Kean Calls On Sweeney To Put Republican-Sponsored Bills On Agenda

state Sen. Tom Kean

TRENTON — Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. today renewed his call for Senate President Stephen Sweeney to bolsterthe legislative body’s fall agenda with non-controversial measures sponsored by Republicans.

“I am dismayed by the majority party’s refusal to post non-controversial or bipartisan bills that will provide tax relief, government accountability and child protection to New Jersey residents,” said Kean (R-Union.) “New Jerseyans lose every time Democrats hold committee hearings without these all-important measures. We should be making the most of our meetings.”

On Sept. 7, the Senate Republican caucus sent a letter to Sweeney urging the majority party to post for a vote 18 proposals with no partisan resistance and zero or minimal impact on the state budget.

“While certainly not an exhaustive list of our priorities, many of these proposals have garnered the support or co-sponsorship of Democrats,” Kean noted. “Yet, ironically, Sen. Sweeney and Democrat committee leaders have failed our residents this fall by posting only four of these 18 measures, simply because they are sponsored by Republicans.”

According to Kean, six of the 14 remaining proposals await hearings by the State Government and Veteran’s Affairs committees, which are meeting today:

  • S-601, Senators Jennifer Beck and Steven V. Oroho, to suspend public pensions of retired public employees who resume public employment with compensation greater than $15,000;
  • S-2073, Senators Beck and Anthony Bucco, to authorize penalties for failure to file certain public employment contracts; clarifies requirements for electronic posting of public financial records;
  • S-480, Sen. Samuel Thompson, to prohibit former elected officials from being compensated for five years by a nonprofit or charity to which the official donated campaign funds;
  • S-302, Senators Joseph Pennacchio and Oroho and endorsed by several municipalities, to establish a state public finance website making accessible records of all spending of tax dollars;
  • SCR-37, Senators Kevin O’Toole and Fred H. Madden Jr., to require legislators to disclose public employment or public contracts held by the legislator or legislator’s relatives and disclosure of compensation received by related business entities; (This resolution is co-sponsored by Democrats Loretta Weinberg and Linda Greenstein)
  • SCR-109, Senators Diane Allen and James Beach, to cut tax burdens by extending property tax deductions to certain military veterans who were not deployed.

“My caucus is committed to reforming government, lowering our state’s anti-competitive tax burden and protecting our children from predators,” Kean concluded. “We remain a Senate for all New Jersey residents, not just those represented by a Democrat.”

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