Auth: State’s tax burden must be reduced

Source: Bergen Record Letter-to-the-Editor – Regarding “Adjusting excessive limits on state inheritance tax” (Other Views, Jan. 21): I applaud Assemblyman Joseph Lagana, D-Paramus, for recognizing the folly in the Democrats’ high-tax policies, and I hope this is not simply an election-year conversion. New Jersey residents are voting with their feet in reaction to excessive taxation, …

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Ciattarelli-Simon Laud Achievement by District 16′s Public Schools

Assembly Republican Press Release – According to the latest school rankings by Niche, six of the top 100 schools in New Jersey are located in Legislative District 16. Senator Kip Bateman and Assembly Republicans Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon today lauded the students, teachers and administrators at those schools for their outstanding achievement. Niche is …

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Rible: Report Shows Need To Study Impact of Standardized Tests

Press Release – Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible said he is pleased with the recommendations made in an interim report recently released by a commission tasked with reviewing student assessments. “The Study Commission has recommended that school districts throughout the state review the standardized tests being administered to their students to make sure each …

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Rumana wants to stop all multi-family construction until codes are revised

Source: The Star-Ledger – Calling the Edgewater apartment building that burned last week a “virtual tinderbox,” a state Assemblyman has proposed halting all multi-family developments in New Jersey until the state’s building code can be revised. “The Edgewater inferno makes it clear that we need new and improved building standards in New Jersey in order …

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Bramnick: Sandy aid bill may violate federal law

Source: Star Ledger – After developers in towns that were largely unscathed by Hurricane Sandy got millions in federal disaster relief funds that were distributed by the state, the state Assembly today passed a bill to change the way the state should dole out disaster aid. By a vote of 45-21, the Assembly approved the …

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Rumana drafting legislation for 2-year moratorium on construction of multi-dwelling units

Source: Bergen Record – Pressure is mounting for a review of state building codes — and even a potential construction moratorium — in the aftermath of a fast-moving fire that destroyed more than half of an Edgewater apartment complex last week and left hundreds homeless. Officials in Mercer County on Thursday called for an emergency …

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Cape May hosts Asm. Fiocchi’s Eco-Agri Tourism Summit

Source: Cape May Gazette – Cooperation was the theme for an Ecological-Agricultural Tourism Summit held in Cape May Wednesday, Jan. 28. The summit was the project of Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, who took the opportunity to introduce the audience to a handful of bills or resolutions he has introduced to help promote New Jersey tourism in …

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Fiocchi’s Eco-Agri Tourism Summit Focuses on ‘Green’

Source: Cape May County Herald – Assemblyman Samuel Fiocchi (R-1st) hosted an Eco-Agri Tourism Summit Jan. 28 at the Cape May Convention Hall. Sixty attendees ranging from business owners and county freeholders to managing partners of marketing agencies joined Fiocchi at the summit. At every seat there was an official New Jersey state map, as …

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Rumana Bill Places Moratorium on Approvals, Construction of Multi-Family Developments in Light of Edgewater Fire

Press Release – To prevent another inferno like the recent Avalon Bay at Edgewater fire that displaced more than 1,000 residents, Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana is having legislation drafted that will place a moratorium, of up to two years, on the approval for and/or construction of multi-family housing developments until the state’s building code …

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Assembly Approves Dancer Bipartisan Bill Package Regulating the Dispersal of Military Weapons to Police Agencies

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Two bipartisan measures sponsored by Assembly Republican Ron Dancer increasing controls on the acquisition and deployment of military surplus equipment by law enforcement agencies were approved today by the General Assembly. The bills, A-3754/S-2365 and A-3901/S-2364, enhance oversight over the federal 1033 program authorizing the transfer of armored vehicles, …

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