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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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Wolfe: Finally, balanced statute for adoptees, birth parents

Source: Times of Trenton - After a decades-long battle, adopted individuals will soon be allowed access to their original birth certificate, which will give them a glimpse into their family history . Gov. Chris Christie recently signed into law bipartisan legislation (S873/A1259) that strikes the right balance for both adoptees and birth parents.

Dave Wolfe

For me, the issue is personal, as my father and granddaughter are adoptees. That’s why I felt compelled to sponsor the measure. Unless we have walked in their shoes or have a loved one who has, we can’t understand an individual’s need to unlock the door to his or her hidden past.

For many, this new law will provide invaluable information about their family’s medical history. For others who feel alone and nameless, it will end their life-long search for who they are.

At the same time, it gives birth parents the opportunity to remain anonymous if they so desire while encouraging them, for the adoptee’s sake, to update vital family history information every 10 years until the birth parent reaches the age of 40, and every five years thereafter.

The statute takes into account the rights of all parties involved and shows the effectiveness of government when we are willing to compromise while maintaining our principles.

– Dave Wolfe,
Brick
The writer, a Republican, represents the 10th District in the New Jersey General Assembly.

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Governor Signs Wolfe’s Bill Allowing Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificates

Press Release – Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, R-Ocean, a primary sponsor of legislation, S-873, that permits adoptees to obtain their original birth certificate, issued the statement below after Gov. Christie signed the bill into law today:

Dave Wolfe

“This is no doubt a complex issue, but I believe this bipartisan legislation strikes the right balance for both adoptees and birth parents. The new law will provide access to original birth records for adoptees whose past is hidden. Many feel alone and nameless and spend their entire lives searching for who they are. They will now be able to find vital information about their identity as well as their health history.

“At the same time, it gives birth parents ample opportunity to remain anonymous if they so desire. It takes into account the rights of all parties involved and shows the effectiveness of government when we are willing to compromise while maintaining our principles.”

Wolfe, whose father and granddaughter are adopted, said he sponsored the bill because he felt compelled “to speak for the adoptee.”

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Wolfe-McHose ‘Support the Troops’ License Plate Bill Clears Committee

Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Wolfe and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose that authorizes a “Support the Troops” specialty license plate with the proceeds earmarked for the families of New Jersey military personnel who are serving overseas, was approved today by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Dave Wolfe

“When soldiers, especially those who serve in the reserves, are deployed overseas, their families not only face the pain of separation and emotional hardship, but often financial hardship as well,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean and Monmouth. “Although serving in a foreign land, they are still responsible for their household expenses and bills such as rent, mortgage and car payments, credit card bills, even paying their taxes. Unfortunately, many receive only a portion of their salaries from their places of employment while their bills continue to mount.”

“Giving residents the option to purchase these specialty plates will provide another means for showing our support for the men and women of our armed forces who serve selflessly and their families who are left behind.”

“I have assisted fellow military families while a spouse was deployed for long periods of time,” stated McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “I have seen first hand how it affects these families, especially if the ‘main bread winner’ is the one being deployed.

“Not only will these license plates serve as a constant reminder to everyone who sees them that our troops need their continued

Alison Littell McHose

support, but the proceeds will create another source of financial assistance to those in need.”

The bill, A-1183, creates a new “Support the Troops” license plate in consultation with the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

The funds collected will support the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom “Yellow Ribbon Grant Program” which is administered by the New Jersey National Guard “Support for Returning Combat Veterans Program.” The proceeds will also provide grants for families of New Jersey Army or Air National Guard service members who have been mobilized for more than 90 days and are experiencing financial hardship. Initial cost of the specialty plates will be $50 with a $10 annual renewal fee.

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