Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

October 12, 2018

South Plainfield -- Senator Patrick Diegnan said that the findings of the NJ Transit audit confirm the need for passage of comprehensive reform legislation to make NJ Transit more responsive, transparent and accountable to the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who ride their trains and buses ...

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(South Plainfield)  – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan, Jr. that would appropriate $500,000 to DMVA for Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs for the preservation of military installations in case of closure passed the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs ...

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(South Plainfield) – Legislation sponsored by Senate Transportation Chair Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. that would authorize special Combat Action Badge license plates cleared the Senate Transportation Committee.  The license plate would display the words, “Combat Action Badge” and the Combat Action ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Senator Patrick Diegnan today hailed the start of an $881,550 New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) funded project for improvements and paving work along Hadley Road in South Plainfield. “Improved roads in South Plainfield will benefit residents and businesses”, ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. to establish a grant program for school districts and charter schools to develop dual language immersion programs cleared the full Senate last month. “The best way for a student to excel in a foreign language is an ...

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD) – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. that establishes asset forfeiture reporting and transparency requirements passed the full Senate today. “Across New Jersey, law enforcement can confiscate cash, cars and other property from people, often without ever ...

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South Plainfield, NJ - Senator Patrick Diegnan, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak recognized legendary South Plainfield softball coach Don Panzarella and his family and friends in the Senate Chamber at the Statehouse in Trenton last week for his historic accomplishment ...

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TRENTON –A bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Patrick Diegnan that would establish a state university-based consortium to advance research in the field of media and technology was passed from the Senate Higher Education Committee ...

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TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. that would grant tax credits against business income taxes to developers of rental housing reserved for veterans advanced from the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today.   “It is estimated that more than ...

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TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz to establish a grant program for school districts and charter schools to develop dual language immersion programs was released from the Senate Education Committee today.   “The best way ...

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TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan that would require a public utility to charge a veterans’ organization a residential rate for service delivered to a property that is primarily used by a veterans’ organization was approved by the Senate ...

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TRENTON – Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Patrick Diegnan and Senator M. Teresa Ruiz that would expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Law was approved by a Senate committee today. The bill, S-2528, would expand the current insurance program that allows employees to ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- Acting on their commitment to the citizens of Middlesex County, Senator Patrick Diegnan, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak today announced that a new, modernized South Plainfield Agency is tentatively scheduled to open on Monday, May 14, 2018. "I ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan to provide state grants to increase security at New Jersey’s nonprofit organizations deemed high-risk targets of threats, attacks, and other violent acts was recently signed into law. “We know that individuals, with great ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan to require school districts to offer course in computer science and Department of Education to adopt changes to NJ Student Learning Standards in computer science has been signed into law. “To flourish in tomorrow’s digital ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan to allow municipalities to authorize a parking authority as a redevelopment entity is now law. “We know that smart redevelopment can help to revitalize areas within a town or city, but we have to make sure that ...

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TRENTON – The Senate and Assembly today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senate Health Chairman Joseph F. Vitale and Senator Patrick Diegnan Jr. to strengthen New Jersey’s laws in order to combat the opioid crisis in the state. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk.   “New ...

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(HIGHLAND PARK) – Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. today visited Highland Park Middle School officials to highlight a state program to support students who struggle to overcome print-related disabilities, such as dyslexia and visual impairments.  As a direct result of Senator Diegnan’ s work to ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Legislation Senator Patrick Diegnan sponsored to help residents secure their digital assets under the same fiduciary that protects their tangible assets was signed into law by Governor Christie today.   “Extending a fiduciary’s powers to account for email, social media ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan to ensure that police officers are trained in how to handle sexual assault cases was signed into law by the Governor. The bill, S-1739, establishes mandatory sexual assault training for law enforcement officers. Under this ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -Senator Patrick J. Diegnan sponsored legislation to establish New Jersey School Safety Specialist Academy in Department of Education and require school districts to designate school safety specialist was signed into law by the Governor on July 21, 2017. "Enhancing security ...

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Measure Would Boost Insurance Benefits for Family/Medical Care  TRENTON – Legislation authored by Senator Patrick Diegnan to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Law was approved by the Senate at the end of the June voting session. The bill, S-3085, would expand the successful program that ...

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TRENTON – The Senate approved today legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Senate Health Chairman Joseph F. Vitale that would require the Department of Education to develop an educational fact sheet for distribution to parents of student-athletes and cheerleaders concerning the ...

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Budget Committee Approves Measure To Boost Insurance Benefits for Family/Medical Care    TRENTON – Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Patrick Diegnan to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Law was approved by a Senate committee today. The bill, S-3085, would ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. would require the Department of Education to develop an educational fact sheet for distribution to parents of student-athletes and cheerleaders concerning the use and misuse of prescription opioids cleared the Senate ...

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TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. that would require the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences to collect data for six months to assess the use and reliability of drug field tests and to issue a report on evidence used in prosecuting certain ...

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TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Patrick Diegnan on Monday will lead a roundtable discussion on the effort to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave law. Senator Sweeney and Senator Diegnan are sponsors of legislation that would expand the successful program that allows employees ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. that would designate a computer science education endorsement on an instructor’s teaching certificate was approved this week by the Senate. “We need to ensure that our educators have the best tools available in order ...

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  SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. that would allow school districts and nonpublic schools to receive reimbursements for testing school drinking water for lead received final legislative approval today in the Senate. “Lead poisoning can cause ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ– A bill sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., aimed at curbing opioid addiction in New Jersey cleared the Senate today. The bill, S-2970, would allow hospice and long-term care programs to accept unused prescription medications for disposal by patients when they cease ...

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