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Wolfe, McGuckin Lauded for Their Efforts in Protecting Taxpayers

Dave Wolfe

Press Release – Two taxpayer advocacy organizations have lauded Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, both R-Ocean, for their efforts in protecting New Jersey taxpayers by voting for pro taxpayer legislation and bills that reflect conservative principles.

Wolfe and McGuckin were named “Taxpayer Defenders” by Americans for Prosperity (AFP) for their pro-taxpayer votes on dozens of critical bills in the New Jersey Assembly. The American Conservative Union Foundation also recognized the 10th Legislative District lawmakers for their work in supporting bills that reflect conservative principles.

“It’s extremely difficult for families to make ends meet because New Jersey has become so unaffordable,” said Wolfe. “For years, our taxpayers have been used as piggy banks. Greg and I understand the negative effect this has had on our residents and economy. Our priority has always been to reduce the cost and size of government and we will continue those efforts.”

Gregory P. McGuckin

“We are committed to opposing measures that drive up the cost of government and burden taxpayers with higher tax bills,” said McGuckin. “We have made it our priority to defend the principles of ‘life, liberty and property’ as well as protect their pockets. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by these two organizations who continually advocate for the taxpayer.”

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Wolfe’s Teacher Professional Advancement Bill Signed into Law

Dave Wolfe

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Wolfe that provides teachers with opportunities for professional advancement has been signed into law by Gov. Christie. The bill, S-165/A-448 creates a formal career path for teachers who would like to take on supervisory roles. As part of their teaching certificate, teachers can now earn a “teacher-leader” designation that will allow them to advance as leaders or supervisors while remaining in the classroom.

“There are many teachers who would like to take on administrative roles, but don’t pursue that avenue because they love teaching and don’t want to leave the classroom,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean, a retired psychology professor and college administrator. “Now they don’t have to choose one or the other. This new law will allow teachers to take on various leadership roles within their school while simultaneously allowing them to teach. This will help ensure schools remain focused on instruction.”

Under the bill, a Teacher Leader Endorsement Advisory Board in the Department of Education (DOE) will be created to make recommendations to DOE regarding the program of study for the “teacher-leader” designation. The program will provide enhanced skills training to prepare a teacher to take on various leadership roles within the schools, including instructional or curriculum specialists, peer mentors, instructional coaches, data coaches and other supervisory roles.

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Wolfe-McGuckin “Betsy’s Law” Signed into Law

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, both R-Ocean, to protect pet owners and their boarded animals was signed into law today by Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno.

“Betsy’s Law” was drafted in response to the death of a dog following a minor veterinary procedure. Betsy was boarded overnight and hanged herself in her crate as a result of a lack of animal supervision. The owners were not aware that the facility did not provide round the clock care.

The bill, S-903/A-1186, requires veterinarians and animal hospitals to provide pet owners with written notification if a boarded animal will not be subject to 24-hour supervision by a person physically on the premises. Pet owners must also be made aware of the dangers associated with boarding their pets overnight.

Dave Wolfe

“Many pet owners consider their pet a part of their family. When they board their animal they expect it will receive 24-hour supervision,” said Wolfe. “As we have learned from this incident, that isn’t always the case. “Better communication on the part of veterinarians will provide peace of mind for customers, and help prevent similar accidents in the future.”

The measure will allow pet owners to make an informed choice regarding their authorization of an unsupervised veterinary stay for their animal. In addition, it helps prevent veterinarians from misleading animal owners about the safety of these boarding conditions, as was done in Betsy’s case.

Gregory P. McGuckin

“When people board their pets overnight, many are unaware that it may be hours in between visits from a staff member or technician,” stated McGuckin. “This legislation will hopefully prevent other pet owners from experiencing the same tragic outcome as Betsy did when leaving their pet at a facility overnight.”

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Wolfe-McGuckin “Betsy’s Law” Bill to Protect Boarded Animals Passes Assembly

Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, all R-Ocean, to protect pet owners and their boarded animals today won General Assembly approval.

Dave Wolfe

“Betsy’s Law” was drafted in response to the death of a dog following a minor veterinary procedure. Betsy was boarded overnight and hanged herself in her crate as a result of a lack of animal supervision.

The bill, S-903/A-1186, requires veterinarians and animal hospitals to provide pet owners with written notification if a boarded animal will not be subject to 24-hour supervision by a person physically on the premises. Pet owners must also be made aware of the dangers associated with boarding their pets overnight.

“When you leave a pet in the care of the veterinary facility you believe they are in good hands and are being supervised around the clock,” said Holzapfel. “Betsy’s incident was a tragic accident that could have been prevented.”

Gregory P. McGuckin

The measure will allow pet owners to make an informed choice regarding their authorization of an unsupervised veterinary stay for their animal.

“We’re talking about animal lovers who are leaving their pets in the care of veterinarian facilities, and this was a poignant situation,” said Wolfe. “I think it provides peace of mind for the customer, but is not burdensome for veterinarians.”

In addition, the bill helps to prevent veterinarians from misleading animal owners about the safety of these boarding conditions, as was done in Betsy’s case.

“Most people don’t realize that when boarding your pet overnight, it will be hours in between visits from a staff member or technician,” stated McGuckin. “We have been at the forefront of protecting pet owners from experiencing the same tragic outcome as Betsy did when leaving their pet with a vet overnight.”

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McGuckin-Wolfe bill would require ‘explosive gas’ detectors

Source: 101.5 News - Recent natural gas explosions have prompted legislation that would require gas leak detectors in New Jersey dwellings. Recent explosions in Point Pleasant and Stafford township leveled houses and injured residents. In addition, a woman died in a gas blast in Ewing about a year ago.

Gregory P. McGuckin

Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all (R-Ocean County) are co-sponsoring a bill to require gas leak sensors that would warn residents when there are unsafe levels of methane or propane gas in the air.

“We understand that there’s a cost involved. But when you weigh that against the potential loss of life and property, injuries, etc., we think the balance is struck in favor of safety,” McGuckin said.

Under the proposed bill, requirements for explosive gas detectors would be similar to laws for carbon monoxide detectors. Inspectors issuing certificates of occupancy for sales or rentals would be required to make sure detectors for carbon monoxide and explosive gas have been properly installed. The legislation, however, would permit a single device that can detect both types of gasses. The law would also apply to every unit in a hotel or multiple dwelling, according to lawmakers.

“The technology is improving to the point where these are readily available, they are inexpensive. I think the cost that I saw was $40 at Home Depot,” McGuckin said.

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WOLFE AND MCGUCKIN BILL TO RENAME ROUTE 35 BRIDGE SIGNED INTO LAW

Press Release – Legislation designating the State Highway Route 35 bridge between Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach as the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge” was signed into law today by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno at the American Legion in Brick Township.

Dave Wolfe

The bill, S-1027/A-3758, is sponsored by 10th District Legislators Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin to honor the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces.

“The brave men and women who fought for our freedom should be remembered for their heroism and sacrifices they endured for our country. Just as this bridge has weathered storms and served the Jersey Shore community so have our American soldiers who braved hardships and served the nation. It now stands as a testament to their courage and resilience,” the legislators said.

Gregory P. McGuckin

The bridge was designated as the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge” in 1951, but the resolution expired that same year. This bill makes the designation permanent.

Under the measure, the Department of Transportation is authorized to receive private funds for paying the costs associated with producing, purchasing, erecting, and maintaining signage.

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Peterson-Wolfe-Ciattarelli Bill Package to Reduce Judicial Backlog Gets Committee Approval

Press Release – To increase the pool of available judges to fill a backlog of vacancies and stabilize the state’s judicial pension system, the mandatory retirement age for judges will be raised by five years under a package of bills sponsored by Assembly Republicans Erik Peterson, Dave Wolfe and Jack Ciattarelli. The legislation won unanimous approval today from the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Erik Peterson

“Increasing the age at which judges are mandated to retire will help resolve several pressing issues within the state’s court system,” said Peterson, R-Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren, who has advocated for judicial reform for five years. “Some county courtrooms are operating from early morning until late night to deal with a backlog of cases. Raising the retirement age will help reduce the current high rate of vacancies which will benefit the public as their cases will be handled in a more timely manner.

“More importantly, it should help stabilize the judicial pension system, which has a nearly $50 billion deficit. The current retirement age cap made sense decades ago, but people today are living longer and healthier,” he continued. “Many judges aren’t ready to retire at 70. T will allow them to continue in their jobs. At the same time, they will continue paying into the pension system.”

Peterson sponsors A-3706, which raises the mandatory retirement age for Superior Court and Tax Court judges from 70 to 75. The legislation to increase the retirement age for Superior Court judges only takes effect if voters approve a constitutional amendment.

In order to enact A-3706, Wolfe, Ciattarelli and Peterson sponsor ACR-186, which would ask voters to amend the state constitution to increase the mandatory retirement age for Superior Court judges. Voter approval is not needed to raise the age for Tax Court judges.

“Given the opportunity, I’m sure residents will support this reform,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean. “Increasing the retirement age benefits everyone – the judges, litigants awaiting their day in court and the taxpayers who support the pension system. Letting voters decide is government at its best.”

“All things considered, raising the mandatory retirement age for Superior Court Judges to 75 is overdue,” said Ciattarelli, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “That’s why this bill has the enthusiastic support of both Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature.”

The committee also approved Wolfe and Peterson’s bill, A-3705, which increases the mandatory retirement age for Administrative Law judges, Workers’ Compensation judges and county prosecutors from 70 to 75. Assembly Republicans Sean Kean, R-Monmouth, and Chris A. Brown, R-Atlantic, are also bill sponsors.

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Wolfe-Rible Bill to Protect NJ’s Waterways Advances

 

Dave Wolfe

Press Release – (Trenton, NJ) – Furthering their efforts to protect all of the state’s waterways, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe and Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible today won backing for legislation that imposes criminal penalties for discharging untreated sewage from watercraft. The bill, A-2664, was approved by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

“Boaters have a moral obligation to respect and protect our state’s shoreline and other bodies of water,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean and Monmouth. “Common decency dictates that our ocean and other waterways should not be treated as waste dumps, yet we know people do dump raw sewage overboard. Those who do will face very serious consequences for their deplorable actions.”

Dave Rible

The measure prohibits the discharge of untreated sewage from containment tanks on boating vehicles into any of New Jersey’s waterways. It also subjects violators to a five-year prison term and a fine of up to $50,000. Current law prohibits the discharge of raw sewage from a watercraft in an area that has been designated as a “no discharge” zone by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

“New Jersey has some of the most beautiful waterways in the nation. We need to prevent the Jersey Shore, our bays and rivers from becoming a dumping ground for raw sewage,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “Boaters who fail to be good environmental stewards will face severe penalties.”

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Bramnick-Wolfe-Bucco Laud Budget Initiative Protecting McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny from DOD Cuts

Press Release – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, joined with fellow Republicans Dave Wolfe and Anthony M. Bucco, in lauding that portion of the Fiscal 2015 Budget which includes $200,000 in funding to protect the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst base and Picatinny Arsenal from potential cuts or closure by the Department of Defense (DOD). The three Republicans were sponsors of the budget initiative.

Jon Bramnick

Bramnick (R-Union, Morris and Somerset):
“New Jersey’s military bases are vital to the security of our country. They provide a wide range of technology and combat equipment necessary for supporting our military personnel around the world. They employ thousands of civilians and their importance to our economy cannot be underestimated. I commend the governor for recognizing the important role of these bases.”

Wolfe (R-Ocean):
“The McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst base is an integral part of South Jersey’s economy and supplies

Dave Wolfe

critical equipment that supports our military in defense of our country. Thousands of military and civilian jobs depend on this joint operation and we cannot afford the same economic loss as when Ft. Monmouth closed in 2011.”

Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset):
“The weapons research and development taking place at Picatinny Arsenal are vital to our country’s military defense. The cutting-edge technology and logistical support Picatinny supplies to our service men and women are invaluable. Many of the weapons developed at Picatinny are in the hands of our overseas military personnel fighting the war on terror. Our region would be devastated by the base’s closing or reduction in budget.”

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Rible, Wolfe serve as “Teachers for a Day”

Source: APP.com - In a classroom filled with yellow chairs, colorful bulletin boards and student height graphs, Assemblyman David Rible asked Jennifer Moramarco’s 6th-grade math students to consider whether the state should lower the driving age.

One student pointed out that younger drivers might not be able to reach gas pedals with their feet.

“Maybe two people could drive at the same time,” another suggested.

“Well this is a math class, so maybe someone 12 (years old) steering and someone who is 5 on the gas pedal” would work, Rible said jokingly, to chuckles from his class-for-a-day at Point Pleasant Memorial Middle School.

The lesson was part of a fish-out-of-water experience for area politicians, business owners and other community leaders who took a few hours out of their regular schedules to take on teachers’ roles during Point Pleasant Education Association’s “Teacher for a Day” program. As part of the day’s activities, Rible and Mayor William Schroeder, borough police officer Jeffrey Johnson and eatery owner Joe Leone and others taught in nine Point Pleasant district classes, from the high school down to the elementary school.

Assemblyman David Wolfe was invited to teach history at the high school, and borough chiropractor Timothy Warner, 11th-grade English. Mayor Schroeder taught math, while Leone taught 6th-grade social studies at the middle school.

“I think it’s just good for me as a legislator and as a parent,” Rible said of the exercise. “It gives me an idea of what kids today are thinking…”

Rible, who lives in Wall and represents Monmouth and Ocean counties, provided his class with a pamphlet about the state’s legislative process, a map of the state’s legislative districts and an Assembly joint resolution that proposes the designation of May as Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. He shared his own experience with malignant melanoma, which he was diagnosed with last year.

Rible divided the class for an exercise, asking them to weigh the pros and cons of proposed legislation that would prohibit standardized tests not required under state or federal law.

He also left students with a bit of advice: that they can offer ideas at any age.

“Even though you are not voting, you are citizens of this state,” he said. “You have a voice.”

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