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Senator Tom Kean, Jr.

Senator Tom Kean

NOW LAW: Kean Bill Will Protect Students Struggling to Repay NJ CLASS College Loans

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Senator Tom Kean’s legislation to help students who are having trouble repaying their NJCLASS loans was signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to help students who are having trouble repaying their NJCLASS loans was signed into law. (Flickr)

“The NJ CLASS loan program was designed to aid students who need financial assistance beyond what the federal loan program has provided,” said Kean (R-21). “Students who are having trouble repaying these loans shouldn’t be punished with overly-aggressive collection practices, especially if they are making efforts to get their loans back in good standing.”

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Senator Tom Kean

SIGNED INTO LAW: Kean Bill Supporting Jersey-Based Artists

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Senator Tom Kean’s legislation to empower municipalities to reshape their downtowns, commercial districts and neighborhoods into vital, cultural incubators for Jersey-based artists has been signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to empower Jersey-based artists to grow and create has been signed into law. (Wikimedia)

His law, S-521, establishes a special designation that municipalities can use to promote artists living and working in New Jersey and across the United States.

“Look across New Jersey, and you will see concrete examples of how the arts play an integral role in our ongoing efforts to build vibrant communities,” said Kean, a longtime supporter of the arts. “Jersey-based artists support local jobs and foster statewide economic growth. This new law empowers these job creators to stay in New Jersey.”

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Senator Tom Kean

NOW LAW: Kean Bill to Help Improve Health Care of Minority Women

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to advance the health of African-American women has been signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to advance the health of African-American women has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“For more than 50 years, minority women have suffered with more disease, complications and deaths in every aspect of women’s health. This initiative will help us discover the causes and address the issues,” said Kean (R-21). “Mortality rates three to four times higher for pregnant African-American women are unacceptable. We can close the gap and significantly improve the health outcomes for new mothers and their children.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

NOW LAW: Kean/Corrado Initiative to Detect Fentanyl in Illegal Drugs

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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 has been signed into law.

Sens. Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would establish a program to detect fentanyl in the illegal drug supply has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“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.”

“People are dying on the streets because they are not aware fentanyl is in the drugs they are abusing,” said Corrado (R-40). “Fentanyl is a killer. Fatal opioid overdoses in the State are 50 percent higher than the national average, and the prevalence of fentanyl is largely responsible. The data we learn from this program will help save lives.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill to Lower Prescription Costs Signed into Law

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to limit out-of-pocket prescription costs has been signed into law.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to limit out-of-pocket prescription costs has been signed into law. (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 new law will make prescription co-payments more affordable, helping patients avoid financial distress during an already turbulent time.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Tom Kean

NOW LAW: Singer/Kean Bills Updating Code Blue to Better Protect NJ’s Homeless

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A pair of bills sponsored by Senator Robert Singer and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expanding Code Blue protections for the homeless during winter weather events has been signed into law.

A pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer and Sen. Tom Kean expanding Code Blue protections for the homeless during winter weather events has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“When the temperature is predicted to drop below freezing, it’s time to get inside,” Singer (R-30) said. “No one, especially New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents, should be left out in the cold. I cannot imagine the horror someone feels when it’s freezing and you have nowhere to go. Our common-sense updates to strengthen Code Blue protections will save lives.”

The package of bills sponsored by Kean and Singer, S-3422 and S-3511, strengthens the Code Blue program to better protect New Jersey’s homeless and nearly homeless residents.

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Tom Kean

Kean/Testa Bill Legalizing Liquor Sales at Local Theaters Signed into Law

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Legislation Supports the Arts and Non-Profits

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Michael Testa to boost support for the arts by allowing alcohol sales at small, non-profit theaters has been signed into law.

Legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Michael Testa to boost support for the arts by allowing alcohol sales at small, non-profit theaters has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“This law 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.”

“Local theaters give back to our communities in numerous ways,” said Testa (R-1). “This new law will help many local theaters in South Jersey continue to grow and succeed.”

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Senator Tom Kean

SIGNED INTO LAW: Kean Bill Requiring Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Says Early Detection Leads to Prompt Treatment

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean ensuring that newborns with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) can receive treatment as soon as possible has been signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to require the screening of newborns for spinal muscular atrophy has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“SMA is the leading 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 potentially life-saving results. Screening for spinal muscular atrophy at birth will save the lives of New Jersey’s newborns.”

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Senator Tom Kean

NOW LAW: Kean Bill Creates ‘Campus Sexual Assault Commission’

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission was signed into law.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to create a Campus Sexual Assault Commission was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our college campuses should foster a healthy learning environment; a secure place where students can grow without fear of the unthinkable,” said Kean (R-21). “Many brave survivors have come forward to share their stories. They, and all survivors, deserve justice. Establishing this commission will create real deterrents to combat the campus assault epidemic and keep New Jersey’s college students safe from sexual violence.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Requiring Proper Training of Behavior Analysts Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean ensuring the qualifications of behavioral analysts has been signed by the Governor.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill addressing concerns about the qualification of practicing behavioral analysts has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“Behavior analysis is a powerful and promising tool,” said Kean (R-21). “The field is rapidly expanding. The specialty is being used more frequently to treat autism, developmental disabilities, and mental health issues. This new law will ensure behavioral analysts are educated, skilled and licensed.”

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