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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Committee Advances Kean Bill Upgrading Penalty for Unreported Hit-and-Run Accidents When Injured Dog or Cat Dies

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The Senate Environment Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that upgrades the penalty for unreported hit-and-run accidents that result in the death of certain animals, including dogs and cats.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation upgrading the penalty for unreported hit-and-run accidents that result in the death of certain animals, including dogs and cats, has advanced. (Pixabay)

“People deserve to know in a timely fashion when their pet is hit by a car so they have the opportunity to seek emergency care, alleviate suffering, or recover remains in a dignified manner,” said Kean (R-21). “When those sad situations happen, we want the driver to stop, check on the animal, and report the strike immediately to authorities to ensure that the owner can be located and notified. We want to be sure drivers realize that it’s illegal to hit and run, regardless of whether the victim is a person or someone’s pet.”

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Kean Resolution Urging Colleges to Temporarily Waive SAT/ACT Testing Requirements Advances

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Says Students Facing Financial Difficulties, Health Concerns & Access Issues During Pandemic

A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean urging institutions of higher education to temporarily waive testing requirements for admission in response to COVID-19 concerns has been advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s resolution urging institutions of higher education to temporarily waive testing requirements for admission in response to COVID-19 concerns has been advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many high school students and their families have struggled with financial difficulties, health concerns, and testing access issues related to COVID-19,” said Kean (R-21). “We think it’s appropriate for colleges and universities to waive their testing requirements for admission temporarily to ensure that nobody is punished for the many challenges presented by the pandemic that are out of their control.”

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Kean Bill Revising NJ Transit Operations Advances

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Measure Would Establish a More Rider-Focused Emphasis and Increase Transparency and Accountability

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would continue extensive reforms of the troubled New Jersey Transit Corporation was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

New Jersey Transit operations would take on a more rider-focused emphasis under legislative reforms sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and approved today by the Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (S-2600) continues the legislative transformation of NJT initiated with the enactment in 2018 of another Kean-sponsored measure (S-630) providing governance, oversight and accountability reforms at the state-owned public transportation authority.

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Kean Bill Updating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council Clears Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean that updates the membership and purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council was advanced by the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that update’s the membership and purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council was advanced by the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“This bill will modernize the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council to reflect a wider and more diverse audience—and more closely align the mission and focus of the Council with the current needs facing the deaf and hard of hearing community,” said Senator Kean (R-21). “By improving the membership and purpose of the Council, we will be able to more effectively assist individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing while enhancing public awareness of their needs.”

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Kean Says Task Force Report Maps Road Ahead for Driverless Vehicles in New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said a report from the New Jersey Autonomous Vehicle Task Force has mapped the road ahead for bringing driverless vehicles to New Jersey.

Sen. Tom Kean said a report from the New Jersey Autonomous Vehicle Task Force has mapped the road ahead for bringing driverless vehicles to New Jersey. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We’ve been working for close to a decade to ensure that the Garden State is a leader in advancing driverless vehicle technology and the many benefits it may provide to New Jerseyans,” said Kean (R-21). “In working towards that goal, it was apparent that we needed a comprehensive plan to allow autonomous vehicles to operate safely and legally on our roads. The task force we created has studied the issue in depth and given us thoughtful recommendations to consider and act upon.”

Kean was a prime sponsor of the bipartisan resolution in 2019 which created the “New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.”

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Kean Applauds Formation of New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined with Senate President Stephen Sweeney and a bipartisan group of legislators from both the Senate and General Assembly to launch the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus during a virtual event today.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of legislators from both the Senate and General Assembly to launch the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus during a virtual event. (YouTube)

The Disability Caucus will serve as a bipartisan forum within the New Jersey Legislature for lawmakers and their staff to consider the impact on the disability community when shaping all public policies in the Garden State through increased awareness and a greater understanding of the complexities of the disabilities service system and issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.

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Governor Signs Kean Bill to Ensure Fairness of NJ Criminal Justice System

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The Governor today signed Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill requiring that data collection concerning the state’s criminal justice system is conducted in a consistent and uniform manner, and is easily accessible to the public.

Senate Republican Leader Kean’s legislation requiring the Attorney General to collect, record, and analyze criminal justice data, including demographic statistics was signed today by the Governor. (©iStock)

The new law requires the Attorney General to collect, record, and analyze criminal justice data, including demographic statistics.

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Senate Passes Kean Bill Providing in-State Tuition to Veterans and Family Members Engaged in Remote Learning

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean providing in-State tuition status to certain veterans and family members during a period of remote instruction was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean providing in-State tuition status to certain veterans and family members during a period of remote instruction was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“Due to the current health crisis, many public institutions of higher education have engaged in remote learning,” said Kean (R-21). “This bill will allow veterans and their family members to continue to pay in-State tuition during any period of mandatory remote instruction—even if they are living outside of New Jersey during that period.”

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Pennacchio & Kean Bill to Review Effectiveness of Programs Supporting Businesses Owned by Minorities and Women Clears Senate

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The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean that would track the performance of State programs to strengthen women- and minority-owned businesses.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Pennacchio and Senate Republican Leader Kean to help minority- and women-owned businesses cleared the Senate today. (©iStock)

“Vibrant and growing women- and minority-owned enterprises are crucial to a strong New Jersey economy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This bill will allow us to evaluate the data so we can identify trends and better understand which programs are effective, and which are falling short. We cannot make decisions about public policy that impacts the economy if we don’t have accurate, up-to-date numbers.”

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Kean’s Bill Cutting Red Tape to Help Military Spouses Resume Careers Advances

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to make it easier for military spouses to resume their careers after relocating to New Jersey has been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to make it easier for military spouses to resume their careers after relocating to New Jersey has been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee. (©iStock)

“During these difficult times, the spouses of the brave men and women of our military should not have to go through unnecessary red tape to secure long-term employment after relocating to New Jersey,” said Kean (R-21). “This bill will give more flexibility to state licensing boards, and will allow otherwise qualified individuals to continue to practice their profession—as long as their spouses, who are in the military, are stationed in our state.”

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