Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. announced that he will share Senate voting session agendas via Facebook so more people will have advanced notice of what their state government is doing, and that he will share his Senate session votes with “friends”/“followers” to promote government transparency, accountability and public participation at a time when it’s most needed.
“In this past election, a record-low 38 percent of voters participated in choosing our governor and full state legislature,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “Those results prove what we’ve heard and read: too many people don’t know their state legislators, what they do or what they fail to do. I’m hoping to help change that with more activity on social media.”
Panel Advances Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators
The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee:
“We’ve waited far too long to put these child protection measures into law here in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005 and testified today for its passage. “There is little as heinous as the sexual assault of a child and it’s time we send a message that those types of monstrous actions are going to be punished severely. Those vile enough to commit this type of a crime once should never be afforded an opportunity to put a second child and family through a similar tragedy.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to expand notification when an offender is released from custody or transferred within the criminal justice system was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.
“This law will protect victims, witnesses and other people close to violent crimes, and encourage more witnesses to stand up and testify in court against criminals,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “The notification system is the least we can do for people, as we continue to look at ways to mitigate violent crime in New Jersey.”
Gov. Chris Christie has signed Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bipartisan “Higher Education Epinephrine Emergency Treatment Act” to make New Jersey’s college campuses safer for people with allergies.
“This common-sense law is to save lives and allow colleges in New Jersey to provide the same protections to their students and staff members who have allergies as can K-12 schools in this state,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “With the proper foresight and training colleges and universities can ensure immediate care to the many people who are allergic to things such as bee stings or certain foods.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) are speakers and members of a bipartisan legislative panel at the New Jersey School Choice Summit to address education reform in the Garden State in commemoration of National School Choice Week.
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Senator Urges Reflection on Common Ground Throughout New Session
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. addressed the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate at its reorganization on Tuesday, January 14, stressing the importance of putting differences aside and accomplishing shared priorities of the people.
“I humbly take my leadership honor and responsibility with a primary focus on helping to make the 2014-2015 New Jersey Legislature the one that enacts our full slate of overdue bipartisan reforms to give the people the more affordable and accountable state they’ve been calling for,” said Kean (R-Union).
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. introduced legislation to specifically criminalize the recording, sharing, distribution and publishing of assaults, such as “Knockout Game.”
“The Knockout Game isn’t the first trendy crime that has spread because of the popularity of internet videos showing the incidents,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “This legislation makes it clear that people in New Jersey who record, share, post or publish people being assaulted will be criminally liable.”
Senators Diane Allen and Tom Kean Jr. issued the following statement about the Governor’s announcement that New Jersey will receive a $44.3 million Race To The Top (RTTT) Early Learning Challenge Grant to provide early learning and development programs for thousands of high needs children throughout the state.
“New Jersey has always been committed to providing quality early learning opportunities for all students,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This grant will increase early childhood educational services for children throughout the state and give parents the information they need to help their children succeed. This funding will also go a long way to help improve communication among program provides and streamline the curriculum in early childhood education.”
Senator Diane Allen and Republican Leader Senator Tom Kean Jr. wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in October to endorse New Jersey’s RTTT grant application. The letter was included in the state’s application.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. announced today that Christine Shipley will serve as Executive Director of the Senate Republican Office.
“On behalf of our caucus, I thank Christine for stepping up to this vital leadership role in New Jersey’s Legislature,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “Senate Republicans and our staff members appreciate her diligence, loyalty and how the people will continue to benefit from her diverse experiences in public service. There is not a more professional and upstanding individual to head the Senate Republican Office as we pursue the people’s priorities.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following about Gov. Chris Christie naming Regina Egea as the Governor’s Chief of Staff:
“I’ve known Regina for nearly a decade, as both the director of the authorities unit and as a local councilwoman. I have total confidence that she will excel in this new position and that she will serve Gov. Christie and the people of New Jersey well during the governor’s second term. I look forward to working with her and wish her the best of luck.”