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10th District Lawmakers Introduce Bill Mandating State Board of Education to Meet in Person

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Legislation Also Requires Both In-Person and Virtual Public Access to Board Meetings

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-Ocean) have introduced legislation requiring members of the New Jersey State Board of Education to attend Board meetings in person.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano introduced legislation requiring members of the New Jersey State Board of Education to attend Board meetings in person while giving parents the ability to access these meetings both publicly and virtually. (Pixabay)

“Why is it that every other institution can return to pre-COVID procedures except government boards in charge of making decisions that affect everyone’s lives?” Senator Holzapfel asked.  “We can agree or disagree with the State Board of Education’s decisions, but there is no longer an excuse for Board members to hide behind a computer and limit the public’s ability to comment on controversial policies that will impact their children’s education.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Introduce Bill to Implement Comprehensive Ban of TikTok on All State Devices

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Directive Announced by Governor on Monday Only Applies to Executive Branch

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-Ocean) introduced legislation yesterday to ban TikTok on all State government devices. The bill was announced by the legislators last month amid rising concerns about cybersecurity risks associated with the social media platform raised by the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Asm. Greg McGuckin and John Catalano introduced legislation to implement a comprehensive ban TikTok on all State government devices. A recent directive from the Murphy administration only applies to the Executive Branch. (©iStock)

“We were the first to raise concerns about the cybersecurity risks associated with the use of TikTok on state government devices in New Jersey,” said Holzapfel. “We’re glad Governor Murphy listened and issued a directive to ban the app on Executive Branch devices. Our legislation goes even further and would prohibit TikTok on devices across every branch of government, including the Legislature and the Judiciary.”

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LD10 Lawmakers Join Toms River Officials Opposing Proposed Legal Settlement for Toxic Ciba Site

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano today pledged their support of Toms River Township officials opposing the Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed settlement with the current owners of the Ciba-Geigy superfund site.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Asm. Greg McGuckin, and Asm. John Catalano pledged their support of Toms River Township officials opposing the Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed settlement with the current owners of the Ciba-Geigy superfund site. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This deal seems more like a slap on the wrist than punishment for despicable corporate malfeasance,” said Senator Holzapfel (R-10). “The Ciba site has been a primary source of stress, concern and even health problems for residents, and this shocking arrangement only adds insult to injury. It is appalling that this proposal was crafted without any input from local elected officials or families who have lived in fear of the water in their taps and under their feet.”

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McGuckin, Catalano join Holzapfel as ABCNJ Legislators of Merit Honorees

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Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have been cited as 2022 Legislator of Merit by the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey (ABCNJ), joining a select list that includes Senator Jim Holzapfel.  The 10th District legislators are consistent supporters of the organization and its goal of maintaining a competitive and fair construction labor environment in the State of New Jersey.

Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano have been cited as 2022 Legislator of Merit by the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey, joining a select list that includes Senator Jim Holzapfel.  (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s an honor to be recognized by ABCNJ, an organization that strives for fairness among our state’s business communities and construction industries,” said McGuckin (R-10). “Their merit shop philosophy is a driving force for open competition in the marketplace and job creation.  They can count on us to continue to be an advocate for free enterprise in the commercial and industrial construction industry.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Bill Would Ban TikTok on State-Issued Devices in NJ

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Legislation Follows Rising Concerns of Data Collection & Viewing Algorithm Influence by Chinese Government

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) will introduce legislation to prohibit the installation or use of TikTok on electronic devices issued by the State of New Jersey.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Asm. Greg McGuckin and John Catalano will introduce legislation to prohibit the installation or use of TikTok on electronic devices issued by the State of New Jersey. (©iStock)

“There’s growing concern that all of the data TikTok collects on its users is being funneled directly to the Chinese government to use against us in one way or another,” said Holzapfel. “When it comes to State-issued devices, we must be careful to not expose sensitive information through TikTok that may be on the phones of policymakers or government workers.”

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Holzapfel Earns Legislator of Merit Honor

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, a staunch advocate for responsible development, was cited as a 2022 Legislator of Merit by the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey (ABCNJ).

Sen. Jim Holzapfel, cited as a 2022 Legislator of Merit by the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey, is joined by Derek DeLuca, ABCNJ’s Deputy Director of Government Affairs. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am proud to be recognized by ABCNJ, an organization that does such fine work in the building trades and shares many of my priorities and objectives,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “A qualified, robust, and responsible workforce is essential for building New Jersey’s future. It’s crucial for members of the Legislature to work with ABCNJ to better serve the businesses, trades people and their families in Trenton.”

“At ABCNJ, we are proud to work with legislators from across the political spectrum and on both sides of the aisle to ensure New Jersey has a competitive construction labor environment and a skilled labor workforce,” said ABCNJ President and CEO Samantha DeAlmeida. Continue Reading…

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10th District Lawmakers Sponsor Bill Requiring Board of Education Meetings to be Accessible Virtually and in Person

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In response to yet another attempt by the New Jersey Board of Education to avoid public comment, District 10 lawmakers—Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano—have co-sponsored a bill that would increase transparency by requiring all public meetings to be accessible online and in person.

In response to yet another attempt by the New Jersey Board of Education to avoid public comment, District 10 lawmakers have co-sponsored a bill that would require all public meetings to be accessible online and in person. (Pixabay)

The State Board of Education has announced that they will be holding their December 7th meeting virtually and no public testimony is allowed.

“It’s a disturbing pattern and one that should concern all of us,” said Senator Holzapfel. “We can agree or disagree with their decisions, but there is no excuse for not allowing the public to comment on controversial policies that will impact their children’s’ education.”

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10th District Lawmakers Reflect on Resilience After the Storm on the Anniversary of the Start of Recovery Efforts

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano released a statement today recognizing the 10th Anniversary of efforts to restore the Shore in the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s destruction:

Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano released a statement recognizing the 10th Anniversary of efforts to restore the Shore in the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s destruction. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“Over the weekend, we marked the 10 years since Superstorm Sandy hammered our area like no other natural disaster in our lifetimes, and today, we remember the anniversary of the beginning of massive recovery work.

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Holzapfel: Murphy’s Latest Lawsuit Would Drive Gas Prices Even Higher

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Senator Jim Holzapfel said a new lawsuit announced by the Murphy administration against several oil companies and their trade association would only increase costs for New Jerseyans who are already struggling with high gas prices and inflation:

Sen. Jim Holzapfel said a new lawsuit announced by the Murphy administration against oil companies would only drive the price of gas even higher for struggling New Jerseyans. (©iStock)

“The latest Murphy administration lawsuit would only drive gas prices even higher for New Jersey families struggling with the worst inflation in more than four decades,” said Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “Instead of fighting to increase domestic oil production and lower costs for consumers, Governor Murphy continues to use taxpayer funds to pay for unnecessary lawsuits to advance his expensive progressive agenda.”

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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: Murphy Squashing Dissenting Viewpoints on State Board of Education

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Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblymen Greg McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy is attempting to squash any dissenting viewpoints on the New Jersey State Board of Education with new nominations announced yesterday.

Holzapfel, McGuckin, and Catalano said Gov. Phil Murphy is attempting to squash any dissenting viewpoints on the State Board of Education. (©iStock)

“It’s telling that of the eleven holdovers currently serving on the State Board of Education, the governor is only appointing nominees to replace the three who vocally opposed the new sex education standards,” said Holzapfel. “The clear message from the Murphy administration is that there’s no room for dissenting opinions in education, especially if that might interfere with the indoctrination of our children.”

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