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Senator Edward Durr

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Panel Advances Pennacchio/Durr Bill Securing Access to Public Lakes for Recreational Fishermen

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Ed Durr that would preserve access to any state-owned lake that is open to boats with or without onboard motors was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Ed Durr that would preserve access to any state-owned lake that is open to boats was approved in committee. (Pixabay)

“There is growing concern about the lack of public boat launches,” noted Pennacchio (R-26). “New Jersey is home to public lakes that are open to bass boats and motorized vessels, but recreational boaters who don’t live on the lake or have private docks find it impossible to get into the water.”

The fees recreational fishermen in the state pay for freshwater fishing licenses helps fund the stocking of fish in public lakes.

“The absence of public launches in effect creates private lakes,” said Pennacchio. “The system isn’t doing its job. These waters are supported by fees intended for the benefit and enjoyment of the public who are prevented from getting their boats and lines in the lakes.”

Pennacchio and Durr’s bill, S-987, would direct the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to ensure public boat access to all state-owned lakes where boats are allowed.

The DEP would be required to construct boat ramps or enter long-term contracts for public launches at marinas or other private sites.

“Recreational fishing and boating are very popular in New Jersey, but residents are being denied entry to water that should be public,” said Durr (R-3). “We want to secure fair access to our freshwater resources and safeguard the important benefits to the State’s economy.”

Greenwood Lake is one significant body of water with no public boat access. The 7.5-mile-long lake, spanning the border of New York and New Jersey, is one of the state’s premiere freshwater fishing locations. Each year, it is stocked with thousands of fish.

In the past, recreational fishermen could pay to drop their boat in the water at private marinas, but the popularity of boating and fishing on the state’s lakes spiked in recent years, partly due to the pandemic. As marinas filled to capacity, they could no longer handle daily traffic.

“The public should be able to enjoy the same ease of access enjoyed by property owners and members of private marinas,” Pennacchio noted. “More than 1.2 million anglers fish the state’s waters each year, and two of every three boats registered in New Jersey are used for fishing. Incredibly, Greenwood Lake, the state’s second-largest lake, has no public access. This bill will fix that.”

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Durr Testifies Against NJ Democrats’ Unconstitutional New Gun Restrictions

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Senator Ed Durr (R-3) testified against new gun restrictions proposed by New Jersey Democrats (S-3214) that he says are unconstitutional during a hearing in the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee on October 27, 2022.

Sen. Ed Durr testified against new gun restrictions proposed by New Jersey Democrats that he says are unconstitutional during a hearing in the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee. (YouTube/NJ Senate Republicans)

Included below is his testimony as prepared for delivery:

Chairwoman Greenstein and members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak on this bill today. As a vocal supporter of the Second Amendment and the rights it protects, in a State that seems to pride itself on infringing on those rights, I feel obligated to put my concerns about this bill on the record.

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Electric Vehicle Fires Prompt Durr to Introduce Legislation Requiring More Training for First Responders

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New Jersey’s firefighters and emergency medical technicians may soon receive additional training on how to safely and effectively extinguish electric vehicle fires thanks to legislation recently introduced by Senator Edward Durr.

New Jersey’s firefighters and EMTs may soon receive additional training on how to safely and effectively extinguish EV fires thanks to legislation recently introduced by Sen. Ed Durr. (SenateNJ.com)

“As electric vehicles become more common on our roadways, it is important for firefighters and EMTs to be educated when responding to accidents involving these vehicles,” said Durr (R-3). “While the risk of an EV fire is low, managing such a fire requires specialized training since a lithium-ion battery can burn hotter and for a longer period of time than a gasoline engine. My legislation will make sure our first responders receive the necessary funding and training they need so that they are prepared to confront these challenges in the future.”

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Durr Statement on Democrat Leadership’s Gun Proposal

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Senator Ed Durr (R-3) released the following statement regarding today’s new gun restrictions proposed by Democrat leadership:

Sen. Ed Durr responded to the Democrat’s press conference announcing new gun restrictions in the state. (Government Archives)

“We’ve yet to see a draft of the bill, but based on what the Democrat Legislative Leaders described today, it is clear their intent is to override the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bruen.

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Durr Introduces “Child Protection and Anti-Mutilation Act”

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Senator Ed Durr has introduced legislation to protect children from irreversible treatments and surgeries that would change their sex, prevent or delay puberty, or result in sterilization.

Sen. Ed Durr has introduced legislation to protect children from irreversible treatments and surgeries that would change their sex, prevent or delay puberty, or result in sterilization. (Pixabay)

“Children do not have the maturity to make life-changing medical decisions that cannot be reversed,” said Durr (R-3). “We cannot discount the fact that 10-, 11-, and 12-year-old children are extremely impressionable and can be influenced by adults who may push them to make choices they cannot fully comprehend. We can protect children from unnecessary and permanent harm by delaying these important decisions until they are adults.”

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Durr Calls for Real Relief After Treasury Announces Penny Reduction in Gas Tax

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Senator Ed Durr called for the Murphy administration to support real tax relief for New Jersey families struggling with high gas prices and inflation after the Treasury Department announced a penny reduction in the gas tax.

Sen. Ed Durr called for the Murphy administration to support real tax relief for New Jersey families struggling with high gas prices and inflation after the Treasury Department announced a penny reduction in the gas tax. (Pixabay)

“The Murphy administration is only lowering the gas tax by a penny because that’s what the law requires them to do,” said Durr (R-3). “That might save a family 15 cents a week when they fill their tank. That’s not the kind of savings that will help New Jerseyans struggling with lingering high gas prices and the highest inflation in more than 40 years.”

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Durr Introduces Resolution Memorializing Disabled Man Who Died at Group Home

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Would Designate August 27 of Each Year as Billy Cray Day

An affable young man with developmental disabilities died in his group home bedroom on August 27, 2017, and Senator Ed Durr is determined to ensure his name and his fate are never forgotten.

Sen. Ed Durr introduced a resolution that would designate Aug. 27 of each year as Billy Cray Day, honoring an affable young man with developmental disabilities who died in his group home bedroom in 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

The Senator introduced a resolution that would designate August 27 of each year as Billy Cray Day.

“We cannot allow the mistreatment and tragic loss of William ‘Billy’ Cray to fade from our conscience,” said Durr (R-3). “The injustice Billy endured while in the care of state-licensed group home, the injuries he suffered and the bruises he carried to his grave demand more.”

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Durr Calls on Murphy to Lift all COVID Vaccine Mandates

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Following updated guidance from the CDC, Senator Edward Durr called on Governor Murphy to immediately lift all COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including mandates for health care workers and those who are employed in nursing homes and correctional facilities.

Following updated guidance from the CDC, Sen. Ed Durr called on Gov. Murphy to lift all COVID vaccine mandates, including mandates for health care workers and those who are employed in nursing homes and correctional facilities. (Pixabay)

“Although I am pleased that Governor Murphy finally lifted the unnecessary COVID testing rules for teachers and state workers, more needs to be done,” said Durr (R-3). “To this day, health care workers, corrections officers, and those who work in nursing homes are still required to be vaccinated and boosted. These types of mandates do not provide any measurable benefit and are not even supported by the latest data. There is simply no reason for COVID vaccine mandates to still exist—they should all be abolished immediately.”

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Durr: Despite What NJEA Says, Parents Not “Extremists” for Expressing Concerns About Sex Education Mandates

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Senator Ed Durr responded to an advertisement from the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) that labels parents extremists for expressing concerns about new curriculum and sex education mandates from Trenton.

Sen. Ed Durr responded to an advertisement from the NJEA that labels parents extremists for expressing concerns about new curriculum and sex education mandates from Trenton. (Screen capture from NJEA ad on YouTube)

“Despite what the NJEA says, parents are not extremists for expressing concerns about curriculum mandates or wanting to have a voice in their children’s education,” said Durr (R-3). “It’s another example of the NJEA being out of touch with parents and totally tone deaf to their concerns that sensitive topics such as sex education and gender identity are not appropriate for young kids. Frankly, the NJEA is taking an extreme position by attacking parents instead of listening to them.”

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Durr Blasts NJEA for KGB-Like Effort to Have Teachers Report Parents Who Express Concerns

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Senator Ed Durr blasted the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) for urging teachers to submit reports about parents and community groups that have expressed concerns about school-related matters that involve their children.

Sen. Ed Durr blasted the NJEA for urging teachers to submit reports about parents and community groups that have expressed concerns about school-related matters that involve their children. (NJEA)

“The NJEA is so afraid of parents that they’re resorting to KGB tactics to squash any effort in local communities to challenge the indoctrination of children in our schools,” said Durr (R-3). “If a parent or group of parents express concerns about curriculum, teaching materials, or age-inappropriate books in school libraries, the clear threat is that they’ll be reported to and attacked by the NJEA.”

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