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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill To Display ‘U Text U Drive U Pay’ on Inspection Sticker Advances

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) legislation to require all inspection stickers to display ‘U Text U Drive U Pay,’ reminding motorists of the penalty associated with texting while driving, has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to require inspection stickers to display ‘U Text U Drive U Pay,’ reminding motorists of the penalty associated with texting while driving, has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Distracted driving is deadly,” Corrado said. “Texting behind the wheel frequently causes completely preventable car crashes. To reduce the number of accidents, we must increase public awareness of the steep repercussions associated with picking up one’s phone behind the wheel. This bill will hopefully remind drivers to put their phone down, so they can avoid costly tickets and save lives.”
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Corrado Moves to Exempt Local Workers From Minimum Wage Increase

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New bill would exempt municipal, county and school district employees from State minimum wage law

In response to mounting concerns regarding how the latest minimum wage law will impact local governments and taxpayers, Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) formally introduced legislation on Thursday, Feb. 14 to exempt certain government workers from State minimum wage increases.

Prior to Governor Murphy’s signing of the minimum wage increase, municipal, school and county government employees were exempt from the State minimum wage, and were subject only to federal increases. Senator Corrado’s new legislation would restore this exemption, so that these employees would once again only be subject to the federal minimum wage.

Sen. Kristin Corrado has introduced legislation to exempt municipal, county and school district employees from the State minimum wage, to protect taxpayers and preserve access to affordable community programs and services. (SenateNJ.com)

“The new minimum wage law is forcing local leaders to make impossible choices,” Senator Corrado said. “Many of our towns currently provide extremely affordable community services, such as daycare, summer camp, and recreational classes for seniors. The unintended consequence of this law is that many of these programs will disappear, unless we take action to keep local government programs accessible.”

“Given our two-percent cap, there is only so much wiggle room in local budgets, so raising taxes to cover higher wages isn’t really an option,” Corrado added. “If we want to continue to keep families and seniors in our communities, we should do everything we can to preserve these programs now.”

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Corrado: Gov. Murphy Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Sweep Hiring Scandal Under the Rug

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Senator Kristin Corrado said Governor Phil Murphy should not be allowed to sweep a hiring scandal under the rug, with key questions unanswered and major discrepancies in the stories told by current and former staff in the Governor’s inner circle.

Sen. Kristin Corrado said Gov. Phil Murphy should not be allowed to sweep a hiring scandal under the rug, with key questions unanswered and major discrepancies in the stories told by current and former staff in the Governor’s inner circle. (SenateNJ.com)

“The report commissioned by Governor Murphy doesn’t get us any further in understanding who was responsible for hiring someone with serious allegations into a high level position in the Governor’s administration,” said Corrado, a vice-chair of the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee. “Neither the Governor nor his staff will give us a clear and definitive answer to the important question of who hired Al Alvarez, and nobody has been held accountable for a string of failures that continued for nearly a year after the allegations were first raised to senior officials. There are numerous inconsistencies in the stories of Murphy Administration officials that must be resolved. While the report claims it was the system that failed Katie Brennan, it was in fact the Governor and senior officials in his transition office and administration who failed her.”

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Corrado Calls for Transparency in Public Settlements

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Senator Kristin Corrado announced plans to introduce legislation next week that would require any settlements made using taxpayer dollars to be made public.

Sen. Kristin Corrado will introduce legislation requiring any settlements made using taxpayer dollars to be made public. (SenateNJ.com)

“Taxpayers have a right to know when public dollars are used to settle claims involving government employees, including matters such as wrongful termination, sexual harassment, or a hostile work environment,” said Corrado (R-40). “Transparency will deter bad actors and improper conduct.”

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Corrado/Singleton Bill to Assist Homeless Veterans Clears Budget Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Senator Troy Singleton to expand the current pilot program authorizing grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans has cleared the Senate Budget Committee.

Sens. Kristin M. Corrado and Troy Singleton’s bill would authorize grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans. (©iStock)

“Veterans should never have to wonder where they will rest their head at night. Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much for us already, we must do everything we can to guarantee these heroes have a warm bed and a roof over their heads,” Senator Corrado (R-40) said. “Many New Jersey nonprofit organizations are building hope and restoring homes for local homeless veterans. By extending additional grant money to such organizations, these volunteers will be able to buy and rehabilitate more abandoned properties to provide our veterans with the homes they earned.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
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Advanced: Bucco/Corrado Bill Package to Create American Legion License Plates

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Bills Inspired by Local Member Aim to Promote Patriotism & Raise Funds for Vets

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado that would authorize the creation of two separate special American Legion Auxiliary license plates have been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado authorizing American Legion Auxiliary license plates has been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (©iStock)

The bills would authorize the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) to issue “American Legion Auxiliary” and “Sons of the American Legion” license plates.

“American Legion members honorably answer the call of ‘Service Not Self.’ These proud men and women have been instrumental in our efforts to advocate for policies that protect and uplift our nation’s heroes,” Sen. Anthony Bucco said. “These license plate designations are a great way to honor the Legion’s strong traditions, and support their efforts to serve, educate, and give back to local veterans.”

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Corrado Says Murphy Shouldn’t Place Restrictions on Legal Assistance for Low-Income Residents

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Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) said the Murphy Administration’s restriction of $2.1 million of new funding to Legal Services of New Jersey to immigration-related matters will come at the expense of other vulnerable populations in New Jersey.

Sen. Kristin Corrado said Gov. Murphy’s restriction on millions of new funding for low-income legal assistance to immigration-related matters will come at the expense of other vulnerable populations in New Jersey. (©iStock)

“Every year, our State budget contains funding for Legal Services of New Jersey to provide free legal assistance to low-income residents in a variety of areas, including housing rights, domestic disputes, veterans benefits, and employment issues,” said Corrado. “That’s the right thing to do. This year, however, Governor Murphy is setting restrictions on millions of LSNJ’s funding to limit its use solely to immigration-related matters. I’m extremely concerned that this unnecessary restriction will prevent Legal Services from expanding support for the wide range of legal needs that face New Jersey’s low-income families, seniors, and veterans.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel
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Senate Approves Bipartisan School Bus Safety Bill Package

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A series of school bus safety bills sponsored Senators James Holzapfel, Kristen Corrado, Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Joseph Lagana, Vin Gopal, and Linda Greenstein has been approved by the New Jersey State Senate.

NJ Senate approves bipartisan school bus safety bill package sponsored by Senators James Holzapfel and Kristen Corrado. (SenateNJ.com)

The package aims to improve bus safety and accident response, make bus drivers and companies more accountable and require every student to carry an identification card at school-sponsored, off-campus activities.

“Parents should not have to worry about the safety of their child when they are on a school bus,” said Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “We are taking action at the state level to require additional education training for school bus drivers and ensure the safety of our children. We want drivers and aides to be educated on how to handle an emergency situation. Any step we can take to prevent an accident involving a school bus will go a long way.”

“After so many tragic accidents, thousands of parents now have to think twice when they watch their child board a school bus,” Senator Corrado (R-Bergen/Essex/Morris/Passaic) said. “There is nothing more precious than our children. If you’re going to drive a school bus, you should have a clean driving record and the qualifications necessary to transport our kids. This bill will ensure those standards are met. It’s the least we can do.”

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Corrado, Singleton Bill to Help NJ Veterans Find Careers Passes Committee

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The Senate Military and Veteran Affairs Committee has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) and Senator Troy Singleton (D- 7) that would create a Military Veteran Career Transition Program. The bill would provide job placement and coaching for veterans statewide.

NJ Senate Committee has passed Sen. Kristin Corrado’s bipartisan bill that would create a Military Veteran Career Transition Program. (WikiCommons)

“The gap between military life and civilian employment can leave our veterans feeling frustrated. It’s time to bridge that gap,” Sen. Kristin Corrado said. “Veterans gain an abundance of experience throughout the course of their service to our country. They have skills that are an asset to a wide variety of employers and industries. The creation of a veteran transition program can provide services members with opportunities that will match their skill sets with job openings in their area.”

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Corrado Applauds Formation of Bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Investigation

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Senator Kristin Corrado praised the formation of a bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Investigation to investigate the handling of the sexual assault allegations against a former high-level state official, examine government hiring practices and background checks, and conduct a review of the criminal justice system’s procedures for responding to allegations of sexual assault, abuse and harassment.

Sen. Kristin Corrado praised the formation of a bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Investigation. (©iStock)

“I commend Senate President Sweeney for making the decision to convene this special legislative committee and call upon Speaker Coughlin to join us to create a bipartisan joint legislative committee,” said Corrado. “As a co-equal branch of government, the Legislature plays a critical role in protecting the integrity of our government.”

Corrado had previously called for a legislative investigation into these matters.

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