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Senator Kevin O'Toole

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole joined the family of a fallen Waldwick police officer on Dec. 16, 2015 to unveil signs dedicating a section of Rt. 17 in the borough the ‘Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway.’ (Facebook/Kevin O’Toole)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (right) and his father, Cedar Grove Councilman Robert O’Toole (2nd from left), received the 2015 Essex County Irishmen of the Year Award on March 18, 2015 at the 12th Annual Essex County Irish Heritage Celebration. (Essex County)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) addressing the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation on December 8, 2014, pictured with the Minority Statement and supporting documents produced by Republican members of the committee. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the adoption of the Democrats’ 2015 state budget legislation during a session of the New Jersey Senate on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) spoke at the groundbreaking of two new buildings at Montclair State University on September 25, 2013. The buildings are partially funded through an appropriation from the voter-approved “Building Our Future” Bond Act. (Flickr)

  • Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) spoke at the groundbreaking of two new buildings at Montclair State University on September 25, 2013. The buildings are partially funded through an appropriation from the voter-approved “Building Our Future” Bond Act. (Flickr)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno help cut the ribbon at the grand opening of David’s Cookies in Cedar Grove on August 13, 2013. (NJ Office of Information Technology)

  • Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, left, and Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), center, speak with Sam Gencarelli, owner of Pizza City during a walk to promote support for an ordinance that establishes a central business district on July 23, 2013. (NorthJersey.com/Pierfrancesco Baccaro)

  • Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, left, and Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), right, walk along McBride Avenue on their way to local businesses to promote an ordinance that establishes a central business district on July 23, 2013. (NorthJersey.com/Pierfrancesco Baccaro)

  • Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) speaking at a town hall meeting in Woodland Park on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (NorthJersey.com/Pierfrancesco Baccaro)

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean/O’Toole Legislation to Prohibit “Upskirting” Signed Into Law

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Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a bill sponsored by Senators Tom Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to prohibit “upskirting” by adding the offense to the state’s invasion of privacy statutes.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Kean and Kevin O’Toole to prohibit ‘upskirting’ has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (SenateNJ.com)

“Upskirting” occurs when a person is filmed or photographed underneath their clothing without their consent and when they would not expect to be exposed in that fashion.

“Handheld digital devices have made it possible to violate people’s privacy in ways that weren’t possible just a few years ago,” said Kean. “A voyeur can snap a cell phone picture of an unsuspecting victim in seconds and share it online to the entire world. This new law will provide a strong deterrent to prevent this abhorrent activity.”

“We’ve read too many reports of upskirting pictures being traded online like baseball cards,” said O’Toole. “Once a victim’s picture is posted online, it can be nearly impossible to have it removed from all of the sites that share it. I applaud the Governor for supporting our effort to put a stop to upskirting.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Kean/O’Toole “Upskirting” Bill

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The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Republican Senators Tom Kean (Union, Somerset, Morris) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) that would prohibit “upskirting” pictures by adding the offense to the state’s invasion of privacy laws.

Legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kevin O’Toole updates the state’s invasion of privacy laws to prohibit “upskirting.” (SenateNJ.com)

“Upskirting” occurs when a person is filmed or photographed underneath their clothing without their consent and when they would not expect to be exposed in that fashion.

“With cellphone cameras now almost ubiquitous throughout our society, there are more chances for voyeurs to exploit people’s privacy,” Kean said. “We need to make sure our laws are equipped to punish people using technology to expose others when they are vulnerable or unsuspecting.”

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Senate Passes O’Toole’s “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act”

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The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen) that aims to prevent suicides on college campuses by providing students with greater access to mental health professionals.

A picture of Madison Holleran from her Instagram account. (Instagram)

“It’s great that we were able to come together as a senate to support our students, especially the ones that might be dealing with internal struggles,” O’Toole said. “We need to reach these young men and women and tell them they are not alone. This legislation will ensure our college students will always have someone to lean on in their darkest hours.”

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O’Toole Bill Aiding Combat Zone Military, Injured Veterans Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) advocating for military personnel serving in combat zones, including those injured in the line of duty, has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sen. O’Toole’s legislation excludes military pay for service in a combat zone from the New Jersey gross income tax. (Flickr)

“We must do everything we can to support the thousands of New Jerseyans serving in war-torn areas across the globe,” Senator O’Toole said, “Carrying the weight of New Jersey’s high taxes is an immense burden on military families, and one that they should certainly not have to bear alone. Offering financial relief is the least we can do to honor their selfless service to this country.”

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O’Toole Urges Public Budget Committee Inquiry on School Agency’s Abuse

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Senator Kevin O’Toole petitioned Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator Paul Sarlo to hold an inquiry to uncover the extent of reported abuses by the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group and to examine potential legislative reforms.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole called for the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee to look into reported abuses by the NJ Schools Insurance Group and examine potential reforms. (NJSIG)

“As members of the Budget Committee we are tasked with ensuring every taxpayer dollar achieves the maximum benefit for all the New Jerseyans,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “I was utterly dismayed to read about this obscure agency apparently using taxpayer funds for frivolous trips and lavish dinners.”

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O’Toole’s “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act” Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen) to prevent suicide on college campuses has cleared the Senate Higher Education Committee. The “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act” is named for the Bergen County native, who committed suicide while attending the University of Pennsylvania.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole sponsors legislation in honor of Madison Holleran to prevent suicide on college campuses. (In Memory of Madison Holleran/Facebook)

“We cannot erase the pain and heartbreak of losing a young loved one to suicide, but we can fight harder to ensure students who are struggling do not have to bear that weight alone,” Senator O’Toole said. “No one, especially our youth, should be forced to suffer in silence. Raising awareness and ensuring students in crises have access to support 24 hours a day will save countless young lives for years to come.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean/O’Toole Bill Prohibiting “Upskirting” Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) and Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to update the state’s invasion of privacy laws to prohibit “upskirting” was advanced by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kevin O’Toole updates the state’s invasion of privacy laws to prohibit “upskirting.” (SenateNJ.com)

“Upskirting” occurs when a person is photographed or filmed underneath their clothing without their consent and when they would not expect to be exposed in that fashion.

“While technology and the Internet have made it easier for voyeurs to violate people’s privacy, our laws have not kept pace with the growing problem of ‘upskirting,'” said Kean. “Once a picture or video is uploaded or shared, it may online forever, leading to long-term consequences for women who are the most common targets.”

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Christie Signs O’Toole Bill to Save Children from Potentially Fatal Allergic Attacks

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to assure that any child having an anaphylactic reaction at a New Jersey youth camp will be administered epinephrine was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s legislation authorizing New Jersey youth camps to administer epinephrine was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (SenateNJ.com)

The new law, last legislative session’s S-2201, authorizes youth camps to maintain supply of epinephrine and permit trained employees to administer epinephrine to camp members suffering from anaphylaxis.

“With the enactment of this law, we can now ensure the safety of the growing number of children and young adults with potentially fatal allergies, whether they are at a K-12 school, college campus or, now, at a camp,” O’Toole said. “This law is vital because a child may experience his or her very first insect or food allergic reaction while at camp. Camps can now be prepared to respond immediately in the case any student has an allergic reaction. Receiving an immediate dose of injectable epinephrine for anaphylaxis is a life-saving measure.”

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O’Toole Announces His Final Senate Term

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State Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40 Bergen, Essex, Morris, and Passaic Counties) has announced that he will not be running for re-election in 2017. Senator O’Toole will finish his current term and retire from the Legislature in January of 2018; culminating a 22 year career that included 11 years in the General Assembly and 11 years in the State Senate.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole announced that he will not be running for re-election in 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator O’Toole is a former three-term Mayor in his hometown of Cedar Grove, where he voluntarily stepped down after 7 years when elected to the General Assembly. O’Toole also served as Chairman of the Essex County Republican Committee for 12 years before retiring from that position in 2011.

O’Toole said, “It has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve the people of New Jersey, I can never repay the debt of gratitude I owe the voters and constituents for having entrusted me to represent them.” O’Toole continued, “When I first ran for office in 1989, at age 24, I never dared dream that I would be fortunate enough to serve the public for 29 years – when my term ends. It’s now time for me to move on and experience new and exciting opportunities that life has to offer. As when I voluntarily left the Cedar Grove Town Council after 7 years, the party Chairmanship after 12 years, and now 22 years in the Legislature, I believe it is time to create opportunities for the next – younger – generation of dedicated public servants to have their chance to make a difference.”

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Bipartisan O’Toole Bill to Integrate Patient Data Now Law

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Health Database Will Improve Health Care Quality, Reduce Costs

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole to create an integrated data system was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s legislation creating an integrated data system was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie (©iStock)

S-3220, will establish the Integrated Population Health Database at Rutgers University’s Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research to collect a wide range of information that would be used to improve health care delivery. It will develop an effective means for improving the health, safety, security, and well-being of high-risk residents and reduce the overall cost-efficiency of programs that address their medical needs.

“Layers of laws and bureaucratic hurdles significantly impede health data access and connections, while increasing costs,” O’Toole said. “Residents, especially those facing complex medical and social issues and those incurring the highest costs, rely on multiple public systems and services. Linking different datasets that already exist within these systems and programs is essential for a holistic understanding of patient needs.”

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