Senate Committee Clears Singer Bill Prohibiting Standardized Testing for Kindergarten Through Second Grade
The Senate Education Committee advanced a bill sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to prohibit commercial standardized testing for students in kindergarten through second grade.
The bill, S-2766, will protect New Jersey’s youngest students from being subjected to identical standardized assessments that are developed and scored by a commercial entity under contract with a board of education.
“While it is vital that teachers and administrators have the resources they need to track a child’s progress and ensure that students are ready for college and careers, many have expressed concern that children are being subjected to rigid, commercial standardized assessments at far too young an age,” said Senator Singer. “By passing legislation that prohibits schools from administering these assessments to students in this age group, we are ensuring that children can learn and grow in a nurturing environment, monitored and organized by the teachers and staff familiar with their individual needs.”
The Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would strengthen and bring transparency to Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements in New Jersey in an effort to expand insurance options for small businesses.
MEWAs are an alternative to traditional commercial insurance that permits employers, especially small- and mid-sized businesses, to band together to obtain economies of scale to help them reduce their health insurance costs by self-insuring as a group and provide a greater range of health benefits to their employees. Senator Singer’s legislation, S2220, is intended to promote the availability of health care by strengthening the ability of MEWAs to compete with traditional health insurance carriers and self insured entities to provide those benefits at a reasonable cost.
“Small and medium-sized employers have been hit extremely hard by the escalation in healthcare costs,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements give these smaller companies a way to join together to purchase a plan at a much lower rate than if they were going it alone.”
Senate Republican Robert Singer announced new bipartisan legislation that would upgrade current law to better protect those with developmental disabilities from being victimized by the acts of others that are dangerous and potentially deadly.
The bill would better define reckless endangerment laws and increase punishment and penalties for putting others at risk, with the strongest penalties for those with cognitive impairments.
“It is important that as a legislature and as a society as a whole that we take a stand to protect those who might be less able to protect themselves,” said Senator Singer. “Bullying or taking advantage of anyone, especially those whose judgment might be challenged, is clearly wrong and with this legislation New Jersey’s laws will now reflect that. This legislation should send a strong message that the victimization of those with disabilities won’t be tolerated in New Jersey.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer creating a comprehensive tourism marketing plan, including a mobile app featuring all of New Jersey’s tourism attractions, was advanced by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.
“This legislation will revolutionize the way New Jersey attracts tourists to the many unique historical sites, parks, trails, museums, beaches and venues across the state,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “It’s important we take these steps now to stay competitive with states that are increasing efforts to entice families from our tourism base to spend their vacations and money outside New Jersey.”
On Monday the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee passed a resolution proposed by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) designating May of each year as “Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.” The first Monday in May of each year will be named “Melanoma Monday.” This measure was passed to raise awareness of the dangers of melanoma and other skin cancers, and to promote prevention and early detection.
“Skin cancer can be easily prevented but if this disease goes unnoticed, it can be fatal,” said Senator Singer. “Our beautiful beaches and shore attractions draw thousands to the Jersey Shore every summer. As the warm-weather months approach, we need to do everything in our power to raise awareness and teach New Jersey residents how to prevent and detect this deadly disease.”
The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.
“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”
The Senate Republican Leadership team will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, April 23 to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package.
When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Room 319 (Senate Republican Caucus Room) of the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen; Conference Leader Robert Singer; Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck
Availability: Full, open
At Opening Day for the Lakewood BlueClaws, Senate Republican Conference Leader Robert Singer unveiled several new bills to help create and retain jobs for New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries. Senator Singer was joined by BlueClaws Chief Revenue & Operations Officer Adam M. Lorber, who led a tour highlighting FirstEnergy Park upgrades before Senator Singer threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
“I’m excited to have the BlueClaws support as we push for legislation that will revolutionize the way New Jersey attracts tourists and jobs to our many unique sites and enhances farm-to-table opportunities for restaurants, farmers and agro-tourism destinations,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “A key bill in this package will overhaul New Jersey’s tourism efforts, in part, with a global marketing campaign to feature a mobile app to attract people in real-time to any of the historical sites, parks, trails, museums, beaches and venues across the state. This package will make New Jersey competitive with other states, including Michigan, California, Florida and New York, which every day are drawing our residents and families from our tourist base to their states and, in turn, improving their economies.”
Prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws Opening Day on Thursday, April 9, 2015, Senator Robert Singer will announce several new jobs bills that will enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries. Senator Singer will be joined by BlueClaws Chief Revenue & Operations Officer Adam M. Lorber.
Following a joint press conference, Mr. Lorber will lead a pre-game tour of FirstEnergy Park, which will be open to the media, and highlight exciting stadium upgrades for the new season. Senator Singer will then throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“In addition to a great evening of festivities at one of New Jersey’s many first-rate attractions, the BlueClaws’ Opening Day 2015 will also mark a turning point for our state’s tourism and agricultural economies,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “The legislation we are announcing will implement modern technologies to attract people from across the world to this state’s unique sites, such as FirstEnergy Park, creating more jobs and economic opportunities for families and communities. As neighboring states are competing more strongly than ever to attract our residents and tourism base, we must overhaul New Jersey’s tourism and marketing efforts to make people aware in real-time that our state is the place to relax and vacation.”
Singer to Introduce Legislation Protecting Disabled Adults Following Bullying of Autistic Howell Man
Senator Robert Singer will introduce legislation expanding legal protections for disabled adults following a reported incident in Manasquan where a developmentally disabled man nearly drowned after being dared to jump from a jetty into the frigid ocean.
According to a report in the Asbury Park Press, the 19-year-old man, who is autistic and diabetic, was egged into jumping from the jetty into the ocean on February 25 by two acquaintances who taped the incident with their cell phone and then later posted the video online. Law enforcement authorities said they couldn’t charge the men criminally because the conduct didn’t fall under any current state statute.
“This is a very troubling incident where a young man with a mental disability was taken advantage of,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “This was not a harmless prank. It was flat out wrong and could have resulted in this young man’s death. This type of abuse of a developmentally disabled person who didn’t know any better simply can’t be tolerated.”