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Schepisi to Receive Award at Women’s Political Caucus of NJ’s Luncheon

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Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi will accept the “Carol Murphy Award” at the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey’s 2016 Passion * Power * Progress Awards Reception on January 21. The award, named in honor of the late Assembly Republican Majority Conference Leader, is presented for advancing policies in support of women and families.

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

“I am grateful to receive this award, created in tribute to this amazing woman and trailblazing female legislator,” said Schepisi, R- Bergen and Passaic. “As a state representative, I am dedicated to ensuring that women can afford to live here and raise their families. I am committed to fundamentals New Jersey women deserve – equal paying jobs, quality education and healthcare. I am honored to be recognized by this organization that champions the same causes.”

The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey’s mission is increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office, promoting the participation of women in the political process, and achieving equality for all women through political

The reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 21, at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. For more information, visit WPCNJ.org.

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Schepisi Bill Opening NJ to Biofuel Production Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi and signed into law this week paves the way for new jobs for in the expanding biodiesel industry for New Jersey workers.

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

“The biodiesel industry is expanding rapidly, and it is time for New Jersey to get in on the action.” said Schepisi, R- Bergen and Passaic. “Until now, New Jersey was one of only two states in the U.S. without statutes in place for converting natural fats, greases and plants into renewable, clean biofuel in an environmentally friendly way. As there was not clarity as to what constituted a biodiesel fuel exemption, biodiesel businesses were reticent to invest dollars in New Jersey towards this industry.”

The Governor’s signing of Schepisi’s bill, S-2599/A-4121 means New Jersey is open for business. The development of just one biodiesel plant can create 200 construction jobs, 35 to 40 long-term, good-paying jobs for plant employees, and more than 800 jobs in related industries like trucking and agriculture.

“The expansion of this new industry into our state will spark needed economic growth in waterfront and track-side areas, and it will put thousands of people to work,” said Schepisi. “This is the start of a new era of sustainable, renewable fuel production.”

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Schepisi Legislation Will Help NJ Business Compete Around the Globe

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To help New Jersey businesses compete in the global market, Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi has introduced legislation establishing an Office of International Trade and Protocol within the Economic Development Authority.

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

“There is a world of opportunity waiting, but many companies are dissuaded by language, geographic, financial and regulatory challenges,” said Schepisi, R – Bergen and Passaic. “This new office will help businesses explore marketing their products abroad. It will help tear down the barriers and sell our ‘Made in New Jersey’ products to expanding markets across the globe. International sales will strengthen our country and our state, and create good jobs here at home.”

The office created by Schepisi’s bill, A-4450, will encourage and promote the expansion and development of foreign export markets for New Jersey products and services while providing assistance to businesses in developing international markets for their products with consultants and advisors that have specialized expertise. Participating companies will pay on a “no-profit, no-loss basis.” The office will partner with worldwide export networks and foreign governments, and establish internship and job-training programs.

“Commerce doesn’t end at the state line or at the border,” said Schepisi. “We know what Garden State businesses can do. This bill will help them expand their horizons, and put more hard-working New Jersey residents to work.”

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Schepisi talks about NJ in a global economy

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

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There is a world of economic opportunity just waiting for New Jersey companies in today’s global market, but there are challenges that must be addressed, according to one New Jersey lawmaker.

A Garden State assemblywoman wants to create the Office of International Trade and Protocol within the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

“The new office would encourage and promote the expansion and development of foreign export markets for New Jersey products and services as well as providing assistance to New Jersey businesses in developing international markets for their products and services overseas,” said Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-Westwood).

A bill (A-4450) sponsored by Schepisi would establish the office and staff it with consultants and advisors with very specialized expertise. The assemblywoman acknowledged that for some New Jersey companies seeking to do business internationally the language barriers are a very big challenge.

“The goal would be for certain countries and core languages that we would have people who would be able to facilitate and so, if we’re looking to do something with South Korea and the Korean markets we would have somebody within the office that would be able to speak that language,” Schepisi said.

Participating companies would pay on a “no-profit, no-loss” basis which means the office would be partially funded through profits earned by New Jersey businesses.

“The idea is to encourage and promote foreign investment in New Jersey by maintaining contact with representatives of foreign governments and businesses on an ongoing basis,” Schepisi said.

By helping Garden State businesses confront other challenges geographic, regulatory and financial challenges in a global market to state could assist the companies in creating jobs and expanding their horizons, Schepisi predicted.

“Commerce doesn’t end at the state line or at the border,” she said.

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Schepisi Bill Allowing Biofuel Production in New Jersey Approved by the Assembly

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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi paving the way for new jobs for New Jersey workers in the expanding biodiesel industry earned approval from the General Assembly today.

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

“New Jersey’s geographics makes it a perfect fit for the development of local biofuel production,” said Schepisi, R- Bergen and Passaic. “The growing industry has its sites set on New Jersey, but we are one of only two states in the U.S. that does not have statutes in place for converting natural fats, greases and plants into renewable, clean biofuel in an environmentally friendly way.”

Schepisi’s bill, S-2599/A-4121 sends a signal for producers that New Jersey is open for business. Schepisi noted that the development of just one biodiesel plant can create 200 construction jobs, 35 to 40 long-term, good-paying jobs for plant employees, and more than 800 jobs in related industries like trucking and agriculture.

“The industry is experiencing rapid growth, and it is time for New Jersey to get in on the action.” said Schepisi. “The expansion of this new industry into our state will put thousands of people to work and ignite needed economic growth waterfront and track-side industrial areas.”

Schepisi’s bill now goes to the Governor’s desk to await his signature. The Senate version of the bill was approved in March.

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Schepisi Bill Defends First Responders’ Right to Volunteer

Public Retirees’ Can Jeopardize Their Pensions Under Current Rules

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Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

Legislation introduced by Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi rescues volunteer firefighters who have retired from public employment from IRS language that could have prevented them from responding to emergencies.

“Our local Bergen County Fire Chiefs Association first brought the need for this legislation to my attention,” said Schepisi,R- Bergen andPassaic.  “Under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC),a retiring police officer,DPW worker,or municipal employee who was also a volunteer firefighter in the town where they worked,would have to sever both their employment and volunteer relationship at the time of retirement in order for the IRS to consider the retirement “bona vide.”  This meant that if the retiree continued to volunteer,his or her pension could be in jeopardy.”

“The unintended consequence of this interpretation of the IRC would devastate a town’s ability to recruit and maintain volunteers and would have forced the mandatory retirement of our most experienced and seasoned volunteers,” continued Schepisi.  “Further,it jeopardizes the response-readiness of crucial volunteer fire departments. We can’t change IRS code,but we can protect volunteers and limit the impact on towns.  If a retiring member of PERS or PFRS is in a pre-existing volunteer relationship,they should be allowed to continue in that capacity.”

The bill,A-4399,remedies IRS language a requiring a retiring employee covered by the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) or the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) to make a “bona fide severance from employment” that prohibits them from both working and volunteering for six full months.  Schepisi’s bill clarifies that a retiring member of PERS or PFRS who is already a volunteer firefighter prior to retirement may continue that established relationship.

“These dedicated,skilled and experienced volunteers respond to emergencies for no more payment than the gratitude of their neighbors,” said Schepisi.  “They should be able to continue to protect the community without risking their pensions.”

 

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Schepisi Bill Requires Coverage for Emergencies Handled at Out-Patient Facilities and Physician’s Office

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Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi is sponsoring legislation (A-4401) which would prohibit insurance companies from requiring pre-certification for tests or procedures that are done on an emergency basis, regardless of whether treatment takes place in a hospital emergency room, at an out-patient facility or physician’s office.

“People with health insurance shouldn’t have to jump through hoops just to satisfy insurance companies when their life depends on it,” said Schepisi, R-Bergen and Passaic. “Waiting a day for insurance companies to decide where a test can be performed is unnecessary and can be life-threatening. Insurers should cover the costs in an urgent situation, regardless of where the test was performed.”

Schepisi cited an instance in her district when a specialist ordered a specific test for a patient who was at risk of having a blood clot. The insurance company demanded precertification for such a test to be done in the specialist’s office and instructed the man to wait as the precertification process would take at least a day. The specialist was concerned that if the man did indeed have a blood clot, he could die before morning. Instead, the specialist advised the man to leave his office and go immediately to the emergency room where there would be no question that insurance would pay its share of the test. Under Assemblywoman Schepisi’s bill, such an emergency test would be covered no matter where it is performed.

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River Vale Assemblywoman recovering from surgery after brain aneurysm

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Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

River Vale Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi is home recovering from surgery to treat a brain aneurysm and is expected to be sidelined from state politics “for a while,” she said.

Schepisi, 43, became aware of the aneurysm in March when she began showing symptoms of “neurological distress,” which peaked late one night.

“I woke up, jumped out of bed and told my husband it felt like my brain exploded, like a gun went off in my head,” she said.

Schepisi said she turned to the Internet and typed “My brain just exploded” into Google. After reading several articles, she determined that she exhibited symptoms of an aneurysm, and two days later drove herself to Hackensack University Medical Center, where doctors confirmed her diagnosis. She then visited four doctors for recommendations for treatment.

Schepisi underwent a roughly five-hour procedure Tuesday called a craniotomy with a clipping, in which a six-inch, crescent-shaped incision was made from the middle of her hair part-line to behind her ear and a surgeon inserted a titanium clip around the aneurysm, which is the swelling of a blood vessel in the brain, which can be fatal.

The craniotomy is a “permanent fix,” she said. “Now there should be no risk of rupture.”

The surgery was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, but was originally planned for late June or early July so Schepisi, a Republican, could participate in legislative committees and voting sessions before a summer break. Schepisi, who ran for election two weeks after having a Caesarean section to deliver her second child, said she “has been a bit of a workaholic and I do have a tendency to push myself, even when I’m ill.”

But when she had an episode in which she started blacking out at home several weeks ago, Schepisi pushed the surgery up to this week. She was discharged Thursday afternoon.

Schepisi is expected to stay at home recovering for the next six to eight weeks, and doctors told her she is limited to walking but no exercise. The surgery has caused some swelling and bruising on her face, she said, so “it looks like I survived a round in an MMA cage fight.”

And since the surgery also included inserting titanium into her skull, Schepisi and her husband, Paul, now share something new in common. Around the time she discovered the aneurysm, Paul Schepisi was convalescing from a skiing accident in which he fractured his collarbone and had steel plates inserted to realign the bone.

“It’ll be interesting the next time we go through an airport checkpoint,” Holly Schepisi said.

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Schepisi concerned by precedent of legislators condemning state settlement agreements.

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Holly Schepisi

Thursday, Assembly Republican Holly Schepisi (R-Bergen and Passaic) spoke against Assembly resolution AR-242 which condemned the $225 million settlement reached with Exxon Mobil by the State Attorney General.

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Schepisi Bill Protects Property Taxpayers When Businesses Leave

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When Companies Vote With Their Feet, Property Taxpayers Pay Too High A Price

This week, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi introduced legislation to lessen the impact on property taxpayers when big businesses pack up and leave.

Holly Schepisi

“Property taxpayers shouldn’t be socked to make up the difference when big companies leave New Jersey over higher taxes and costs,” said Schepisi. “We have to put the breaks on these built in tax hikes to protect the residents and businesses that are staying to help us rebuild our economy.”

Schepisi’s bill (A-4402) would allow municipalities to apply for short-term transition aid when key businesses that provide significant tax ratables close to lessen the impact on property taxpayers.

In a letter sent to Division of Local Government Services Director Timothy Cunningham, Schepisi called attention to the tax loss in Montvale after the closing of Barr Laboratories. Schepisi requested the division “…grant Montvale transitional aid to assist it as it adjusts to this loss in ratables…Without assistance, Montvale residents will experience a significant property tax increase due to the devaluation of the Barr Labs property.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is acquiring the Barr Laboratories facility and it is estimated the town will experience a $750,000 loss in property tax revenue, which will only be partially offset by a payment in lieu of taxes, when the transaction is finalized as a result of Sloan’s tax-exempt status.

In addition to Montvale, Schepisi also identified the closing of Pearson Education in Upper Saddle River, and Hertz and Sony in Park Ridge as other examples of towns that face a similar loss in ratables.

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