School nurses would be permitted to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member who overdoses under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and today advanced by the Senate Education Committee.
S-2635 would also require high schools, and permit any other schools, to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride. The bill provides immunity from liability for a school nurse or trained employee who acts in good faith to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member.
“School nurses are battling the opioid epidemic right alongside our police and first responders, the only difference is they don’t have access to the only drug that can stop an overdose within seconds,” Senator Bateman said. “We can save lives by having Narcan on school grounds, or we can lose them waiting for an ambulance to arrive. It is time to arm the people we entrust to care for our children with the same lifesaving tool used by first responders in every county in this state.”
Senate Panel Approves Addiego’s “Task Force on Safety in School Transportation”
Senator Dawn Addiego’s bill to establish the “Task Force on Safety in School Transportation” has cleared the Senate Education Committee. Addiego first introduced the bill after a 6-year-old child from her district, Edmond Bock, was struck and killed by a school bus in Waterford.
“More than 23 million children ride a school bus year-round every year,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) said. “Each and every one of these kids has a right to be transported to school safely, and their parents should expect no less than the highest level of protection from those who are charged with this responsibility.”
Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said that he hopes the Governor’s desire to address New Jersey’s crisis of drug abuse as expressed in the State of the State address proves to be successful.
“Ocean County is ground zero for opioid abuse in New Jersey, and we’ve been fighting this battle against heroin and the diversion of prescription medications for years,” said Holzapfel. “We agree with the Governor that we need to do more to treat those suffering from addiction, but we also need to enhance our efforts to stop dangerous narcotics from ever becoming available for abuse.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) responded to a lawsuit filed by rail unions to overturn a recent law she sponsored which prohibits NJ Transit engineers from operating trains while their driver’s license is suspended or revoked for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
According to a published report, rail worker unions believe the law conflicts with looser federal regulations and doesn’t improve safety.
“The rails unions’ claim that it doesn’t improve passenger safety to keep convicted drunk drivers with suspended licenses from operating trains defies common sense,” said Beck. “If you are so untrustworthy that you are prohibited by law from driving a car, you should not be trusted with the lives of hundreds of passengers riding in a train.”
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) issued the following statement in response to the State of the State address delivered by Governor Chris Christie:
“Addiction has been an issue that’s been pushed into the shadows for far too long, and I’m glad the Governor is making it a top priority in his last year in office,” Senator Bucco said. “The addiction crisis touches every corner of our society. Almost no family is spared. I’m ready to get to work on this bipartisan effort, and hopefully, we’ll be able to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement in response to the State of the State address delivered by Governor Chris Christie:
“Few would disagree that the epidemic of drug abuse that plagues New Jersey is among the most pressing issues facing our state,” said Kean. “I commend Governor Christie for choosing such an important forum to highlight the need for a comprehensive state response. We look forward to continuing the bipartisan effort to combat New Jersey’s drug crisis this year, and to advancing other important efforts to rebuild trust in government, create opportunities for residents, and make New Jersey affordable.”
Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to significantly improve e-waste recycling efforts in municipalities and at statewide entities across New Jersey.
“Providing free and convenient opportunities for e-waste recycling curbs a pervasive threat to the environment, public health and safety,” Senator Bateman said. “It will also generate significant cost-savings at the local level. We have worked for years to revise the Electronic Waste Management Act and I am relieved that we finally have a strategy in place to reduce the tens of millions of electronics that are discarded each year.”
Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) and Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) voiced their disapproval of the Federal Highway Administration’s guidance against the painting of a “Thin Blue Line” between the double-yellow center line on roadways.
“Towns paint these lines in order to honor the hardworking members of law enforcement in their own way on locally controlled roads,” Senator Bateman said. “The response from the Federal Highway Administration is an overreaction to a very important local matter. If we can’t support something as simple as the ‘thin blue line,’ what kind of message does that show to our police officers?”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) applauded the creation of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness and offered her time and research in support of the committee’s work to develop school funding reform solutions.
“I’ve worked with Senate President Sweeney over the course of the past year to find a solution to reforming the school funding formula,” Senator Beck said. “Now that the Senate has created this pathway, I’d like to volunteer to serve the committee in some capacity so that we can finally secure these long-awaited reforms.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to help members of the United States Armed Forces while they are deployed for active service is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“Serving during a time of war is a heavy burden that these service members shoulder every day while they’re away from home,” Senator Bucco said. “They have so much to deal with while they are away fighting for the rest of us, and I think it’s important that we give them one less thing to worry about.”