The state Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to make New Jersey a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles.
In June 2013, Senator Kean introduced Senate bill 734, which would make New Jersey the third U.S. state —and the first in the densely populated, fast-paced North East Region — to permit the testing of and licensing for autonomous vehicles.
“New Jersey’s workforce and economy, has a lot to gain from being at the forefront of such innovation, beyond that the overall implementation of driverless vehicles stands to make our roadways much safer and less congested,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris).
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean toured the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs with company President Marcus Weldon and unveiled new legislation to create jobs by fostering innovation in New Jersey.
“Bell Labs is a tremendously successful asset for New Jersey and its economy, and I am proud to stand with Marcus and have his support as we seek to increase opportunities and create high-paying jobs with this new set of bills to foster innovation,” Kean said. “This legislation will help expand research and development efforts, as well as create greater avenues for success by linking higher education and business communities. These bills can open doors to help impressive employers like Bell Labs grow here and attract more job creators by showing that New Jersey is devoted to staying a force for innovation.”
“Bell Labs is a key innovation engine driving the global communications industry,” said Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs. “This initiative aims to ensure that New Jersey continues to be a leading player on the global stage and that our heritage of invention continues at Bell Labs.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean will be at the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs on Friday to unveil several new bills to foster innovation, and in turn create opportunities for New Jersey families, residents, entrepreneurs and employers.
As announced on October 1, this “Fostering Innovation” event marks the beginning of Senate Republicans’ statewide rollout of a new six-tiered job creation and economic growth package, which will not cost taxpayers extra money and should easily attract bipartisan sponsors and support.
Kean & Singer Seeking Update from State Health Commissioner on New Jersey’s Preparedness to Respond to Ebola
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator Bob Singer (R-30), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Health Committee, sent the following letter to New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd seeking an update on the preparedness of the Department of Health to effectively respond and protect the public should persons infected with the Ebola virus be identified in the state.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced that the caucus will be touring the state to unveil a new job creation and economic growth package throughout the next couple of months.
“On behalf of the caucus, I am excited to introduce this new set of bills to create New Jersey jobs and grow the state economy without costing taxpayers extra money,” Kean said. “The Republican caucus looks forward to bringing these solutions into the neighborhoods of employers, entrepreneurs, innovators and working families across the state. I am confident that these innovative ideas will attract bipartisan support and sponsorship quickly to pass this legislation.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
“Thirteen years ago, thousands of innocent Americans became sudden victims of terror. Today, we remember and pay tribute to those who truly embodied perseverance, courage, and heroism not only on September 11, 2001, but also during the difficult days of recovery and rebuilding. We hold first responders, victims and their families in our hearts. Their strength stands as a testament to American resiliency. Today, we reflect on how our nation has come together in the past 13 years to overcome one of the darkest days of our history. We remember and honor those who gave and make tremendous sacrifices for us all.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was nominated to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge by Amanda Woloshen Glass. He responded to the challenge, with the help of his daughters, and nominated New Jersey’s other legislative leaders — Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick — to take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Senator Kean will also make a donation to the ALS Association.
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to create criteria to determine how state tax dollars are allotted to colleges and universities throughout New Jersey was advanced today by the full Senate.
“A Commission has long been needed to study and determine an accountable, consistent and equitable measure for how billions of dollars in public funding is annually provided to colleges and universities,” said Kean (R-Union). “New Jersey’s overtaxed residents cannot afford to pay for any arbitrary state spending. We need to continuously examine every dollar spent to ensure that taxpayers are getting the most for their money.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco presented options to eliminate approximately $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 state budget.
“Senate Republicans believe that budget negotiations should steer sharply away from dozens of tax and fee increases,” said Kean (R-Union). “We support 99 percent of the Governor’s proposed budget, but believe that there is a better way to finish the document than raising so many costs on New Jerseyans and job creators.
“We are not surprised and we will absolutely not support the Senate Democrats’ proposals to raise $1.6 billion in taxes on those who pay the most to fund critical public services, which would drastically decrease state revenues and put middle-class public pensioners out of work,” Kean said.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg allowing crime victims to get official records related to a crime they suffered at no cost, and ensuring their requests are kept confidential, was approved today by the Senate. It now heads to the governor’s desk.
“The tolls of being victimized are already high enough,” said Kean (R-Union). “Vulnerable and suffering victims deserve free, easy access to public records in this way, so that they can better protect themselves and their families.”