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Bipartisan Anti-Hazing Bill Passes Senate

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Singleton/Kean/Bateman Bill Bars Students Convicted of Hazing from Receiving State Tuition Aid

The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, and Senators Troy Singleton and Kip Bateman that would ensure in-state college students who are convicted of hazing are not eligible for State tuition aid.

More than 200 students have died from hazing-related accidents in the United States since 1838, and 40 students have died in the past decade alone, according to reports. (Economist.com/Hank Nuwer)

“Our legislation sends a clear message: if you haze a classmate, the state will not fund your education. Students can choose to value their time on campus and treat others with respect, or find another way to pay for it,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “We won’t allow this culture of humiliation and violence to continue in New Jersey. Too many young lives have been lost already.”

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Kean/Vitale Bill to Help NJ Moms, Address Maternal & Infant Mortality Rates Passes Senate

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Bill Would Improve Statewide Medicaid Data Analysis Practices

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Health Committee Chair Joe Vitale to improve the health, well-being and safety of New Jersey’s expectant mothers and newborns on Medicaid has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Leader Tom Kean and Senate Health Chair Joe Vitale to improve the health, well-being and safety of expectant mothers and newborns on Medicaid has passed the Senate. (©iStock)

New Jersey’s maternal and infant mortality rates are some of the highest in the country, especially for African Americans. S-3406 would address this crisis by improving certain Medicaid data analysis and healthcare practices.

“New Jersey mothers and their newborn babies are dying at alarming rates,” Senator Kean (R-21) said. “By analyzing Medicaid data, we can identify risk factors and break down barriers to care that are putting women and children in harm’s way. This bill, along with the rest of our bipartisan maternal healthcare package, will help close the racial disparity gap, build stronger families, and save lives.”
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Kean: Bucco Has Our Prayers & Support in Cancer Battle

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding Senator Anthony Bucco’s diagnosis and upcoming treatment for throat cancer:

Sen. Tom Kean’s statement regarding Sen. Anthony Bucco’s diagnosis and upcoming treatment for throat cancer. (SenateNJ.com)

“We want Senator Bucco to know that he won’t be alone in his upcoming fight against cancer. He has the prayers and full support of his Senate Republican family, and I’m sure of the entire Legislature. Knowing Tony, I have no doubt his battle against cancer will be successful.”

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Kean/Vitale Bill to Help NJ Moms, Address Maternal & Infant Mortality Rates Advances

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Bill Would Improve Statewide Medicaid Data Analysis Practices

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Health Committee Chair Joe Vitale to improve the health, well-being and safety of New Jersey’s expectant mothers and newborns on Medicaid has passed the Senate Health Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Republican Leader Tom Kean to improve the health, well-being and safety of New Jersey’s expectant mothers and newborns on Medicaid has passed the Senate Health Committee. (Flickr)

New Jersey’s maternal and infant mortality rates are some of the highest in the country, especially for African Americans. S-3406 would address this crisis by improving certain Medicaid data analysis and healthcare practices.

“Mothers and their newborn babies are dying at shocking rates in New Jersey, and across the country,” Senator Kean (R-21) noted. “Evaluating the medical data of pregnant Medicaid patients Statewide can help us better understand risk factors and break down barriers to care. This legislation, along with the rest of our bipartisan maternal healthcare package, will help close the racial disparity gap, build stronger families, and save lives.”

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Senate Transportation Committee Approves Creation of New Gateway Development Commission

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Diegnan, Kean laud NJ-NY-Amtrak partnership as critical to build new tunnels, expand rail capacity and spur economic growth

Legislation sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean creating the Gateway Development Commission was approved on Thursday by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. creating the Gateway Development Commission was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Gateway Project will increase NJ Transit rail commuter capacity to and from New York Penn Station by 70,000 riders a day and enable NJ Transit to provide direct one-seat rides on every rail line,” said Senator Kean (R-Union). “The Morris & Essex Line’s Midtown Direct rail service is a major reason that downtowns like Morristown, Madison and South Orange are now thriving, and we need that same transit-oriented development to spur economic growth on the Raritan Valley Line and throughout North and Central Jersey.”

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Kean Announces Corrado as Newest Member of Senate Republican Leadership

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Sen. Kristin Corrado will replace Addiego as Deputy Whip

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean today announced that Senator Kristin Corrado (R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex) will join the Senate Republican Caucus Leadership as Deputy Whip.

Sen. Tom Kean announces Sen. Kristin Corrado will join the Senate Republican Caucus Leadership. Corrado is replacing Addiego as Deputy Whip. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Corrado has proven to be an effective and respected leader in our caucus, and I’m proud to expand her role as a member of our Senate Republican leadership team,” Senator Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) said. “Most recently, she has been a courageous and compassionate voice of reason on the special committee investigating the Murphy Administration’s hiring practices.

“She has a strong history of being an admirable public servant, and the experience and knowledge necessary to move our caucus forward. I know that in this new role, Senator Corrado will continue to be a strong advocate for families and taxpayers throughout the state we are proud to call home. I thank her for stepping up and joining us in our fight for a brighter, more prosperous future for all New Jerseyans.”

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Kean, Cunningham Bill to Create Campus Sexual Assault Commission Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Senate Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission cleared the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Sen. Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“College campuses should be nurturing and secure environments where students can grow and learn without fear,” said Senator Kean (R-Morris/Somerset/Union). “So many survivors have bravely come forward to share their stories. They deserve justice. By establishing a commission, we can develop real deterrents to combat the campus assault epidemic and keep generations of students safe from sexual violence.”
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Singer & Kean Fight to Change Code Blue Law to Save Lives During Winter Weather

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New Bill Drafted in Response to Concerns that NJ’s Homeless Need More Protection from Severe Cold 

In response to concerns that local officials in Toms River and throughout New Jersey are struggling to authorize shelter for the homeless during winter weather events, Senator Robert Singer and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean will introduce legislation to change New Jersey’s Code Blue standards to ensure no one pays the price for language in the law.

In response to local concerns, Sens. Robert Singer and Tom Kean will introduce legislation to change New Jersey’s Code Blue standards. (©iStock)

Currently, a Code Blue is triggered when temperatures reach 25 degrees Fahrenheit or colder without precipitation or 32 degree or colder with precipitation. The new bill would eliminate the 25 degree standard, so that a Code Blue would be triggered as soon as the temperature falls to 32 degrees, regardless of whether or not there is precipitation at the time.

The bill will be formally introduced during the next Senate quorum on Thursday, Jan. 31.

“I was devastated to hear that the homeless are being turned away from shelters in Ocean County this winter,” Senator Singer (R-30) said. “Snow or no snow, when the temperature reaches 32 degrees, it’s time to get inside. I cannot even begin to imagine the terror someone must feel when it’s freezing and you have nowhere to go. Code Blue was designed to save lives. No one should be forced to suffer because of problematic language in a law that was meant to help people.”

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Kean, Cunningham Bill to Create Campus Sexual Assault Commission Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Senate Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee .

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Sen. Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission cleared the Senate Budget Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“College campuses should be nurturing and secure environments where students can grow and learn without fear,” said Senator Kean (R-Morris/Somerset/Union). “So many survivors have bravely come forward to share their stories. They deserve justice. By establishing a commission, we can develop real deterrents to combat the campus assault epidemic and keep generations of students safe from sexual violence.”
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Kean: NJ Transit Hiring Successes Due to Lifting Public Workers Residency Requirements

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More Proof We Should End Limitations Across State Government

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said New Jersey Transit’s recent hiring successes highlight how eliminating residency requirements could benefit all of State government:

Sen. Republican Leader Tom Kean said NJ Transit’s recent hiring successes highlight how eliminating residency requirements could benefit all of State government. (SenateNJ.com)

“For years I have called for New Jersey to eliminate the rigid state residency mandates for public employment,” Kean said. “Those hiring limitations are a big part of the reason NJ Transit ended up so short staffed, leading to many cancelled trains and buses for commuters. I am pleased we succeeded in getting NJ Transit exempted from these requirements, which led to recent accomplishments in filling vacancies in their training programs.”

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