Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that would require all surgical practices to be licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services was passed by the Senate Health Committee today. Under current law surgical facilities only have to be registered, not licensed, and have less stringent operating requirements. The licensed centers are inspected every two to three years, have more specific staffing requirements and must report to the state medical errors that result in serious injuries.
“Surgical facilities often provide complicated, yet necessary surgical procedures and should have similar safety standards as ambulatory care facilities, ” Singer stated. “We must take the necessary precautions to prevent putting any patient at unnecessary risk.”
Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) issued the flowing statement today after Governor Chris Christie’s State Budget Address:
“Governor Christie is taking aggressive action to correct state spending and straighten out our finances. New Jersey residents cannot afford to support the bloated, oversized government Democrats built over the past eight years with constant tax increases and incessant borrowing.
“People who have something to gain by growing government will be howling the loudest, but middle-class families, seniors and small business owners know that New Jersey has become increasingly too unaffordable for many of our friends and family will welcome the Governor’s message of discipline and restraint.
Nation Could Face Shortage of 150,000 Doctors in Next 15 years
A bill sponsored by Senators Robert Singer (R-Ocean) and Sean T. Kean (R-Monmouth) that would assess how to increase the number of teaching hospitals and medical residency programs throughout the State was passed by the Senate today.
“We need to address the impending physician shortage by ensuring we have adequate openings in classrooms and hospitals for qualified students who wish to train to become doctors,” Singer stated. “The nine million New Jersey residents deserve to know that well-trained doctors will be available to serve their health care needs when they need it most.”
Eradication Plan Must Be in Place if Bed Bugs Are Found
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that would require healthcare and residential facilities to have a bedbug maintenance plan in place with a licensed exterminator was unanimously passed by the Senate Health Committee today.
“Any facility where people stay overnight should have a plan in place, ready to be carried out at a moments notice should bedbugs be discovered, ” Singer stated. “Senior citizens, hospital patients and tourists throughout New Jersey all have a right to know that the bed they are sleeping in is clean, safe and free of bedbugs.”
Second Bill Introduced That Would Strengthen NJ’s Crime Laws
Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) introduced legislation today that would increase the penalty for individuals interfering with the apprehension, prosecution, or conviction of a person following the commission of a crime. This legislation comes on the heels of a bill introduced last week by Senator Singer that would reinstitute the death penalty for individuals who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities.
“Anyone who assists an individual after the commission of a crime is just as guilty as the original perpetrator and the punishment received should reflect that fact, ” Singer stated. “Tough enforcement today is crime prevention tomorrow.”
10 Police Officers Killed by Gunfire Already in 2011 Shows Need For Revamped Law
Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) introduced legislation today that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities.
“I do not support the death penalty out of a need for revenge or due to malice in my heart. Neither do the many individuals I have met who have suffered from heinous crimes,” Singer stated. “I support the death penalty because sometimes it is the only way to achieve justice for the victims and families affected by horrible crimes.”
Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Christie’s State of the State address:
“In his speech today, Governor Christie highlighted the need to strengthen New Jersey’s job market, control property taxes, and set excellence as the standard for every teacher and student.
“Much has been accomplished on these issues over the past year with the passage of the 2 percent property tax cap, pension and benefit reform measures and cutting government red tape. However, more work needs to be done.
Senator Robert Singer (R- Ocean) issued the following statement following Governor Christie’s formal signing into law of interest arbitration reform:
“Today, reform that many in New Jersey thought impossible has become law: a reasonable cap on interest arbitration awards. State government has taken a momentous step in stabilizing out of control property taxes and restoring faith with a public angered by the imposition of public employee contracts more generous than those enjoyed by the average taxpayer.
Senators Diane Allen, Kip Bateman, Andrew Ciesla, Chris Connors, Sean Kean and Robert Singer issued the following statement:
“Protecting women’s health is a vital priority for all of us. Contained in this year’s budget are critical investments in early cancer detection programs including mammograms. Over $20 million is dedicated to serve low-income women and children with chronic diseases, birth defects and special health care needs such as Cystic Fibrosis; childhood lead poisoning screening and environmental inspections of homes with suspected lead hazards; prenatal care; fetal alcohol syndrome; and hemophilia treatments. These critical investments were a major part of our collective decision to support the budget.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean) that would recognize investigators in the Department of Corrections as police officers passed the Senate today.
“These men and women serve an important role in providing for our public safety and they should be recognized for their hard work and sacrifice, ” Singer stated. “These investigators perform the same basic functions as local police officers, yet remain ineligible to participate in certain programs or apply for certain grants. That is not right.”