02 Oct: Gordon Bill To Require Confirmation Of Financial Assistance For Homeowners Remediating Underground Storage Tanks Signed

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon which requires the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to provide written commitment that an eligible owner or operator of a non-leaking underground storage tank is eligible for financial assistance under the State’s cleanup fund regulations to replace or close the tank was signed into law yesterday by Governor Corzine.

“Underground storage tanks – even fully-intact tanks – can quickly become dangerous contaminants to groundwater and soil quality if they spring a leak,” said Senator Gordon, D-Bergen. “New Jersey has to do everything it can to encourage tank owners to keep on top of repairs, or close tanks if a more environmentally-conscious heating alternative is available. Rather than requiring homeowners to finance the cost of upkeep and then reimbursing them a portion of that cost if they’re eligible, homeowners acting in good faith will now have assurances of financial assistance before the project begins.”

14 Jun: Weinberg-Coniglio Autism Bill Package Approved By Budget Panel

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 unanimously approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“In the most recent federal statistics, New Jersey’s rate of new autism cases is the highest in the nation,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “New Jersey needs to increase the assistance we provide to families living with autism, as well as contribute to our collective scientific understanding of the autism spectrum disorders. As more and more children are born with autism every year, we have an obligation to provide those kids the support programs they need, and work to decrease the incidence of autism in New Jersey and the world.”

14 Jun: Karcher Bill Providing Early Intervention Services To Autistic Children Approved By Budget Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher which would direct New Jersey’s Early Intervention program to meet the needs of autistic children was unanimously approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the nation,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “Every day, a child is born who will need extensive State support to manage the chronic, lifelong social disabilities associated with the autism spectrum disorders. However, if we can begin treatment early, through New Jersey’s Early Intervention program, we can ensure better results down the road.”