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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Requiring Colleges and Universities to Provide Student Loan Debt Repayment Information Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that requires institutions of higher education to provide information on federal and state student loan repayment programs has been advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that requires institutions of higher education to provide information on federal and state student loan repayment programs cleared the Senate Higher Education Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many people in New Jersey, as well as around the country, have struggled with student loan repayment and may be unaware of the options available to them,” said Kean (R-21). “Under my legislation, colleges and universities in New Jersey will be required to tell graduating students about the various state and federal repayment programs that are available. Our hardworking, soon-to-be graduates deserve to be properly informed so that their student loan debt does not become unmanageable in the future.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Strengthening ‘Shore Protection Fund’ Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that increases the funding for the “Shore Protection Fund” from $25 million to $50 million has been advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that increases the funding for the “Shore Protection Fund” has been advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Bing Maps)

“All of our shore communities and their local economies depend on us preserving our valuable coastline,” said Kean (R-21). “By doubling the amount of money that goes to the ’Shore Protection Fund,’ we will ensure that homes, small businesses, beaches, and boardwalks are properly maintained and protected from environmental factors such as erosion and sea-level rise.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Governor Signs Kean Bill to Keep the Lights On at Hospitals, Nursing Homes

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In a power outage, utility companies must prioritize the restoration of electricity to hospitals and nursing homes under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and signed into law today.

The Governor signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that requires power companies to prioritize the restoration of power to hospitals and nursing homes after an outage. (Pixabay)

The Governor endorsed the bill, A-1226/S-265, requiring the Board of Public Utilities to adopt regulations obliging electric companies to give preference to restoring electric service to critical facilities, including chronic or acute renal dialysis centers, and research labs or clinics that store human blood, tissue, or DNA.

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Kean Statement on Passing of Superior Court Judge Peter Barnes

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of Superior Court Judge Peter J. Barnes III:

Statement from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on the passing of Superior Court Judge Peter J. Barnes III. (CC0 Public Domain)

“For the past 25 years, Judge Barnes has honorably served New Jersey. From his time as a councilman in Edison to his recent service on the bench, Peter lived up to the family tradition of public service exemplified by his father and brother.

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Kean Statement on the Passing of Sen. Gerald Cardinale

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39):

Sen. Gerry Cardinale passed away this morning at age 86. Click for high resolution. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our Senate Republican family is deeply saddened by the passing of our longest serving member, Senator Gerald Cardinale.

“Gerry, the dean of our caucus, was a trusted voice in the Senate for nearly four decades. Generations of Republicans and Democrats who served alongside him in the Legislature were guided by his sage advice. We are all better legislators for having served with him.

“Please join us today in praying for Gerry and his family. Rest in peace, Senator, and thank you for everything you have done for New Jersey.”

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation Helping Underrepresented Students in STEM Programs Clears Senate

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation requiring new guidance in the recruitment of underrepresented students for STEM programs was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kean’s legislation requiring new guidance in the recruitment of underrepresented students for STEM programs was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“STEM fields are some of the fastest-growing in the country and students who would like to pursue a STEM career should be able to do so regardless of their gender or ethnicity,” said Kean (R-21). “My legislation will make certain that colleges and universities focus on ways to recruit historically underrepresented students in STEM programs.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Tom Kean

Bipartisan Bill Unveiled to Provide $300 Million in EDA Grants, Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits to Spur Economic Recovery, Job Growth in Wake of COVID-19

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Addiego, Sweeney, Gopal, O’Scanlon, Testa and Kean Team Up to Sponsor Legislation Expanding EDA Capacity to Help Small Business Bounce Back

Bipartisan legislation providing the state Economic Development Authority with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis was introduced today by Senator Dawn Addiego, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senators Vin Gopal, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean.

Bipartisan legislation providing the NJEDA with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis has been introduced. (Pixabay)

The bill would provide aid not only to small businesses and nonprofits that lost revenue during the economic shutdowns and slowdowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, but also to those whose business opening plans were disrupted by COVID-19 and those who fill vacant storefronts or under-utilized space with new operations.

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

Panel Approves Kean/Corrado Bill to Address Shortage of Election Poll Workers

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Measure Would Exempt Wages from Affecting Unemployment Compensation

Poll workers are essential to the in-person voting that exemplifies the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans, and legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kristin Corrado would help ensure an adequate supply of election-day help.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado would help ensure an adequate supply of election-day help by preventing the compensation from impacting unemployment benefits. (©iStock)

The bill, S-3054, approved by the Senate Labor Committee today, would exempt the wages earned by poll workers from affecting an individual’s unemployment compensation.

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Panel Approves Kean Bill Creating Advisory Council to Protect Patients of Rare Diseases

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Medical Conditions Can Increase Vulnerability to COVID

There are more than 7,000 relatively unknown and difficult to diagnose rare diseases, and there is growing concern that many of these relatively unknown illnesses can make victims more susceptible to the coronavirus.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill, advanced today by a Senate committee, would ensure those suffering from more than 7,000 rare diseases receive suitable care by establishing the New Jersey Rare Disease Advisory Council. (©iStock)

Legislation (S-2682) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and approved today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee would ensure those suffering from unusual conditions receive suitable care by establishing the New Jersey Rare Disease Advisory Council.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans to Launch Independent Hearings on Murphy Administration’s Flawed COVID-19 Response

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Hearings Will Focus on Nursing & Veterans Home Deaths, MVC & Unemployment Failures, Destruction of Small Businesses

Senate Republicans will hold independent hearings into the Murphy Administration’s flawed response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide impacted residents and families the opportunity to share their stories and ongoing concerns.

Senate Republicans will hold independent hearings into the Murphy Administration’s flawed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26) to lead the hearings, alongside Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40), Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Sen. Michael Testa (R-1).

“Since May, Senate Republicans have sought a bipartisan investigation to understand the policy and management failures of the Murphy Administration that led to preventable deaths, destroyed businesses and jobs, and left millions of New Jerseyans without access to important services and support,” said Kean (R-21). “While the Senate Democratic Majority has blocked our efforts to form a select committee to investigate these failures using the full oversight powers of the Legislature, we will move forward with independent hearings to provide people the opportunity to tell their stories and share their concerns about the State’s failed response to COVID-19.”

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