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By JRosen | December 21st, 2012 - 2:43pm
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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) that requires the state to reimburse towns for the educational costs of students who reside in a domestic violence shelter or transitional living facility for more than one year is now law.

The Senate concurred with Governor Christie’s recommendations on the underlying legislation (A-3164) in a unanimous vote on December 20, 2012.

An administrative law court’s decision in 2010 redefined a “homeless” family. Once that family lives within a school district for 12 consecutive months, the financial responsibility of any school age children in that family is that district’s responsibility.

“Sticking host municipalities with the bill for these students not only strains local budgets, it breeds resentment toward these facilities by the community,” said Senator Bucco. “This is a truly unique and narrow set of circumstances that requires the state to step in and remedy in the interest both of the taxpayers and the women and children that seek shelter in transitional housing facilities. I am pleased this law will now be in effect to protect taxpayers in the communities that provide living facilities to those most in need.”

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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