RECENT PRESS RELEASES
  • Senate Sends Governor Bill Expanding Workers’ Comp Benefits for “Essential Workers”

    Legislation would make it easier for employees on the front lines of coronavirus fight to get work-related benefits READ MORE »

    TRENTON – Acting to ensure that ‘essential workers’ serving public needs during the COVID-19 crisis get the benefits and protections they deserve, the Senate today approved and sent to the governor a bill authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Robert Singer and Senator Linda Greenstein expanding access to workers’ compensation and other benefits for front-line workers sickened by the coronavirus.READ MORE »

  • Bill Making Juneteenth a State Holiday Goes to the Governor

    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 and sent to the governor a bill that would make Juneteenth an official state holiday.READ MORE »

    The measure, S-19, is sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Sandra Cunningham and Senator Joe Cryan.READ MORE »

  • Senate Approves Sweeney-Gopal Bill Changing “Freeholder” to “Commissioner”

    The Senate today approved a bill authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Vin Gopal that would require county governments to replace the title of “freeholder” with “commissioner,” abolishing an outdated designation rooted in racist attitudes and practices.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-855, was approved by the Senate with a vote of 31-6.READ MORE »

  • Senate Bill Promotes “Responsible Investments”

    TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Troy Singleton that will promote a Responsible Contractor Policy to ensure that contractors, investors, managers, consultants, or others selected by the state’s retirement system make investments that support fair wages and benefits for workers was approved by the Senate Budget Committee today.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-857, would set conditions on domestic equity investments in the private real estate, private equity, and private infrastructure asset classes in which the Division of Investment in the Department of the Treasury has more than a 50 percent interest. The bill also would impose requirements related to the protection of public sector jobs and the selection of external managers.READ MORE »

  • Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Set for Pierre-Louis

    TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Nicholas Scutari, the committee’s chairman, announced today.READ MORE »

    The Judiciary Committee’s hearing will be held on August 24th in the Statehouse Annex.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney-Coughlin Statement on Emergency Borrowing Commission

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin issued the following joint statement today on the role of the Select Commission on Emergency COVID-19 Borrowing, the legislative panel responsible for approving proposals to borrow funds to address the fiscal and economic problems caused by the coronavirus outbreak:READ MORE »

    “The COVID-19 Select Commission has a simple but important responsibility: to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to proposals by the administration to issue bonds. The Legislature agrees that the Executive Branch needs the ability to consider borrowing as a means of dealing with the economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But, it is important that the Legislature fulfills its oversight responsibility by approving the amount and timing of any borrowing so it is done responsibly. This does not alter in any way the requirement that all spending decisions on this revenue go through the legislative budget process and be subject to review by all legislators. The Senate and Assembly budget and appropriations committees include a diversity of members who represents all of New Jersey, and the views of the committee members will drive the important decisions on how the money is used.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Bill to Protect Mental Health Patients from Interrupted Service Introduced

    TRENTON – In an effort to protect New Jersey residents receiving publicly financed mental health, behavioral health and addiction services, Senate President Steve Sweeney introduced legislation that would ensure and improve the delivery of these services, without disruption, in all future state contracts.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-2708, would require state contracts to contain a commitment that service will not be disrupted or delayed by labor disputes.READ MORE »

  • Senate Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for False Openings

    TRENTON – Legislation to reimburse restaurants, bars and caterers that spent money on supplies in preparation for indoor dining’s return only to have that authorization rescinded was introduced in the Senate.READ MORE »

    The bill, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Anthony Bucco, would fund the reimbursements by appropriating $30 million to the Economic Development Authority from federal block grants allocated to the state from the CARES Act.  The EDA would then provide direct financial support, by way of loans or grants, according to the bill.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Statement on Passing of Rep. John Lewis

    Trenton Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following the statement on the passing of Civil Rights champion, Congressman John Lewis:READ MORE »

    “John Lewis represented the very best of America. In the face of America’s worst elements, he lived, fought, marched and inspired with the righteousness of love, bold determination, compassion and the unwavering belief that all people are created equal.READ MORE »

  • Senate Panel Approves Sweeney Bill Changing “Freeholder” to “Commissioner”

    TRENTON – A Senate committee today advanced a bill authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney 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 »

    The bill, S-855, was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee with a vote of 4-1.READ MORE »

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