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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Senator Joe Kyrillos

Whelan/Kyrillos Bill to Promote Safe Disposal of Prescriptions Passes Senate Health Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) that would help prevent the abuse, misuse and improper disposal of certain prescription medications was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee. The measure was introduced as part of a bipartisan effort to address prescription drug and heroin abuse that is spearheaded by the committee’s chairman, Senator Joe Vitale (D-19).

The Senate Health Committee approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2) that would require patients to receive information on the safe disposal of prescriptions to help prevent their abuse, misuse and improper disposal. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Unused or expired prescriptions that are left sitting in medicine cabinets create the potential for intentional or accidental misuse, and the improper disposal of medications can pollute water supplies,” said Kyrillos. “To prevent these dangers, it’s imperative that patients are given information on safe disposal when medications are first prescribed and dispensed.”

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Senate Committee Advances “Drew’s Law” to Protect Children from Speeding Cars Near Parks

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32) that would allow for lower speed limits near parks where children are likely to be playing was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

The measure, S-2243, was introduced in response to the death of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of the late Drew Keough, following the Senate Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law.” Lt. Pezzano, a long-time Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of the legislation to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (SenateNJ.com)

“Drew’s Law is a reasonable measure that gives towns and counties the ability to keep kids safe by lowering speed limits around parks at times when they are most likely to be present,” said Kyrillos. “No family or community should have to go through the pain and suffering that Drew’s family and Keansburg have gone through these past few months. Drew’s Law will help ensure that more of these tragedies never happen.”

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Beck & Kyrillos: Christie’s Sports Betting Allowance is a Good Boost for NJ

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Monmouth County Senators Jennifer Beck and Joseph Kyrillos stated the following about today’s directive from Governor Christie to the Attorney General that allows casinos and racetracks to operate sports betting pools:

“This directive paves the way for legalized sports betting in the state which will be a boon to New Jersey,” Beck said. “It will keep us competitive with other states while offering a significant new source of tax revenue. Sports betting will also offer a much-needed lifeline to our ailing casinos and horse racing industry. This bold move will have a long-term, positive impact upon our state.”

“This action is especially important to Monmouth County, the home of Monmouth Park,” said Kyrillos, who voted in favor of the original sports betting legislation. “This is good timing, as we work to create opportunities for the 8,000 people who are looking for new jobs due to Atlantic City’s struggles and the reason I voted for sports betting in the first place. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration to resolve this issue.”

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Kyrillos: Today, Why Are We Not Passing Sick-Leave Payout Reform?

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth),  a prime sponsor of legislation to reform public employee sick-leave payouts,  said it’s shameful that Senate Democratic leaders scheduled a voting session on July 10th without a vote on any legislation, especially sick-leave payout reform, in light of yet another six-figure golden parachute on the backs of property taxpayers.

“Legislative Democrats are continuing to enable this gross abuse of property tax dollars that carries a nearly $1 billion liability across New Jersey,” Kyrillos said.

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Kyrillos Introduces “Drew’s Law” in Honor of Boy Tragically Killed by Car in Keansburg

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Legislation Lowers Speed Limits Around Public Parks

Senator Joe Kyrillos has introduced “Drew’s Law,” named in honor of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.

The legislation seeks to improve pedestrian safety by establishing a 15-mph speed limit on roads passing through or adjacent to public parks during hours when the park is open or when children are clearly visible from the road. Under the bill, violators would face fines between $100 and $400, double the current amount.

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Video: Kyrillos Says High Taxes Cause People and Jobs to Leave NJ

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) appeared on NJTV News with host Mike Schneider to talk about the effect state income tax increases have on driving wealthy residents and employers from New Jersey.

Click here to view the video.

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N.J. Millionaires Tax: Pushing the Wealthy Away

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The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) on the negative impacts of Democrats’ proposed “millionaires tax” was published in the Star-Ledger on June 21.

Nobody ever felt sorry for a millionaire. At least that’s the principle some Democrats in Trenton are banking on as they resurrect former Gov. Jon Corzine’s “millionaires tax” to close the expected budget gap for fiscal 2015. Proponents of this tax increase promise it will hit only the wealthy, but in fact, poor and middle-class families will ultimately shoulder the burden.

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Kyrillos Rails Against Senate Dems’ $1.6B in Proposed Tax Increases

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement against the Senate Democrats proposal to increase taxes in the FY15 budget by $1.6 billion:

“This $1.6 billion tax-raising proposal represents an all-time low — on a day that the Feds sharply cut economic growth forecasts — despite the fact that Trenton Democrats managed to raise 115 taxes and fees during their last decade of total control.

“Earth to Senate Democrats: Your addiction to tax increases costs people in the public- and private-sectors their jobs and jeopardizes the state’s ability to fund critical public services.

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Kyrillos: Court Ruling Offers Blueprint for NJ Teacher Tenure Changes

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The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) on the need for further teacher tenure reform in New Jersey was published in the The Record on June 17:

A JUNE 10 California court ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional and violate students’ rights to quality education signals the need for further education reforms in New Jersey and other states across the country.

New Jersey was the first state to pass tenure legislation more than 100 years ago, and despite bipartisan reforms enacted two years ago, many antiquated state education laws still persist.

In 2012, the Legislature and Governor Christie compromised to pass a bipartisan reform law, addressing teacher tenure and the teacher dismissal process. Although it was a good first step, that effort came up short because public teachers’ unions had enough influence over the Legislature to preserve policies such as “last-in, first-out.”

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Holzapfel, Kyrillos Deride $1 Billion Sandy Aid Sweepstakes

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Senators Jim Holzapfel (R-10) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) criticized President Obama’s reported announcement that $1 billion in remaining Superstorm Sandy relief funding will be dolled out to other states in a national resiliency competition.

Senators Holzapfel and Kyrillos introduced legislation in April urging the United States Congress to prohibit the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from diverting remaining Sandy aid funding to projects in other parts of the country.

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