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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Resolution Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Limit Governor’s Power

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In response to months of mandatory shutdown across the state, 10th District Legislators Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have sponsored a resolution which would prevent the overreaching of the Governor’s executive powers.  SCR-117 and ACR-181 proposes a constitutional amendment to limit effective period of certain emergency orders, rules, or regulations issued by Governor to 14 days.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano have a plan to prevent overreaching of the Governor’s executive powers with a constitutional amendment. (SenateNJ.com)

“We cannot allow one person’s decisions with such far-reaching consequences to impact an entire state for so long without legislative input,” said Senator Holzapfel. “This measure would ensure that the people’s elected representatives from all corners of the state have a say in whether consequential emergency orders should be extended.”

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10th District Legislators Address Opportunities for Fraud and Mistakes with Murphy’s Vote By Mail Plan

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have released the following statement on Governor Murphy’s executive order which creates a modified vote-by-mail election for the July 7 Primary and the potential inaccuracies that may arise from this system.

Senator Holzapfel and Assmeblymen McGuckin and Catalano warned of the potential for fraud and mistakes with the modifield vote-by-mail primary elections on July 7. Governor Murphy ordered the new rules by executive order when he delayed the election due to the coronavirus pandemic. (©iStock)

“Over the last few days, we have received dozens of calls and emails concerning ballots for residents who are deceased.  How can anyone expect this new system to be lawful and effective if there are glaring inaccuracies in the process?” stated the 10th District Legislators.

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Resolution To Forgive Superstorm Sandy Federal Relief Aid Approved by Senate

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A concurrent resolution sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) urging the President and Congress to enact legislation forgiving certain community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy been approved by the Senate.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano resolution urging the federal government to enact legislation forgiving certain community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy been approved by the State Senate. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

SCR-111 echoes Congressman Chris Smith’s federal legislation, H.R. 6454, a bill that would mandate the forgiveness of certain community disaster loans secured by New Jersey municipalities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the lawmakers agree with Congressman Smith’s effort to help the State’s residents and businesses during the pandemic. This federal resolution would have a profound impact throughout New Jersey in helping to stabilize the economy, and would provide much needed support to the citizens of New Jersey in the fight against COVID-19.

“The swift passage of this measure in the Senate brings this resolution one step closer to providing some financial relief during this difficult time,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “In 2012, our district was one of the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. While I have no doubt we will recover from this pandemic and come back stronger than before, we must provide some relief to our residents at this time.”

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Hozapfel, McGuckin & Catalano to Murphy: Don’t Cut Property Tax Relief for Seniors

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Say Reopening New Jersey Faster Will Help Close Budget Shortfall

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano criticized Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to cut New Jersey’s Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate property tax relief programs instead of reopening New Jersey faster to stop State revenue losses.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano criticized Gov. Murphy’s plan to cut New Jersey’s Senior Freeze and Homestead Rebate property tax relief programs instead of reopening New Jersey faster to stop State revenue losses. (©iStock)

“This move by the governor to fill his budget gap on the backs of New Jersey seniors and property taxpayers is short-sighted, especially during a crisis,” said Holzapfel. “New Jersey seniors, many of whom live on fixed incomes, will be disproportionally impacted. There are other options to closing New Jersey’s budget gap that the governor is ignoring to the detriment of New Jerseyans.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Slam Murphy for Ignoring Own Social Distancing Orders

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In response to Governor Murphy marching shoulder to shoulder with protestors this weekend, 10th District Legislators are calling out the hypocrisy of the Governor who is sending mixed messages to residents amid the coronavirus restrictions. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano point out that this behavior by the Governor is frustrating and confusing especially for New Jersey businesses that remain closed despite the ability to safely reopen.

In response to Governor Murphy marching shoulder to shoulder with protestors this weekend, 10th District Legislators are calling out the hypocrisy of the Governor who is sending mixed messages to residents amid the coronavirus restrictions. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Governor has repeatedly stated and enforced social distancing measures over the last three months and watching him walk alongside protestors contradicts everything he has required of residents, schools and business owners,” said Senator Holzapfel. “While the right to protest is constitutionally protected, this was a double-standard that goes against everything Murphy has drilled into the heads of our residents for months.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Urge Governor to Allow Businesses to Open Before This Weekend

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Say Every Weekend Lost for Seasonal Businesses After Memorial Day Is Devastating to the Shore Economy

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) are urging Governor Phil Murphy to lift the lockdown on non-essential retail businesses prior to this upcoming weekend. Under the governor’s executive orders, those businesses must wait to reopen until Monday, June 15.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano are urging Gov. Murphy to lift the lockdown on non-essential retail businesses prior to this upcoming weekend. (Pixabay)

“Our shore businesses cannot afford to remain closed another weekend,” said Holzapfel. “The shore economy and hundreds of thousands of New Jersey families are heavily dependent on the summer months, and every weekend after Memorial Day is critical for business to survive. We are calling for the Governor to limit additional unnecessary economic damage by allowing businesses to reopen on Friday, June 12, at the latest. ”

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10th District Legislators Want Permit Fee for Outdoor Beverage Consumption Waived for Restaurants & Bars

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As the next phase of reopening in New Jersey is set to begin on June 15th, restaurants may obtain a special permit from the Division of Alcohol and Beverage Control in order to serve alcoholic beverages outdoors. While the permit is a step in the right direction, 10th District legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano feel the $75 permit fee is unnecessary. The legislators have released the following statement against the fee for already struggling bars and restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano want the Division of Alcohol and Beverage Control to waive a $75 special permit fee for restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages outdoors. (Pixabay)

“Restaurants have complied with numerous executive orders and continued to operate under strict regulations for months. They have changed their business models to stay afloat with takeout and curbside pick-up and now we are requiring them to fork over $75 to the ABC just to serve alcohol outside? The state is adding insult to injury and it just seems like an opportunity for an easy money grab from the many restaurants and bars in New Jersey.”

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10th District Legislators Introduce Bill To Provide Legal Immunity To Businesses From Covid-19 Lawsuits

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano of the 10th Legislative District have introduced a bill which would grant immunity to businesses against any claims stemming from COVID-19. The bill, S-2502/A-4189, protects restaurants, store owners, and other businesses from lawsuits filed by individuals who claim they were exposed to the virus at an establishment.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano of the 10th Legislative District introduced legislation to grant businesses immunity against any claims stemming from COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“As small businesses prepare to reopen, we believe owners can comply with safety regulations to a degree that warrants legal protection from both their patrons and their employees,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “The fear of a lawsuit is the last thing a small business owner needs while they are trying to financially stay afloat.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Resolution To Forgive Superstorm Sandy Federal Relief Aid Passes In Committee

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A concurrent resolution sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) urging the President and Congress to enact legislation forgiving certain community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy has passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.  SCR-111 echoes Congressman Chris Smith’s federal legislation, H.R. 6454, a bill that would mandate the forgiveness of certain community disaster loans secured by New Jersey municipalities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery.

A resolution sponsored by Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano, advanced by committee today, would urge the federal government to forgive some community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy. (WikiMedia Commons)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lawmakers agree with Congressman Smith’s effort to help the State’s residents and businesses during the pandemic.  This federal resolution would have a profound impact throughout New Jersey in helping stabilize the economy, and would provide much needed support to the citizens of the State in the fight against COVID-19.

“We are pleased to see this bill pass through committee bringing it one step closer to helping our residents during this difficult financial time,” stated Senator Holzapfel.  “In 2012, our district was one of the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.  While I have no doubt we will recover from this pandemic and come back stronger than before, we must provide some relief to our residents at this time.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Bill Would Limit Governor’s Executive Orders to 15 Days in Emergency

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Say Months of Shutdown Makes Clear that Legislative Oversight of Governor’s Executive Powers Is Necessary to Prevent Abuses

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) have sponsored legislation that would cause certain executive orders by the governor to expire in 15 days unless extended by the Legislature. The legislators said current lockdown orders, which only Governor Murphy can terminate under existing law, have made it clear that additional legislative oversight is necessary to prevent abuses of executive power and to ensure that the governor continually shares critical information with other elected officials.

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano have sponsored legislation that would cause certain executive orders by the governor to expire in 15 days unless extended by the Legislature, saying legislative oversight is necessary to prevent abuses of executive power. (©iStock)

“Simply put, the governor has kept his executive orders in place for too long, and we believe the people we represent are ready to reopen New Jersey with safety as everyone’s top priority,” stated Holzapfel. “We cannot allow one person’s decisions with such far-reaching consequences to impact an entire state for so long without legislative input. This measure would ensure that the people’s elected representatives from all corners of the state have a say in whether consequential emergency orders should be extended.”

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