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Senator Tom Kean

Corrado & Kean Host “Return to School Roundtable” with Parents, Students, Educators & Experts

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Senator Kristin Corrado and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean hosted a virtual “Return to School Roundtable” with parents, students, educators, and experts to discuss returning students to classrooms full time and the various challenges that have resulted from the pandemic.

The meeting was held this morning via Zoom and livestreamed for public viewing on Facebook Live.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean hosted a Return to School Roundtable on Friday, May 7, 2021. (NJ Senate Republicans/YouTube)

“I’m glad we could provide a forum for parents, students, and education advocates to have an open discussion with their lawmakers about the importance of returning to school in a manner that is both responsible and safe,” said Corrado (R-40). “There was broad consensus that many students are missing out on a variety of important interactions and support systems both inside and outside of their classrooms resulting in learning loss and physical and emotional harm. It’s imperative that we get kids back into the classroom full time as soon as possible.”

“There was a clear and uniform sentiment expressed by our panelists that the potential risks to students of COVID-19 in a school setting is less than the real harm that is impacting students due to learning loss and social isolation with continued hybrid and remote learning,” said Kean (R-21). “We also heard repeated concerns that districts have struggled with differing county and local health department requirements leading to a wild inconsistency in school closures and pandemic response measures. It’s clear that we need to open up our schools fully and trust that our administrators know how to keep their students and teachers safe.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Encourages Governor to Open “Shot and a Beer” Program to Every Bar & Restaurant

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Says Broader Program Could Encourage Residents Across NJ to Start Visiting Local Eateries & Watering Holes Again

Senator Anthony M. Bucco encouraged the Murphy Administration to open the “Shot and a Beer” COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to any bar or restaurant in New Jersey that wants to participate.

Sen. Tony Bucco encouraged the Murphy Administration to open the ‘Shot and a Beer’ COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to any bar or restaurant in New Jersey that wants to participate. (Pixabay)

“After a tough year, we’ve heard from a number of bar and restaurant owners who are looking for opportunities to convince patrons to start dining out again,” said Bucco (R-25). “The ‘Shot and a Beer’ program has the potential to encourage New Jerseyans in every community to return to the local eateries and watering holes they may not have visited since the pandemic began. Once people visit for the first time and realize it’s safe, we hope it will become part of their regular routines again.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Tom Kean

TODAY @ 10 AM: 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 today, 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 today, 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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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Unveil Election Integrity Bill Package

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Conservative Trio Also Condemn Democrat Efforts to Criminalize Police Presence at Polling Places

Today, Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) unveiled their “Election Integrity” bill package.

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths unveiled their ‘Election Integrity’ bill package, a series of constitutional, common-sense measures to protect voting rights. (WikiMedia)

“We listened to our constituents and worked with election reformers from around the country,” said Oroho.  “These are constitutional, common-sense measures, in place in many States already, that both protect the integrity of elections and help to restore voter confidence in our election process.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon to Murphy: STOP THE INSANITY!

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Administration Needs to Get as Good at Rescinding EO’s, Rules, & Restrictions as it was Issuing Them!  Unworkable, Complicated, Outdated Pool Opening Mandates are Flaming Examples

Concerns About COVID Liability & Rule Conformance Could Keep Everybody Out of the Pools

Senator Declan O’Scanlon today called on the Murphy administration to end the confusion and fear that is preventing homeowner associations and residential communities from opening public pools.

As the summer season approaches, Senator Declan O’Scanlon called on the Murphy administration to end the confusion and fear that is preventing homeowner associations and residential communities from opening public pools. (Pixabay)

“In order to conform to the PRB you have to submit your AFP and CPOPP to the LHA. No idea what the hell all that stands for?!? Welcome to the labyrinthine, Rube Goldberg world of operating a pool in New Jersey! Once you slog through the 48 pages of executive orders that apparently somehow apply, you then have to deal with the 11 pages of the NJCP&ARF standards (New Jersey COVID-19 Pools and Aquatic Recreation Facility Standards). Those pages contain more than 100 paragraphs, items and bullet points.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Establishing Clear Guidance for Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish requirements for restaurants to operate during the coronavirus pandemic was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would establish requirements for restaurants to operate during the coronavirus pandemic was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)

“Although many dining establishments have already taken measures to protect patrons from the coronavirus, so much of the guidance they receive varies by county or municipality,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will provide clear and practical requirements for these businesses, which will be applied universally across New Jersey, so that they can recover and reopen as quickly as possible.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco/Sweeney Legislation to Fund Pediatric Cancer Research Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senate President Stephen Sweeney to fund pediatric cancer research in New Jersey has been advanced by the Senate Health Committee.

Sen. Tony Bucco joined with legislators, advocates, and families impacted by pediatric cancer, including survivor Grace Eline, for a conversation on Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day in February. (Sen. Anthony M. Bucco/Facebook)

“As a survivor of pediatric cancer, I know there are few things that can make a child feel so scared or parents so helpless,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “I am thankful every day that I was one of the lucky ones who survived. With better-funded research, we can improve treatments and survival rates to ensure that luck is no longer a factor in deciding which children with cancer will have an opportunity to grow up and live full lives.”

The bill, S-3724, appropriates $5 million to the New Jersey Pediatric Cancer Fund. The fund will be created through separate legislation, S-1431, which is expected to advance simultaneously.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel/Bucco Bill Aiding Nonprofit Service Providers Clears Panel

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Measure Would Help Cut Costs for Organizations like Meals on Wheels

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help nonprofit organizations providing nutrition and other services for residents cleared the Senate Transportation Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help nonprofit organizations providing nutrition and other services for residents was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“The benefits afforded by Meals on Wheels and other mobile providers are invaluable to residents across the state,” said Holzapfel (R-10). “Our support of these beneficial nonprofits will help yield more and better services for those who need assistance. This is a step toward a stronger New Jersey.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Bucco/O’Scanlon Bill Protecting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Advances

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Allows Voluntary Designation on Drivers’ License Indicating ASD or Communication Disability

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate the status on their driver’s license or identification card was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Declan O’Scanlon sponsor legislation that would help law enforcement and first responders interact with an individual with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder. (Flickr)

The bill will help law enforcement and first responders interact with those with conditions that can make them difficult to understand or appear to be uncooperative.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Bill Excusing Commercial Fisherman from State Unemployment Tax Advances

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Current unemployment law has New Jersey’s commercial fishermen on the hook, and Senator Michael Testa’s legislation advanced today by the Senate Labor Committee would cut them loose.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and cleared by the Senate Labor Committee would exempt commercial fisherman from the state unemployment law and its costly tax on earnings. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-3501, would exempt commercial fisherman who are paid on the percentage of fish caught or a percentage of the selling price of those fish from the state unemployment law and its costly tax on earnings.

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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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