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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to address several reported issues regarding the unsafe restraint of special education students, as depicted in a series of investigative reports by News 12 New Jersey’s “Kane in Your Corner.”
“We cannot turn a blind eye to the dangerous and sometimes deadly practice of prone restraint that some students with disabilities have been subjected to,” said O’Toole. “We owe it to the children to ensure that physical restraints are conducted safely when necessary, and to be transparent with parents whenever they occur.”
Editorial: In Redistricting Debate, N.J. Should Adopt Spirit of ’66 Rather than Constitutional Amendment
The following editorial by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) on a state constitutional amendment proposed by Democrats that would result in fewer competitive legislative elections was published by the Star-Ledger on NJ.com on December 23, 2015:
New Jersey’s Constitution was created to protect all citizens at the expense of political partisanship.
Unfortunately, as of late, the Democratic Party has begun a barrage of amendments to the constitution to protect the will of their political party at the direct expense of all New Jerseyans.
A glaring example of that is their last-minute push to pass SCR-188, a constitutional amendment that Democrats purport would create competitive elections. In fact, this amendment would enshrine in the constitution as many as 30 “safe” legislative districts, meaning taxation without representation for as many as 75 percent of voters.
Signs renaming a section of Route 17 for fallen Waldwick police officer Christopher Goodell were unveiled Wednesday, nearly 18 months after he was killed by a tractor trailer while conducting radar duty on the highway shoulder.
“There is nothing we can do to undo the events that took Officer Goodell’s life,” said state Sen. Kevin O’Toole, who sponsored the legislation to rename the stretch of road. “But we can make sure people remember him and the sacrifice he made for his community.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin J. O’Toole exempting military personnel serving in combat zones from the gross income tax was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
“Thousands of courageous and selfless New Jerseyans are serving in combat zones and risking their lives to protect our nation,” Senator O’Toole said. “Sadly, many of their families are struggling to make ends meet while their loved one is serving overseas. My bill will provide much-needed support for brave men and women from across New Jersey.”
O’Toole Introduces Resolution to Guarantee Lifelong Treatment, Services for 9/11 First Responders & Victims
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) introduced a resolution calling upon Congress to enact the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.”
This Act would extend critically needed medical treatment services and financial compensation programs to 9/11 first responders and victims.
“It is meaningless, misleading and even hypocritical for politicians to say, ‘Never Forget,’ if they don’t immediately pass the Zadroga Act, which is critically needed by first responders and survivors from all 50 states,” O’Toole said. “This is what government is supposed to do — take care of those who heroically walked into the face of danger without regard for their own lives, saving countless others. In a day and age when we are constantly looking for heroes and role models, these individuals exemplify that and we need to show them that as a country we will never walk away from them.”
Governor Signs O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Bill Advocating for Foster Parents of Service-Dogs-In-Training
Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen David Russo and Scott Rumana (all R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris) to support individuals or groups temporarily caring for dogs that are training to be service animals.
The new law, formerly A-3502/S-2281, exempts those caregivers from having to obtain a license and registration tag while the service-animal-in-training is placed in a foster home.
“Devoted volunteers dedicate years of their lives to training service animals to be faithful, steadfast companions to some of our state’s most vulnerable and honorable residents,” Senator O’Toole said. “This new law allows foster parents to spend more of their time and money on training service animals instead of on needless bureaucracy. This exemption is a simple solution to allow foster parents to focus on training dogs to be lifesaving companions for people with physical and developmental disabilities, senior citizens and military veterans.”
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) said New Jersey’s addition of 15,200 private-sector jobs in October and an updated total of 24,100 new jobs in the past two months shows that Republican reforms are working and the state’s economic rebound would be enhanced with the advancement of more Senate Republican jobs policies.
“New Jersey is creating jobs at a fast pace under Governor Christie’s administration not seen in recent memory, thanks to ample reductions in red tape and our investments in real private sector job creation, workforce training and smart economic development,” said O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Our unemployment rate has fallen nearly a full point this year to 5.4 percent, and in the months ahead we’re on track to recover all of the 258,000 jobs lost under the previous administration. Indeed, this is a far cry from what happened under the previous governors where taxes and fees were raised 115 times while the unemployment rate skyrocketed to 9.8 percent.”
O’Toole emphasized, “Not counting Great Recession years, the 15,200 private-sector jobs we created in October alone are more than twice the 7,400 private-sector jobs created in former Gov. Jon Corzine’s best year and more than six times the 2,400 jobs created in Gov. Corzine’s second-best year.”