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Senator Vince Polistina

Senator Vince Polistina

Polistina Statement on Temporary Workers Bill

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Announces bipartisan legislation with Sen. Gopal to further address Temp Worker challenges

Today, Senator Vince Polistina voted in support of the “Temp Workers Bill of Rights,” affirming his support for the principle of equal pay for equal work and ensuring that all workers are treated fairly no matter where they work or who they work for.

Sen. Vince Polistina voted in support of the “Temp Workers Bill of Rights” today, affirming his support for the principle of equal pay for equal work and ensuring that all workers are treated fairly no matter where they work or who they work for. (©iStock)

“All people, regardless of their background, the color of their skin, or where they are from, should be treated equally under the law, and that certainly includes temporary workers,” said Polistina (R-2). “These men and women are chasing the same American Dream as the rest of us—the opportunity to work hard, provide for their families, and better themselves. Everyone, even those who opposed it, agree that this bill does that.”

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Senator Polistina Calls for Suspension of All Offshore Wind Development Activity Following Multiple Whale Deaths

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After six dead whales washed up on area beaches, Senator Vince Polistina (R-Atlantic) urged Governor Phil Murphy to order a suspension of all offshore wind development activities so that a full and proper investigation can be conducted to determine any connection between the deaths and ongoing work.

A deceased 30-foot humpback whale on an Atlantic City beach in December, one of six dead whales that washed up on area beaches in the last five weeks. (NJ.com)

“We should suspend all work related to offshore wind development until we can determine the cause of death of these whales, some of which are endangered,” Polistina stated. “The work related to offshore wind projects is the primary difference in our waters, and it’s hard to believe that the death of six whales on our beaches is just a coincidence.”

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Polistina Bill Increasing Funding to Promote Regional Tourism Advances

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Vince Polistina to help boost regional tourism advertising and promotion across the state cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Vince Polistina to help boost regional tourism advertising and promotion across the state cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee. (Pixabay)

“Everyone knows the competition for tourism dollars is intense, which is why we need to continue to fight to ensure Atlantic County gets its fair share of marketing dollars to protect the 70,000 families whose jobs depend on tourism,” said Polistina (R-2). “If we are serious about growing our tourism economy, we need to reinvest in what works. Tourism promotion pays for itself when we can encourage families to visit more often, stay longer, and spend more money at our local businesses and events.”

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Polistina, Guardian and Swift Announce Full Re-opening of Cardiff MVC

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Senator Vince Polistina, along with Assemblyman Don Guardian and Assemblywoman Claire Swift (all R-Atlantic), announced the re-opening of the Motor Vehicle Commission’s Cardiff location for all transactions.

Sen. Vince Polistina, along with Asm. Don Guardian and Asw. Claire Swift, announced the re-opening of the MVC’s Cardiff location for all transactions. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Since COVID, Atlantic County residents have been forced to travel significant distances due to the closure of the Cardiff agency for vehicle transactions,” Senator Polistina explained. “I’m happy to see the response by the MVC and their willingness to listen to the residents of Atlantic County.”

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Murphy Signs Bipartisan Polistina-Gopal-Zwicker Bill Allowing Disabled Veterans to Discharge Student Loans Tax-Free

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Disabled veterans who had debt discharged through the Total and Permanent Disability discharge program will not be subject to taxation thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Vince Polistina, along with Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Andrew Zwicker and signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Disabled veterans who had debt discharged through the TPD discharge program will not be subject to taxation thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Vince Polistina and signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am extremely pleased the Governor signed this bill into law. Some veterans have suffered significant disabilities in the line of duty including paralysis, loss of sight, or severe psychological trauma. The last thing they need to worry about is how they are going to afford to pay taxes on discharged debt,” said Polistina (R-2). “This legislation will make sure New Jersey’s disabled veterans will never have to pay taxes on discharged student loan debt and will offer financial relief and stability to these injured veterans during their time of need.”

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Committee Approves Polistina Bill Expanding Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants

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State-regulated health insurers may soon be required to cover hearing aids and cochlear implants for individuals under 21 years of age thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Vince Polistina and approved today by the Senate Commerce Committee.

State-regulated health insurers may soon be required to cover hearing aids and cochlear implants for individuals under 21 years of age thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Vince Polistina and approved today by the Senate Commerce Committee. (Pixabay)

“No child or young adult should be left without access to medically necessary hearing aids, or in certain cases, cochlear implants,” said Polistina (R-2). “These devices are critical in treating hearing loss, and are especially important during the formative years when young people are developing the skills to effectively communicate. My legislation will make sure that insurance companies provide proper benefits and coverage so that everyone under 21 can reach their full development and potential.”

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Polistina, Guardian & Swift Propose New Legislation to Combat Juvenile Crime Issues

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Senator Vince Polistina, along with Assemblyman Don Guardian and Assemblywoman Claire Swift (all R-2), announced today new legislation that will aid law enforcement in addressing juvenile crime issues within the State of New Jersey.

District 2 lawmakers announced new legislation today that will aid law enforcement in addressing juvenile crime issues within New Jersey. (Flickr)

“Following the decriminalization of marijuana and the changes to the juvenile justice laws, many law enforcement officers are being left with unclear direction as to what, if anything, they can do to combat some of the offenses and issues being caused by some juveniles primarily in our shore communities,” Senator Polistina said. “This new law will give some power back to the police, and hopefully help to quell any issues before they arise.”

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Senate Clears Bipartisan Polistina Bill Allowing Disabled Veterans to Discharge Student Loans Tax-Free

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Disabled veterans who had debt discharged through the Total and Permanent Disability discharge program would not be subject to taxation thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Vince Polistina (R – Atlantic) and Senator Vin Gopal (D – Monmouth) that was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Disabled veterans who had debt discharged through the Total and Permanent Disability discharge program would not be subject to taxation thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Vince Polistina and approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Some veterans have suffered significant disabilities in the line of duty including paralysis, loss of sight, or severe psychological trauma. The last thing they need to worry about is how they are going to afford to pay taxes on discharged debt,” said Polistina (R-2). “This legislation will make sure New Jersey’s disabled veterans will never have to pay taxes on discharged student loan debt and will offer financial relief and stability to these injured veterans during their time of need.”

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Bipartisan Polistina Bill Allowing Disabled Veterans to Discharge Student Loans Tax-Free Clears Committee

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Disabled veterans who had debt discharged through the Total and Permanent Disability discharge program would not be subject to taxation thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Vince Polistina (R – Atlantic) and Senator Vin Gopal (D – Monmouth) that was approved today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Disabled veterans who had debt discharged through the Total and Permanent Disability discharge program would not be subject to taxation thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Vince Polistina and approved today by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (Pixabay)

“Some veterans have suffered significant disabilities in the line of duty including paralysis, loss of sight, or severe psychological trauma. The last thing they need to worry about is how they are going to afford to pay taxes on discharged debt,” said Polistina (R-2). “This legislation will make sure New Jersey’s disabled veterans will never have to pay taxes on discharged student loan debt and will offer financial relief and stability to these injured veterans during their time of need.”

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Senator Polistina Introduces Bill to Increase Law Enforcement Presence in Schools

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Bill Would Allow for County Sheriffs to Hire Class III Officers for School Security

Senator Vince Polistina introduced legislation this week that would allow County Sheriffs to hire and place Class III officers in schools to assist with security.

Sen. Vince Polistina introduced legislation this week that would allow County Sheriffs to hire and place Class III officers in schools to assist with security. (Pixabay)

“As our children prepare to return to the classroom, parents shouldn’t be losing sleep with concerns about the safety of their kids,” explained Polistina (R-Atlantic). “Many New Jersey towns do not have local police departments that can place an officer within their schools. Under this legislation, a County Sheriff could hire a retired police officer to work within the schools, during the class day and events, to ensure the highest quality of safety and security.”

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