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Senator Joe Pennacchio

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Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio & Oroho Urge Congress to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks, with exceptions for, rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.

The House is scheduled to vote on the legislation today, and President Trump reiterated his support for the bill yesterday.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Steven Oroho urged Congress to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The House will vote on the Act on October 3. The senators have fought to enact the legislation at the state level. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Oroho and I have fought tirelessly at the state level to pass our Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but Legislative leadership has refused to act,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Our leaders in Washington must seize this opportunity to protect innocent unborn children nationwide from the excruciating pain of abortion. Someone must stand up for their right to live full, healthy lives.”

In December of 2016, Senators Pennacchio and Oroho held a press conference with fellow pro-life advocates and a number of widely-respected medical officials to call on New Jersey’s Legislative leadership to pass their Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S-2026.) They have made repeated calls for action since then, and yet Senate Democrats, who control the Legislative agenda, have failed to post the bill for a single committee hearing.

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MEDIA ADVISORY (10/5): Pennacchio Press Conference on Wrongful Convictions in NJ

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) will hold a press conference this Thursday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Statehouse to call for action on his legislation to reduce the number of wrongful convictions that occur in New Jersey.

Pennacchio will be joined by a number of advocates, including two people who were wrongfully convicted and exonerated:  Rodney Roberts, a Newark man who spent 17 years behind bars before being exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison in 2014; and A.J. Nash, another New Jersey resident, who spent a decade seeking justice before being exonerated in 2013.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio will hold a press conference this Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 am at the Statehouse to call for action on his bill to reduce wrongful convictions in NJ. He will be joined  by two people who were wrongfully convicted, and a number of fellow advocates. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Pennacchio’s bill, S-3045, would establish the “New Jersey Innocence Study and Review Commission,” which would be charged with developing reforms to reduce wrongful convictions in New Jersey.

Pennacchio introduced S-3045 more than seven months ago, but it has not had a single committee hearing.

In addition to exoneree Rodney Roberts, Pennacchio will also be joined by members of the NAACP New Jersey State conference and Lesley Risinger, Director of The Last Resort Exoneration Project at Seton Hall University Law School, which provides pro-bono investigative and legal services to inmates seeking exoneration.

WHO: Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), exonerees Rodney Roberts and A.J. Nash; Richard Smith and Safeer Z. Quraishi of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference; and Lesley Risinger, Director of The Last Resort Exoneration Project.

WHAT: Press conference calling for action on Sen. Pennacchio’s S-3045 establishing the “New Jersey Innocence Study and Review Commission,” to reduce wrongful convictions and provide aid to those seeking exoneration in New Jersey.

WHEN: Thursday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Committee Room 1, New Jersey Statehouse Annex.

AVAILABILITY: OPEN

CONTACT: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; eeverson@njleg.org

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Pennacchio to Republicans and Democrats in Congress: Time to Work Together to Fix DACA

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) released this statement following President Donald Trump’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio released this statement following President Donald Trump’s decision on the DACA program. (SenateNJ.com)

“I believe that President Trump made the tough, but necessary decision to end the DACA program and send the issue of immigration reform back to Congress. Sadly, Democrats speaking out against this high-profile decision are just using it as a chance to grandstand and further obstruct the administration’s policies.

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Senator Tom Kean

Pennacchio Elevated to Republican Whip

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced today that Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) has been elevated to the position of Whip within the Senate Republican caucus leadership.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced on Aug. 21, 2017 that Sen. Joe Pennacchio has been elevated to the position of Republican Whip. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Pennacchio has been a tried-and-true leader in our caucus for many years now. The elevation to Republican Whip is well-deserved,” Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said. “Joe has consistently demonstrated a keen understanding of our legislative priorities. He has been a passionate advocate for school funding reform, protecting the innocent, and expanding our community outreach efforts. I have no doubt that as Republican Whip, he will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every taxpayer has a voice in Trenton.”

Pennacchio previously served as Assistant Republican Leader from 2014 to 2017. He is taking over the role of Whip following the departure of former Senate Republican Whip, Kevin O’Toole.

“Kevin was a tenacious and dedicated public servant. He left big shoes to fill,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to serve as the next Republican Whip. We have come a long way, but there is still much more we can do to cut taxes, create opportunities, and make New Jersey a better, more affordable place for everyone. I look forward to working with my colleagues to swiftly advance Republican solutions to achieve those goals.”

Senator Gerald Cardinale
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Now Law: Cardinale/Pennacchio Bill to Shorten Lines at MVC Offices

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Expiration dates for vehicle registrations will be staggered based on an individual’s date of birth rather than all expiring at the end of the month

Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to shorten lines at Motor Vehicle Commission offices is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale and Sen. Joe Pennacchio to shorten lines at the NJ MVC was signed into law. (Wikimedia)

“It doesn’t make sense to have everyone’s registration expire at the same time,” Senator Cardinale said. “By staggering expiration dates, we can cut down on congestion and increase efficiency at MVC offices.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
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Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Display K.I.A. Flag at Government Buildings Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by requiring the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the state flag is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Legislation by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Joe Pennacchio requires the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag at government buildings. (SenateNJ.com)

“This helps us honor the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history,” Senator Bucco said. “Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”

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Pennacchio: Democrats’ State Shutdown Causes Pain for New Jersey

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People of New Jersey Deserve Better

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that the third day of the State shutdown caused by New Jersey Democrats has brought more pain for residents of the Garden State.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that the third day of the State shutdown caused by New Jersey Democrats has brought more pain for residents of the Garden State. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve heard sad stories of young people unable to take their driver’s tests, Boy Scouts kicked out of campgrounds, and families who have had vacations ruined due to the closure of State parks and beaches,” said Pennacchio. “This is the result of continued mismanagement by Democrats who have controlled the New Jersey Legislature for the past 15 years. New Jersey deserves better.”

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Pennacchio: Budget Stalemate a Sign of Democrats’ Dysfunction

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that a budget impasse that may result in a State shutdown at midnight tonight is the result of severe dysfunction by the majority Democrats who control both houses of the New Jersey Legislature:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that the budget impasse is a result of severe dysfunction by the majority Democrats. (SenateNJ.com)

“Democrats have controlled the New Jersey Legislature for the past 15 years, and this budget stalemate merely continues a long trend of fiscal mismanagement while they have been in control.

“Just like the last time a disagreement among Democrats resulted in a government shutdown, the current threat of a shutdown is driven by the majority party’s inability to effectively work together to govern.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
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Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Display K.I.A. Flag at Government Buildings Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by requiring the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Joe Pennacchio would require the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag at government buildings. (SenateNJ.com)

“In just the last few weeks, we’ve recognized Memorial Day and the 73rd Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion,” Senator Bucco said. “The number of lives lost on the beaches of Normandy alone is almost unfathomable, and those are just a small slice of all the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history. Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”

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“Hudson County Rules” New Jersey Students and Taxpayers Continue to Lose

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Essex, Morris, Passaic) issued the following statement on the proposed school funding plan:

Sen Joe Pennacchio issued a statement on the proposed school funding plan. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Republican members of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness were given an assurance that meaningful school funding reform was on its way. The committee had equal members of Republicans and Democrats, a number of regional meetings and round table discussions were held statewide. Staff from both sides of the aisle continued to hold what we were told were ‘good faith, meaningful discussions.’ In the end, partisan politics won.

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