18 Feb: Measure Urging Congress To Prohibit Airlines From Charging Carry-On Baggage Fees Clears Senate

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew urging Congress to enact legislation prohibiting airlines from charging fees for certain carry-on baggage stored in the plane’s overhead compartment has been approved by the full Senate.

“It’s one thing for airlines to charge travelers for checked luggage, but tacking on fees for carry-on baggage is quite simply a back-door way of inflating the fare,” said Van Drew (D-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic). “This measure asks Congress to prohibit this practice, and it sends a message to airlines that we are closely following their actions and are committed to exposing these deceptive policies to consumers when we discover them.”

14 Jun: Madden/Bryant Resolution Condemning Torture Of Falun Gong Prisoners Clears Senate State Government Committee

TRENTON – A resolution sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Wayne R. Bryant which condemns and calls for the end of the organ harvesting of Chinese Falun Gong prisoners received unanimous approval today by the Senate State Government Committee.

Falun Gong is a Chinese belief system focusing on meditation, moral values and spiritual beliefs. The practice was outlawed by the Chinese government in 1999, and since then, between 10,000 and 100,000 Falun Gong followers have been imprisoned in concentration camps. There have been reports that thousands of prisoners have been executed and had their organs stolen, but reportedly, some prisoners have had their organs harvested while they are still alive, said Senator Madden.