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Senator Robert Singer

Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Protecting Victims of Identity Theft From Debt Collection Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer protecting consumers who fall victim to identity theft from debt collection was advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer would protect consumers who fall victim to identity theft from debt collection. (©iStock)

“Identity theft is a serious crime and one that can unfortunately bury even the most cautious consumer under a mountain of debt,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “This bill gives those who fall victim to identity theft a means to restore their lives and avoid the financial ruin of wrongly being tied to debt caused by fraud and no fault of their own.”

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Senate Advances Singer Legislation Allowing for More Affordable Biosimilar Medication

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would make it more affordable for patients to get the treatment they need by allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms won approval by the full Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer would allow pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms. (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). “Allowing pharmacists to substitute for an approved biosimilar will present a more affordable alternative and allow more patients to get the treatment they need.”

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Bipartisan Singer Bill to Protect Developmentally Disabled From Dangerous Acts Gains Committee Approval

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) 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 committee approval today.

Sen. Robert Singer introduced the legislation after a 19-year-old autistic man was coerced into jumping into frigid Atlantic waters in February from a jetty in Manasquan by two men who videotaped and posted the incident to social media. (Flickr)

The bill, S-2940, 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.

“Today’s committee vote is an important step in making sure we as a state send a clear message that bullying or taking advantage of anyone, especially those who are less able to protect themselves, is wrong and won’t be tolerated,” said Singer. “These updates to current law will enhance protections for those with developmental disabilities and will make sure anyone callous enough to commit these types of troubling acts is held accountable.”

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Singer, Holzapfel Call for Public Hearings on Casino Expansion, Including Hearing for Monmouth and Ocean Counties

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Senate Republicans Robert Singer and Jim Holzapfel called for a series of public hearings across the state, including in Monmouth and Ocean counties, about the possible authorization of a casino outside of Atlantic City. To expand gambling beyond Atlantic City voters would need to approve a ballot question authorizing the expansion.

Sens. Singer and Holzapfel have called for a series of public hearings to discuss the possibility of expanding casino gaming beyond Atlantic City. (Flickr)

“Before this matter is put on a ballot for a vote or any gaming expansion is limited to one specific location we need to make sure residents across the state are given the opportunity to weigh in and hear how expanded gaming could benefit or impact their community,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “One of those hearings should take place in Monmouth or Ocean counties, where I believe the addition of a casino would not only bring jobs to the local community but would add to the array of attractions that are already here and increase the appeal of the collective shore region.”

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Senate Committee Clears Singer Bill Prohibiting Standardized Testing for Kindergarten Through Second Grade

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The Senate Education Committee advanced a bill sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to prohibit commercial standardized testing for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer would prohibit commercial standardized testing for students in kindergarten through second grade. (Flickr)

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.”

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Senate Adopts Singer Legislation Designed to Expand Insurance Options for Small Employers

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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.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation, S-2220, would give small businesses new options to purchase insurance at lower rates. (Flickr)

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.”

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Singer’s Bipartisan Bill Will Protect Developmentally Disabled from Dangerous Acts

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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.

A developmentally disabled man nearly drowned in frigid water after he was goaded into jumping off the jetty at the Manasquan Inlet by two men who filmed the incident. (Bing Maps)

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.”

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Committee Advances Singer Bill Revolutionizing NJ Tourism, Including Creation of Mobile App 

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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.

Sen. Singer announced the legislation to create a comprehensive tourism marketing plan for the state during a press conference at the Lakewood BlueClaws on April 9, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

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Senate Panel Passes Singer Resolution Naming May ‘Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month’

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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.

Limiting midday sun exposure, wearing protective clothing and regularly applying sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 can help prevent skin cancer. (©iStock.com/MarKord)

“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.”

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Senate Republican Leadership Team Culminates Rollout of NJ Job Creation & Economic Growth Package

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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.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean speaking at the jobs package press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on April 23, 2015, with Sen. Diane Allen. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

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