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

13 Oct: Senate Continues To Move In Bipartisan Manner To Create Jobs, Assist Nj Businesses

TRENTON � Committed to getting the state�s economy moving again, the Senate today cleared several pieces of legislation out of the Budget and Appropriations Committee that will spur job creation and help small businesses grow in New Jersey.

�In the last week, we have seen media reports of businesses having to close and of small businesses not having any plans to hire workers. We simply cannot move along as if everything will just work itself out. We are already seeing the impact of the �Back To Work NJ� bills we passed earlier this year. Senator Madden’s bill that enhanced the existing Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant Program provided the incentives that helped keep Church & Dwight here in New Jersey. So we know that by working cooperatively we can have a positive impact,� said Senate President Steve Sweeney.

Senate sponsor, Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham speaks at the bill signing on the measure to prohibits the sale and purchase of more than one handgun per person within a 30-day period.

07 Jan: Cunningham Bill To Direct Bpu To Provide Heating Assistance To Needy Families Clears Senate

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham, which would direct the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to allocate $25 million in grants to help pay the gas and electric bills of households seeking temporary assistance from the New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services, Inc. (NJSHARES), or similar non-profit energy assistance funds, was approved today by the full Senate by a vote of 23 to 8.

“No family should have to choose between putting food on the table, and ensuring that their home is warm enough during the harsh winter months. Sadly, however, this is the plight of quite a few households here in New Jersey,” said Senator Cunningham, D-Hudson. “Through this legislation, we would give families some financial relief during these tough economic times, and allow them the peace of mind of knowing that they will not have to make their hard-earned paychecks stretch quite as far this winter.”