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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Introduces Legislation to Ban Red Light Camera Ticketing Systems

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that would ban municipalities from using camera systems which detect violations of traffic control signals and automate the process of issuing tickets to drivers.

“Although red light cameras were sold to the public as a way to make dangerous intersections safer, it’s become clear that municipalities are primarily interested in the revenues generated by the cameras through tickets and fines,” said Doherty. “There is little if any evidence that the use of red light cameras in New Jersey has reduced the number or severity of accidents at the intersections where they are used. When combined with serious questions regarding personal privacy and the process and constitutionality of being ticketed by a machine, I believe it’s time that we put this ill-conceived red light camera experiment to rest.”

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Doherty Applauds Education Fund Task Force Appointments to End Fraud

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Senator Michael Doherty, member of the Senate Education Committee, is excited to work with a new state task force filled Wednesday to end aspects of the failing School Funding Reform Act that are susceptible to fraud and abuse and deprive many school districts of their fair share of state aid.

“The acting governor’s appointments to fill The New Jersey Education Funding Task Force constitute an essential step toward fixing the Corzine administration’s convoluted School Funding Reform Act (SFRA),” said Doherty, R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren. “By modifying the formula and implementing a sensible measure of ‘at-risk’ students, we’ll eliminate carrots that cause more than one-third of students to be fraudulently enrolled in the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program, which our state auditor found districts use as a tool to incur more state aid.”

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Republican Judiciary Committee Members: “Democrats’ Rejection of Kwon is Indefensible Character Assassination”

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Senate Republican Judiciary Committee Members Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Joe Kyrillos, Christopher Bateman, and Michael J. Doherty issued the following statement regarding the Committee’s rejection of Supreme Court nominee Phil Kwon:

Today, Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee rejected an exceptionally well-qualified Supreme Court nominee for no good reason whatsoever. From the moment Mr. Kwon was nominated, the Majority engaged in a campaign of intensely personal character assassination centering around issues that were completely immaterial to his fitness to serve on the court.

The Majority’s entire line of questioning and basis for rejecting his nomination centered on events that had absolutely nothing to do with Phil Kwon.

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Senate Approves Doherty Bill Designating Rt. 31 as “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway”

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would honor members of the United States military who have been wounded or killed in service to our nation was approved by the New Jersey Senate. The measure, S-1366, designates Route 31 as the “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway.”

“I hope this designation will serve as a visible reminder of all the brave souls who have sacrificed so much for our nation throughout its history,” said Doherty. “It’s especially fitting for Route 31 to receive this designation considering its connection to sites and battles of the American Revolution.”

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Doherty Applauds Effort to Bring Accountability to Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) applauded the efforts of Pennsylvania legislators to advance a measure that would give state auditors on both sides of the Delaware River the power to conduct annual financial and management audits of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC). The measure is needed, Doherty said, to ensure efficient operations and prevent unnecessary toll hikes on bridges maintained by the Commission.

“Too often, interstate agencies are given too much independence to manage their finances without public scrutiny, and it’s the tollpayers and taxpayers who end up paying the price,” said Doherty. “In light of the 33 percent toll increase on Delaware River bridges last year, it’s clear that the Commission should be subject to outside audits and be made to account for every penny it collects and spends.”

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Montgomery Township to Present Fair School Funding Plan on 3/14

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, will hold a town hall meeting in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at the Otto Kaufman Community Center at 7:00 p.m.

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Bayville to Present Fair School Funding Plan on 3/5

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting in Bayville to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Monday, March 5 at the Central Regional Middle School cafeteria at 7:30 p.m.

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

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Video: Doherty Talks About Need for Fair School Funding Plan on ‘NJ Today’

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), a member of the Senate Education Committee, appeared on NJTV’s NJ Today to talk about the need for his Fair School Funding plan.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in North Plainfield to Present Fair School Funding Plan on 3/1

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting in North Plainfield to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, March 1 at the North Plainfield Community Center at 7 p.m.

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Scotch Plains on 2/21 to Present Fair School Funding Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting in Scotch Plains to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building at 7:30 p.m.

Who: Senator Michael Doherty
What: Town Hall meeting on the “Fair School Funding” plan
When: Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 PM
Where: Scotch Plains Municipal Building, Council Chamber, 430 Park Ave.

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