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Senator Jean Stanfield

Senator Jean Stanfield

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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8th District Legislators Urge Public to Voice Opposition to Road Permits in Wharton State Forest

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In recent virtual public meetings, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has floated the creation of permits for using the roads in Wharton State Forest.

In recent virtual public meetings, the NJ DEP has floated the creation of permits for using the roads in Wharton State Forest. District 8 lawmakers chastised the DEP for holding virtual meetings on such an important topic to the people of their district. (NJ Division of Parks & Forestry)

“Visitors and residents of the Pine Barrens have never had to pay to use the roads in Wharton State Forest and shouldn’t have to at any point moving forward,” said 8th Legislative District Senator Jean Stanfield. “This is government overreach and something that New Jersey residents already pay for with their highest-in-the-nation taxes.”

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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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Stanfield, Torrissi & Umba Add School Supply Drop Off in Hammonton Town Hall

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The Township of Hammonton is joining the 8th Legislative District’s school supply drive by adding a collection box in town hall.

Sen. Jean Stanfield, Asm. Michael Torrissi and Asm. Brandon Umba will be collecting school supplies and clothes for students of the Hammonton School District throughout August. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Jean Stanfield, Assemblyman Michael Torrissi and Assemblyman Brandon Umba will be collecting school supplies and clothes for students of the Hammonton School District throughout the month of August.

The new collection box can be found in the municipal complex on 100 Central Avenue in Hammonton.

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Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was signed into law by Governor Murphy on Friday, August 12.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was signed into law by Gov. Murphy on Friday, August 12. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased the Governor signed this legislation into law. 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 funds authorized by this bill, now law, 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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