21 May: Weinberg-Coniglio Autism Bill Package Advances In Senate

TRENTON – A bill package sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg and Joseph Coniglio which would improve New Jersey’s support infrastructure for families and individuals coping with autism was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Services Committee today.

“As of February, 2007, the federal Centers for Disease Control identified New Jersey as having the highest rate of autism incidence in the nation,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “With our increased understanding of the spectrum of autism disorders comes the increased responsibility of providing a support system for families and individuals living with autism in the Garden State.”

21 May: Karcher Autism Bills Approved By Senate Health Committee

TRENTON – Bills sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher which would enhance New Jersey’s response to children and adults living with autism in New Jersey was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Services Committee today.

“Autism rates across the nation are soaring, and while we’re expanding our knowledge about the disorders and effective treatment, more and more kids are being diagnosed,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the United States, and we need to provide a support system which addresses the needs of autistic individuals as well as their families. These bills will go a long way, ranging from early childhood support to adult autistic services, to stepping up New Jersey’s response to the autism epidemic.”

23 May: Doria-Sarlo Veterans Bills Approved In Committees

TRENTON – Two bills, sponsored by Senators Joseph V. Doria and Paul A. Sarlo which would encourage private business to provide military veterans with a paid holiday on Veterans’ Day and provide veterans’ widows with the disabled veterans’ property tax exemption when the veteran’s disability declaration is granted after death were approved by two key Senate panels today.

“Our fighting men and women give so much to the causes of liberty and freedom, and we should give a little back,” said Senator Doria, D-Hudson. “These two bills are token thank yous from the State of New Jersey to the men and women who protect us from our enemies abroad, and I fully expect to receive bipartisan support for both measures when they come before the full Senate for a vote.”