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  • Sweeney Announces Agreement on State Borrowing Legislation

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today announced an agreement with Governor Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin on legislation to authorize the state to borrow in amounts up to $9.9 billion to address the financial crisis created by the coronavirus outbreak.READ MORE »

    “We have reached an agreement on legislation that would authorize state borrowing in amounts up to $9.9 billion to address the financial consequences of the coronavirus outbreak, but only with the approval of a legislative commission,” Senate President Sweeney said.  “This agreement will ensure we will have the resources needed to respond to this fiscal and economic crisis in a responsible way.”READ MORE »

  • Senate Panel will act on Sweeney & Pennacchio Bill Changing Outdated Term of “Freeholder” to “Commissioner”

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joseph Pennacchio announced today that a Senate committee will take up their legislation that would require county governments to replace the title of “freeholder” with “commissioner,” abolishing an outdated designation rooted in racist attitudes and practices.READ MORE »

    New Jersey is the last state in the country to continue to use the title of freeholder, a designation derived from an old English term that referred to “free land owners” at a time when only white men could own property – and that property could include slaves, Senator Sweeney noted.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney-Turner Bill Improving Access to Affordable Housing Becomes Law

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Shirley Turner and leading housing advocates issued the following statements on enactment of legislation, S-2527, requiring that listings of affordable housing units be made available online with the New Jersey Housing Resource Center.READ MORE »

    “This will modernize the process of informing those in need of affordable housing of any available units,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “It would make use of changes in technology to facilitate a more effective and streamlined process through an existing, centralized listing. By requiring all units that receive credits under a fair share settlement to be posted this will vastly increase access to information about affordable housing that is available in the state.”READ MORE »

  • Sarlo-Sweeney Bill Reducing Red Tape for Outdoor Service, Supporting Local Businesses now Law

    Trenton –Senator Paul Sarlo, Senate President Steve Sweeney and the New Jersey Restaurant Association issued the following statements on legislation, S-2346/A-3919, enacted into law today to reduce “red tape” requirements for outdoor service for restaurants and bars and to help local business districts regain economic activity:READ MORE »

    “We’re trying to provide every means possible for restaurants, bars and breweries that would otherwise remain closed, to open and conduct business,” said Senator Sarlo (D-Bergen/Passaic). “We should remove barriers to the reopening of restaurants and bars for outdoor service by reducing red tape and eliminating fees. We also need to set dates for restarting indoor service and catering businesses so they can make the plans needed to emerge from the shutdown. Because catered events are planned in advance, they need to know when they can reopen.”READ MORE »

  • Landmark Health Savings Plan Becomes Law

    Trenton – Landmark legislation to implement a new health benefits plan designed to produce more than $1 billion in annual savings for property taxpayers and educators as it preserves quality health care for teachers and other school employees was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.READ MORE »

    Sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Joe Cryan and Senator Linda Greenstein in the Senate, the reforms are the result of a cooperative working agreement with Marie Blistan, the President of the New Jersey Education Association, resulting in annual savings of approximately $600 million for local governments, $400 million for educators and $40 million for the state.READ MORE »

  • Landmark Health Savings Plan Gains Final Legislative Approval

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joe Cryan praised the approval by the Assembly and the Senate of legislation, S-2273/A-20, that would implement a new health benefits plan designed to produce more than $1 billion in annual savings for property taxpayers and educators.READ MORE »

    “This reform will produce lasting financial savings for local taxpayers and educators at the same time it maintains quality health care for public workers,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Both of these achievements are even more important at this time. Local government is experiencing severe fiscal problems because of the shutdown and the need for medical care is vital because of the pandemic.”READ MORE »

  • Senate Approves Sweeney Bill to Enhance NJ Transit Service for Seniors & Disabled

    Trenton – The Senate today endorsed a bill authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that would enhance transportation services for senior citizens and the disabled.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-1936, would require the Department of Transportation to advertise the availability of the programs that serve these groups. The information on bus and rail service would have to include costs, the availability of reduced fares and the hours of operation.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney-Turner Bill Would Improve Access to Affordable Housing

    Senate Approves Measure for Online InformationREAD MORE »

    Trenton – Acting to improve access to affordable housing, the Senate today approved a bill authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Shirley Turner that would require that listings of available housing units be made available online with the New Jersey Housing Resource Center. The bill would also require all units that receive credits under a “fair share” settlement be posted with the center.READ MORE »

  • Senate Votes to Make Juneteenth a State Holiday

    Trenton – Acting to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States and to honor the history and contributions of Black Americans, the Senate today approved a bill that would make Juneteenth an official state holiday. The bill is sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Sandra Cunningham and Senator Joe Cryan.READ MORE »

    “Juneteenth marks a day of freedom for Black Americans who suffered the cruelty of slavery and an opportunity to honor the history and contributions of African Americans,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “This takes on greater significance as the entire country is confronting the racism and inequality that is the bitter legacy of slavery. We can use June 19th and the days that follow to undue past harms and renew our commitment to justice and equality for all.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney & Cryan Praise Assembly Action on Landmark Health Savings Plan

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joe Cryan praised the approval by a key Assembly committee of legislation, S-2273/A-20, that would implement a new health benefits plan designed to produce more than $1 billion in annual savings for property taxpayers and educators.READ MORE »

    “Now more than ever it is important that we find ways to produce savings for taxpayers and educators,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “While we focus on the immediate threat to public health and economic stability brought on by the global pandemic, this agreement will produce meaningful and lasting financial benefits at the same time it preserves quality health care for public workers.”READ MORE »

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