Beck Lone ‘No’ Vote on ‘Milkweed for Monarchs’ Bill

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TRENTON — The Senate voted 39-1 Thursday to pass a bill that would establish a DEP program designating certain storm basin areas as fields for milkweed, the plant that Monarch butterflies depend on for food. Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) was the lone hold-out on the bill from Senators Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-5) and Sandra Cunnigham (D-31).

The Monmouth Republican, who saw her own bill to establish “Adopt a Shelter Pet Month” pass in the upper house that afternoon, was not immediately available for comment.

“You’re going to have a hard time finding a bigger dog-lover than me,” Beck said in a statement.