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Senator Holly Schepisi

Senator Holly Schepisi

Editorial: Ending the Trenton Logjam to Improve Protections for Temporary Workers

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In this NorthJersey.com editorial, Sen. Holly Schepisi (R-39) discusses a bill stalled in Trenton that would put the entire temporary work industry and the New Jersey economy at risk and her alternative legislation that can end the logjam and provide temp workers the protections they deserve:

In this NorthJersey.com editorial, Sen. Holly Schepisi discusses a bill stalled in Trenton that would put the entire temporary work industry and the New Jersey economy at risk and her alternative legislation that can end the logjam and provide temp workers the protections they deserve. (©iStock)

Too often, politicians in Trenton respond to reports of wrongdoing by pushing for overbearing new laws instead of advocating for better enforcement of those already on the books.

That’s what’s happening today with a complex and likely destructive bill that could hurt temporary workers, staffing agencies, and the client businesses they help to fill important positions on a temporary basis.

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Schepisi Bill to Improve Safety of Telehealth Services Advances

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The Assembly Health Committee has advanced a measure that would improve telehealth services and ensure that doctors can effectively coordinate emergency care for patients when needed. The legislation, A-2193, is the Assembly version of Senator Holly Schepisi’s bill, S-606, which was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee in March.

Sen. Holly Schepisi’s legislation to improve telehealth services and ensure that doctors can effectively coordinate emergency care for patients when needed has advanced. (©iStock.com)

“During the pandemic, patients and health care providers alike realized the convenience and efficiency of using telehealth and telemedicine services,” said Schepisi (R-39). “Given the major increase in mental health needs over the past two-and-a-half years, telehealth services have proven to be the fastest access to care for many patients who have found in-office visits to local providers almost impossible to schedule without lengthy waits. This legislation is designed to ensure that all patients receive the same standard of care in emergency situations regardless of whether they are in their doctor’s office or attending their appointment virtually.”

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Schepisi Seeks Permanent Solution for Temporary Workers

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Introduces Legislation Protecting Employees without Jeopardizing Industry

Senator Holly Schepisi today introduced legislation that would protect temporary workers and the agencies that employ them from the detrimental effects of another bill that could soon be on its way back to the Governor’s desk.

Sen. Holly Schepisi introduced legislation that would protect temporary workers and the agencies that employ them from the detrimental effects of another bill that could soon be on its way back to the Governor’s desk. (©iStock)

Schepisi’s measure, modeled after a recently enacted law in Massachusetts, creates important protections for workers without strangling New Jersey’s staffing sector with burdensome red tape.

“As early as this afternoon, the State Assembly could vote to adopt the Governor’s conditional veto of legislation that threatens the stability of not only staffing agencies but the businesses that depend on them for short-term workers,” said Schepisi (R-39). “This is an extremely flawed bill, and the Governor’s veto doesn’t come close to mitigating some of its most problematic facets.”

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Schepisi Implores State Health Benefits Commission Members to Find Alternatives to Devastating Premium Hikes

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In a letter to members of the New Jersey State Health Benefits Commission prior to their meeting to consider astronomical increases in health benefits costs, Senator Holly Schepisi urged them to “think ‘outside of the box’ to evaluate other options rather than creating an additional fiscal burden on those already struggling.”

In a letter to members of the State Health Benefits Commission prior to their meeting to consider astronomical increases in health benefits costs, Sen. Holly Schepisi urged them to “think ‘outside of the box’ to evaluate other options rather than creating an additional fiscal burden on those already struggling.” (©iStock.com)

In addition to active state and local workers who could lose $1,500 per year or more under the planned cost structure, Schepisi noted her significant concerns about the impact of the increase on “local governments and school districts that shoulder a disproportionate share of the benefit costs.”

“Higher premiums will break the backs and the budget of local governments and school districts across the state that already pay a significant share of premiums for their employees,” Schepisi wrote. “More importantly, local governments will have to face slashing personnel or programs in order to absorb these unintended increases into their upcoming budgets.  For a municipality with 70 governmental employees the additional proposed cost may result in over $500,000 in unanticipated expense.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Editorial: Setting the Record Straight on Sex Education

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Holly Schepisi (R-39) on new sex education mandates from Trenton was published by NJ.com on September 1, 2022:

New Jersey Senate Republicans livestreamed an independent hearing on sex education, state curriculum mandates, and parental rights on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. (NJ Senate Republicans/YouTube)

There’s a lot of confusion about new sex education mandates from Trenton and lots of false accusations have been made. Let’s set the record straight.

Up until several months ago, very few people were focused on sex education. That changed this spring when school districts started notifying parents about new learning standards they are required to incorporate into their curricula and teach in classrooms starting this September.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Michael Testa

Senate Republicans Hold Hearing on Sex Education, State Curriculum Mandates & Parental Rights

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New Jersey Senate Republicans livestreamed an independent hearing on sex education, state curriculum mandates, and parental rights on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

During the hearing, Sen. Joe Pennacchio (chair), Sen. Kristin Corrado, Sen. Holly Schepisi, and Sen. Michael Testa had an important discussion with school board members, child health experts, and concerned parents.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Michael Testa

Senate Republicans to Hold Independent Hearing on Sex Education, State Curriculum Mandates & Parental Rights

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New Jersey Senate Republicans will host an independent hearing on Tuesday, August 23 to discuss sex education, state curriculum mandates, and improving parental rights in education. The virtual hearing will be livestreamed on Facebook Live.

WHO: Senator Joe Pennacchio (Chair), Senator Kristin Corrado, Senator Holly Schepisi, Senator Michael Testa, and invited guests, including school board members, experts, and concerned parents.

WHAT: Virtual hearing to discuss sex education, state curriculum mandates, and improving parental rights in education.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: A video livestream of the hearing will be accessible to the public and press via Facebook Live from the Facebook page of the New Jersey Senate Republicans. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.

STREAMING LINK: https://www.facebook.com/senatenj

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Schepisi Bill that Would Help Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would establish minimum Medicaid reimbursement rates for brain injury services was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that would establish minimum Medicaid reimbursement rates for brain injury services was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (©iStock)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed this bill into law. Unlike other Medicaid community-based services, reimbursement rates for brain injury services have remained static in recent years despite growing costs. This threatens the ability of providers to meet the complex needs of individuals with these injuries and provide services within a safe and fulfilling community environment,” said Schepisi (R-39). “Despite the similar model of care, reimbursement rates for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities have not only increased, but have actually been restructured to account for inflationary trends. My legislation will align brain injury service rates with intellectual and developmental disabilities rates to ensure that people with brain injuries can continue to thrive and reach their optimal recoveries in community settings.”

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Senate Clears Schepisi Bill that Would Help Individuals with Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would establish minimum Medicaid reimbursement rates for brain injury services was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that would establish minimum Medicaid reimbursement rates for brain injury services was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“Unlike other Medicaid community-based services, reimbursement rates for brain injury services have remained static in recent years despite growing costs. This threatens the ability of providers to meet the complex needs of individuals with brain injuries and provide services within a safe and fulfilling community environment,” said Schepisi (R-39). “And yet, despite the similar model of care, reimbursement rates for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries with intellectual and developmental disabilities have not only increased, but have actually restructured to account for inflationary trends. My legislation will align brain injury service rates with intellectual and developmental disabilities service rates to ensure that people with brain injuries can continue to thrive and reach their optimal recoveries in community settings.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Schepisi & Oroho Introduce “Three Rs” Plan Legislation to Repeal Controversial Sex Ed Mandates

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Bill Shifts Control of Sex Education Learning Standards from Unelected Trenton Bureaucrats to Parents & Local Communities

Senator Holly Schepisi and Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho have introduced new legislation that would repeal controversial sex education mandates imposed by the New Jersey State Board of Education and shift control of learning standards in this area to parents and local communities.

Sen. Holly Schepisi and Sen. Steven Oroho introduced legislation repealing controversial sex education mandates imposed by the New Jersey State Board of Education and shifting control to parents and local communities. The bill is part of the Republican “Three Rs” plan. (©iStock)

“The current controversy over the extreme mandates imposed by unelected Trenton bureaucrats demonstrates exactly why we need to empower parents and local communities to control how sex education is taught in their children’s schools,” said Schepisi (R-39). “We believe sex education should be taught to students in an age-appropriate manner that is determined by local school boards in close consultation with parents. Different communities will likely find they have different perspectives on how best to teach sex education, and that’s okay. Under our legislation, they will have the authority to adopt learning standards that best fit the needs and concerns of their students and families without intrusive mandates from Trenton.”

Schepisi and Oroho’s new legislation, S-2524, is a key component of the “Three Rs” plan proposed by New Jersey Senate Republicans to repeal, replace, and restore to fix New Jersey’s controversial sex education and diversity and inclusion curriculum requirements.

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