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Action Taken on Connors, Rumpf & Gove Alzheimer’s Measure

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to establish a 15-member Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission was released today by the Assembly Health and Senior Citizens Committee.

The Commission’s duties would include, but would not be limited to, studying the current impact and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among residents and make projections on the future impact on the state’s population, study the state’s role in long-term care for persons with early stage and early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and consider the capacity of public safety and law enforcement to persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Bill Aimed at Deregulating State’s Telephone and Cable Industries

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Responding to a wave of outreach from concerned ratepayers, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District want constituents to know that they are vehemently opposed to and have voted against legislation that would deregulate telephone and cable industries in the state.

Legislation (A-3766/S-2664) entitled the “Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act” is currently pending before the State Legislature. The measure passed the Assembly on February 17, at which time Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove voted ‘NO.’ The 9th District Assemblypersons were two of only seven votes against A-3766 and the only two members of their Party to vote ‘NO.’

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Gove Will Join Connors on Veterans’ Hospital Task Force

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In a recent announcement, Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove has been appointed to join Senator Christopher J. Connors on the “New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force,” which will be charged with studying and evaluating, and developing recommendations relating to the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in southern New Jersey.

Senator Connors was a prime sponsor of the legislation, which was also cosponsored by Assemblywoman Gove and fellow 9th District Legislator Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf.

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Ocean County, Municipalities Support Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure to Create Nuclear Facility Decommissioning Council

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The Ocean County Freeholder Board, as well as the governing bodies of Lacey and Ocean (Waretown), have adopted resolutions supporting legislation (S-866/A-296) introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would establish an 11-member New Jersey Coordinating Council on the Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Generating Facilities.  The Barnegat Township Committee has announced it will consider a Resolution at its next meeting scheduled in early April.

Under the legislation, the Decommissioning Council would be charged with coordinating and reviewing the development and implementation of plans prepared by public utilities and governmental agencies for the decommissioning of electric generating nuclear facilities in order to assure that the plans and plan implementation comport with applicable federal and state laws and policies.

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Connors & Van Drew Named To South Jersey “Veterans’ Hospital Task Force”

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In a jointly issued statement, Senator Jeff Van Drew and Senator Christopher J. Connors of the 1st and 9th Legislative Districts announced that they have been appointed by the Senate legislative leadership to serve on the “New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force,” which was established through legislation recently signed into law by Governor Christie.

Senator Van Drew and Senator Connors, who both serve on the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, were the prime sponsors of the legislative initiative to form the Task Force, which will be charged with studying and evaluating and developing recommendations relating to the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in southern New Jersey.

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Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Bill Authorizing Towns to Offer Free Beach Badges to Military Personnel

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The Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would allow municipalities to provide free or reduced-fee beach badges to active military and New Jersey National Guard personnel, as well as their spouses and children over the age of 12.

The 9th District Lawmaker’s legislation (S-114) seeks to amend current law, which only authorized municipalities to provide free or reduced beach badges to persons 65 or older and certain disabled individuals. Existing law also provides that children under the age of 12 cannot be charged for beach badges.

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DOT Responds to 9th District Delegation’s Call for Expediting Safety Improvements at Route 9-Barnegat Blvd. Intersection

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) has responded to a request made by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to expedite planned safety modifications for the Route 9-Barnegat Boulevard Intersection. The 9th District Delegation wrote to DOT Commissioner James S. Simpson on January 14 of this year, at the request of the Barnegat Township Committee.

In a letter sent today, the 9th District Delegation apprised Mayor Jeff Melchiondo and the Township Committee of the following announcement by the DOT:

“Please be advised that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) has responded to our Delegation’s January 14, 2011 letter sent on behalf of Barnegat Township requesting that all necessary measures be taken in order to expedite safety modifications needed at the Route 9 and Barnegat Boulevard North intersection. The Department’s letter has been enclosed for your review and reference.

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9th District Delegation Informs Area School Districts About State Police Gang Awareness Presentation

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In letters sent out to each school district of the 9th Legislative District, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are informing local school superintendents about gang activity seminars that are offered by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP). The 9th District Legislators recently received a briefing from the State Police on gang activity in the area and around the state.

In their letter to the superintendents, the 9th District Delegation made the following remarks:

“In response to the growing concern over gang violence, our Delegation recently met with members of the New Jersey State Police who provided a comprehensive briefing on the status of gang activity in our state. During the briefing, information was presented to us that we feel would be beneficial to your school district in addressing this serious societal and criminal issue now increasingly confronting parents, educators and law enforcement.

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9th District Delegation Measure Establishing NJ Veterans’ Hospital Task Force Now Law

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Governor Chris Christie has signed into law legislation prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors to establish the “New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force.” The legislation creating the Task Force was also sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove.

Once staffed, the Task Force will study, evaluate and make recommendations related to the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in southern New Jersey. The Task Force will be comprised of 18 members that will include the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services. Eight members appointed by the Governor will include prominent veteran leaders from across the State.

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Committee Advances 9th District Delegation Bill to Provide Free State Park Admission, Hunting & Fishing Licenses to Veterans

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The Assembly Appropriations Committee has advanced legislation (A-2695) sponsored by 9th District Legislators Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to expand existing law whereby disabled veterans would be entitled to free admission to State parks and forests.

The measure would also offer certain other military personnel free admission to State parks and forests, as well as free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, permits, stamps, tags and certificates. Senator Christopher J. Connors is the prime sponsor of similar legislation (S-113) that is presently awaiting action in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

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Chris Connors

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