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Holzapfel, Wolfe, and McGuckin Oppose Allowing Prisoners and Those Serving Parole or Probation to Vote

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District expressed their opposition to recently introduced legislation that would allow incarcerated prisoners as well as those on parole and probation to vote.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Assemb. McGuckin, and Assemb. Wolfe (LD-10) expressed their opposition to recently introduced legislation that would allow incarcerated prisoners as well as those on parole and probation to vote. (Flickr)

“Convicted felons serving prison sentences have breached a social contract and should not be allowed to influence elections and public policies,” stated Holzapfel. “Withholding their right to vote is a penalty for the breach of that contract, and serves as an incentive to comply with the law.”

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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Oppose Offshore Drilling

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10th District Legislators Warn of Potential Environmental and Economic Harm to the Jersey Shore

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District announced their opposition to President Trump’s plan to allow for oil and natural gas drilling off the Jersey Shore.

Crews battle a roaring fire after the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig exploded in 2010. An estimated 5 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. (Wikipedia)

Executive Order No. 13795, which seeks to encourage oil and natural gas production along the Atlantic coastline, was signed by the President last year.

“For many years we have opposed any sort of offshore drilling in State waters,” stated Senator Holzapfel. “Our economy relies heavily on the fishing and shipping industries as well as the billions of dollars generated each year from tourism. The impact of a single oil spill would permanently damage the ocean’s ecosystem and cause economic harm to all states that border the Atlantic Ocean.”

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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill Permitting Tax Exemption for Improvements to Sandy-Damaged Homes Passes Senate

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A Superstorm Sandy-related bill to permit a short-term tax exemption for improvements to certain homes damaged by natural disasters received the unanimous approval of the New Jersey Senate at a recent voting session.

Legislation by Holzapfel, Wolfe, and McGuckin would allow municipalities to provide short-term tax exemptions for home improvements in areas damaged by natural disasters. (Wikimedia Commons)

The sponsors, Senator James Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, introduced the bill to ensure that property taxpayers aren’t penalized for increased value that may arise from raising their homes.

“Residents had no choice but to rebuild following Superstorm Sandy,” said Holzapfel. “They shouldn’t be penalized with higher property taxes for necessary improvements that will offer protection from future storms.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Now Law: Holzapfel/Singer Bill to Protect Animals from Cruel Pet Owners

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Jim Holzapfel and Robert Singer to protect pets from being victimized by their owners.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Jim Holzapfel and Bob Singer to protect pets from inhumane treatment was signed by Gov. Christie on Aug. 7, 2017. (©iStock.com)

The law, S-1640, addresses several cruel practices related to keeping a pet at a home, including exposure to adverse weather, improper tethering and inadequate shelter.

“You would hope that pet owners would treat their animals with decency and provide them with a safe and healthy home environment, but sadly, that isn’t always the case,” Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said. “We must protect these animals and show that this kind of treatment will not be tolerated.”

“Pet ownership can provide a lifetime of love and companionship, but it comes with a lot responsibility,” Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) said. “If someone can’t follow these simple rules and treat their pets humanely on their own, we need strong rules to enforce them and the ability rescue animals from cruelty.”

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Gov. Signs ‘Peggy’s Law’ to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living Facilities From Abuse

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Governor Christie has signed Peggy’s Law, legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Jim Holzapfel and Diane Allen to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities from abuse.

Sens. Jim Holzapfel and Diane Allen’s “Peggy’s Law” will protect seniors living in assisted living facilities from abuse. The law is named for a 93-year-old woman from Brick, New Jersey. (SenateNJ)

“When families put their loved ones in the care of a nursing home or other assisted living facility, they expect that they’ll be treated properly and with respect,” Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said. “If an employee of one of these homes even has the slightest suspicion that something might be awry, it should be their duty to report it.”

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Sweeney-Greenstein-Kean-Holzapfel Bill To Crack Down on Child Porn Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Linda R. Greenstein, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, and Senator Jim Holzapfel that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators was signed into law by the Governor today.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Sweeney, Kean, Greenstein, and Holzapfel strengthening New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establishing additional penalties for violators has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“If someone in New Jersey has engaged in the large-scale collection or distribution of pictures of children in sexually suggestive poses, they pose a serious threat to our children and our community,” said Senator Kean. “The Attorney General has highlighted the need to better address this growing problem, including the establishment of new child pornography crimes, tougher punishments, and better monitoring of offenders. There’s a bipartisan consensus that these protections are overdue.”

“We cannot allow the sexual exploitation of children to be tolerated in this state, nor can we turn a blind eye to loopholes in our laws that allow people to engage in this despicable activity in any way,” said Senator Holzapfel. “It’s clear that people who collect child erotica are a threat to public safety and the children of New Jersey, and our laws must be tightened to reflect that.”

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Passed: Holzapfel, Allen Bill to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) and Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Sen. Diane Allen to protect seniors in assisted living was advanced by the senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“When families put their loved ones in the care of a nursing home or other assisted living facility, they expect that they’ll be treated properly and with respect,” Senator Holzapfel said. “If an employee of one of these homes even has the slightest suspicion that something might be awry, it should be their duty to report it.”

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Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Blast Democrats’ Plan to Cut Millions in Local School Funding

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Toms River Would Lose $3.3 Million, Brick $2.1 Million Under Sweeney/Prieto Agreement

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (all R-10) blasted a back-room deal negotiated by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) that would redirect millions of dollars of state education aid from school districts like Toms River and Brick that are still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin blasted a back-room deal by New Jersey Democrats that would drive up property taxes in towns like Brick and Toms River by cutting millions in state school aid from their school districts. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have a property tax crisis that is about to explode as a result of this backroom deal negotiated in secret by Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature,” said Holzapfel. “First, we were devastated by huge ratable losses resulting from Superstorm Sandy, and now we’ll be devastated by massive cuts to our schools thanks to New Jersey Democrats.”

The Sweeney/Prieto plan would slash $3.3 million in state school aid to Toms River, cut $2.1 million to Brick, and reduce Manchester’s aid by $177,000. Other local school districts, including Lakehurst, Seaside Heights, Lavallette and Island Heights would lose funding as well.

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Holzapfel, Allen Bill to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living Advanced by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) and Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities was advanced by the Senate Health Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Sen. Diane Allen to protect seniors in assisted living was advanced by a Senate panel. (SenateNJ.com)

“When families put their loved ones in the care of a nursing home or other assited living facility, they expect that they’ll be treated properly and with respect,” Senator Holzapfel said. “If an employee of one of these homes even has the slightest suspicion that something might be awry, it should be their duty to report it.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senators Sweeney, Greenstein, Kean & Holzapfel Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Child Pornography Law and Establish Stricter Penalties

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Law & Public Safety Committee Chair Linda R. Greenstein, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, and Senator Jim Holzapfel yesterday introduced legislation that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators.

Sens. Sweeney, Kean, Greenstein, and Holzapfel introduced legislation that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators. (©iStock)

“If someone in New Jersey has engaged in the large-scale collection or distribution of pictures of children in sexually suggestive poses, they pose a serious threat to our children and our community,” said Senator Kean. “The Attorney General has highlighted the need to better address this growing problem, including the establishment of new child pornography crimes, tougher punishments, and better monitoring of offenders. There’s a bipartisan consensus that these protections are overdue.”

“We cannot allow the sexual exploitation of children to be tolerated in this state, nor can we turn a blind eye to loopholes in our laws that allow people to engage in this despicable activity in any way,” said Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “It’s clear that people who collect child erotica are a threat to public safety and the children of New Jersey, and our laws must be tightened to reflect that.”

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