prevent future cases of racial profiling and protect the privacy of all New Jersey residents, this legislation is the right thing to do.”

31 Oct: Tougher Oil Spill Fines Become Law

BRIDGETON – A new environmental protection law championed by Senators Stephen M. Sweeney and John H. Adler will increase financial penalties by a whopping 800 percent for oil transport and shipping companies that are culpable for spills harming New Jersey waterways.

The measure (S-2311) was signed into law today by Acting Governor Richard J. Codey at a ceremony in Bridgeton.

19 May: Sweeney/Adler Measure Would Amend The ‘Spill Compensation And Control Act’ To Help Protect NJ’s Waterways

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Stephen M. Sweeney and John H. Adler that would amend the “Spill Compensation and Control Act” to increase the monetary penalties for owners of vessels that discharge hazardous chemicals was approved today by the Senate Environment Committee.

“The penalties that were established with the “Spill Compensation and Control Act” are so low that they don’t provide much incentive for companies to abide by the law. Many companies would just rather pay the fines because they are cheaper in the long run,” said Senator Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem. “This measure would force the owners of shipping companies to make the necessary changes to protect our waterways, or pay costly fines.”