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Senate Approves Russo and Rumana Bill Exempting Service Dogs-In-Training from Pet Licensing

Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans David C. Russo and Scott T. Rumana supporting the Seeing Eye and other service dog providers was approved by the Senate today. The measure (A-3502) exempts puppies, typically placed in foster homes before their formal guide dog training, from license and registration requirements. The bill, …

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Fiocchi Says Drug Abuse Roundtable Proves Help from Legislature is Needed to Protect Families and Save Lives

Assembly Republican Press Release – Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi today called on the Legislature to take a more active role in combatting the growing drug abuse epidemic in New Jersey. Earlier this week, Fiocchi hosted almost a dozen experts for a roundtable discussion on prescription drug abuse and how to control it. “It is crystal clear …

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Rible Tours New Jersey’s Newborn Screening Labs

Tours future location of Krabbe disease testing lab Assembly Republican Press Release – EWING, N.J. – Assemblyman Dave Rible recently joined Department of Health Acting Commissioner Cathleen Bennett on a tour of the state’s newborn screening labs which will soon test for Krabbe disease. “One of the most meaningful pieces of legislation I was able …

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McGuckin, Wolfe honor 10th District teacher with ‘Excellence in Education’ award

Source: The Manchester Times – New Jersey Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin presented the 10th Legislative District’s 2015 “Excellence in Education” award to Stacey O’Connor, a first grade teacher at Manchester Township Elementary School, during a ceremony at the school. “It’s an honor to present this award to an educator who has won …

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Rible weighs in as Wall tax assessor placed on leave; contract reviewed

Asbury Park Press – The municipal tax assessor has been placed on paid administrative leave as Wall officials review the work completed by the company hired to place values on all of the properties in the township. Wall Township Administrator Jeff Bertrand said Wednesday he asked Tax Assessor William FitzPatrick to “not be in the …

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Bramnick talks about NJ gas tax hike

NJ 101.5 – Talk of a gas tax hike to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund will dominate the lame duck session in Trenton after the November elections. There had been a lot of discussions about linking an increase in the gas tax to the elimination of New Jersey’s estate and inheritance taxes, the …

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Rible Calls for Suspension of Monmouth County Tax Assessment Program

Urges county tax board to take immediate action Assembly Republican Press Release – Assemblyman Dave Rible has called for the immediate suspension of the Assessment Demonstration Program (ADP) in Monmouth County. “It has recently come to the public’s attention there may have been improper relationships among those who were tasked with implementing the new tax …

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Dancer Bill Protects Small Employers from Fines for Paperwork Blunders

Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation sparing small businesses from costly fines for minor errors on paperwork will be introduced by Assembly Republican Ron Dancer. The bill suspends the assessment of fines on small business for inconsequential first-time violations of filing procedures. “With small businesses struggling to survive in an unfavorable environment, the last thing …

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As Gateway project looms, Handlin vows to keep pressing for Port Authority reforms

Source: Bloomberg – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is still recovering from the 2013 traffic-jam scandal that led to top-level resignations and investigations. It’s two years behind on raising the Bayonne Bridge, has no plans to replace its obsolete Manhattan bus terminal, and bills to overhaul its management structure have stalled. …

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Bramnick, Schepisi discuss options for solving Transportation Trust Fund riddle

Source: NJTV News – It’s the biggest issue nobody seems ready to do anything about. The Transportation Trust Fund, that mechanism for funding bridge and highway maintenance and mass transit projects, is mired in debt and unable to fund much of anything nowadays. But what is this TTF? What was it supposed to do and …

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