Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) and Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to protect pets against cruel treatment by their owners was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“You would hope that pet owners would treat their animals with decency and provide them with a safe and healthy home environment, but sadly, that isn’t always the case,” Senator Holzapfel said. “We must protect these animals and show that this kind of treatment will not be tolerated.”
The New Jersey Senate has passed two bills sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to support incoming New Jersey college students.
The first bill, S-991, would replace the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II State-funded scholarship programs with the New Jersey Scholarship Honors Program. Currently, NJ STARS II scholarships are only available to students who graduate from a county college with at least a 3.25 GPA. The new program created by S-991 would extend the scholarship award to high school students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class who wish to attend a four-year in-state college. The bill was amended to include students who attend private colleges. Eligible students would receive an award of $4,000 per year.
“Our goal with this legislation is to encourage New Jersey’s best and brightest to pursue a high-quality college education,” Senator Singer Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) said. “A high school student who graduates in the top 10 percent of their class has demonstrated that they can succeed at any college of their choice – public or private; four-year or two-year. They should be able to take advantage of that hard-earned opportunity.”
The following editorial on healthcare policy by Senator Robert Singer was published by the Asbury Park Press on March 9, 2017:
With much discussion focused on possible federal changes to the Affordable Care Act, it’s critical for state policymakers and residents to be aware of several other potential issues that could impact the quality, cost or access to health care for New Jersey residents.
Here are three to watch:
All high school students would receive instruction on available State and federal student loans, as well as student loan debt under legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) and advanced by the Senate Budget Committee.
“No one should rush into signing a contract that could cost them tens of thousands of dollars without fully understanding the repercussions of making such an enormous decision,” Senator Singer said. “High school students statewide are already required to take a financial literacy course in order to graduate. Without a doubt, learning how to get a student loan and more importantly, how to pay it back, is essential to understanding how to manage money in today’s world.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) to improve storm preparedness and mitigate the damage done by severe weather events, like Superstorm Sandy, was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“We need to stay on our toes and constantly work to ensure we are ready for the next big storm,” Senator Singer said. “This legislation will make it so our storm preparedness plans are constantly evolving. We’ll be able to take a longer view and make sure we have the best practices in place as circumstances change and we gather new information.”
Singer to Withdraw Legislation Opposed by NJAC that Would Have Helped Counties to Implement Bail Reforms
Senator Says, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”
Senator Robert Singer (R-30) announced that legislation he sponsors to help counties implement recently enacted criminal justice reforms would be withdrawn in response to vocal opposition from the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC).
“I introduced this legislation to help counties account for the one-time implementation costs that were expected as a result of recently enacted bail reforms,” said Singer. “It seems that no good deed goes unpunished, however. Despite my effort to help our counties, the NJAC doesn’t want the legislative relief that I’ve offered, so I’ll withdraw the bill.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) to help individuals with special needs live more independent lives was advanced by the Senate Health Committee.
“Individuals with special needs can live normal lives. They just need a chance,” Senator Singer said. “I think we can give them that chance by providing them more opportunities for housing in assisted living facilities across the state.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to improve storm preparedness and mitigate the damage done by severe events, like Superstorm Sandy, was advanced by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.
“Sandy was something that, sadly, we weren’t prepared for, and people in our shore communities are still trying to get things back to normal more than four years later,” Senator Singer said. “However, we’ve spent that time learning from our mistakes and finding ways to ensure we aren’t caught off guard by another superstorm. This bill has the potential to protect vulnerable communities from the kind of damage we saw in the aftermath of Sandy.”
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee passed a bill sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset), as well as another piece of legislation sponsored by Bucco and Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean), to encourage the modernization of local governments and provide opportunities to cut back on property tax bills.
“Sadly, many individual governments are often behind in their use of modern technology because the cost to make these improvements can be prohibitive, especially in a state where taxpayers are already being asked to pay too much,” Senator Singer said. “We want to bring services into the 21st Century by creating opportunities for local governments to work together to finance these projects.”
Following the signing of the legislation to fund improvements through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, Senator Robert Singer (R- Monmouth, Ocean) announced a $1.8 million project to repair infrastructure and protect clean water in Manasquan Borough.
“The stormwater management systems being addressed by this project were severely damaged in Superstorm Sandy,” Senator Singer said. “Improvements to these pumping stations and bulkheads are vital to ensuring that Manasquan is shielded from future flooding. I’m glad we could secure NJEIT funding to will help protect clean water for our residents.”