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Senator 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)

  • Eight-year-old Jordan-River Samuel of Jersey City was heartbroken when the iPad he won at a school fundraiser was stolen. Sen. Kevin O’Toole surprised Jordan-River with a new iPad on December 24, 2012. “A lot of good things have happened to me and my family and we like to pay it forward as often as possible,” O’Toole said. (Jersey Journal)

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Bipartisan O’Toole Legislation Bringing Stronger Definition to PTI Program for Domestic Violence Passes Senate

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Bipartisan Legislation Would Toughen Requirements for Pre-Trial Intervention

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole that would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence was approved by the Senate. Pre-trial intervention, or PTI, is a diversionary program that allows offenders to avoid jail time under certain conditions.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence. (©iStock)

“Victims of domestic violence are often attacked again and again by the same offender, yet too often a first offense isn’t treated as seriously as this abhorrent crime warrants,” said Senator O’Toole. “This legislation strengthens current laws to make sure incidents of domestic violence are treated seriously from the first incident on and that attackers are held responsible for each and every offense.”

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Senate Passes O’Toole Bill to Improve Evidence Laws & Prevent Criminal Fraud

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The New Jersey Senate passed Senator Kevin O’Toole’s bill to improve evidence laws by establishing a crime-fraud exception to privileged communication between spouses and partners in a civil union.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole establishes a crime-fraud exception to privileged communication between spouses and partners in a civil union. (Flickr)

S-2408 amends the state’s marital/partner communications privilege to exempt communications regarding an ongoing or future crime that both spouses/partners were or are participating in at the time of their communications.

“Alleged criminals caught on wiretap developing their alleged crimes have been let free in New Jersey, in large part, because prosecutors couldn’t present all of their relevant evidence in court,” O’Toole said. “Communication between spouses and partners about their joint criminal activities or plans to victimize people should with out a doubt be admissible in the court of law to make sure judges and juries can consider all the information and make fully informed decisions to protect the public.”

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Bipartisan O’Toole Legislation Bringing Stronger Definition to PTI Program for Domestic Violence Passes Committee

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Bipartisan Legislation Would Toughen Requirements for Pre-Trial Intervention

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole that would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence was approved unanimously today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. Pre-trial intervention, or PTI, is a diversionary program that allows offenders to avoid jail time under certain conditions.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin O’Toole would toughen the eligibility rules for pre-trial intervention in cases of domestic violence. (©iStock)

“Victims of domestic violence are often attacked again and again by the same offender, yet too often a first offense isn’t treated as seriously as this abhorrent crime warrants,” said Senator O’Toole. “This legislation strengthens current laws to make sure incidents of domestic violence are treated seriously from the first incident on and that attackers are held responsible for each and every offense.”

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Panel Passes O’Toole’s “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention” & Awareness Acts

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The Senate Higher Education Committee passed Senator Kevin O’Toole’s “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act” and companion awareness act. A native of Allendale within the senator’s district, Madison Holleran committed suicide in January 2014 while attending the University of Pennsylvania.

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

“We can never fully know what Madison and her family have been through, and it’s impossible to make sense of her tragedy, but through glimpses of her triumphs and tribulations shared by family and friends, we can make sure her tragedy will save others,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “Despite the terrible sadness we still feel, and will continue to feel, about losing Madison, I am hopeful that when we swiftly enact this legislation, fellow parents will be reassured that powerful suicide prevention and awareness programs are right around the corner.”

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Senate Passes O’Toole Bill to Protect Stalking Victims

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The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole to protect stalking survivors from being re-victimized.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. O’Toole to increase protections for stalking victims was approved by the Senate. (©iStock)

“Violations of stalking restraining orders are both common and often associated with significant danger to victims,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “We need to give survivors all the protection we can to help prevent them from being re-victimized.”

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O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Bill Designating Portion of Rt. 17 ‘Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway’ Signed by Christie

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Legislation (A-3582/S-2321) sponsored by District 40 legislators Sen. Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen Dave Russo and Scott Rumana that designates a section of Rt. 17 in Waldwick the “Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway” in memory of the fallen hero was signed into law today by Gov. Christie.

Waldwick Police Officer Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty on July 17, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was operating radar on Route 17.

Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty on July 17, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was operating radar on Route 17. (Borough of Waldwick)

Waldwick Police Officer Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty last July, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was conducting a radar operation on Route 17.

“It’s impossible to accept a senseless tragedy taking the life of a true hero like Christopher, who family, fiancée, colleagues and community will always keep in their hearts,” O’Toole said. “But this sign will instill the lasting honor that Christopher and his family deserve due to his selfless service and sacrifices for us all.”

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Committee Passes Pair of O’Toole Bills to Protect Stalking Victims & Improve Evidence Laws

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The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a pair of bills sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole to protect stalking victims and assist prosecutors in obtaining information to present at trial.

A pair of Sen. O’Toole’s bills protecting stalking victims and improving evidence laws was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. (©iStock)

Senator O’Toole’s S-2540/A-3841 upgrades the violation of a stalking restraining order to a third-degree crime, which carries maximum prison sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $15,000.

“Violations of stalking restraining orders are both common and often associated with significant danger to victims,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “We need to give survivors all the protection we can to assure that they won’t be re-victimized.”

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O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Introduce ‘Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act’ & Awareness Act

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State Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen Dave Russo and Scott Rumana introduced the “Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act” and a companion awareness act. A native of Allendale within the legislators’ district, Madison Holleran committed suicide in January 2014 while attending the University of Pennsylvania.

A pair of bills named in honor of Madison Holleran to help prevent and raise awareness of suicide were introduced by Sen. Kevin O’Toole and Asm. Dave Russo and Scott Rumana. (In Memory of Madison Holleran/Facebook)

“Madison still lives in the hearts of her family, friends, classmates and community,” O’Toole said. “We must make sure that she didn’t die in vain; that her tragedy will save others. In her name, and knowing how difficult it is as parents to know the depths of our children’s feelings and emotions, we are working to immediately pass legislation to create powerful suicide prevention and awareness programs.”

Suicide has become the second leading cause of death on college campuses and accounts for more deaths among college students than all medical illnesses combined.

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O’Toole Introduces Legislation to Develop a Major North Jersey Water System Consolidation Plan

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) introduced legislation with the end goal of consolidating into one entity the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation; the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission; and the Passaic Valley Water Commission.

Several public entities providing water services in North Jersey would be targeted for consolidation under a bill proposed by Sen. Kevin O’Toole. (Davide Restive/Wikimedia Commons)

“This measure will help eliminate redundant entities and directly cut costs for ratepayers in the immediate future,” O’Toole said. “It’s nonsensical to have three separate public entities providing water services at different rates to a block of communities in one region of the state. Their pipes literally cross beneath the surface. This bill will help create a more efficient, sustainable and overall stronger commission for generations to come.”

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Christie Signs O’Toole Bill to Save Students 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 student having an anaphylactic reaction will be administered epinephrine was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

Senator O’Toole’s legislation, signed into law by Gov. Christie on Feb. 5, 2015, requires schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and to administer treatment to any student having an anaphylactic reaction. (kiwinky/Flickr)

The new law, formerly S-801/A-304, requires public and nonpublic New Jersey schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and authorizes school nurses or a trained designee to administer the life-saving treatment to any student who is having an anaphylactic reaction.

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