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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Measure Requiring Reporting of All Overdose Deaths Awaits Governor’s Action

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean sponsors legislation, cleared today by the Senate, that would more accurately reflect the severity of the State’s opioid crisis.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill requires the reporting of all opioid-related deaths to help understand the extent of the crisis and save lives. (SenateNJ.com)

Kean’s bill (A5446/S3907) would mandate a medical examiner or health care professional who determines a death was related to opioids to report it to the State health department. Passed by the Assembly in June, it now moves to Governor Murphy’s desk for consideration.

“The deadly drug epidemic continues to rage at an alarming rate in New Jersey,” said Kean (R-21). “Drug-related deaths often go unreported to the State and federal governments due to inconsistencies in investigations and the classification of the cause of death. If we are going to develop policies and practices to rein in this crisis, accurate statistics and reporting are crucial.”

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Kean/Corrado Measure to Detect Fentanyl in Contraband Moves to Governor’s Desk

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kristin Corrado that would establish a program to detect potentially deadly fentanyl in the illegal drug supply was approved by the Senate and now awaits the governor’s consideration.

Sen. Tom Kean’s measure requires the attorney general’s office to test all controlled dangerous substances seized by police for the presence of fentanyl. (©iStock)

The bill (A5445/S3909) would require the attorney general to test all controlled dangerous substances seized by police for the presence of fentanyl.

“The severity of the state’s heart-breaking drug epidemic demands action,” said Kean (R-24). “This program will save lives by providing first responders with insight into where fentanyl is most rampant and which neighborhoods and towns face the greatest threat. The testing could help police track the sources of the deadly drugs and get them off the streets.”

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Kean Bill Paving Way for Return of RVL One-Seat Ride to NYC Signed

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean requiring NJ Transit to study the restoration of the Raritan Valley Line’s full-time direct rail service to New York Penn Station was signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation requiring NJ Transit to study the restoration of the RVL’s full-time direct rail service to NY Penn was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“Raritan Valley Line commuters deserve a one-seat ride to Manhattan,” said Kean (R-21). “Restoring full-time, one-seat rides will increase property values and cut travel times. The enactment of this study is a step in the right direction to get the RVL back on track, leading to shorter, smoother, and safer commutes.”

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Kean Bill Requiring Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Passes Senate

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Says Early Detection Leads to Prompt Treatment

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to ensure those born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) can receive treatment as soon as possible was passed unanimously by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to ensure those born with spinal muscular atrophy can receive treatment as soon as possible was passed unanimously by the State Senate. (Flickr)

“SMA is the number-one genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers in the United States,” said Kean (R-21). “Treatment administered without delay will improve the quality of life for infants with SMA, leading to better outcomes with potential life-saving results. Screening for spinal muscular atrophy at birth will save the lives of New Jersey’s newborns.”

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Kean Bill to Bolster Health of Minority Women Clears Budget Committee

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Targets disparities in care and outcomes of African-American women

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to improve the health of African-American women was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation directs the New Jersey Office of Minority and Multicultural Health to study factors influencing the dramatic differences in death, disease and injury rates between white females and women of color. (Flickr)

“Minority women have suffered with more deaths, complications and serious diseases in every aspect of women’s health, and the disparity has persisted for more than five decades,” said Kean (R-21). “There’s no reason we can’t close the gap and significantly improve the health outcomes for new mothers and their children. This initiative will help us discover the causes and address the issues. We cannot accept mortality rates three to four times higher for pregnant African-American women.”

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Kean Calls on Murphy Admin to End Attacks on Freelancers & the Media

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Local Publisher Set to Reduce Community Coverage After Being Fined by State for Using Independent Contractors

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called on the Murphy Administration to end its attacks on independent contractors and the media after the Westfield Leader was fined for not classifying freelance reporters and photographers as employees.

Sen. Tom Kean called on the Murphy Administration to end its attacks on independent contractors and the media after the Westfield Leader was fined for not classifying freelance reporters and photographers as employees. (©iStock)

“Many people choose to freelance for a variety of reasons, and those self-employed individuals make it possible for small media outlets like the Westfield Leader to offer comprehensive coverage of local government meetings, school sports, and community events,” said Kean. “Unfortunately, the Westfield Leader has been forced to end its freelance program completely after being fined by the Murphy Administration. I’d like for Governor Murphy to explain to the Leader’s many former contributors how his assault on the company that paid them has improved their situation or that of the community they proudly served. This is a clear example of how the Governor’s flawed labor policies will hurt New Jersey families and further erode a media industry that is already struggling to survive.”

According to the Westfield Leader, it was forced to end its freelance program after the New Jersey Department of Labor fined the paper’s publisher going back to 2015 for not treating freelance reporters and photographers as employees.

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Kean: Trenton Needs to Focus on Fighting Culture of Sexual Harassment

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said leaders in Trenton need to focus on fighting a culture of sexual harassment in response to a published report detailing women’s stories of abuse while working in the world of New Jersey politics.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said leaders in Trenton need to focus on fighting a culture of sexual harassment in response to a published report detailing women’s stories of abuse while working in the world of New Jersey politics.

“Whenever you start to think we’ve made progress in improving the culture in Trenton, a story like this comes out that proves you wrong,” said Kean. “It’s clear that a much greater focus needs to be placed on addressing the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault to protect everyone who works in New Jersey government, politics, and government affairs. Senate Republicans are ready to continue our efforts through the LSOC or another forum to put an end to the epidemic of sexual harassment that continues to victimize too many women in New Jersey.

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Kean: RVL Commuters Are One Step Closer to One-Seat Rides to Manhattan

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean commended the New Jersey General Assembly for passing his legislation that would require NJ Transit to study the restoration of the Raritan Valley Line’s full-time direct rail service to New York Penn Station.

Sen. Tom Kean commended the Assembly for passing his legislation that would require NJ Transit to study the restoration of the RVL’s full-time direct rail service to NY Penn. (SenateNJ.com)

“RVL riders deserve a one-seat ride to New York Penn,” said Kean (R-21). “We’ve succeeded in restoring off-peak, one seat rides, but that doesn’t help the thousands of commuters in my district who are catching the train to work during rush hour each day. This study will help us better serve NJ Transit riders, leading to shorter, smoother and safer commutes.”

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Kean Legislation to Lower Prescription Costs Passes Senate

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to limit out-of-pocket prescription costs has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to limit out-of-pocket prescription costs has passed the Senate. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The treatment costs for patients battling cancer and other chronic diseases adds up, often placing a heavy financial burden on families and loved ones,” said Kean (R-21). “Lifesaving prescriptions can cost thousands of dollars a month or more. Many other states have succeeded in limiting exorbitant fees for critical prescriptions. This legislation will make prescription co-payments more affordable, helping patients avoid financial distress during an already turbulent time.”

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Kean Bill Legalizing Liquor Sales at Local Theaters Passes Senate

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Legislation Supports the Arts and Non-Profits

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to boost support for the arts through allowing alcohol sales at small, non-profit theaters has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to boost support for the arts through allowing alcohol sales at small, non-profit theaters has passed the Senate. (Pixabay)

“This legislation will encourage more New Jerseyans to go their local theater where they can grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the show,” said Kean (R-21). “Giving small theaters the opportunity to serve alcohol opens an untapped revenue stream to support plays and performances. This will increase foot traffic and ticket sales, and bolster non-profit theater’s bottom lines across the Garden State.”

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