Bramnick bill would help residents who cultivate natural habitats

Philadelphia Inquirer – When he created a natural habitat on the acre surrounding his Cape May County home, Mike Crewe didn’t know he’d be summoned to court to answer for it. His Lower Township property had become a kind of oasis amid the area’s manicured lawns, a colorful meadow for monarch butterflies, native bees, and …

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Simon: Study up on school consolidation

Asbury Park Press op-ed by Donna Simon – New Jersey’s school district landscape has remained largely unchanged throughout the last century, even in the face of significant geographic and population shifts. Small districts made sense 100 years ago to provide students in rural areas with educational opportunities, but many rural communities have since become suburban, …

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Casagrande Recalls JFK’s Influence 51 years after his Assassination

WOBM Radio – Saturday, November 22, was the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and 51-years after his death, his principles continue to cross party lines, influencing elected officials at the Jersey Shore. Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande noted how Kennedy’s command to ask what you can do for your country an inspiration and …

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Bramnick: Bentley Labs in Edison a NJ Success Story

Press Release – Following a tour today of Bentley Laboratories in Edison, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick commended the cosmetics manufacturer for investing in their employees and for their commitment to New Jersey. “Bentley Labs is a success story,” said Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “They are an excellent example of a company that invests …

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Dancer Bill Protects Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance at Public Meetings

Press Release - In response to a lawsuit filed against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District by a family who claims the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against children with atheist beliefs, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation that protects the recitation of the Pledge at public meetings. The bill also extends the right of any public body …

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School consolidation task force proposed by Assemblywoman Simon

Source: Hunterdon County Democrat – It’s time to seriously consider school consolidation in New Jersey, according to Assemblywoman Donna Simon of Readington Township, and she’s introduced a bill, A-3814, to establish a state task force on school district regionalization. If enacted into law, it will result in a comprehensive look into the issue and the …

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Brown bill would shield divorced parents from forced tuition rulings

Source: NJ 101.5 – A state lawmaker is drafting a bill that could prevent children from forcing their divorced parents to pay for their college tuition. The legislation comes on the heels of a judge’s decision involving the 21-year-old estranged daughter of a divorced New Jersey couple. A judge ordered parents Michael Ricci and Maura …

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DeCroce supports call for more local traffic funding

Source: Associated Press – Lawmakers are calling for local governments to get a bigger share of funding from New Jersey to address transportation issues in cities and counties. Exactly how to do that and how much bigger a share of the Transportation Trust Fund local governments should get is unclear.   “It’s important for us …

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Brown fights to change law after N.J. woman sues parents for college tuition

Source: South Jersey Times – Assemblyman Chris J. Brown wants to prevent what happened to Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey from happening to any other parents. Brown, who represents the state’s 8th Legislative District, said he plans to soon propose a bill that would block adult children from suing their parents for college tuition, following …

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Dancer’s bill would make killing pregnant woman a double homicide

Source: Star-Ledger – Last December, Babatope Owoseni was arrested and charged with strangling his wife Fatoumata, then nine months pregnant. The unborn child also died from the alleged attack, but he was charged with a single count of murder. Under a new bill, the Motherhood Violence Act, accused killers would be charged additionally with the …

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