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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill to Allow More Seniors to Qualify for Savings on Prescriptions Through the PAAD and Senior Gold Programs Clears Senate

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The Senate approved Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation that would allow more seniors and residents with disabilities to qualify for help with prescription drug costs.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation that would allow more seniors and residents with disabilities to qualify for help with prescription drug costs. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This legislation would help 20,000 more residents save money on prescription drugs by expanding income eligibility levels for New Jersey’s prescription drug programs for seniors,” said Kean (R-21). “The high cost of prescription medicine is one of the most troubling concerns of people living on fixed incomes, and this will ease the burden for more seniors.”

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Kean’s Remarks During Senate Debate on State Budget

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) delivered the following remarks during the New Jersey Senate’s debate on the FY 2022 State Budget:

As a result of the many impacts of the pandemic over the past 15 months, there are a great many needs that this budget should address to help New Jersey recover and come back stronger.

Remarks from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean during the New Jersey Senate’s debate on the FY 2022 State Budget. (SenateNJ.com)

We know of students who have experienced significant learning loss due to closed schools and the challenges of remote learning, yet hundreds of districts across the state are still set to have their funding cut under this spending plan.

We know of the unemployed workers who couldn’t get their claims approved and we remember the long lines that plagued drivers at the MVC.

And still, this budget includes very little of the funding that is needed to fix the old systems that are at the root of many of these problems.

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Kean Bill that Would Stabilize State Funding for Higher Education Clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s higher education institutions earned Senate approval today.

The Senate approved Sen. Tom Kean’s bill that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s higher education institutions. (SenateNJ.com)

“The dramatic increase in higher education tuition each year is making college and post-graduate education less affordable and less attainable for so many New Jersey families,” said Kean (R-21). “New Jersey has consistently underfunded colleges and universities, leading to a troubling affordability crisis. This legislation will create a commission to address this systemic problem by analyzing the available data from our state, as well as other states, and determine how we can more efficiently fund our higher education system.”

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Kean Bill Protecting Residents’ Personal Data Advances

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Individuals, corporations and businesses, and associations would be required to protect the personal information of customers, clients, and members or risk significant fines under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced today by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean sponsors legislation that would require individuals, corporations and businesses, and associations to protect the personal information of customers, clients and members or risk significant fines. (©iStock)

Kean’s bill, S-1233, requires any entity that owns or licenses personal information about a resident of the state to implement a comprehensive security program to prevent the data from being compromised.

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Committee Clears Kean Bill that Would Examine State Funding for Higher Education

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s higher education institutions was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s higher education institutions was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“The dramatic increase in higher education tuition each year is making college less affordable and less attainable for so many New Jersey families,” said Kean (R-21). “One of the most obvious reasons for this increase is because New Jersey has consistently underfunded colleges and universities which has led to a large-scale affordably crisis. My legislation will create a commission to address this systemic problem by analyzing the available data from our state, as well as other states, and determine how we can more efficiently fund our higher education system.”

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Kean Bill Offering Free Beach Access to Veterans Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would require municipalities to provide free beach access to veterans was advanced this week by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that would require municipalities to provide free beach access to veterans was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“In recognition of our brave veterans who have defended this nation, it is fitting to offer them free admission to New Jersey’s incredible, award-winning beaches,” said Kean (R-21). “This is a small way to honor our country’s military personnel and show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. I hope that this legislation will help our veterans enjoy the unique experience of New Jersey’s beaches with their family and friends.”

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Kean Bill to Improve Transportation Access for Residents with Developmental Disabilities Advances

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State residents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities would have an easier time traveling independently under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and cleared this week by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean would make independent travel more accessible for state residents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation (S-3442) requires the Department of Transportation (DOT), the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to review current infrastructure design practices for highway and public transportation projects.

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Panel Advances Kean Bill to Make Medicine More Affordable for NJ Seniors

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More seniors and residents with disabilities will be eligible for help with prescription drug costs under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean would ensure more seniors and residents with disabilities will be eligible for help with prescription drug costs. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The high cost of prescription medicine is one of the most troubling concerns of people living on fixed incomes,” said Kean (R-21). “This legislation would help 20,000 more residents save money by expanding income eligibility levels for New Jersey’s prescription drug programs for seniors.”

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Kean Measure Designating April of Each Year as ‘Educational Opportunity Fund Month’ Approved by Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that designates April of each year as “Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Month” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that designates April of each year as “Educational Opportunity Fund Month” cleared the Senate. (Pixabay)

“Since 1968, the Educational Opportunity Fund has provided critical services and support for hundreds of thousands of students, including counseling, tutoring, and developmental course work,” said Kean (R-21). “By designating the month of April as ‘Educational Opportunity Fund Month,’ we will help bring awareness to this important program that continues to make college more attainable for students facing academic and financial challenges.”

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Kean Measure Allowing More Financial Flexibility for Nonprofits that Host Bingo & Raffles Approved by Senate

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A constitutional amendment sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would allow more organizations to use the proceeds from conducting games of chance to support their organizations has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

A constitutional amendment sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would allow more organizations to use the proceeds from conducting games of chance to support their organizations cleared the Senate. (Pixabay)

“Many non-profits and charities have seen their primary revenue sources severely reduced because of the pandemic,” said Kean (R-21). “This resolution gives organizations that host bingo or raffles additional financial flexibility in how the proceeds may be used. This common-sense measure will take the same benefits given to veterans and senior citizens groups, and afford them to other nonprofit organizations.”

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