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NORCROSS BILL TO REMOVE STATUTORY BARRIERS TO SHARED SERVICES CLEARS COMMUNITY AND URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

BY TRISH GRABER - February 27, 2012

Measure Stems From Case In Audubon, Camden County

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) that would remove barriers to local shared services by ensuring that municipalities are able to streamline positions, including certain positions held by employees with tenure, in order to carry out a shared services agreement meant to lower costs was approved unanimously today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

NORCROSS ANNOUNCES TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO ISSUE FALSE POLICE REPORTS

(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) is seeking to increase penalties for those who issue false police reports. The announcement comes after an area woman provided police with phony information in the case of a series of sexual assaults that have put the residents of Camden City on edge. More than two dozen city police officers and detectives, along with Prosecutor’s Office detectives, State Troopers, city and Sheriff’s Office K-9 units, a victim witness advocate and a sexual assault nurse were dispatched immediately. Law enforcement officials launched a five to six hour investigation which cost the public hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“This is a waste of precious police resources, manpower and dollars when we can least afford them,” said Senator Norcross.

Beach Bill Increasing Aid To Disabled Veterans Clears Committee

BY CHRIS DONNELLY - N.J. Senate Democrats - FEBRUARY 17, 2012

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Beach (D – Camden) that would increase the amount of aid given to blind and paralyzed veterans has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“It has been years since there was any change in the amount these wounded veterans -- heroes actually -- have been given. That is unacceptable. With the property tax burden having increased 20 percent in the past two years, not to mention the expensive cost of living in New Jersey in general, our veterans need help. This legislation does the right thing and provides the increase in funding these veterans need and deserve,” said Beach, chair of the committee.