Tag: Wolfe

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.”

read more

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.”

read more

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.”

read more

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.

read more

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.”

read more

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.

read more

Assembly Approves Wolfe’s Bill to Amend NJ Stars Program

Press Release – The General Assembly today approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Wolfe that amends the eligibility requirement for the NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) program.

Under current law, a student is eligible for the program if the student is, among other things, ranked within the top 15 percent of the graduating class at the time of high school graduation.

Dave Wolfe

Wolfe’s bill, A-2364, amends current law so that eligibility will be based on the top 15 percent of the class at the completion of the 11th grade rather than a student’s rank at the time of graduation.

“With cost of a college education so expensive today, students and their families need as much financial assistance information as possible when selecting a school,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean. “Allowing a student know if he or she will be receiving tuition assistance at the end of their junior year rather than at graduation will be extremely helpful when beginning the college choice process.

“The NJ STARS program has been an invaluable scholarship program for many students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend college,” he continued. “In many cases, because it has also been the deciding factor as to where a student attends college, it has helped us retain many of our state’s brightest students. This revision will help make a great program even better.”

Wolfe has been a long-term advocate of the NJ Stars program. In May 2012, Gov. Christie signed into law legislation sponsored by the 10th legislative district lawmaker that revised the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II program. The revision resulted in savings to both the state and New Jersey colleges while preserving the program for eligible students.

read more

Wolfe’s Bill to Amend NJ Stars Program Advances

Source: Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Wolfe that amends the eligibility requirement for the NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) program today cleared the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Under current law, a student is eligible for the program if the student is, among other things, ranked within the top 15 percent of the graduating class at the time of high school graduation.

Dave Wolfe

Wolfe’s bill, A-2364, would amend current law so that eligibility will be based on the top 15 percent of the class at the completion of the 11th grade rather than a student’s rank at the time of graduation.

“Often, when trying to decide which college to attend, cost is the determining factor for students and their families,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean. “Letting a student know if he or she will be receiving tuition assistance at the end of their junior year will be extremely helpful to them and their families as they begin the college choice process.

“The NJ STARS program has been an invaluable scholarship program that not only has served as a life line to many students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend college, but it has helped us retain many of our state’s brightest students,” continued Wolfe. “This revision will further enhance the program.”

Wolfe has been a long-term advocate of the NJ Stars program. In May 2012, Gov. Christie signed into law legislation sponsored by the 10th legislative district lawmaker that revised the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II program. The revision resulted in savings to both the state and New Jersey colleges while preserving the program for eligible students.

read more

Ocean County Lawmakers Seek Tougher Penalties to Fight Heroin and Prescription Drug Trafficking

From: The Sandpaper.net - In response to ongoing prescription drug and heroin problems in Ocean County, legislators from the 9th and 10th districts are collaborating with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office to strengthen state laws and help alleviate the problem.

Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th District introduced legislation earlier this summer that would grade drug dealing offenses by “units,” rather than weight, of controlled dangerous substances, including heroin. In the 10th District, Sen. Jim Holzapfel, a former Ocean County prosecutor, and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin endorsed this measure, which would allow a defendant to be charged with a higher offense than is currently permitted.

“This anti-drug legislation was drafted at the request of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato as a means of more effectively combating the trafficking of heroin in New Jersey,” the 9th District legislators said in a joint statement. “Our delegation is committed to stemming the tide of drug trafficking and drug use that has pervaded our communities with deadly consequences…

The 10th District, meanwhile, has introduced a bill that seeks to increase participation in New Jersey’s electronic Prescription Monitoring Program, which collects data on prescriptions dispensed for all controlled and dangerous substances. The measure is intended to prevent the diversion, abuse and illegal sale of prescription drugs. In addition, the legislation encourages doctors to participate in the program and increase information sharing to ensure that prescriptions are also being monitored from state to state.

“We are working alongside the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office to reassess and enhance the current state law to allow for more severe penalties for the distribution of specific drugs and to combat the growing heroin epidemic our state currently faces,” stated Holzapfel, Wolfe and McGuckin. “While there is no quick fix for the growing number of overdoses and heroin-related deaths, we must target the distributors. Prescription pill abuse is the new gateway to heroin addiction.

“Our residents and children need to be educated about the deadly effects before this epidemic gets worse.”

read more

Wolfe McGuckin team with OC Prosecutor to help change drug laws

From: Press of Atlantic City - Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and the 9th Legislative District legislators have found additional support for the fight against what officials are calling a heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic in Ocean County.

State Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District recently met with Coronato to discuss needed changes.

Dave Wolfe

The legislators said they are working alongside the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office to reassess and enhance current state law to allow for more severe penalties for the distribution of specific drugs and to combat the growing heroin epidemic.

“While there is no quick fix for the growing number of overdoses and heroin-related deaths, we must target the distributors. Prescription pill abuse is the new gateway to heroin addiction,” the 10th District legislators stated. “Our residents and children need to be educated about the deadly effects before this epidemic gets worse.”

In May, 9th District legislators joined with Coronato when they unveiled legislation that would

Gregory McGuckin

strengthen state law by permitting drug dealing offenses to be graded by dosage units instead of the weight of controlled dangerous substances, including heroin.

The move came after nine people died of heroin doses over a span of eight days across Ocean County.

The 10th District legislators have moved to sponsor that legislation from the 9th District legislators.

read more

Page 1 of 3123
top