04 Feb: Turner Pushes For Repeal Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

TRENTON – Senator Shirley K. Turner today introduced a resolution urging President Obama and Congress to effectively repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy barring gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals from serving in the United States Armed Forces on the grounds that it is outdated and discriminatory and does a disservice to the country as a whole.

“In the year 2010, this policy is both archaic and suppressive and serves no legitimate good to our military or our country,” said Sen. Turner (D-Mercer). “Any brave individual willing to sacrifice his or her life to serve our country should not be subjected to this form of employment discrimination in the 21st century. I urge the President to make good on his promise and show the leadership necessary to corral Congress to act quickly to put an end to this policy.”

15 May: Scutari Pushes Epa To Keep Pollution Reporting Standards High

TRENTON – A resolution sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rescind proposed changes that would weaken the Emergency Community Planning and Right-to-Know Act, was approved today by the Senate Environment Committee.

“The ‘Right-to-Know’ standards have been an essential tool for notifying the public about the pollutants and toxic materials that industrial plants produce since they were adopted twenty years ago,” said Senator Scutari, D-Somerset and Union. “They have caused a substantial and sustained reduction in the amount of toxins these facilities are releasing into the environment.”