Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following comments regarding Senate passage today of binding arbitration reform:
“Today’s passage of arbitration reform, by the Senate is extraordinary. Less than a year ago, few people in the state thought that an agreement of this magnitude that has the potential to dramatically reform property tax levies, could be reached.
Senator Michael Doherty issued the following comment today following the passage of S-2121 that establishes Route 31 as the “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway.”
“Today all across the globe young men and women have answered the nations call and are serving in harms way,” Doherty began. “It is appropriate that The State of New Jersey recognize the commitment and sacrifice of these young patriots.”
Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today called on Senate Democrats to include complementary legislation from Republican lawmakers in efforts to spur job creation in New Jersey:
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R- Essex, Bergen, Passaic):
Unemployed New Jersey residents expect that we all work together to attract business and create jobs- regardless of our philosophical differences and political affiliations. The debate we had today in the Budget Committee is one that Republicans asked to start in January. I am hopeful that these efforts are just a starting point in the Legislature’s efforts to put New Jersey back to work and that other ideas that have been presented on both sides of the aisle will be included in further discussions.
Senators Joe Pennacchio and Michael Doherty, members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, introduced a Senate Resolution today that would create the “Passenger Rail System Study Commission” to promote regional cooperation between various rail systems.
“The need for regional cooperation between the various rail systems is long overdue,” Pennacchio began. “We must create a streamlined mass transportation system to move passengers and goods throughout the region quickly and efficiently.
New Jersey Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) announced today that he has introduced three pieces of legislation drafted to eliminate any immunity TSA agents might enjoy when violating New Jersey law during unnecessary and invasive airport screenings:
“For more than a month now, the TSA has quite literally stuck their finger in the eye of law-abiding American citizens while trampling on their constitutionally guaranteed liberties,” Doherty stated. “We call upon every state legislature in our great country to immediately act to put our federal government on notice that the dignity of our citizens shall not be the cost of a failed federal open border policy.”
Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding news that Governor Christie has retained outside counsel to fight the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) unreasonable demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay for its failed project:
“I am deeply disturbed by the FTA’s unreasonable, capricious and arbitrary demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay it for a project doomed to fail. The FTA set in motion a chain of events that inevitably led to the correct decision by Governor Christie to stop throwing good money after bad.
Legislation to Be Introduced at December 6 Session of the Senate
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement regarding legislation he is drafting to curb the abuses of civil liberties by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):
“I am of the belief that our society is founded upon our ability to exercise our individual civil liberties freely, and I stand ready and willing to defend those liberties when they are threatened. It is with great sadness that I have come to recognize that one of our greatest threats has been presented by officials of the TSA who have begun to implement intrusive searches of law abiding Americans who are traveling within our borders,” Doherty stated.
“In response to the attitudes and actions of the TSA and top Obama Administration officials, I am drafting new legislation that will make it perfectly clear that in New Jersey, our constitutionally granted civil liberties are treasured and will be protected. I am calling upon my colleagues in the Legislature to step up and co-sponsor legislation that will protect the rights of citizens in New Jersey,” Doherty continued.
Bill Allows Tax Refunds to Be Credited Against Property Tax Debt
Legislation sponsored by Senators Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington, Camden) that would allow state income tax refunds to be credited against property tax debts passed the Senate today with broad bipartisan support.
“This bill is an integral part of Governor Christie’s toolkit that will give local officials the methods they need to keep property taxes under the two percent cap that was implemented in July,” Doherty began. “It is important that all of these bills are passed before the cap takes effect January 1, 2011 in order to avoid catastrophic layoffs or cuts in vital services.”
Sign the Petition at http://www.stopthetsa.org
New Jersey Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has launched an online petition to support his efforts to put an end to invasive airport screening practices that have been implemented by the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Doherty is the prime sponsor of a pair of Senate resolutions that urge Congress and the TSA to end the use of enhanced pat downs and advanced imaging scanners that allow TSA agents to see through travelers’ clothing.
“Travelers shouldn’t have to submit to potentially dangerous scans that allow strangers to view them naked, nor should they have to submit to invasive groping by government agents, just to get on a plane,” said Doherty. “Despite the massive public outcry against these invasive screening procedures, it’s seems that politicians and bureaucrats in Washington still don’t get it. That’s why we’ve launched our petition, to make sure that Americans concerned about losing their rights have an opportunity to be heard.”
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) recently appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano to talk about his efforts to stop invasive screening practices that are now conducted in airports by the Transporation Security Administration (TSA).