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Senate Republicans Hold Hearing on Sex Education, State Curriculum Mandates & Parental Rights

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New Jersey Senate Republicans livestreamed an independent hearing on sex education, state curriculum mandates, and parental rights on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

During the hearing, Sen. Joe Pennacchio (chair), Sen. Kristin Corrado, Sen. Holly Schepisi, and Sen. Michael Testa had an important discussion with school board members, child health experts, and concerned parents.

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Senate Republicans to Hold Independent Hearing on Sex Education, State Curriculum Mandates & Parental Rights

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New Jersey Senate Republicans will host an independent hearing on Tuesday, August 23 to discuss sex education, state curriculum mandates, and improving parental rights in education. The virtual hearing will be livestreamed on Facebook Live.

WHO: Senator Joe Pennacchio (Chair), Senator Kristin Corrado, Senator Holly Schepisi, Senator Michael Testa, and invited guests, including school board members, experts, and concerned parents.

WHAT: Virtual hearing to discuss sex education, state curriculum mandates, and improving parental rights in education.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: A video livestream of the hearing will be accessible to the public and press via Facebook Live from the Facebook page of the New Jersey Senate Republicans. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.

STREAMING LINK: https://www.facebook.com/senatenj

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Testa: Murphy Should Now Abolish all Remaining COVID Mandates

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Says Science and CDC Agree the Governor’s Restrictions are Unnecessary

After some unwarranted COVID testing rules for teachers and school workers were rescinded, and following a CDC report relaxing virus recommendations, Senator Michael Testa is calling on Governor Murphy to do more.

A day after some unwarranted COVID testing rules for teachers and school workers were rescinded, and following a CDC report relaxing virus recommendations, Sen. Michael Testa is calling on Governor Murphy to do more. (SenateNJ.com)

“Monday’s announcement was a start. Now it is time to lift outdated restrictions that could have been eliminated months ago,” said Testa (R-1). “The CDC and the science support easing these directives that provide little to no benefit, and residents are frustrated by confusing, inconsistent guidelines.”

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Testa Celebrates Murphy Retreat on Schools’ Covid Test Mandate as Win for Science & Freedom

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Senator Michael Testa today welcomed an executive order signed by the Governor that closes the book on heavy-handed COVID mandates for teachers.

Sen. Michael Testa welcomed an executive order that closes the book on heavy-handed COVID mandates for teachers before schools resume in September. (Pixabay)

“It was never clear why it took so long, but educators no longer have to worry about unnecessary vaccination requirements and repetitive testing,” said Testa (R-1). “This is a victory for science and personal freedoms, and welcome news for teachers who have one less worry as they prepare to go back to school in the coming weeks.”

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Testa Introduces Breweries Bill to Allow Garden State Brewers Greater Freedom & More Control Over Their Business’ Future

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) introduced his breweries bill Monday in the State Senate to allow brewers more freedom and control over their small businesses which are growing jobs and opportunity across New Jersey.

Sen. Michael Testa introduced his breweries bill Monday in the State Senate to allow brewers more freedom and control over their small businesses which are growing jobs and opportunity across New Jersey. (©iStock)

“I believe that brewers building a business in our state deserve to have more say in how they run their operations because the term ‘free enterprise’ applies to them as well,” said Testa.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues and with legislators across the aisle to ending these bureaucratic obstacles and fix a dysfunctional system.”

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Testa Blasts Murphy, DOL Over Lack of Transparency for Latest UI Tax Hikes

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Senator Michael Testa slammed the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) and the Murphy administration for their failure to notify business owners in a timely manner about new unemployment insurance payroll tax hikes.

Sen. Michael Testa slammed the New Jersey Department of Labor and the Murphy administration for their failure to notify business owners in a timely manner about new unemployment insurance payroll tax hikes. (Pixabay)

“As far back as March 2021, it was obvious to anyone paying attention that the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund was facing a serious financial crisis. I, along with my Republican colleagues, offered a sensible solution—we called on Governor Murphy to stabilize the UI Fund using a portion of the billions in federal pandemic relief funds that New Jersey was given, a proven solution used by many other states,” said Testa (R-1). “Time and again the Murphy administration and their allies declined to even consider this common-sense option. Instead, to maintain the solvency of the Fund, they continued to both borrow money from the federal government and raise taxes on small businesses—which were already struggling to survive under the Governor’s irrational lockdowns. Finally, adding insult to injury, the Murphy administration can’t even notify businesses about the payroll tax hikes in a timely manner.”

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Testa: Murphy Could Have Stopped School Aid Cuts & Property Tax Increases With Money Earmarked for Illegals in New State Budget

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Murphy’s New Budget Gives Illegals $500 Checks & Free Health Care While Raising Taxes & Tolls

Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy could have prevented school aid cuts and resulting property tax increases with money that was earmarked for $500 checks and free health care for illegal aliens in the new state budget.

Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Phil Murphy could have prevented school aid cuts and property tax increases with money that was earmarked for $500 checks and free health care for illegal aliens in the new state budget. (©iStock)

“Families in nearly 200 school districts across New Jersey will pay higher property taxes this year because Governor Murphy chose to slash their school aid in his new state budget,” said Testa (R-1), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Instead of funding our schools and supporting New Jersey families, the governor chose to hand out $500 checks and free health care to illegal immigrants. For anyone wondering why New Jersey is so unaffordable, this expensive progressive nonsense from Democrats like Governor Murphy is exactly why.”

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Testa: New Legislation Needed to Counter NJ ABC’s “Disastrous and Destructive” New License Conditions Limiting Brewery Activities

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Responding to Friday’s issuance by the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) new license conditions that severely restrict local breweries from operating freely and fairly, Senator Michael Testa (R-Vineland) announced he will introduce new legislation to counter these rules and let freedom ring for breweries.

Sen. Michael Testa announced he will introduce new legislation to counter the rules recently issued by the NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control that restrict local breweries from operating freely and fairly. (Pixabay)

“These disastrous and destructive new conditions are an affront to the freedoms that our breweries should enjoy in pursuing their goals and trying to find a place in our state’s economy,” said Testa. “In my opinion, the ABC fell far short treating our local breweries fairly, which we must address with new legislation to aid these small businesses.”

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Testa Stands Up for Taxpayers Ignored by Murphy’s Bloated $50 Billion Budget

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) issued the following statement after speaking and voting against a bloated $50 billion state budget proposed by Governor Murphy and Democrats that fails to provide significant relief to taxpayers:

Sen. Michael Testa speaking against the FY 2023 State Budget during a floor debate in the New Jersey Senate on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (SenateNJ.com)

“I spoke up for New Jersey’s taxpayers who were left out of Governor Murphy’s $50+ billion budget. Trenton had a chance to do right by the taxpayers and small businesses who make this state work, but it didn’t do that.

“A few insiders decided they know how to spend your hard-earned tax money better than you do. They think they know better than you. We wanted to send your tax overpayments back to you. That’s freedom.

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Testa Bill Paving the Way for Renewed Development in Wildwood Clears Senate

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The Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk Pending Action

Senator Michael Testa’s legislation making development more viable in the City of Wildwood is awaiting consideration by the Governor after being approved by the Senate today.

Sen. Michael Testa’s legislation making development more viable in the City of Wildwood is awaiting consideration by the Governor after being approved by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (A-2676/S-1212), passed by the Assembly in June, amends the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA), changing the way development in Wildwood regulated and removing review permit requirements for certain developments beyond 500 feet of the mean high water line in Wildwood.

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