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Kean Legislation to Help Victims of Human Trafficking in NJ Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would require the expungement of unlawful acts committed while a person was a victim of human trafficking was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation that would require the expungement of unlawful acts committed while a person was a victim of human trafficking was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. (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 and sometimes even forced to commit crimes. These individuals are victims of a terrible situation, and they deserve our support, not our contempt. It is imperative that we protect them from any unjust prosecution.”

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman and Corrado Bills to Improve and Expand Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Clears Senate

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Bill Package Modifies Existing Law to Include Additional Projects

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado’s legislation that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the NJ Infrastructure Bank cleared the Senate. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is critical for approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Bateman. “The low interest loans authorized by this package of bills will create jobs in New Jersey and preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life. Ultimately, providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade infrastructure throughout the state will protect the public health of every New Jerseyan.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Requiring Universities to Provide Student Loan Debt Repayment Information Clears Senate

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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 approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean that requires universities to provide information on student loan repayment programs cleared the Senate. (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 Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Boosting Programs to Help Residents with Disabilities Advances

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Measure Expands Eligibility for NJ Workability and Personal Assistance Services Programs

Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would strengthen access to medical and support services for working residents with disabilities was endorsed by the Senate today.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would strengthen access to medical and support services for working residents with disabilities was endorsed by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco’s bill, S-3455, would enable more people to qualify for assistance, revising eligibility requirements for both the NJ Workability Program and the Personal Assistance Services Program.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senate Approves Corrado Legislation Strengthening Mental Health Assistance in Schools

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s bill enhancing the availability of mental health services for students was cleared by the Senate today.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s bill enhancing the availability of mental health services for students was cleared by the Senate today. (Pixabay)

Corrado’s bill (S-3013) adapts references in the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 and all related statutes to reflect that a “secure school” includes provisions for the mental health and wellbeing of students.

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Approves Kean Bill Revising NJ Transit Operations

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

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation that would continue extensive reforms of the troubled New Jersey Transit Corporation was endorsed by the Senate today.

Senate Republic Leader Tom Kean’s bill that would require a more rider-focused emphasis for NJ Transit and advance the legislative transformation of the corporation was approved by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

Kean’s bill (S-2600) would require a more rider-focused emphasis for NJT, advancing the legislative transformation of the corporation 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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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Testa Appalled by Murphy’s Latest Attack on Law-Abiding Gun Owners

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Senate Republicans Steve Oroho and Mike Testa chided Governor Phil Murphy for his assault on gun rights during a morning press event in Metuchen.

Noting that New Jersey’s firearms laws are already among the most strict in the nation, Senate Republicans Steve Oroho and Mike Testa chided Gov. Phil Murphy for his assault on gun rights during a morning press event in Metuchen. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Governor Murphy continues to disregard the constitutional rights of legal gun owners,” said Oroho (R-24). “The Governor’s rush to push through his anti-gun agenda in the lame duck session is a political ploy to curry favor with his progressive base. It’s a direct attack on responsible, registered firearms owners, sportsmen, and their constitutional rights.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Supports Legal Challenge by Republican Legislators to Policy Restricting Access to State House

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed support for a legal challenge filed today by Republican legislators to a policy imposed by the Murphy administration and Democrats in the Legislature that restricts access to the State House for both the public and legislators:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean expressed support for a legal challenge filed by Republican legislators to a policy imposed by the Murphy administration and Democrats in the Legislature that restricts access to the State House. (SenateNJ.com)

“It seems clear that Democrats far exceeded their authority in adopting a policy that’s intended to limit public access to the State House in a manner that’s discriminatory and violates clear constitutional protections afforded to legislators when performing official duties on behalf of their constituents,” said Kean (R-21). “A ruling from the Court to block enforcement of this policy would be a big win for open, transparent, and accessible government.”

Senator Steve Oroho

Republicans File Legal Challenge to Block Policy Restricting Access to New Jersey Statehouse

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Senate and Assembly Republicans have filed an action in New Jersey Superior Court (click here for PDF) to block enforcement of a policy imposed by the Murphy administration and Democrats in the Legislature that restricts access to the Statehouse for both the public and legislators.

Senate and Assembly Republicans have filed an action in New Jersey Superior Court to block enforcement of a policy imposed by the Murphy administration and Democrats in the Legislature that restricts access to the Statehouse for both the public and legislators. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re petitioning the Court for emergent relief to block enforcement of an exclusionary policy that we believe is unconstitutional and undemocratic,” said Senator Steven Oroho, the incoming Senate Republican leader. “With the policy taking effect today, we felt compelled to take action to ensure continued public access to the Statehouse and the legislative process.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Says Murphy Needs to Get Message that Comprehensive Plan Needed for Billions in Federal Relief

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Senator Steven Oroho, a member of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC), issued the following statement after Democrats on the committee expressed concern during today’s meeting that the Murphy administration hasn’t offered a comprehensive plan for utilizing billions in federal pandemic relief funds that were delivered to New Jersey more than six months ago:

After concerns raised by both Republicans and Democrats, Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Murphy needs to get the message that he must offer a comprehensive plan for utilizing billions in federal pandemic relief funds that remain unspent. (©iStock)

“During today’s JBOC meeting, it was clear that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle were unsatisfied with the lack of a comprehensive plan from the Murphy administration for spending billions in pandemic relief funds effectively.

“Republicans have repeatedly been calling for a strategic plan since April when we issued our detailed blueprint, including last week when the Governor’s incomplete proposal was shared with us.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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