Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after legislation (S-2318) that he sponsors with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem) to limit sick leave payouts for all retiring public employees to $15,000 was advanced by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:
“Six-figure payouts to retiring public employees for hundreds of days of accrued sick leave are budget killers for municipalities and a ridiculous burden on property taxpayers.
Following a number of long-term power outages in recent years that have affected New Jersey residents, the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Senator Bob Smith (D-Middlesex, Somerset) that would streamline the local approval process to make it easier for residents to install automatic standby generators on their homes.
“Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and recent blizzards and storms have reminded us how dependent we are on electricity and how hard it can be to get by when our power infrastructure is down,” said Kyrillos. “Following those outages, many homeowners have sought to install permanent standby generators for use in future emergencies. Some have found, however, that the local approval process to install a generator to be unnecessarily complicated and difficult, which this bill addresses.”
Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of New Jersey’s recently enacted law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, responded to a federal court’s restraining order that will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept sports wagers as planned:
“I am disappointed that the temporary restraining order imposed by a federal court will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept wagers on sporting events this weekend as was planned. I believe, however, the court will find after a more thorough review that New Jersey’s repeal of prohibitions on sports betting at our racetracks and casinos is compliant with both federal law and the guidance provided in previous federal court rulings.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement following the signing of legislation that removes state prohibitions on sports wagering at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks.
“I am pleased that our legislation removing state prohibitions on sports betting was signed into law so quickly. Monmouth Park has been preparing for this to happen and is poised to start taking bets in the upcoming days,” said Kyrillos, a prime sponsor of the legislation. “Sports betting will provide a financial lifeline that will help protect jobs at Monmouth Park and Atlantic City casinos. The legislation was drafted based on guidance from federal courts, and we trust it will stand up to any future challenge.”
Assembly Gives Final Legislative Approval to Measure Removing Prohibitions on Sports Betting at Racetracks & Casinos
Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), prime sponsors of Senate legislation that would explicitly remove language in state law that prohibits wagering on sporting events, applauded the New Jersey General Assembly’s approval of the legislation (A-3711/S-2460) and urged Governor Chris Christie to sign the bill into law.
“We are a short step away from getting this done and a lot closer to bringing sports betting to New Jersey,” said Lesniak. “It’s been a long, tough effort and we’ve gone up against powerful interests, but now there is an urgency because sports gaming will be a lifeline to the Atlantic City casino industry at a critical time. It will produce jobs, generate economic activity and be a long-term benefit to New Jersey. I urge the governor to sign it into law as fast as he can.”
“Sports betting can assist New Jersey’s struggling casino industry and with our challenges at Monmouth Park Racetrack,” said Kyrillos. “Both houses of the Legislature acted quickly to approve this critical measure, and I am confident Governor Christie will join our efforts to help protect Atlantic City and Monmouth Park jobs by signing the bill into law.”
Measure Would Clear Legal Obstacles
Acting to remove legal obstacles in the effort to bring sports betting to New Jersey, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that would explicitly remove language in state law that currently prohibits wagering on sporting events.
The move would reinforce the state attorney general’s attempt to lift the court injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) that would help to maintain water infrastructure and the quality of drinking water in New Jersey was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.
“New Jersey’s ability to maintain our water infrastructure is critical to the health of our state’s residents, our economy and the environment,” said Kyrillos. “The challenges of maintaining and replacing aging water infrastructure can escalate quickly beyond the technical and financial means of government entities and taxpayers. Despite this, current law makes it nearly impossible to let those with sufficient resources and know-how to take over these systems and effectively address emergent conditions.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) that would help prevent the abuse, misuse and improper disposal of certain prescription medications was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee. The measure was introduced as part of a bipartisan effort to address prescription drug and heroin abuse that is spearheaded by the committee’s chairman, Senator Joe Vitale (D-19).
“Unused or expired prescriptions that are left sitting in medicine cabinets create the potential for intentional or accidental misuse, and the improper disposal of medications can pollute water supplies,” said Kyrillos. “To prevent these dangers, it’s imperative that patients are given information on safe disposal when medications are first prescribed and dispensed.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32) that would allow for lower speed limits near parks where children are likely to be playing was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.
The measure, S-2243, was introduced in response to the death of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.
“Drew’s Law is a reasonable measure that gives towns and counties the ability to keep kids safe by lowering speed limits around parks at times when they are most likely to be present,” said Kyrillos. “No family or community should have to go through the pain and suffering that Drew’s family and Keansburg have gone through these past few months. Drew’s Law will help ensure that more of these tragedies never happen.”
Monmouth County Senators Jennifer Beck and Joseph Kyrillos stated the following about today’s directive from Governor Christie to the Attorney General that allows casinos and racetracks to operate sports betting pools:
“This directive paves the way for legalized sports betting in the state which will be a boon to New Jersey,” Beck said. “It will keep us competitive with other states while offering a significant new source of tax revenue. Sports betting will also offer a much-needed lifeline to our ailing casinos and horse racing industry. This bold move will have a long-term, positive impact upon our state.”
“This action is especially important to Monmouth County, the home of Monmouth Park,” said Kyrillos, who voted in favor of the original sports betting legislation. “This is good timing, as we work to create opportunities for the 8,000 people who are looking for new jobs due to Atlantic City’s struggles and the reason I voted for sports betting in the first place. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration to resolve this issue.”