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Senator Jean Stanfield

Senator Jean Stanfield
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Oroho/Stanfield: State Board of Education Must Stop Hiding Behind Pandemic to Deny Parents Access to Important Meetings

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Senate Republicans Call for State Board to Resume Meeting In Person and Allow Public Attendance, Comments

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senator Jean Stanfield blasted the State Board of Education for continuing to deny the public direct access to its meetings under the guise of “ongoing public health concerns.”

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senator Jean Stanfield blasted the State Board of Education for continuing to deny the public direct access to its meetings under the guise of ‘ongoing public health concerns.’ (©iStock)

“While the Legislature, local boards of education, and town councils are all back to regular in-person meetings without issue, the State Board of Education continues to use the pandemic as an excuse to meet virtually and limit public access,” said Oroho (R-24). “Parents want and deserve the opportunity to attend and participate in State Board of Education meetings where controversial policies that impact every student across New Jersey are considered and adopted. The only reason for the State Board to keep meeting virtually is to prevent parents from having a strong voice in the process.”

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Stanfield Bill Honoring Combat Veterans Earns Support

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would launch a special license plate recognizing the sacrifices of military members who served in combat was endorsed today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would launch a special license plate recognizing the sacrifices of military members who served in combat was endorsed by the Senate Transportation Committee. (Flickr)

“These plates are a very respectful way of honoring the brave men and women who volunteered to serve our nation and risked their lives in combat action,” said Stanfield (R-8). “The freedoms we all enjoy as Americans depend on the contributions of courageous service members who answer the call when trouble breaks out around the globe. The special plates will serve as public reminders that many of our nation’s heroes reside in our hometowns here in New Jersey.”

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Senate Clears Stanfield Resolution that Would Update Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects

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The New Jersey Senate advanced bipartisan legislation today sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would approve the updated Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Plan of the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJIB).

The New Jersey Senate advanced legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would approve the updated FY2023 Financial Plan of the NJIB. (Pixabay)

“Without the modified financing provided by this bill, these expensive, but necessary environmental infrastructure projects could be postponed for years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “This funding will make sure everything is completed in a timely manner and will protect the flow of clean drinking water to communities throughout the state.”

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Committee Approves Stanfield Bill Declaring New Jersey a “Purple Heart State”

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New Jersey may soon join West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington in being officially named a “Purple Heart State” thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield and approved today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

New Jersey may soon be officially named a “Purple Heart State” thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield and approved today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey’s veterans and active duty service members have fought selflessly to preserve our nation’s freedom, with many being wounded or killed while in the line of duty,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Purple Heart Medal recipients from New Jersey have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by the residents of our state. By declaring New Jersey a ‘Purple Heart State,’ my legislation will honor these service members and their contributions.”

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Stanfield Bill Advances, Helping Veterans Access Care They Need

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Senator Jean Stanfield’s legislation to help struggling New Jersey veterans get the psychiatric care they need was endorsed today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Jean Stanfield’s legislation to help struggling New Jersey veterans get the psychiatric care they need was endorsed by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (Facebook/173rd Airborne Brigade)

Stanfield’s bill, S-2558, would make it easier for veterans to qualify for assistance with treatment costs by excluding veterans benefits they receive from calculations to determine their personal payment obligations.

“Almost 400,000 veterans receiving military disability payments, pensions, and other benefits make their homes here in New Jersey,” said Stanfield (R-8). “An estimated 5 percent of them live in poverty, and more than 550 are homeless. On top of that, thousands are living with service-related challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Committee Clears Stanfield Resolution that Would Update Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects

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The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would approve the updated Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Plan of the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJIB).

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would approve the updated FY2023 Financial Plan of the NJIB. (Pixabay)

“Environmental infrastructure project loans include millions in funding for clean water projects for the Evesham MUA, Medford Lakes, and Pemberton Township in the 8th District,” said Stanfield (R-8). “The updated financial plan authorized by this legislation will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life.”

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Stanfield Bill Supporting Emergency Ambulance Services Advances

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Measure Would Increase the Minimum Reimbursement Rate for Transportation

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would help ensure the availability of ambulance transportation in an emergency was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would help ensure the availability of ambulance transportation in an emergency was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)

The bipartisan bill, S-2946, also sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton (D-7), would increase the minimum Medicaid reimbursement rate for basic life support emergency ambulance transportation services to $200, an  increase of $142.

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Committee Approves Bipartisan Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Benefits to Veterans in Need

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield (R – Burlington) and Senator Joseph Cryan (D – Union) that would expand benefits to military veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would expand benefits to military veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (©iStock)

“Many veterans have received ‘less than honorable discharges,’ also known as bad papers, as a result of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or Military Sexual Trauma (MST),” said Stanfield (R-8). “Too many veterans have been shamed and left without the federal benefits they earned. These veterans also lost their rights to state benefits. This bill will align New Jersey with several states that have passed similar laws, and help ensure that our veterans receive the state benefits and respect that they deserve.”

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Stanfield Bill that Would Simplify “Senior Freeze” Program Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would transform the Senior Freeze from a reimbursement program into a credit program was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would transform the Senior Freeze from a reimbursement program into a credit program was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (©iStock)

“The Senior Freeze provides needed property tax relief for older homeowners, including many who are struggling to make ends meet on fixed incomes,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Currently, seniors must wait for the Treasury to send out the checks by mail, which is a costly and inefficient process. My legislation will simplify the Senior Freeze by crediting property tax bills directly so seniors don’t have to wait months and months for a rebate check.”

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Stanfield Bill Establishing “Purple Star Schools Program” Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would establish the “Purple Star Schools Program” in the Department of Education was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that establishes the “Purple Star Schools Program” in the Department of Education was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am so proud that this legislation was signed into law today. Children of military service members face many unique responsibilities during their school years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Between K-12, military children can move to different locations six to nine times, which separates them from family and friends as well as familiar social environments. This kind of upbringing means finding the right school is extremely important—and by designating certain educational institutions as ‘Purple Star Schools,’ we can call attention to schools that provide for the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected students encounter.”

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