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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Putting Physical Healthcare and Behavioral Healthcare on Equal Footing Passes Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) to enhance enforcement and oversight of behavioral health parity laws has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean to enhance enforcement and oversight of behavioral health parity laws has passed the New Jersey Senate. (Flickr)

“New Jerseyans should be able to access behavioral healthcare with the same ease as the treatment you would get for a physical illness or injury,” Kean said. “I am committed to improving access to behavioral healthcare throughout the Garden State. We will continue to fight to improve access to quality care for our residents.”

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Now Law: Kean Bill Creates Driverless Car Task Force

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Legislation Will Invigorate NJ’s Innovation Economy

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to establish an autonomous vehicle task force has been signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean to establish an autonomous vehicle task force has been signed into law on March 18, 2019. (WikiMedia)

“Driverless cars will be part of America’s transportation system future,” Kean (R-21) said. “Autonomous vehicle innovations are sparking a new career field with endless possibilities for our workforce. Establishing a multifaceted task force to study and recommend the best policies for driverless cars will lead to new jobs and high consumer safety standards, so that we can prevent injuries and save lives.”

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Kean’s Resolution Honoring Doulas Passes Senate

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The State Senate has passed Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean’s (R-21) legislation establishing “Doula Appreciation Week,” in recognition of the support and dedication these professionals provide for mothers and babies in New Jersey.

The State Senate has passed Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation establishing “Doula Appreciation Week,” in recognition of the support and dedication these professionals provide for mothers and babies. (©iStock)

“Doulas provide comfort and care to new moms and babies before, during, and after birth,” Kean said. “Studies show that working with a doula can prevent many labor complications, resulting in healthier and happier outcomes for both mother and child. These invaluable professionals are true lifesavers, whose compassion and expertise are leading to smoother progressions from pregnancy to parenthood.”

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Kean/Cunningham Bill Investing in Student Innovators Advances

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Creates ‘Supporting Educational and Entrepreneurial Development’ Program for NJ College Projects

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Sandra Cunningham to establish the “Supporting Educational and Entrepreneurial Development” (S.E.E.D.) Program, to invest in innovative college student projects passed the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Sandra Cunningham to establish the “Supporting Educational and Entrepreneurial Development” (S.E.E.D.) Program, to invest in innovative college student projects passed the Senate Higher Education Committee. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey’s college students are participating in truly groundbreaking research projects,” Kean (R-21) said. “We should encourage these pioneers to continue to partner with their college advisers – and we need to get our schools to create more opportunities for them as well. The S.E.E.D. program will attract prospective students from across the world, reinvigorating New Jersey’s reputation as the ‘Innovation State.”
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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Call on Gov. Murphy & Democrat Legislative Leaders to Pass Structural Reforms as Alternative to Tax Increases

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Senate Republicans delivered a letter to Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leadership today calling for a commitment to passing structural reforms as an alternative to tax increases in the upcoming State Budget.

Senate Republicans delivered a letter to Gov. Murphy and Democratic legislative leadership calling for a commitment to passing structural reforms as an alternative to tax increases in the upcoming State Budget. (SenateNJ.com)

Included below is the text of the letter from Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Sen. Bob Singer, Sen. Anthony Bucco, and Sen. Steven Oroho was delivered to Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.

Click here for a PDF of the letter.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bills to Expand Prenatal Care, Honor Doulas Pass Committee

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Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) to improve maternal healthcare in New Jersey have passed the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizen Committee.

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean to improve maternal healthcare in New Jersey have passed the Senate Health Committee. (Flickr)

The first bipartisan bill expands Medicaid coverage to include group prenatal care services. The second establishes New Jersey “Doula Appreciation Week.”
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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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