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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Bill Combating Animal Cruelty Passed by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) to prevent the cruel treatment of animals was today advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s bill to prevent animal cruelty statewide was advanced by the Senate Budget Committee. (©iStock.com)

“This legislation aims to prevent the inhumane tethering of animals for long periods of time, making them defenseless and unable to care for themselves,” Senator Holzapfel said. “This cruel and heartless treatment is horrifying and must be stopped.”

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Senate Passes Holzapfel Bill to Improve Safety of Children Near School Busses

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to deter dangerous driving that may harm children as they board or exit a school bus.

The legislation, S-211, establishes a pilot program for municipalities and school districts to use video monitoring systems to help enforce laws against illegally passing a school bus.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s legislation seeks to deter dangerous driving that may harm children as they board or exit a school bus. (SenateNJ.com)

“We need to show drivers who think they can get away with passing a school bus that they are being watched,” said Holzapfel. “Sadly, this might be the only we get them to stop.”

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Holzapfel: We Must Improve Treatment for Addiction & Reduce Access to Opioids to Prevent Abuse

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said that he hopes the Governor’s desire to address New Jersey’s crisis of drug abuse as expressed in the State of the State address proves to be successful.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel said that New Jersey must do more to treat those suffering from addiction and enhance efforts to prevent opioids from becoming available for abuse. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Ocean County is ground zero for opioid abuse in New Jersey, and we’ve been fighting this battle against heroin and the diversion of prescription medications for years,” said Holzapfel. “We agree with the Governor that we need to do more to treat those suffering from addiction, but we also need to enhance our efforts to stop dangerous narcotics from ever becoming available for abuse.”

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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill Combating Animal Cruelty Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by District 10 legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, that continues the legislators’ efforts to prevent the cruel treatment of animals has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s bill, sponsored in the Assembly by fellow District 10 legislators, continues the legislators’ efforts to prevent animal cruelty statewide. (©iStock.com)

“As legislators and pet owners, we are passionate about protecting animals from abuse,” said Senator Holzapfel. This legislation aims to prevent the chaining of animals for long periods of time rendering them defenseless and unable to care for themselves. That cruel and inhumane treatment is deplorable and must be stopped.”

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Holzapfel Calls on Senate to Advance Fentanyl Bill

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In response to recent findings of fentanyl related deaths by the Office of the State Medical Examiner, Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) is calling on the Senate to finally post his bill, S-1026, for a vote. His legislation doubles criminal penalties for unlawfully manufacturing or distributing fentanyl – a prescription opioid found to be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin.

In response to recent findings of fentanyl related deaths by the State Medical Examiner, Sen. Jim Holzapfel (R-10) is calling on the Senate to advance his legislation increasing penalties for illegally dispensing or manufacturing the drug. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Fentanyl deaths are increasing at a rapid pace,” said Holzapfel. “The penalties for illegally dispensing or manufacturing this deadly drug must, at the very least, match those for dealing heroin or cocaine. Unless the New Jersey Senate moves forward to enact an effective deterrent, the death toll will continue to rise.”

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Holzapfel Bill to Improve Safety of Children Near School Buses Advances

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The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to deter dangerous driving that may harm children as they board or exit a school bus.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s legislation seeks to deter dangerous driving that may harm children as they board or exit a school bus. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-211, establishes a pilot program for municipalities and school districts to use video monitoring systems to help enforce laws against illegally passing a school bus.

“Many of the children who are killed and injured in school bus related accidents are struck by drivers who illegally pass a bus while the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended,” said Holzapfel. “The sad truth is that many drivers choose to break the law in such a dangerous manner because they think they can get away with it. Installing cameras to catch every driver who passes a school bus illegally will be an effective deterrent.”

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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Fight to Prevent Democrats’ Gas Tax Pork Projects

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe (all R-10) have introduced a bill that would exclude passenger and freight rail projects from being funded by proceeds from the recent gas tax increase.

Legislation by Holzapfel, Wolfe and McGuckin would exclude passenger and freight rail projects from being funded by proceeds from the recent gas tax increase. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We know that New Jerseyans are already the most highly taxed people in the nation, which is why we voted ‘NO’ on raising the gas tax,” stated the 10th District legislators. “As a promise to our constituents, we will fight to ensure that the gas taxes paid by our constituents aren’t diverted to pork rail projects that only benefit Democrats’ districts.”

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Advanced: Holzapfel Bill Ensuring Marked Commercial Vehicles to Enhance Public Safety

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A bill sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R- Ocean) to prevent possible terrorist attacks by ensuring all commercial vehicles have the proper signage and identification was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel to enhance public safety by increasing penalties for unmarked commercial vehicles was passed by the Senate Transportation Committee. (Flickr)

“I’ve seen so many unmarked box trucks, and it can make you feel a little uneasy,” Senator Holzapfel said. “Without the proper markings, you can never know who the operator is or if they’re trying to hide something. It’s a public safety risk that we can eliminate if we more adequately enforce our existing laws. It’s a public safety risk that we can eliminate if we more adequately enforce our existing laws.”

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Holzapfel Votes ‘NO’ on Gas Tax Hike

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) issued the following statement on his vote against a gas tax increase:

Sen. Jim Holzapfel voted ‘NO’ on legislation to increase the gas tax. (SenateNJ.com)

“I strongly reject the premise that the legislation advanced today represents ‘tax fairness’ for all New Jersey families.

“That is certainly not the case for the tens of thousands of Ocean County commuters in my district who cannot afford to pay any more to live and work in this state.

“That’s why I chose to vote ‘NO’ today.

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Holzapfel, Wolfe, McGuckin: $2 Billion Gas Tax Hike Is a Bad Deal for Ocean County

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (R-10) will vote against a $2 billion gas tax plan that will disproportionately impact Ocean County drivers.

Ocean County legislators Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin & Wolfe strongly oppose a 23-cent gas tax increase. (SenateNJ.com)

“There are more than 80,000 EZ Pass users in our legislative district alone,” Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said. “These drivers are already paying the highest tolls in the nation. They simply cannot afford to pay any more to use New Jersey’s roads and highways. We will not stand silently by and watch as the legislature approves a 23-cent gas tax hike that will impose severe financial hardships on the people we were elected to serve. Taxpayers in Ocean County and across this state deserve better.”

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The 10th District Team

Jim Holzapfel

Senator - District 10

Dave Wolfe

Assemblyman - District 10

Greg McGuckin

Assemblyman - District 10

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