Gopal Bill to Develop Official "New Jersey-Made" Designation Signed Into Law

TRENTON - To spotlight products made in the Garden State, a bill sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal to create an official “NJ-Made” logo to be used by in-state manufacturers was signed into law Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.

"When you know that a product was made in New Jersey, you know to expect high quality,” said Senator Gopal.

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Gopal Animal Welfare Bill Signed Into Law

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal was signed this Tuesday, amending New Jersey law to provide the State with added flexibility in determining whether an abused dog able to be rehabilitated or one that attacks a criminal while defending its family must be euthanized.

“Unfortunately, some dog owners want to train their pets to be aggressive and dangerous creatures,” said Senator Vin Gopal. “That does not mean, however, that every dog bite, every incident, is the result of the dog being vicious.

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76sc May 07, 2019

On Opening Day, Gopal Lauds Hard-Won Funds for Optimistic Mood at Monmouth Park

OCEANPORT - Following Monmouth Park's Opening Day for 2019, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are lauding an optimistic mood among the Park’s breeders, jockeys, and employees for the upcoming season, crediting their new $20 million subsidy to New Jersey racetracks for sunny forecasts on the track’s economic future.

“For a long time, we saw that New Jersey’s historic horse racing industry was struggling to make ends meet,” said Gopal (D-Long Branch).

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76sc May 06, 2019

Diegnan, Gopal School Bus Safety Bill Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. and Senator Vin Gopal, which would require all school buses have a phone number or website displayed on the back of the bus so drivers can report bus driver misconduct if they witness anything concerning, was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

“All members of the public have a vested interest in making sure school bus drivers are driving safely and paying close attention to their surroundings,” said Senator Gopal.

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76sc April 01, 2019

Sen. Gopal Hosts Eatontown Community Town Hall

EATONTOWN - Senator Vin Gopal will be hosting a community Town Hall event on Monday, April 8 from 6 to 8 PM. The Town Hall will take place in the Eatontown Community Center, located at 72 Broad Street.

“As a legislator, doing my job without the feedback of my constituents is like trying to ride a bicycle without handlebars,” said Senator Gopal.

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76sc March 29, 2019

Sen. Gopal Introduces Prohibition on Minors Trapping Animals

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal today introduced Senate Bill S3611, which would prohibit any individual under the age of 18 from being issued a trapping license. Senator Gopal issued the following statement regarding this legislation:

“Last December, I was shocked and angered by a disturbing and widely circulated video that showed two teenagers cruelly beating an innocent racoon whose leg had become caught in a trap. This is not an isolated incident, and its implications are troubling. 

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76sc March 14, 2019

Gopal, Houghtaling, & Downey Laud State's Filing Against Offshore Drilling

OCEAN TOWNSHIP -  Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe that the State of New Jersey had joined a motion in federal court seeking to block drilling-related seismic testing activity:

“No matter how you look at it, proposals for offshore drilling are more than unnecessary to New Jersey’s economy - they are potentially harmful,” said Senator Gopal.

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76sc March 12, 2019

Gopal Applauds Release of Bill Removing Civil Statutes of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal issued the following statement in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s release of Senate Bill S477, which removes the statute of limitations in certain civil actions for sexual abuse and expands the categories of defendants liable in such actions.

“Sexual abuse ruins lives, but many child predators are able to go unpunished for their crime because of a loophole in our state's judicial system,” said Senator Gopal. “This is more than unacceptable - it is horrific.

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76sc March 07, 2019

Sen. Conference Leader Gopal Condemns Trump Administration’s Attack on Women’s Healthcare

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal issued the following statement in response to the new rule proposed by the Trump administration stripping millions of dollars in Title X funding from family planning clinics:

“According to the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, in 2017, New Jersey received  $8.5 million in federal Title X funding to support 45 service sites across New Jersey. With this funding, New Jersey’s Title X providers served 99,844 people.  Planned Parenthood affiliates in New Jersey operate 22 health centers which see more than 70 percent of all Title X patients in the state.

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Tests Don’t Define Our Kids

As conversation surrounding eliminating statewide PARCC testing for students continues, Senator Vin Gopal continues to push back against high stake testing as a graduation requirement in NJ.

“High stakes standardized testing does not benefit students, teachers, or parents,” said Senator Vin Gopal.

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10sc February 03, 2019

Sen. Gopal Lambasts Minimum Wage Deal

Senator Vin Gopal stands in strong opposition to the newly agreed upon minimum wage deal by Democratic Party leadership, which stands to negatively impact the local small business community.

This deal will be crushing for small businesses which are just over five employees.

“The deal announced today by the Democratic Party leadership is a disastrous deal that will issue a devastating blow to our small business community and inevitably result in the closure of countless mom and pop shops,” said Senator Vin Gopal, an avid supporter of the small business community in District 11 and New Jersey at large.

“These are not large corporations that can absorb the blow. Forcing small business owners to drastically raise their minimum wage over this short period will result in layoffs and closures, which will ultimately hurt our local economy and will only empower bigger corporations.

“The owner of a coffee shop or an ice cream parlor does not make a six-figure salary. Often, these business owners don’t make a profit for the first several years of business. We cannot jeopardize our small business community with a frivolous minimum wage policy. The majority of the mom and pop businesses, already facing very high rents here in Monmouth County, will, without question, suffer as a direct result of this deal. The plan also offers no concrete economic study to determine the impact on a regular basis. ”

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Senator Gopal Lauds Governor’s Second Round of Funding of $27 Million in Preschool Expansion Aid to 33 School Districts

Governor Phil Murphy today announced a second round of state funding to create or expand preschool programs in 33 school districts – marking the first time those communities have received state aid for preschool. The $26.9 million in Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) ensures that 2,320 children will start 2019 in a high-quality preschool classroom.

“I was pleased to see the Governor’s funding announcement for the Preschool Education Expansion Aid today,” said Senator Vin Gopal.

“It’s clear that preschool provides a strong foundation for a child’s future academic and economic success. Therefore, expanding access to preschool in low-income communities throughout the state will not only improve the lives of the youth enrolled, but it will strengthen all of New Jersey for the future. In the coming years, I hope we can do even more to improve our early childhood development programming.”

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5sc January 10, 2019

Sen. Gopal Appointed As Chairman Of Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Freshman Senator Vin Gopal has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“I am honored to take on this new and important role as Chair of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee,” said Senator Gopal.

“As a State Senator, I have striven to support veterans both in my district and throughout the state. I look forward to continuing my support of the service members in New Jersey who have fought for our state and our country. These men and women deserve the utmost care from our communities and I plan on facilitating that as best I can.”

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