Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer making it more affordable for patients to get the treatment they need by allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms was signed into law.
Biologics are an increasingly relied on form of medication created from living cells and used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, MS and other debilitating diseases. Within the industry, a generic version of a biologic is referred to as a biosimilar.
“Biologics are an important tool in treating severe diseases but they can be very costly as well,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “By now allowing pharmacists to substitute for an approved biosimilar more patients will be able to afford to get the treatment they need.”
Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a pair of bills sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole to protect stalking victims from being re-victimized and to ensure judges and juries can consider all the information to protect the public.
Senator O’Toole’s S-2540/A-3841 upgrades the violation of a stalking restraining order to a third-degree crime, which carries maximum prison sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $15,000.
“Violations of stalking restraining orders are both common and often associated with significant danger to victims,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “Bottom line, this new law protects survivors and helps prevent them from being re-victimized.”
Job-creating legislation originally introduced in 2013 by Senator Joe Kyrillos to allow New Jersey residents to invest in New Jersey-based companies, startups, innovators and entrepreneurs was signed into law today. The law, formerly S-712/A-2073, which garnered bipartisan sponsorship from Senate Democrats Cruz-Perez and Lesniak, as well as Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes and Upendra Chivukula, allows people to engage in online crowdfunding within the state of New Jersey.
“At a time when conventional sources of financing are scarce, this new law will help New Jersey’s innovators seek private capital from the investing public to develop their products or services right here in our state,” Kyrillos said. “Crowdfunding will level the playing field for future employers, giving those without access to Wall Street a chance to gain startup capital quickly and grow their business with the support of the community.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to create a fellowship program to support entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee.
“By attracting and supporting entrepreneurs in New Jersey we can create new opportunities and build on the state’s proud history of innovation,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Mercer). “Furthering innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in New Jersey will help usher in the next generation of job creators and global businesses leaders.”
Under the legislation, S-2723, the New Jersey STEM Entrepreneur Fellowship Program would be created by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in consultation with the state Economic Development Authority and the Secretary of Higher Education. Funded through existing workforce development funds, the program would be used to support at least 20 fellowships which focus on supporting entrepreneurs in the STEM fields.
Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex) issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline:
“Construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline would have created tens of thousands of jobs, reduced dependence on oil from the Middle East and helped keep energy costs low,” said Pennacchio. “President Obama’s rejection of the pipeline in the eleventh hour of his presidency to appease special interest environmentalists is a slap in the face to the American people.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has introduced bipartisan legislation to better track and address chronic absenteeism at New Jersey public schools.
“Chronic absenteeism is a significant problem in too many schools and the consequences can be life altering,” said Allen. “Students who miss such a large portion of the year are losing out on valuable instruction time and often fall behind their classmates. The very first step to educating students is making sure they are in the classroom.”
A recent study of New Jersey schools by the non-profit Advocates for Children of New Jersey revealed that about 125,000 kindergarten to 12th grade students, approximately 10 percent of the state’s total public school student population, were chronically absent in the 2013-2014 school year. Chronic absenteeism is defined as having missed 10 percent of the school year, equal to 18 days of a traditional school year, due to excused and unexcused absences.
The New Jersey Senate Republican caucus unanimously re-elected Senator Tom Kean (Union, Morris, Somerset) as its leader for the 2016-17 legislative session.
“I thank my colleagues for their unanimous support. Senate Republicans will continue to create and advance solutions to make New Jersey the place to live, grow, work, vacation and retire,” Kean said. “I look forward to working with Governor Christie, Steve, Jon and Vincent on lowering costs, creating jobs, enhancing education, empowering people and shoring up our infrastructure and benefits systems. We may disagree on some policy items, but those priorities of our constituents are not debatable and must get done in the session ahead.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement in advance of the public hearings of the Port Ambrose LNG facility, being held on November 4th and November 5th starting from 6PM at the Eatontown Sheraton (6 Industrial Way E, Eatontown, NJ 07724).
“The Port Ambrose LNG is a project that could have a devastating impact for our ocean, beaches, and coastal communities,” said Beck. “This project has no benefit for the State of New Jersey, and I urge all of my constituents to let their views be heard on this matter at the public hearings on November 4th and November 5th.”
State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) has joined a chorus of elected officials and police organizations in calling for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino movies. At a recent rally, Tarantino called police officers “murderers.” Thousands of police organizations immediately responded asking for a boycott.
“Quentin Tarantino is a poster boy for a hypocritical, corrupt Hollywood intelligentsia. His movies are over the top violent. In one movie, ‘Pulp Fiction’ a scene shows a character being ‘accidentally’ shot in a car. Then a good deal of movie time is devoted to the clean-up of his brain matter,” said Pennacchio.
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce recognized New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio for his legislative efforts by awarding him the “Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award” at the chamber’s 2015 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon in Florham Park.
“Assemblyman DeCroce was a tireless advocate for small business and entrepreneurship not only in Morris County but throughout New Jersey. I am especially honored that this recognition carries his name,” said Pennacchio.
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce recognized the Senator’s efforts as a taxpayer champion and a strong advocate for the business community. Pennacchio was recently honored by the New Jersey Taxpayers Association for his legislative efforts for Transparency and Open Government where he received the “Advocate for Open Government Award.” He was also the recipient of the “Taxpayer Champion” award by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance where he received a perfect score and he received the “Guardian of Small Business Award” from the New Jersey Federation of Independent Business from 2008-2014.