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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation Helping Underrepresented Students in STEM Programs Signed into Law

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation requiring new guidance in the recruitment of underrepresented students for STEM programs was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Sen. Kean’s legislation requiring new guidance in the recruitment of underrepresented students for STEM programs was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. STEM fields are some of the fastest-growing in the country and students who would like to pursue a STEM career should be able to do so regardless of their gender or ethnicity,” said Kean (R-21). “This law will make certain that colleges and universities focus on ways to recruit historically underrepresented students in STEM programs.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Why Is Murphy Opposed to Making Government More Efficient & Affordable?

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Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Bill Establishing “Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission”

Senator Steven Oroho questioned why Governor Phil Murphy would veto bipartisan legislation (A-4810/S-441) designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape, improve government efficiency, and produce savings for taxpayers.

Sen. Steven Oroho questioned why Gov. Phil Murphy would veto bipartisan legislation designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape, improve government efficiency, and produce savings for taxpayers. (©iStock)

“Why is Governor Murphy opposed to making government more efficient and affordable?” Oroho (R-24) asked. “By vetoing this legislation, he’s essentially saying there’s no problem with excessive bureaucracy in New Jersey or government being too expensive. If he took the time to speak to actual taxpayers or anyone trying to do business in the state, he’d realize he’s dead wrong.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Asks Murphy for Clarification on COVID-19 Restrictions for Community Swimming Pools

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With summer rapidly approaching, Senator Robert Singer asked Governor Phil Murphy to clarify how changes to executive orders on COVID-19 restrictions will apply to community swimming pools.

Sen. Robert Singer asked Gov. Phil Murphy to clarify how changes to executive orders on COVID-19 restrictions will apply to community swimming pools. (Pixabay)

“As vaccination rates increase and infection rates decline, New Jerseyans are eager to get back to normal this summer and back to their local pool,” said Singer (R-30). “Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion over executive orders that have changed, are unclear, or conflict with other orders. With Memorial Day just weeks away, it’s imperative that Governor Murphy clarify how community swimming pools may operate. I would suggest that many of the pool restrictions put in place last summer are no longer necessary given the improving trends, vaccinations, and everything we now know about how little transmission occurs outdoors.”

To address those concerns, Singer sent the following letter (click here for PDF) to the governor today:

Dear Governor Murphy,

Over the past 14 months, the people of New Jersey have suffered tremendously because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as infection rates decline, and vaccination rates increase, it is time for us to start returning to normal. Considering the recent announcement that you will be lifting some of the COVID-19 restrictions contained in the over 100 executive orders issued since last March, it is safe to say you agree to some extent.

Currently, there is far too much confusion over the restrictions you have established, making it difficult for many to comply. As the summer months approach and people begin to emerge from their homes, it is imperative that New Jersey residents, organizations, and businesses have a clear sense of what is required of them. Of particular concern for many of my constituents, is the status of community pools in common interest communities, such as age-restricted communities, condominium developments, and others.

While perhaps well-intended, many of the pool restrictions currently in place are arbitrary, unclear, and not necessarily supported by science. For example, the rule that lap swimming may only be done in one direction per lane serves no apparent purpose and puts pool staff and community associations in the position of having to enforce overly burdensome and unnecessary guidelines. As we begin to emerge from the worst of this devastating pandemic, I implore you to take another look at this issue. We desperately need clear guidance and reasonable policies that are not overly restrictive.

The people of New Jersey are to be commended for their tireless efforts throughout the pandemic to protect and care for one another. Now that their hard work is starting to pay off, please help me to ensure that this summer we can all begin to heal from the overwhelming challenges we have faced these last few months.

Sincerely,
Robert W. Singer

Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Gopal Bill to Examine State Funding for Higher Education

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Requires Development of Funding Formula to Support College & Universities, Keep Tuition Affordable

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Vin Gopal are sponsoring bipartisan legislation that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s colleges and universities to keep tuition affordable for students.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Vin Gopal are sponsoring bipartisan legislation that would help ensure predictable state funding for New Jersey’s colleges and universities to keep tuition affordable for students. (SenateNJ.com)

“Now that National College Decision Day has passed, many students and their parents are likely coming to grips with the reality that paying for tuition this fall, even at a supposedly lower-cost state school, isn’t as affordable as they had hoped,” said Kean (R-21). “That’s because our state has consistently underfunded our colleges and universities leading to tuition increases and a crisis of affordability. It’s time for New Jersey to systematically address the funding needs of our state colleges to lower costs for students and reduce the need for loans that may take decades to repay after graduation.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

MEDIA ADVISORY (5/7): Corrado & Kean to Livestream Return to School Roundtable

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Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) will hold a virtual Return to School Roundtable on Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Tom Kean will livestream a Return to School Roundtable with parents, students and education professionals on Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m. (SenateNJ.com)

During the livestreamed meeting, the senators will talk with parents, students, and education professionals about returning students to the classroom full time and the challenges and concerns resulting from pandemic-related disruptions.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Signed by Governor Will Help Build a Better New Jersey for Less Taxpayer Money

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that will save taxpayer money on public construction projects was signed today by Governor Murphy.

Governor Murphy signed legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that will allow more efficient design-build contracts to help complete projects sooner and at lower costs, saving taxpayer money on public construction projects. (Pixabay)

The bill, A-1285, establishes procedures for awarding more efficient design-build contracts that will help complete projects sooner and at lower costs.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Measure Expanding Influence of NJ Infrastructure Bank Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would authorize the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJIB) to finance aviation and marine infrastructure projects was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman that would authorize the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank to finance aviation and marine infrastructure projects was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. The NJIB can be an invaluable asset in mitigating the impact of the pandemic and protecting New Jersey,” said Bateman (R-16). “Coronavirus taught us that the State must be prepared to respond to emergencies of all types, and projects to control a viral outbreak are complicated and costly. Authorizing the NJIB to provide emergency relief or disaster loans in the event of a public health emergency or other crisis will help us maintain essential clean water and transportation projects.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Measure Establishing Online Permit Processing Review System Signed by Governor

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would modernize the complex construction permitting and inspection process was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would modernize the complex construction permitting and inspection process was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s bill, A-1145/S-1739, establishes the Electronic Permit Processing Review System, a digital solution that would be available around the clock to accept requests and provide details about projects.

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Testa Introduce Bill to Strip Murphy of Power to Spend Federal Relief Funds Unilaterally

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) have introduced legislation to strip Governor Phil Murphy of the power to spend billions in federal stimulus and relief funds without legislative approval.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Michael Testa have introduced a bill to strip Gov. Phil Murphy of the power to spend billions in federal stimulus and relief funds without legislative approval. (Pixabay)

“Over the past year, we’ve learned why it’s so dangerous to give Governor Murphy, or any governor, the power to spend billions of dollars without legislative approval,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Absent direct oversight, the governor has misused the authority entrusted to him through the budget to spend federal relief funds for the good of the state. He withheld billions in CARES Act funds from people who were desperate for help and diverted aid to subsidize his administration’s payroll instead of delivering relief. It’s clear the Legislature must reassert itself as the co-equal branch of government responsible for appropriating funds and take the checkbook out of Governor Murphy’s hands.”

The new legislation, S-3712, would eliminate language in the State budget that grants the executive branch the unilateral authority to appropriate any “emergency disaster aid” and “economic stimulus” funds the State receives from the federal government during the fiscal year.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Murphy’s “Major” Reopening Announcement Falls Short

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Senator Steven Oroho said a “major” reopening announcement that was teased over the weekend by Governor Phil Murphy fell short once the details were revealed today.

Sen. Steven Oroho said a ‘major’ reopening announcement that that was teased over the weekend by Gov. Phil Murphy fell short once the details were revealed. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy doesn’t seem to understand that people are sick and tired of ‘reopening’ announcements that don’t include an actual reopening,” said Oroho (R-24). “There’s nothing ‘major’ about being meek, especially when other states across the nation have rescinded their limits in full and are getting back to living.”

Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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