Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-Essex)

23 Oct: Rice Bill Requires Background Check For Charer School Board Memebers

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice, which would require members of the board of trustees of a charter school to undergo criminal history background checks as a condition of serving on the board, was approved by the full Senate today by a vote of 31 to 5.

“These people interact with our children and deal with their well being and safety on a daily basis,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “We have a right to know if these people are safe

to have around our children and a reasonable expectation that the board of trustees are proper role models, not a bunch of crooks and thieves.”

09 Jan: Rice/Cunningham Measure To Establish ‘Inmate Education And Vocational Training Study Commission’ Receives Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice and the late Senator Glenn D. Cunningham, D-Hudson, that would establish the “Inmate Education and Vocational Training Study Commission,” received final legislative approval today from the Assembly.

“This measure would allow State inmates the opportunity to receive the best possible educational and vocational training possible, which I am hoping would, in turn, help drastically cut the rates of recidivism,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “This Commission would examine current programs and make the policy and training changes to help ensure that when inmates are released, they are able to find gainful employment, and do not end up back in prison.”