New Jersey's 30th Legislative District

Senator Robert Singer

  • Sen. Robert Singer (right) at the Memorial Day Parade in Farmingdale on May 25, 2015, with (from left) Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon, Freeholder Thomas Arnone and Asm. Dave Rible. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Robert Singer toured Torah Ume Sorah in ‪Lakewood‬ on May 20, 2015 with Rabbi Ryback and Rabbi Holland. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Robert Singer helped welcome Brooklyn Financial Group to Lakewood at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 19,2015. (Facebook)

  • Senate Republican Conference Leader Bob Singer speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Tom Kean. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Bob Singer (R-30) unveiled new Senate Republican legislation to enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws home opener at FirstEnergy Park on April 9, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Bob Singer (R-30) unveiled new Senate Republican legislation to enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws home opener at FirstEnergy Park on April 9, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Robert Singer (R-30) and Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) held a State House press conference on October 16, 2014 to unveil new legislation, S-2509, to provide financial assistance to New Jersey’s urban enterprise zones. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Robert Singer (R-Monmouth) joined a bipartisan group of legislators and the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations to announce legislation showing solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish community at a State House rally on September 15, 2014. (Video)

  • Sen. Robert Singer joined Rep. Chris Smith and concerned friends and family of Aharon Sofer at a press conference in Lakewood on August 26, 2014. Sofer, a yeshiva student from Lakewood studying in Israel, disappeared on August 22 during a hike with a classmate near Jerusalem. (Facebook)

  • Senator Robert Singer (R-30) celebrating Memorial Day with children along Lakewood’s parade route on Monday, May 26, 2014. (TheLakewoodScoop.com)

Senator Bob Singer

Singer Statement on Veto of Hospital Community Payment Legislation

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) issued the following statement on the pocket veto of legislation (S3299) establishing a hospital community payment plan.

Sen. Robert Singer remains committed to finding a solution ensuring the financial protection of non-profit hospitals while providing some compensation to municipalities. (SenateNJ.com)

“I remain committed to finding a solution that ensures for the financial protection of non-profit hospitals while providing some compensation to municipalities for the services they provide,” said Singer. “I look forward to working together with the Governor’s Office, the departments of treasury and taxation, as well as representatives from the hospitals and municipalities to reach a fair solution that eliminates the need for costly litigation. In the wake of the tax ruling against Morristown Medical Center, we need to diligently work together to find a uniform and equitable way forward that works for both hospitals and municipalities.”

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Bipartisan Singer Hospital Community Payment Bill Approved by Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for blanket tax exemptions on their property was approved by the Senate today. The bill, S-3299, also sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joe Vitale, would update tax laws that date back to 1913, would have acute-care hospitals make payments to their home communities to offset the cost of local services.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for property tax exemptions. (Flickr)

“In the wake of the tax ruling against Morristown Medical Center we are on the precipice of seeing non-profit hospitals across this state hit with significant tax bills that will certainly lead to layoffs and even hospital closures,” said Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “We can’t afford to let this happen to an industry we rely on both for quality community care and as a local economic engine that employs approximately 140,000 workers. This community payment plan establishes a clear and predictable system by which hospitals can retain their tax-exempt status and have the stability needed in order to plan for long term investments in our communities while fairly paying for their share of the local services they rely on.”

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Singer Bill to Protect Developmentally Disabled From Dangerous Acts Signed Into Law

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Legislation authored by Senator Robert Singer and Senate President Steve Sweeney that upgrades state law to better protect those with developmental disabilities from being victimized by the acts of others that are dangerous and potentially deadly was signed into law by Governor Christie. The bill, S-2940/A-4531, better defines reckless endangerment laws and increase punishment and penalties for putting others at risk, with the strongest penalties for those whose victims have cognitive impairments.

The newly signed law to better protect those with developmental disabilities was prompted by an incident that resulted in the near drowning of Parker Drake, a 19-year-old autistic man with diabetes. (Christine Marshall)

“Today’s bill signing is a major step forward in strengthening New Jersey laws to better protect those with developmental disabilities from being taken advantage of or being coerced  into doing something that could harm themselves,” said Singer. “What happened to Parker Drake was deeply troubling and could have ended tragically. I commend Parker and his mother for having the courage to stand up and tell his story. These added protections should send a clear message that this type of bullying and dangerous acts against those with developmental disabilities won’t be tolerated in New Jersey and that those who do so will be held accountable.”

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Singer Hospital Community Payment Bill Advances

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for blanket tax exemptions on their property was approved by a Senate committee. S-3299, which is also sponsored by Senators Steve Sweeney and Joe Vitale, would update tax laws that date back to 1913, would have acute-care hospitals make payments to their home communities to offset the cost of local services.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for property tax exemptions. (SenateNJ.com)

“This plan that was developed with the hospitals’ input is a fair way to compensate host municipalities for the services hospitals use,” said Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “These hospitals provide critical services to our communities and are a significant economic engine in the areas they serve. We rely on their continued future success under this community payment plan.”

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Singer & Sweeney Bill to Protect Developmentally Disabled From Dangerous Acts Goes to Governor

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Legislation authored by Senator Robert Singer and Senate President Steve Sweeney 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 gained Assembly approval. The measure was approved with a vote of 65-1. Previously approved by the Senate, it now goes to the governor.

Legislation by Sen. Robert Singer and Senate President Steve Sweeney to better protect those with developmental disabilities was prompted by an incident that resulted in the near drowning of Parker Drake, a 19-year-old autistic man with diabetes. (Christine Marshall)

The bill, S-2940/A-4531, would better define reckless endangerment laws and increase punishment and penalties for putting others at risk, with the strongest penalties for those whose victims have cognitive impairments.

“Bullying or taking advantage of anyone, especially those who are less able to protect themselves, is not only wrong but can have life threatening consequences,” said Singer. “This legislation will make certain anyone who commits this type of troubling act is held responsible. I thank my colleagues for taking a stand to increase protections for those with disabilities and to make it clear this type of behavior won’t be tolerated in New Jersey.”

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Singer Introduces Hospital Community Payment Legislation

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Senator Robert Singer introduced bipartisan legislation that would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for blanket tax exemptions on their property.  The bill is also sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joseph Vitale.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for property tax exemptions. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, which would update tax laws that date back to 1913, would have acute-care hospitals make payments to their home communities to offset the cost of local services.

“These hospitals are an important part of the communities they serve, providing medical care, creating jobs and contributing to their local economies,” said Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “We recognize and appreciate their value. These payments will help compensate for the services the hospitals receive from the municipalities, including law enforcement and firefighters. The hospitals have worked with us in a cooperative way to craft this legislation.”

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Singer Bill to Protect Consumers, Establish Standards for Third-Party Energy Suppliers Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to increase consumer protections for customers of third-party energy suppliers was signed into law by Governor Christie.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation increasing consumer protections for customers of third-party energy suppliers was signed into law. (Flickr)

“Today’s bill signing ensures a greater level of transparency in the third-party energy supplier marketplace and establishes clear standards to better protect consumers,” said Singer. “Too many customers who switched to third-party suppliers in hopes of lowering costs have been lift with astronomical gas or electric bills due to confusing or misleading contracts.”

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Video: Singer Discusses Bipartisan Effort to Address Property Taxation of Non-Profit Hospitals

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Senator Robert Singer (R-30) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about a bipartisan effort to come to a compromise on how non-profit hospitals in New Jersey pay property taxes.

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Singer Bill to Raise Awareness, Combat COPD Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to raise awareness and combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was signed into law.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation to raise awareness of and combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was signed into law. (©iStock)

“We need to do more to help the hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents struggling with COPD – the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Senator Singer. “By establishing a task force to evaluate how we can raise awareness and expand community resources, we are helping countless New Jerseyans with COPD live fuller, happier lives.”

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Singer Legislation Allowing for More Affordable Biosimilar Medication Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer making it more affordable for patients to get the treatment they need by allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms was signed into law.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms has been signed into law. (Flickr)

Biologics are an increasingly relied on form of medication created from living cells and used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, MS and other debilitating diseases. Within the industry, a generic version of a biologic is referred to as a biosimilar.

“Biologics are an important tool in treating severe diseases but they can be very costly as well,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “By now allowing pharmacists to substitute for an approved biosimilar more patients will be able to afford to get the treatment they need.”

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