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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Murphy’s Flip-Flopping on Indoor Dining Killing Restaurants

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Senator Michael Doherty released the following statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s order to postpone the opening of indoor dining:

Sen. Michael Doherty released the following statement in response to Gov. Murphy’s order to postpone the opening of indoor dining. (Pixabay)

“The July 2nd reopening date for indoor dining that Governor Murphy had announced presented a glimmer of hope for our local restaurants who have been struggling to pay bills with their dining rooms closed for more than three months. Many restaurants have barely survived to this point and they were already at great risk of going under due to the governor’s previous executive orders. By flip-flopping on his decision to allow indoor dining to resume, Governor Murphy just dashed their hopes and almost certainly ensures that many restaurants will close permanently.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Reiterates Opposition to Using Politically Correct Standards for Selecting School Textbooks

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Says Ridiculous State Mandates Dilute Ability of Schools to Teach Fundamentals

During today’s meeting of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) expressed his opposition to legislation that would force school districts to buy textbooks from vendors on a list approved by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) due to their incorporation of “inclusive material.”

Sen. Mike Doherty opposed legislation that would force school districts to buy textbooks from vendors on a list approved by the NJDOE due to their incorporation of ‘inclusive material.’ (Flickr)

“Our state spends too much time trying to incorporate identity politics into our curriculum, and too little ensuring that all of our students are proficient in the basics of reading, writing, science, and math when they graduate,” said Doherty. “The simple fact is a math textbook should teach math, a chemistry textbook should teach chemistry. A publisher that produces a textbook that effectively teaches those topics shouldn’t be barred for failing to reach some bureaucrat’s vague standard for ‘inclusive materials.’”

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Doherty: Murphy Continues to Trample the Constitution by Outlawing Religious Services

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Senator Michael Doherty said Governor Phil Murphy should lift restrictions on religious services that led to a New Jersey church being cited for violations of his executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

Sen. Mike Doherty said Gov. Phil Murphy is trampling the Constitution and should lift restrictions on religious services that led to a New Jersey church being cited for violations of his executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. (National Archives)

“Governor Murphy keeps saying he’s guided by science in his decision making, but why is 10 the magic number for the amount of people who can gather safely in churches, temples, mosques, or synagogues?” Doherty (R-23) asked. “If so-called ‘essential retail’ stores can operate safely at half of their stated capacity, why can’t houses of worship be trusted to operate with similar precautions? Governor Murphy needs to stop eviscerating the Constitution and allow houses of worship to operate like other essential services.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty & Testa Bill Would Limit Gov. Murphy’s Executive Authority

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Senator Michael Doherty and Senator Michael Testa have introduced legislation to place limits on Governor Phil Murphy’s executive orders and those of future governors.

Sen. Michael Doherty and Sen. Michael Testa have introduced legislation to place limits on Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders and those of future governors. (SenateNJ.com)

“Last I checked, the State of New Jersey had three branches of government, not one,” said Doherty (R-23). “The governor’s preference to lead via executive order rather than through collaboration with elected legislators has proven to be dangerous and deadly. Our proposal to place limits on executive authority will ensure that the administration is transparent about the continued need for any executive orders that it believes should be extended.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Governor: Open Police, Fire Academies

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Senator Michael Doherty called on Governor Murphy to open police and fire academies across the state.

Communities across the state are in need of newly trained police and firefighters, and Senator Doherty is urging the Governor to reopen the state’s training academies. (Flickr)

“Even in a state under strict lockdown during a pandemic, there is a constant need for qualified police officers and firefighters,” said Doherty (R-23). “When the academies were shut down due to the coronavirus, it blocked the dreams of hundreds of young men and women who are committed to protecting and helping state residents. It’s time to allow instructors to go back to work preparing and training a new generation of New Jersey heroes.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Mike Doherty

Sweeney, O’Scanlon & Doherty Bill Allowing Reassignment of Public Workers During Crises Advances

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Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty allowing for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies was approved by the Senate today.

The Senate approved legislation by Sen. Steve Sweeney, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Michael Doherty allowing for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-2477, would allow available civil servants to assist departments handling additional workload which arises as a result of a disaster or other event triggered by a state of emergency. The temporary redeployment would be for the sole purpose of responding to the crisis. All the rights and benefits of the employees would be protected, including seniority, salary steps and job classifications, under the legislation.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Mike Doherty

Sweeney, O’Scanlon & Doherty Bill Allowing Reassignment of Public Workers During Crises Advances

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Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty allowing for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies was approved by the Senate Budget Committee today.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Sweeney, O’Scanlon and Doherty that would allow temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their job classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies was advanced today. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-2477, would allow available civil servants to assist departments handling additional workload which arises as a result of a disaster or other event triggered by a state of emergency. The temporary redeployment would be for the sole purpose of responding to the crisis. All the rights and benefits of the employees would be protected, including seniority, salary steps and job classifications, under the legislation.

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Mike Doherty

Testa & Doherty Call on Labor Department to Open In-Person Unemployment Service Centers

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Say If Business Workers Can Serve Customers from Behind Protective Screens, So Can Public Sector Workers

As New Jersey’s unemployment crisis closes in on two months, Senator Michael Testa and Senator Michael Doherty called for Governor Murphy to reopen New Jersey’s One-Stop Career Centers and staff them with idle workers from other State departments.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Michael Doherty called for Gov. Murphy to reopen NJ’s One-Stop Career Centers and staff them with idle workers from other State departments. (SenateNJ.com)

“A functional unemployment office during an economic downtown is the the epitome of an essential public service, yet hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans continue to go without the unemployment benefits they’ve earned for weeks on end,” said Testa (R-1). “We are calling for an end to busy signals, broken websites, and unanswered emails from the Department of Labor.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Mike Doherty

O’Scanlon, Doherty & Sweeney Will Act to Allow Reassignment of Public Workers During Crises

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Senator Michael Doherty, and Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following joint statement today saying they will introduce legislation (S-2477) to allow for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their civil service classifications for up to 30 days during public emergencies:

Sens. O’Scanlon, Doherty, and Sen. Pres. Sweeney issued the following joint statement saying they will introduce legislation to allow for the temporary reassignment of state and local employees outside of their civil service classifications during public emergencies. (SenateNJ.com)

“We recognize the impact the COVID crisis is having on the state’s ability to respond in a timely way to the emergent needs of the public and want to do what we can to improve the effectiveness of services, especially unemployment benefits. We will introduce legislation that will allow for the temporary transfer of state workers during public emergencies to where they are needed most. This will enable the strategic redeployment of human resources to respond to critical needs in times of crises.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Raises Awareness of Veterans’ Mental Health Needs During COVID Crisis

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Senator Michael Doherty is working to raise awareness of veterans suicide during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Sen. Michael Doherty is working to raise awareness of veterans suicide during Mental Health Awareness Month. (©iStock)

“The psychological and economic consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be devastating for many, further exacerbating risk factors for mental health related morbidity and mortality for our veteran community,” said Doherty (R-23). “This unprecedented crisis is a stressor for vulnerable veterans with mental health issues. COVID has the potential to worsen their overall health and put them at higher risk for suicide and other adverse outcomes, as well as for veterans who have no previous history of mental illness.

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