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  • Sweeney, Weinberg, Benson Introduce Legislation to Overhaul Paratransit to Improve Service, Reduce Costs

    Lawmakers propose to expand Mercer ARC model that cut ride times, implement other reformsREAD MORE »

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assembly Deputy Conference Leader Daniel Benson introduced legislation to improve the quality of paratransit by enabling client-based service agencies to adopt best practices pioneered by Mercer ARC that drastically cut travel times, reduced accident rates and lowered costs.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Welcomes move towards In-Person Graduations

    Trenton – In support of the Governor’s announcement today to allow in-person graduations for high schools starting July 6th, Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement:READ MORE »

    “Graduation ceremonies create life-long memories and while coronavirus has altered so much in our daily lives, it cannot erase the years of hard work, trials, successes, and achievements that have built every of our state’s classes of 2020. And as superintendents across the state have pointed out, the accomplishments of these seniors deserve to be celebrated and can easily be managed safely and with adherence to CDC guidelines. I had hoped graduations would be possible by June, but I am glad to see this class will not miss out on this important milestone altogether.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney & Oroho Welcome Re-Opening of Campgrounds

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Steve Oroho today welcomed the clarifying explanation by the administration saying that private campgrounds and parks for recreational vehicles can be re-opened in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. Until being informed that campgrounds can open as long as they don’t conflict with any municipal ordinance temporarily banning short term rentals, the operators were led to believe that the shutdown order required the continued closure of campgrounds.READ MORE »

    “As restrictions are lifted and more people seek a return to the outdoors it is important that we re-open campgrounds and parks for recreational vehicles,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Outdoor activities are essential to the physical health and mental well-being of people whose lives have been restricted during the shutdown. It’s another responsible step we can take in restoring activities in New Jersey.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Bill would Establish Sanitation Standards for Hotels

    Senate sends Governor measure to protect guests & employeesREAD MORE »

    TRENTON – Acting to protect the health and safety in one of New Jersey’s most significant sectors of its economy – tourism – the Senate today approved and sent to the Governor a bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that would require the adoption of sanitation standards for hotels to protect against the coronavirus.READ MORE »

  • Senate Approves 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 benefitsREAD 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 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 »

  • Sweeney, O’Scanlon & Doherty Bill Allowing Reassignment of Public Workers during Crises Advances

    Trenton – Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty allowing for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies was approved by the Senate today.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-2477, would allow available civil servants to assist departments handling additional workload which arises as a result of a disaster or other event triggered by a state of emergency. The temporary redeployment would be for the sole purpose of responding to the crisis. All the rights and benefits of the employees would be protected, including seniority, salary steps and job classifications, under the legislation.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney-Pou-Oroho Bill to Enact Job-Sharing Furlough Program Passes Senate, Assembly

    Lawmakers urge Governor to sign bill and launch program immediately to generate millions in savings for employers, workers, taxpayersREAD MORE »

    TRENTON – The Senate and the Assembly today approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steve Sweeney, Nellie Pou and Steve Oroho to implement a New Jersey Job-Sharing Furlough Program that capitalizes on key provisions of the federal CARES Act. The furlough bill, S-2350, would generate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for employers and maximize payments to furloughed employees while fully protecting their health and pension benefits.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney on the Passing of Former State Senator Jeremiah O’Conner

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement on the passing of former State Senator Jeremiah O’Connor:READ MORE »

    “My deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of former Senator O’Connor. He was a shining example of what it means to be a public servant: upstanding, selfless and dedicated to his Bergen County community. He led by example as an early champion of the LGBTQ community and advocate for domestic violence survivors.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney, O’Scanlon & Doherty Bill Allowing Reassignment of Public Workers During Crises Advances

    Trenton – Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty allowing for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies was approved by the Senate Budget Committee today.READ MORE »

    The bill, S-2477, would allow available civil servants to assist departments handling additional workload which arises as a result of a disaster or other event triggered by a state of emergency. The temporary redeployment would be for the sole purpose of responding to the crisis. All the rights and benefits of the employees would be protected, including seniority, salary steps and job classifications, under the legislation.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Bills would Establish Sanitation Standards for Hotels & Casinos

    Labor Committee approves measures to protect guests & employeesREAD MORE »

    TRENTON – Acting to protect the health and safety in two of New Jersey’s most significant sectors of its economy – tourism and gaming – the Senate Labor Committee today approved two bills sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that would require the adoption of sanitation standards for hotels and casinos to protect against the coronavirus.READ MORE »

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