07 Dec: Sweeney-Madden Bill To Protect The Jobs Of Volunteer Emergency Responders Advances In Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney and Senate Labor Committee Chairman, Senator Fred H. Madden which would create job protections for volunteer emergency responders was approved by the Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee by a vote of 4-0, with one abstention.

“Our brave first responders deserve a little consideration from their employers when they’re active in responding to the call of duty,” said Senator Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem. “This bill makes sure that when emergency responders are risking their lives to protect us, that they’re not inadvertently risking their job security as well. We owe so much to the men and women who put it all on the line to keep our State safe, and affording them a little fairness and consideration in times of emergency is really the least we can do.”

04 Sep: Karcher Ethics Reform Bills Signed into Law

MARLBORO – Adding to her record as the leading ethics reform advocate in the State Senate, four ethics bills sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher were signed into law today. The laws will aide in cracking down on corrupt officials and hold them accountable for their actions. Senate bills S-1318, S-1192, S-3008 and S-1662 are part of an aggressive ethics reform agenda that is turning the page on corruption and abuse in New Jersey.

“My career in public service began here in Marlboro, where I asked the tough questions and worked with the FBI to send corrupt officials to jail,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “When I arrived in the Statehouse four years ago, I knew the task was going to be daunting but I have fought against corruption, and sponsored 16 ethics reform bills that have been signed into law. Today, we add four more bills to that list – four more ways to end the culture of corruption in New Jersey.”

31 Aug: Media Advistory – Four Senate Good Government Bills to Be Signed into Law on Tuesday

MARLBORO – Four Senate bills, including a trio of government ethics bills sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher, the Senate’s leading proponent of tough ethics reform, will be signed into law by Governor Corzine on Tuesday.

The bill signing ceremony will be held at the Marlboro Library, Library Court & Wyncrest Drive, in Marlboro on September 4th at 11 a.m.

21 Jun: Karcher Bill To Ban Dual Office-holding Receives Final Approval

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher which would prohibit future elected leaders from holding more than one office at the same time was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 32-2, receiving final legislative approval.

“Dual office-holding is a Trenton tradition that can no longer be tolerated,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer, a leading advocate for ethics reform in the State Legislature. “The public interest is not served when elected officials double up on the perks, pay and pensions that come with serving in a dual capacity. New Jersey needs elected leaders who are focused on the task at hand, not juggling the duties of multiple offices.”

21 Jun: James Dual Office-holding Ban Receives Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Sharpe James which would ban the practice of dual office-holding in New Jersey was approved by the Senate yesterday by a vote of 32-2, receiving final legislative approval.

“One of the first bills I put forward after being elected to the Senate in 1999 was a ban on dual office-holding,” said Senator James, D-Essex and Union. “As a former mayor of New Jersey’s largest city and a legislator, I know firsthand how difficult it is to fulfill the duties of both offices. I’m glad that we can finally take the steps needed to abolish this practice once and for all in New Jersey.”

11 Jun: Karcher Statement On Assembly Approval Of Dual Office-Holding Ban

TRENTON – Senator Ellen Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer, a leading advocate in the State Legislature for greater ethics controls and government transparency, issued the following statement today regarding the Assembly’s approval, by a vote of 69-3, with 8 abstentions, for a ban on dual office-holding in the State of New Jersey:

“Today, New Jersey’s Legislature took a needed first step to ban public officials from holding more than one elected office at the same time. I will be introducing the Senate version of the bill this Thursday. While the bill advancing is not a perfect ban, it begins a dialogue that needs to take place, and will go a long way to ensuring a more ethical model in the future.