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Kyrillos and Beck Request Information on State’s Plan for Fort Monmouth as Ebola Quarantine Site

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Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, along with Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, today sent a letter to state Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez requesting information and further consideration of the state’s reported plan to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine location for travelers that may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.

Ft. Monmouth garrison shield (Wikipedia)

“There are a lot of questions about how this decision was made and whether it is even necessary, or in the best public interest to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine site,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “It’s certainly important for the state to make plans on how to protect residents from this urgent public safety threat. I know New Jersey has thousands of empty hospital beds that would seem to be more suitable for the task.”

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Committee Advances Kyrillos Bill to Allow Hunting for Working People, Help NJ Economy

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The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos to allow hunting of game animals on every day of the week, during established hunting seasons.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos that would allow for hunting on Sundays during established hunting seasons has advanced. (Dave Menke/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

“I’ve heard from many constituents who work long hours Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays, to support their families, and they’re looking for a way to hunt here on their day off,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “New Jersey’s Sunday hunting ban prevents a lot of hard-working people from being able to hunt or forces them on their day off to travel to other states to hunt and otherwise spend their money.”

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“Water Infrastructure Protection Act” Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) that would help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades, and create thousands of jobs was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

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.”

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Senate Approves “Drew’s Law” to Protect Children from Speeding Cars Near Parks

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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 New Jersey Senate.

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.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of the late Drew Keough, following the Senate Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law.” Lt. Pezzano, a long-time Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of the legislation to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

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Kyrillos Confident in NJ’s Continuing Fight for Sports Betting

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a prime sponsor of New Jersey’s recently enacted law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, stated the following after a federal court’s ruling late last week to prevent Monmouth Park from accepting sports wagers:

A federal court’s ruling will prevent Monmouth Park from accepting wagers on sporting events. (nakashi/Flickr)

“This was another unacceptable court ruling to the direct detriment of New Jersey residents, their quality of life, the state’s economy and the creation and retention of jobs at Monmouth Park and in Atlantic City. I fully expect we will prevail in our continued fight for New Jerseyans, and that the repeals we enacted will ultimately stand.”

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Kyrillos Renews Push to Allow Hunting for Working People

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With a prime hunting season now underway in New Jersey, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) renewed his push for the passage of legislation that he sponsors to allow hunting on every day of the week, during established hunting seasons.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos, S-699, would allow for hunting on Sundays during established hunting seasons. (Dave Menke/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

“I’ve heard from many hard-working constituents who work long hours Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays due in part to the high cost of living in this state and they’re looking for a way to hunt and put some food on their tables,” Kyrillos said. “They deserve this legislation, which could also generate additional revenue for our state.”

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Kyrillos on the Passing of Robert Littell

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Senator Joe Kyrillos stated the following about the passing of his former Senate colleague, Robert Littell:

“No one I have served with has left a more lasting mark on New Jersey’s public affairs than legislative giant Bob Littell. He was a teacher and mentor to me and many others. Susan and I offer our condolences to his great family, Ginnie, Alison and Luke.”

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Sweeney/Kyrillos Sick Leave Reform Bill Advances

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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:

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Senate President Stephen Sweeney would limit payouts to all retiring public employees to $15,000 for accrued sick leave, the limit that has long applied to state employees. (Ben K Adams/Flickr)

“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.

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Committee Approves Kyrillos/Smith Bill Streamlining Approvals for Residential Standby Generators

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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.

A New Jersey street lit only by a car’s headlights during a power outage caused by Superstorm Sandy. A Senate committee has advanced a bill by Sen. Joe Kyrillos to make it easier for homeowners to install emergency standby generators that provide electricity during blackouts.

“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.”

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Statement from Sen. Kyrillos on Federal Court NJ Sports Betting Ruling

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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:

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on October 24, 2014 preventing Monmouth Park, pictured, from starting to accept wagers on sports as had been planned. (nakashi/Flickr)

“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.”

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