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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)

Senator Kevin O'Toole

Senate Passes O’Toole Bill to Support Residents of Homeowner Associations

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to give more rights to residents of common interest communities, like homeowner associations, was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s bill protects the voting rights of people who live in common interest communities. (©iStock)

“Residents of these communities deserve to have a voice,” Senator O’Toole said. “Boards that are supposed to represent the interests of homeowners should be run by rules similar to those of an elected government.”

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O’Toole Bill to Support Residents of Homeowner Associations Passes Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to give more rights to residents of common interest communities, like homeowner associations, was unanimously advanced by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s bill would protect the voting rights of people who live in common interest communities. (©iStock)

“Residents of these communities deserve to have a voice,” Senator O’Toole said. “Boards that are supposed to represent the interests of homeowners should be run by rules similar to those of an elected government.”

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O’Toole Calls for Hearing on NJ Water Quality Following Release of National Report

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Following a report from a national environmental organization that drinking water in as many as 138 New Jersey municipalities may contain unsafe levels of the chemical compound chromium-6, Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex, Bergen, Morris Passaic) is asking Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chair Robert Smith to schedule public hearings on water safety.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole calls for public hearings on water safety, following a report that drinking water in as many as 138 NJ towns may contain unsafe levels of certain chemicals. (Pixbay)

“Reports on water safety, such as the one that is making headlines today, have the potential to cause widespread panic and confusion among our residents. It is yet to be determined at what level hexavalent chromium in our drinking water poses a significant health risk to our population, but I certainly don’t want to sit on the sidelines and wait until that is determined,” Sen. O’Toole said. “That is why I have requested Chairman Smith to convene a special hearing with all stakeholders and experts on this matter.”

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O’Toole Calls on FDA to Approve Generic EpiPens to Combat Mylan’s Monopoly on Market

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex, Bergen, Morris) sent a letter to the FDA calling for the agency to work swiftly to approve generic epinephrine auto-injectors to combat Mylan’s apparent monopoly on the market. O’Toole sponsors a bill to combat Mylan’s EpiPen price hike by providing a tax credit to retailers who keep the drug affordable.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole sent a letter to the FDA calling for swift approval of generic EpiPens in order to combat Mylan’s monopoly on the market. (Flickr)

“It is baffling to me that although EpiPens have been on the market for many years, the FDA has yet to approve any generics,” Senator O’Toole said. “It seems that Mylan’s deplorable price hike was, in part, a response to competition from generic EpiPens that were awaiting FDA approval. I strongly urge the FDA to uphold its mission to serve the public health by speeding innovations that make medicine more affordable.  We cannot stand by and allow Mylan to put lives at risk. Families need affordable options now.”

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O’Toole to Introduce Bill to Provide Tax Incentive to Retailers Who Keep EpiPens Affordable

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Bill would provide tax incentive for retailers who continue to sell EpiPens at the 2009 price of $100 to those without prescription coverage.

Senator O’Toole announced plans to introduce legislation to provide a tax credit incentivizing EpiPen retailers to keep the drug affordable. The bill would allow any retailer who sells an EpiPen at the 2009 price of $100 to qualify for a tax deduction for the difference. Since the purchase by Mylan of EpiPen, the cost has risen to $609 per pair of syringes.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s bill would provide a tax incentive for retailers who continue to sell EpiPens at the 2009 cost of $100. The cost of the drug has risen 500% in less than 10 years. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am appalled by reports of Mylan’s monopolistic pricing tactics that are forcing retailers and families to pay an astronomical amount of money for one of the only drugs that can save a child’s life during an anaphylactic attack,” Senator O’Toole said. “There is no justification for the manufacturer to raise the price by more than 500 percent in less than 10 years. Especially when the only thing that changed was the name of the company producing the EpiPen. What has happened here under Mylan’s watch is unconscionable. This is not 1987 or the fictitious movie ‘Wall Street,’ greed is not always good.”

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Now Law: O’Toole’s “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act”

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Governor Christie has signed the “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act,” legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) to prevent suicide on college campuses. The law, S-557, would provide students with greater access to professionals and services designed to aid college students in crisis.

Gov. Christie signed Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act.” to prevent suicide on college campuses. (In Memory of Madison Holleran/Facebook)

“Although we cannot erase the pain of losing a child to suicide, we can prevent the future loss of life by providing college students who are struggling right now with access to lifesaving support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Senator O’Toole said. “That is why we worked for years to pass the Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act. I am truly grateful to the Holleran family for their invaluable input and to Governor Christie for recognizing the critical need for this legislation.”

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O’Toole/Sweeney Bill Addressing Restraint of Students with Disabilities Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland) to address concerns regarding the restraint of students with disabilities has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole and Sen. Steve Sweeney to address unsafe restraint of students with disabilities passed the New Jersey Senate. (Caitlin Regan/Flickr)

The legislation, S-1163, provides that physical restraint is only used in an emergency in which the student places themselves or others in immediate physical danger. The legislation also places especially stringent restrictions on the use of the “prone restraint” technique, which involves forcing a child’s head down while his or her arms and legs are pinned behind them. Doing so can compress the diaphragm to the point where it could smother, or severely injure a person.

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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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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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