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Senate Republicans: Reopening Parks a Reasonable Step, Many Businesses Ready to Reopen Too

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The Senate Republican leadership team said Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted:

The Senate Republican leadership team said Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed with awe and pride an amazing transformation in the attitudes and practices of individual New Jerseyans as they adopted necessary social distancing and personal protective measures that just months ago would have been unthinkable.

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Kean Family Statement on Passing of Deborah Bye Kean

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(Bedminster, NJ) Mrs. Deborah (Debby) Bye Kean, beloved wife of former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean, passed away on the evening of April 23, 2020. She would have turned 77 years of age on May 15. Mrs. Kean died peacefully at home.

Mrs. Deborah (Debby) Bye Kean, beloved wife of former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean, passed away on the evening of April 23, 2020. Click here for full size image. (Photo courtesy of Kean family)

Debby Kean was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1943, the only child of the late Elizabeth Griffenberg Bye and Robert Bye, a corporate executive. Mrs. Kean was a graduate of the Tower Hill School in Wilmington and of Bennett College in Millbrook, New York. She married Thomas H. Kean on June 3, 1967.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Kean & O’Scanlon Bill Supporting Health Care Professionals in the Coronavirus Fight Becomes Law

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Bipartisan Measure Advanced in Both Houses Monday

Legislation protecting health care professionals treating patients during the COVID-19 state of emergency from civil and criminal malpractice claims was signed by Governor Phil Murphy today.

Sen. Kean and Sen. O’Scanlon’s legislation shielding healthcare workers from malpractice claims and paving the way for more trained first-responders to assist with the coronavirus crisis was signed today by the Governor. (SenateNJ.com)

Sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Declan O’Scanlon, the law (S-2333) grants protections from claims alleging injury or death against a health care worker providing medical services in support of the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Bob Smith also sponsored.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
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SIGNED INTO LAW: Cardinale/Beach/Kean Bill Clarifying Remote Education Policies During Emergency School Closures

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New Law Requires Virtual or Remote Instruction Days to Count Towards 180-Day School Requirement During Certain Emergencies

Bipartisan legislation (S-2337) sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), Senator Jim Beach (D-6) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) that explicitly authorizes school districts to continue educating students remotely in emergency situations that require school facilities to be closed for more than three days has been signed into law.

Legislation by Sen. Gerry Cardinale, Sen. Jim Beach and Sen. Tom Kean allowing school districts to educate students remotely during certain emergency situations has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“In a time of extended crisis, such as the current pandemic, it’s important that school districts have the flexibility to continue educating students when classrooms cannot be used,” said Senator Cardinale. “This new law makes clear that school districts, students, and taxpayers will not be punished with a loss of State school aid for emergent situations like COVID-19 when remote instruction must be used in place of classroom education.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Senate Clears Bipartisan Bill Supporting Health Care Professionals Fighting to Save Coronavirus Patients

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Sponsored by Senators Kean, Sweeney, Smith and O’Scanlon

Bipartisan legislation protecting health care professionals treating patients during the COVID-19 state of emergency from civil and criminal malpractice claims was approved today during the Senate’s first remote session.
Sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Bob Smith and Senator Declan O’Scanlon, the bill (S-2333) would grant protections from claims alleging injury or death against a health care worker providing medical services in support of the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sen. Kean and Sen. O’Scanlon sponsor legislation to strengthen the pool of medical personnel available to treat coronavirus patients in the state. The bipartisan bill was advanced by the Senate Monday. (©iStock)

“Our healthcare facilities and the dedicated doctors and nurses who provide critical care to patients have stepped up to respond to this emergent public health crisis, often without the resources they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Kean (R-21). “Many of the challenges they face, including shortages of life-saving ventilators, are not the result of negligence but of a massive surge in need and limited national supply. When our region has been hit as hard by the coronavirus as anywhere in the world, we must recognize that our healthcare facilities, doctors, and nurses are doing the best they can with what they have. They deserve the assurance that they will not be punished for trying to save lives under these unbelievably difficult circumstances.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
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Senate Advances Cardinale/Beach/Kean Bill Clarifying Remote Education Policies During Emergency School Closures

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Legislation Requires Virtual or Remote Instruction Days to Count Towards 180-Day School Requirement During Certain Emergencies

The New Jersey Senate has approved bipartisan legislation (S-2337) sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), Senator Jim Beach (D-6) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) that explicitly authorizes school districts to continue educating students remotely in emergency situations that require school facilities to be closed for more than three days.

The N.J. Senate has approved legislation by Sen. Gerry Cardinale, Sen. Jim Beach and Sen. Tom Kean allowing school districts to educate students remotely during certain emergency situations. (Pixabay)

“In a time of extended crisis, such as the current pandemic, it’s important that school districts have the flexibility to continue educating students when classrooms cannot be used,” said Senator Cardinale. “This legislation makes clear that school districts, students, and taxpayers will not be punished with a loss of State school aid for emergent situations like COVID-19 when remote instruction must be used in place of classroom education.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
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Sweeney-Kean Bills Would Provide Help for Small Businesses Contending with Economic Turmoil

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The Senate today approved two bills authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would provide tax credits and deferrals to small businesses confronted with economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus crisis.

The Senate today approved two bills that would provide tax credits and deferrals to small businesses confronted with economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus crisis. (©iStock)

One bill, S-2347, would establish the Business Related Tax Deferral Assistance Program, and the other measure, S-2348, would create a tax credit program at the state level modeled on the federal Employee Retention Credits in the CARES Act. The legislation is cosponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Anthony Bucco. Both measures would target New Jersey’s small businesses with financial assistance that will help them and their employees withstand the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Governor Signs Kean Bill to Expedite Coronavirus Testing

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that will help more people get tested for the coronavirus was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill significantly increasing available facilities for coronavirus testing was signed into law. (©iStock)

“Our state is working very hard to process COVID-19 tests, but bottlenecks at the facilities where healthcare workers are collecting samples has resulted in long lines and frustration,” said Kean (R-21). “It’s just not a good idea to have people who are may be infected with the virus waiting in lines for hours with dozens or hundreds of other people. This new law signed today will make the process simpler, faster, and more convenient.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
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Kean/Bucco Bill to Aid Employers Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak Signed by Governor

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would authorize the Economic Development Authority to issue emergency grants for businesses suffering from the COVID-19 crisis was signed into law today by the Governor.

The Governor signed legislation sponsored by Senator Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that will provide assistance to businesses suffering from the COVID-19 breakout. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (A-3845/S-32284) was one of a large package of coronavirus relief measures fast-tracked through the Legislature and approved by the Senate during the session on Thursday.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Clears Bill Package to Combat the COVID-19 Crisis

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In a major bipartisan effort, the Senate overwhelmingly cleared 27 bills today that will help the state address the COVID-19 crisis now, and in the months ahead.

In a major bipartisan effort, the Senate overwhelmingly cleared 27 bills that will help the state address the COVID-19 crisis now, and in the months ahead. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is an international health care crisis that will have consequences that extend to many other aspects of our lives in New Jersey. The immediate threat is to the health and safety of residents in communities throughout the state, but it also threatens to have an impact on everything from education, medical care, public services, jobs, the economy and the finances of individuals and families. This is a time when government is needed more than ever,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “We won’t be able to solve it overnight and we can’t prevent all the negative effects from happening, but there are actions we can take to contain the spread of the virus, to care for those who become infected and to help those who are impacted. These bills will help.”

“Our society is facing an unprecedented challenge from COVID-19 that requires a coordinated response by all levels and branches of government,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Morris/Somerset/Union). “Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature are working together to advance legislation that is critical to the well-being of the Garden State. The critical measures we advanced today will help governments and schools to continue serving people and support the many needs of families and employers during this difficult time. As more concerns are identified, we will continue to address them together.”

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