Category: Press Release

Dancer Moves to Protect Cell Phone Records

Press Release – The state of New Jersey says it should be able to view a person’s cell phone billing records without a warrant. Assemblyman Ron Dancer says not so fast – “New Jersey citizens have a fundamental privacy right against unlawful search and seizure. Justice prevails when the scales are balanced between one’s constitutional right and government’s need to know.”

Ron Dancer

As a result, the lawmaker has introduced legislation that requires law enforcement agencies to obtain a search warrant before accessing a telecommunications subscriber’s personal information.

Recently, without a warrant, the state attempted to obtain the call-detail records of people who had contact with an Asbury Park Press man who was arrested on cocaine distribution charges. The state argued it should be permitted to bypass the warrant process and instead obtain a grand jury subpoena which is more expedient. A Monmouth County Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled that a warrant is required to access cell phone records. It’s likely the case will go before the state Supreme Court.

“Certainly we should arm law enforcement with every appropriate tool for pursuing alleged criminals, while safeguarding the constitutional privacy rights of our citizens,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington and Middlesex. “It is important to note that, under current law, law enforcement agencies can have communication service providers preserve all records for up to six months with a simple request, until a search warrant is issued.”

The bill revises the “New Jersey Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act” by requiring law enforcement to obtain a search warrant, rather than a grand jury or trial subpoena, prior to accessing a person’s telecommunications personal information.

“This legislation places into state law a 1982 State Supreme Court decision (State v. Hunt) that individuals have privacy interests in their telephone billing records,” said Dancer.

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Muñoz Lauds Comptroller’s Report on Waste at Union County Non-Profit

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Nancy Munoz

Deputy Assembly Republican Leader Nancy F. Muñoz commended the Office of the State Comptroller today for uncovering the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars by Union County to a non-profit agency.

The comptroller issued a report showing the county issued no-bid contracts to the Union County Alliance (UCA) between 2008 and 2011. The county gave UCA $1.5 million over a four-year period to market economic development. The only material produced by UCA was the publication of a newsletter that was issued twice a year. Previously, the newsletter had been published by the county.

“Union County taxpayers are picking up an expensive tab and getting little in return,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “The comptroller did a lot of digging and research to find the lack of accountability and oversight that exists. Homeowners and families are challenged each day to ensure they receive the services they pay for. The county must implement the best practice recommendations made by the comptroller to improve transparency and save wasted tax dollars.

“More oversight is needed to make certain competitive bidding for contracts is open and fair,” continued Muñoz. “Union County residents pay more than their fair share in property taxes. They are entitled to know that expenditures are made prudently and are justified.”

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Bramnick: Trenton Democrats Want to Raise Taxes While 10,000 of NJ’s Top Earners Flee State

Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said today’s report by Phoenix Marketing International that New Jersey lost roughly 10,000 millionaire households is further proof that Trenton Democrat proposals to increase taxes do not work.

“For years, Republicans have said that raising taxes hurts job creation and our economy. Today’s report supports that claim. The out-migration began in 2004 when the first ‘millionaire’s tax’ was passed by Trenton Democrats. New Jerseyans are voting with their feet and their wallets by relocating to places where taxes are lower. This news confirms that we must reverse course and find solutions that keep wealth and jobs in our state.”

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Bucco: Obama’s Tax Increases Hurt NJ

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Anthony M. Bucco

Deputy Assembly Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco said President Obama’s plans to increase taxes $300 billion over the next 10 years, including the inheritance tax, to fund tax credit expansions is wrong for New Jersey. Bucco is a primary sponsor of legislation (A-512) that would phase out the state’s transfer inheritance tax over a two-year period.

“The best thing New Jersey can do is phase out its inheritance tax,” said Bucco, R- Morris and Somerset. “This tax is onerous and contributes to people migrating to other states. By eliminating it, they will have a reason to stay in New Jersey and contribute to our economy. President Obama’s tax proposal is counterproductive to that effort.”

 

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Angelini Sponsors Bill to Ban Adult Incest in New Jersey

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Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini will introduce legislation that bans adult incest in New Jersey.

Mary Pat Angelini

“It might be hard to believe, but incest among consenting adults is technically legal in New Jersey,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “Obviously, these types of relationships violate our acceptable moral standards and should be banned.”

According to recent news reports, an 18-year-old woman from the Great Lakes region is planning to marry her formerly estranged, biological father and move to New Jersey, where currently there are no legal penalties for parties engaged in incest that are 18 years or older.

“Incestuous relationships create many ethical questions and are often times sexually-abusive relationships blurred by the ‘consensual’ loophole,” added Angelini.

The bill makes it illegal to marry or commit an act of sexual penetration with a blood relative including a parent or child, brother or sister, including half-siblings, or an uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

The third degree crime carries a prison term of three to five years, and a fine of up to $15,000, or both.

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Dancer Introduces Legislation to Allow Nonprofits to Participate In State Purchasing Contracts

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Ron Dancer

Assembly Republican Ron Dancer has introduced legislation to help nonprofit organizations get more for their money. The bill, A-4054, allows qualifying organizations to participate in cost-saving state purchasing contracts.

“There are nonprofits that are doing good work. By helping them stretch their financial resources, we can enable them to do even more good for the communities they serve,” said Dancer, R – Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth. “Allowing these organizations to purchase through state contracts, they can get the best prices and save money that will be spent to advance their nonprofit mission.”

To participate, nonprofits must operate for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes. Nonprofits promoting amateur or youth sports, or preventing cruelty to children or animals could also qualify.

“The state has negotiated contracts that assure a reasonable price, and we have organizations that provide great benefit for the public,” Dancer said. “It makes sense to open the doors to nonprofits, so they can do more without spending more.”

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Bramnick on Martin Luther King Day of Service

Jon Bramnick

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Somerset and Morris, issued the following statement today as the nation commemorates Martin Luther King’s birthday:

“Today we honor Dr. King’s life and legacy. Dr. King was a true public servant. He taught us that by working together we can have a huge impact on our nation and our communities. We should all pause today and renew our commitment to helping each other.”

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Ciattarelli Bill Allowing Developmentally Disabled to Remain in Out-of-State Facilities Advances

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Legislation that allows developmentally disabled individuals living in an out-of-state facility to remain in their current residence under certain conditions was released Thursday by the Assembly Human Services Committee. The bipartisan legislation (A-3975) is sponsored by Assembly Republican Jack Ciattarelli and a number of Assembly Democrats.

Jack Ciattarelli

“The Return Home New Jersey program is perfectly consistent with what’s taking place across the nation. Developmentally disabled persons should be housed less in institutional-like settings and more in community group homes,” stated Ciattarelli, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “There are conditions where an individual should not be required to relocate. This legislation is about determining those conditions.

“The committee’s release of this bill is a positive sign,” continued Ciattarelli. “The legislation, however, needs fine-tuning, which the Senate should address. Without Senate amendments, there is little chance of this bill being enacted and no chance of any individual remaining in their current residence.”

The “Return Home” program is intended to bring New Jersey adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who were placed in out-of-state facilities due to special needs, back to community-based facilities in New Jersey.

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Rumana: RGGI Bill a Waste of Time

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Prior legislation vetoed twice

Scott Rumana

Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana said today’s Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee’s consideration of another Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) bill was time wasted by lawmakers who should be considering more pressing issues. Bills identical to A-1763, requiring the state’s participation in RGGI, were vetoed by Gov. Christie in 2011 and 2012.

“Releasing this bill shows that history has taught us nothing,” said Rumana, R- Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris. “We should be putting this kind of effort into addressing tax reform and job creation.

“When Mercedes-Benz announced it was leaving New Jersey, it cited the high cost of doing business in the state and our excessive regulatory environment,” stated Rumana. “RGGI is a prime example of why companies consider looking at alternative locations rather than operating in New Jersey.

“RGGI is a failed theory,” continued Rumana. “It did not reduce carbon emissions and does nothing more than tax electricity, our citizens and businesses, with no measurable impact on our environment. We are capable of reducing carbon emissions without imposing barriers on economic development and job creation. Participating in this initiative hurts businesses and makes no sense. I expect this bill to meet the same fate as its predecessors.”

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Assembly Panel Approves Muñoz Resolution Designating July 1 as ‘ U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Day’

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Assembly Republicans Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors a resolution memorializing the contributions of the women in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. AJR-84, approved unanimously by the Assembly Women and Children Committee, designates July 1 of every year as “U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Day.”

Nancy Munoz

“The Cadet Nurse Corps changed the face of nursing in this county,” said Munoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “The program paved the way for improvements in educational standards and training, and helped launch more than 124,000 young women into careers at a time when there was a desperate need for nursing.”

Munoz said her mother was a Cadet Nurse, trained in one of the final classes at the end of World War II. Munoz followed her footsteps into the healthcare profession.

“During the war, with so many nurses committed to military service, there was a critical shortage of skilled nurses on the home front,” Munoz said. “Within two years of the formation of the corps, Cadet Nurses accounted for 80 percent of American nursing care. These young nurses were World War II heroes in every sense. We should celebrate their efforts and preserve their memory.”

American nursing schools, which previously only accepted white students, were integrated by the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, which recruited thousands of African-American women nurses.

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