The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that increases penalties for leaving a loaded firearm within easy access of a minor, resulting in injury or death.
“In my hometown of Toms River, a four-year-old shot and killed his six-year-old neighbor with one of the many loaded firearms his father left unsecured around his home within reach of the young child,” said Holzapfel. “As a former prosecutor, gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, I find it unconscionable that some gun owners could be so irresponsible. As long as the penalty remains a virtual slap on the wrist for gun owners in these instances, we will continue to read about these tragedies.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to keep loaded firearms out of the hands of unsupervised minors was approved by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.
“We’ve seen too many instances where children with access to a parent’s firearms engage in planned attacks harming others, and too many tragedies where children living in or visiting a home with unlocked and loaded firearms end up accidentally harming themselves,” said Holzapfel, a member of the committee. “This legislation balances the rights of responsible gun owners with the public interest of reducing preventable deaths from planned and accidental shootings.”
Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill Increasing Penalties for Leaving Scene of a Boating Accident Signed Into Law
Legislation sponsored by the 10th District legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, which establishes criminal penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident was signed into law by Governor Christie at a public bill signing in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
“Safety is always our first concern with more boaters on our waterways each year. This legislation will give law enforcement the authority needed to prosecute those reckless enough to leave the scene of an accident without assisting the passengers of the other vessel,” said Senator Holzapfel.
The full Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Jim Holzapfel (R-10) and Robert Singer (R-30) that would require pet stores to display additional information about each dog and cat for sale, including the name and address of the breeder.
“We’ve heard too many stories about puppy and kitten mills that breed and keep too many animals in unhealthy and inhumane conditions,” said Holzapfel. “By requiring increased disclosure of a cat or dog’s history at the point of sale, we can give consumers the opportunity to research the breeder and their reputation and make an informed decision on where to make their purchase.”
Senators Jim Holzapfel (R-10) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) criticized President Obama’s reported announcement that $1 billion in remaining Superstorm Sandy relief funding will be dolled out to other states in a national resiliency competition.
Senators Holzapfel and Kyrillos introduced legislation in April urging the United States Congress to prohibit the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from diverting remaining Sandy aid funding to projects in other parts of the country.
Republican legislators representing Jersey Shore communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy will introduce resolutions in both houses of the Legislature urging the United States Congress to block a reported effort by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to divert more than $1 billion from remaining Sandy aid funding to projects in other parts of the country.
The resolutions will be introduced by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, both of the 10th District. Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-13), Jennifer Beck (R-11), Robert Singer (R-30) and Christopher Connors (R-9) will join as co-sponsors of the Senate Resolution. Assembly members Dave Wolfe (R-10), Brian Rumpf (R-9), DiAnne Gove (R-9) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) will join as co-sponsors of the Assembly resolution.
Board of Public Utilities Now Calling for $200 Million Rate Decrease
After fighting for a year in opposition to a $31 million rate increase proposed by JCP&L, Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin said that it now appears likely that the increase will be denied and rates may even be lowered for the utility’s customers throughout New Jersey.
“We opposed JCP&L’s rate increase proposal on principle,” said Holzapfel. “There were serious charges from state regulators that the utility had been earning more than was permitted. At the same time, the utility had demonstrated serious failures in responding to hurricanes Irene and Sandy and numerous other storms. It was clear JCP&L was both charging customers too much and not investing in preventative maintenance and upgrades that would prevent outages. Given these inconsistencies, we continue to believe JCP&L doesn’t deserve an extra cent of ratepayers’ money.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) which establishes criminal penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident was passed by the State Senate.
“Safety is always our first concern with more boaters on our waterways each year. This legislation will give law enforcement the authority needed to persecute those reckless enough to leave the scene of an accident without assisting the passengers of the other vessel.” said Senator Holzapfel.
The legislation, S-2859, is modeled after current motor vehicle law, which makes it a second degree crime to leave the scene of a motor vehicle accident that results in the death of a passenger, and a third degree crime when the accident results in serious bodily injury.
A resolution sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to expand air service to Atlantic City and surrounding attractions through the recruitment of new carriers to Atlantic City Airport was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.
The resolution, SR-75, urges the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), the owner of the airport, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), the manager of the airport, to identify and recruit additional airlines to the airport.
“The addition of new carriers and flights to Atlantic City Airport is critical to our efforts to grow the South Jersey economy through increased tourism to Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore,” said Holzapfel. “Currently, less than one percent of visitors to Atlantic City arrive by air each year. To expand our reach, we need to be more accessible to people from beyond our immediate region who can’t easily drive to us.”
Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Legislation to Relieve Senior Communities of Foreclosure Expenses Passes Committee
A bill that would require mortgage creditors to maintain and pay the expenses of homes in foreclosure in senior communities has passed in the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee.
The bill, A-4169/S-2806, was introduced by 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin in response to senior residents who are bearing the financial burden of foreclosed homes in their retirement communities.
“A sluggish national economy following the Great Recession and Super Storm Sandy have resulted in a number of foreclosures in our senior communities,” said Holzapfel. “Senior citizens were hit particularly hard by these events. They cannot be expected to bear the financial responsibility of maintaining such properties. This bill is designed to ease that burden.”