• Sweeney-Cunningham Bill Would Boost Reentry Services

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Sandra Cunningham introduced legislation today to expand the scope of support services for the reentry of former offenders.READ MORE »

    The legislation would update the state’s “Fair Release and Reentry Act of 2009,” which has proven successful in aiding the transition of inmates released from state prisons, to include those from county correctional facilities. It would also extend the post-release timeframe for qualifying for reentry services and facilitate access to health care and emergency services.READ MORE »

  • Senate Panel Approves Sweeney-Cunningham Bill Allowing Adjunct Professors to Collect Unemployment Benefits

    Trenton – Acting to make sure that adjunct professors are able to collect unemployment benefits during the pandemic-caused shutdown, a Senate committee approved legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Sandra Cunningham to ensure unemployment eligibility for college instructors during the summer months.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-2852, would help rectify the disruptive conditions that have denied benefits to those instructors unlikely to return to work in the fall. It clarifies that they may not be denied unemployment benefits during a summer or holiday break if they don’t have assurance of reinstatement.READ MORE »

  • Bill Making Juneteenth a State Holiday Becomes Law

    Trenton – Acting to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States and to honor the history and contributions of Black Americans, the Governor signed legislation today that would make Juneteenth an official state holiday.READ MORE »

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

  • Sheltered Workshop Programs To Reopen Statewide

    TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced the state will provide CARES Act funding for the reopening of 26 Sheltered Workshop programs throughout the state.READ MORE »

    Sheltered Workshop programs provide employment, job, and skills training to people with disabilities. Statewide, there are 26 programs operating 28 sites. All have been closed since early March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.READ MORE »

  • Senate Votes to Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Pierre-Louis

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement after the Senate voted 39-0 to approve the nomination of Ms. Fabiana Pierre-Louis to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court:READ MORE »

    “I would like to congratulate Ms. Pierre-Louis, a first generation American and the first Black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. This is a historical day for our state. Ms. Pierre-Louis is a New Jersey success story who will bring more diversity to the highest court of the most diverse state in the country. She will provide a perspective gained by her personal and legal experiences to a Court with the ultimate legal responsibility for cases and issues that can have a real-life impact on generations of New Jersey residents.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney-Weinberg Bill to Overhaul Paratransit Services Gains Senate Approval

    Trenton – The Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to improve the quality of paratransit by enabling client-based service agencies to adopt best practices that cut travel times, reduce accident rates and lower costs.READ MORE »

    “New Jersey’s paratransit services for physically and developmentally disabled people who cannot use regular bus and rail service is a crazy quilt of overlapping and inefficient services that fail to meet the needs of the most vulnerable,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “There are models that work, and we need to bring those best practices to our paratransit network. These reforms are especially important in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, which will put new demands on all mass transit services.”READ MORE »

  • Senate Acts on Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for False Openings

    Trenton – Legislation to reimburse restaurants, bars and caterers that spent money on supplies in preparation for the return of indoor dining only to have that authorization rescinded was approved by the Senate today.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-2704, 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 Bill Would Expand Model School Program for Students with Disabilities

    Trenton – A model school program for students with special needs would be expanded to 10 schools in each of three regions of the state, under terms of legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that was approved by the Senate today.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-2486, would use the “Clayton Model,” developed in the Clayton School District in Gloucester County, as the blueprint for similar programs that promote the “social and emotional learning” of students with physical or developmental disabilities. It is a means of advancing their academic performance and life skills.READ MORE »

  • Senate Approves Police Diversity Bills

    Trenton – Acting to bring greater diversity to the ranks of law enforcement, the Senate today approved a trio of bills authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Ronald Rice and Senator Joe Cryan that would help break down the obstacles encountered by minorities in the hiring practices of police departments in New Jersey.READ MORE »

    The bills, S-2765, S-2766 & S-2767, would analyze the make-up of police forces and other law enforcement agencies, maintain a statewide database tracking membership, create a mentoring program to improve recruitment, and have the state Civil Service Commission undertake a series of initiatives to break down the institutional biases that block equal opportunities for minorities.READ MORE »

  • Committee Advances Sweeney’s Health Care Transparency Bill

    TRENTON – In an effort to better inform patients seeking and receiving medical care, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced the Health Care Transparency Act. The bill, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, would create new identification requirements for health care professionals as well as new regulations for print, radio and television advertisements.READ MORE »

    “The health care system is burdensome, confusing and often purposefully opaque, and that’s true for some of the most basic terms most of us take for granted,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “A ‘doctor’ can actually mean a wide range of training, expertise or responsibilities and the average person seeking help or advice deserves to know exactly what they can expect from the professional they see.”READ MORE »