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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Kean Legislation to Help Fight Human Trafficking

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation requiring new posters to be developed and displayed in various places to raise awareness of human trafficking has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill requiring new posters to be developed and posted to raise awareness of human trafficking has passed the New Jersey Senate. (National Human Trafficking Hotline)

“Human trafficking occurs today across New Jersey in places where many of us would never suspect it, including our own communities,” said Kean (R-21). “Victims are often lured with the prospect of a job, and then have their passports, money, and identification stolen by their handlers. They’re moved around and forced to work for the benefit of others. It’s imperative that victims and those who may have witnessed exploitation know that help is just a phone call away.”

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Kean Legislation to Help Fight Human Trafficking in NJ Advances

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation requiring new posters to be developed and posted in various places to raise awareness of human trafficking and the help available to victims.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation requiring new posters to be developed and posted in various places to raise awareness of human trafficking and the help available to victims has advanced. (National Human Trafficking Hotline)

“Human trafficking occurs today across New Jersey in places where many of us would never suspect it, including our own communities,” said Kean (R-21). “Victims are often lured with the prospect of a job, and then have their passports, money, and identification stolen by their handlers. They’re moved around and forced to work for the benefit of others. It’s imperative that victims and those who may have witnessed exploitation know that help is just a phone call away.”

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Kean Measure Allowing More Financial Flexibility for Nonprofits that Host Bingo & Raffles Advances

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A constitutional amendment sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would allow more organizations to use the proceeds from conducting games of chance to support their organizations has advanced. The State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee approved the measure today.

A constitutional amendment sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would allow more organizations to use the proceeds from conducting games of chance to support their organizations has advanced. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many non-profits and charities have seen their primary revenue sources severely reduced because of the pandemic,” said Kean (R-21). “This resolution gives organizations that host bingo or raffles with additional financial flexibility in how the proceeds may be used. This common-sense measure will take the same benefits given to veterans and senior citizens groups, and afford them to other nonprofit organizations.”

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Kean Bill to Keep Power Flowing to Hospitals, Nursing Homes Clears Panel

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Power companies would be required to prioritize the restoration of electricity to hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced today by the Economic Growth Committee.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation would require power companies to prioritize the restoration of electricity to hospitals, nursing homes, and other critical facilities. (Pixabay)

Kean’s bill, S-265, requires the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to adopt regulations obliging electric utilities to give preference to restoring power 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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Committee Advances Kean Bill Upgrading Penalty for Unreported Hit-and-Run Accidents When Injured Dog or Cat Dies

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The Senate Environment Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that upgrades the penalty for unreported hit-and-run accidents that result in the death of certain animals, including dogs and cats.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation upgrading the penalty for unreported hit-and-run accidents that result in the death of certain animals, including dogs and cats, has advanced. (Pixabay)

“People deserve to know in a timely fashion when their pet is hit by a car so they have the opportunity to seek emergency care, alleviate suffering, or recover remains in a dignified manner,” said Kean (R-21). “When those sad situations happen, we want the driver to stop, check on the animal, and report the strike immediately to authorities to ensure that the owner can be located and notified. We want to be sure drivers realize that it’s illegal to hit and run, regardless of whether the victim is a person or someone’s pet.”

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Kean Resolution Urging Colleges to Temporarily Waive SAT/ACT Testing Requirements Advances

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Says Students Facing Financial Difficulties, Health Concerns & Access Issues During Pandemic

A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean urging institutions of higher education to temporarily waive testing requirements for admission in response to COVID-19 concerns has been advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s resolution urging institutions of higher education to temporarily waive testing requirements for admission in response to COVID-19 concerns has been advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many high school students and their families have struggled with financial difficulties, health concerns, and testing access issues related to COVID-19,” said Kean (R-21). “We think it’s appropriate for colleges and universities to waive their testing requirements for admission temporarily to ensure that nobody is punished for the many challenges presented by the pandemic that are out of their control.”

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Kean Bill Revising NJ Transit Operations Advances

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Measure Would Establish a More Rider-Focused Emphasis and Increase Transparency and Accountability

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would continue extensive reforms of the troubled New Jersey Transit Corporation was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

New Jersey Transit operations would take on a more rider-focused emphasis under legislative reforms sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and approved today by the Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (S-2600) continues the legislative transformation of NJT initiated with the enactment in 2018 of another Kean-sponsored measure (S-630) providing governance, oversight and accountability reforms at the state-owned public transportation authority.

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Kean Bill Updating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council Clears Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean that updates the membership and purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council was advanced by the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that update’s the membership and purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council was advanced by the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“This bill will modernize the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council to reflect a wider and more diverse audience—and more closely align the mission and focus of the Council with the current needs facing the deaf and hard of hearing community,” said Senator Kean (R-21). “By improving the membership and purpose of the Council, we will be able to more effectively assist individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing while enhancing public awareness of their needs.”

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Kean Says Task Force Report Maps Road Ahead for Driverless Vehicles in New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said a report from the New Jersey Autonomous Vehicle Task Force has mapped the road ahead for bringing driverless vehicles to New Jersey.

Sen. Tom Kean said a report from the New Jersey Autonomous Vehicle Task Force has mapped the road ahead for bringing driverless vehicles to New Jersey. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We’ve been working for close to a decade to ensure that the Garden State is a leader in advancing driverless vehicle technology and the many benefits it may provide to New Jerseyans,” said Kean (R-21). “In working towards that goal, it was apparent that we needed a comprehensive plan to allow autonomous vehicles to operate safely and legally on our roads. The task force we created has studied the issue in depth and given us thoughtful recommendations to consider and act upon.”

Kean was a prime sponsor of the bipartisan resolution in 2019 which created the “New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.”

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Kean Applauds Formation of New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined with Senate President Stephen Sweeney and a bipartisan group of legislators from both the Senate and General Assembly to launch the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus during a virtual event today.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean joined a bipartisan group of legislators from both the Senate and General Assembly to launch the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus during a virtual event. (YouTube)

The Disability Caucus will serve as a bipartisan forum within the New Jersey Legislature for lawmakers and their staff to consider the impact on the disability community when shaping all public policies in the Garden State through increased awareness and a greater understanding of the complexities of the disabilities service system and issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.

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