RECENT PRESS RELEASES
  • BILL LEGALIZING ADULT USE MARIJUANA ADVANCES

    TRENTON – Legislation that would legalize adult use marijuana in New Jersey gained the approval of a Senate committee today. Sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari and Senate President Steve Sweeney, the bill, S-2703, would legalize the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older and create an organizational and regulatory system to oversee the operations of the cannabis business.READ MORE »

    “Marijuana prohibition has failed,” said Senator Scutari (D-Union), who also authored the law creating New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. “It is time to end the detrimental effect these archaic drug laws are having on our residents and make adult use marijuana legal. This bill will create a strictly regulated system that permits adults to purchase limited amounts of marijuana for personal use. It will bring marijuana out of the underground market so that it can be controlled, regulated and taxed, just as alcohol has been for decades.”READ MORE »

  • SWEENEY, BURZICHELLI & TALIAFERRO ANNOUNCE COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANTS

    West Deptford – Senate president Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro announced the receipt of two important block grants totaling more than $276,000 for community service grants to organizations in the Third Legislative District.READ MORE »

    The grants came from the Community Services Block Grants in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. which helps low- and moderate-income residents identify and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency, received $254,550. And the CATA Farmworkers Support Committee, which empowers and educates farmworkers through leadership development and capacity building programing, received $22,352.READ MORE »

  • SWEENEY HOLDS TOWN HALL ON FISCAL REFORMS AT UNION COUNTY COLLEGE

    Scutari & Kean Join In Public Forum on ‘Path To Progress’

    Cranford – Speaking at a bipartisan Town Hall meeting at Union County College, Senate President Steve Sweeney today emphasized the need to confront the state’s mounting fiscal problems and warned that New Jersey won’t be able to make critical investments in education, transportation, higher education and social services unless it enacts major structural reforms to address the looming budget crisis fueled by runaway pension and benefit costs.READ MORE »

    Joined by Senator Nicholas Scutari and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union), Senator Sweeney said New Jersey is facing a dire fiscal crisis and laid out a series of solutions developed by the bipartisan Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup of economists, academics and fiscal policy experts to address the problem.READ MORE »

  • SWEENEY TOUTS CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF VO-TECH BONDS TO STATE’S ECONOMIC GROWTH

    Senate President Tours ‘Maker Space’ at Union County Vo-Tech’s Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology

    Scotch Plains – Senate President Steve Sweeney Wednesday touted the critical importance of the vocational-technical education bond act approved by voters last November in spurring economic growth, creating access to high-paying jobs and meeting the needs of New Jersey’s leading business sectors.READ MORE »

    “Seeing what students are doing at Makerspace, the cutting edge laboratory for technical learning we toured makes it clear how important it was that voters passed the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act,” Senator Sweeney said after touring the program at the Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology, which is part of the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools.READ MORE »

  • SWEENEY-DIEGNAN-RUIZ BILL EXPANDING NJ’S PAID FAMILY LEAVE BECOMES LAW

    Puts NJ in National Forefront With Leave Time & Benefits 

    Trenton – Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Patrick Diegnan and Senator M. Teresa Ruiz that expands New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Law that allows employees to take time off from work to care for a newborn or newly-adopted child, or for a sick parent, spouse or child was enacted into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.READ MORE »

    The new law, S-2528/A-3975, will enhance the current insurance program with some of the lengthiest leave time and most generous benefits in the Nation.READ MORE »

  • SWEENEY HOLDS TOWN HALL ON FISCAL REFORMS AT ROWAN IN BURLINGTON

    Singleton & Addiego Join In Public Forum on ‘Path To Progress’

    Mount Laurel – Speaking at a Town Hall meeting at Rowan College at Burlington County this evening, Senate President Steve Sweeney emphasized the need to confront the state’s mounting fiscal problems and warned that New Jersey won’t be able to make critical investments in education, transportation, higher education and social services unless it enacts major structural reforms to address the looming budget crisis fueled by runaway pension and benefit costs.READ MORE »

    Joined by Senator Troy Singleton and Senator Dawn Addiego, Senator Sweeney laid out a series of solutions developed by the bipartisan Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup of economists, academics and fiscal policy experts to address the problem. The forum was hosted by Dr. Michael A. Cioce, President of Rowan College at Burlington.READ MORE »

  • SENATE APPROVES SWEENEY’S EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE BILLS FOR THE HOMELESS

    Reflects Agreement To Extend Aid for Those ‘Living on the Edge,’ Create Office of Homelessness Prevention 

    Trenton – The Senate today voted to approve legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney to expand housing aid for the most vulnerable families and individuals who face the imminent threat of becoming homeless, including the chronically ill and disabled,. The bill, S-3586, is the result of an agreement between Senator Sweeney and Governor Phil Murphy following the Governor’s veto of Senator Sweeney’s original legislation.READ MORE »

    A companion bill, S-3585, also approved by the Senate, would create a new Office of Homelessness Prevention.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Announces Senate Committee Assignments for 2019

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney announced today the Senate committee assignments for the upcoming year, 2019.READ MORE »

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  • Sweeney Lauds Task Force Recommendations on 3rd Party Administrator Contract, Patient-Centered Medical Homes

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) issued the following statement today regarding the interim report of the Governor’s Health Benefits Quality and Value Task Force:READ MORE »

    “I was pleased to see the Governor’s Task Force recommend reforms regarding the procurement of a Third Party Administrator for claims adjudication.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Responds To Veto of Cost Saving Measure for County Colleges

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) issued the following statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of legislation (S2455 – Sweeney, Oroho/Murphy, McKnight, Mosquera) which would produce substantial cost savings in health care expenses by transferring county college employees and retirees from membership in the School Employees Health Benefits Plan to membership in the State Health Benefits Plan:READ MORE »

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