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Senator Holly Schepisi

Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi Bill Establishing “Nursing Home Advisory Council” Clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would create the Nursing Home Advisory Council and introduce penalties for long-term care facilities that violate state and federal regulations was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that would create the Nursing Home Advisory Council and introduce penalties for long-term care facilities that violate state and federal regulations was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Over the last two years, thousands of elderly residents in New Jersey’s nursing homes lost their lives due to coronavirus infection. During that time, there has been little to no accountability for the policies that have been implemented,” said Schepisi (R-39). “My legislation will make sure that we have accountability going forward and that any long-term care facility that violates state or federal regulations is held responsible. We need to keep our most vulnerable residents safe—and hold those who put their health in jeopardy to account.”

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Committee Clears Kean and Schepisi Bill that Would Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Holly Schepisi that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee.

Sens. Tom Kean and Holly Schepisi’s legislation that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Individuals with disabilities are an underrepresented segment in public employment,” said Kean (R-21). “This legislation will help ensure that our government will be more thoughtful, inclusive, and supportive of the needs of these individuals in the workforce. This is crucial to allowing the state to more easily recruit and promote talented people with disabilities and will give better overall representation to them in state government.”

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Schepisi: There are Lessons to be Learned from Studying Impact of Remote Classes on Students

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National Study Blamed Pandemic for ‘Significant Learning Losses’

Senator Holly Schepisi today called for the Legislature to act swiftly in lame duck and pass a bill that would require the Commissioner of Education to prepare a report on learning loss and the operation of public schools during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Sen. Holly Schepisi called for the Legislature to advance a bill that would require the Commissioner of Education to study and report on the pandemic’s impact on student learning and the operation of public schools. (Pixabay)

“We’re going to have to help students make up the educational ground they lost during the pandemic, and the first step is understanding the severity of the problem,” said Schepisi (R-39), citing a national study that concluded student learning suffered substantially from remote schooling due to COVID.

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Schepisi Urges Murphy Administration to Order Teachers to Stop Logging Private Info of Students & Families in Third-Party Advocacy Apps

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Senator Calls for Investigation, Will Introduce Legislation Banning Practice That’s Being Pushed on Teachers by NEA & AFT

After it was revealed that national teachers’ unions have been training and instructing New Jersey teachers to log the personal health information of students and their families in a progressive organization’s campaign app, Senator Holly Schepisi called for an investigation and urged the Murphy administration to prohibit the invasive practice.

After it was revealed that national teachers’ unions have been training and instructing New Jersey teachers to log the personal health information of students and their families in a progressive organization’s campaign app, Sen. Holly Schepisi called for an investigation and urged the Murphy administration to prohibit the invasive practice. (©iStock)

“New Jerseyans might be surprised to hear that teachers are being told to engage students and parents in private conversations about their health and COVID-19 vaccination status and to log what they learn in a campaign-style tracking app run by a progressive advocacy group,” said Schepisi (R-39). “Unbelievably, that’s exactly what’s happening, as I’ve been told by concerned teachers. It’s a gross invasion of privacy that Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education should prohibit immediately.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco/Pennacchio/Schepisi Legislation Supporting Pediatric Cancer Research Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Joseph Pennacchio, and Holly Schepisi that would support funding for pediatric cancer research has been signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Tony Bucco, Joe Pennacchio, and Holly Schepisi that would support funding for pediatric cancer research has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed both of these bills into law today. As a survivor of pediatric cancer, I know there are few things that can make a child feel so scared or parents so helpless,” said Bucco (R-25). “I am thankful every day that I was one of the lucky ones who survived. With better-funded research, we can improve treatments and survival rates to ensure that luck is no longer a factor in deciding which children with cancer will have an opportunity to grow up and live full lives.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Statements from Corrado & Schepisi on Gov. Cuomo’s Resignation

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Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Holly Schepisi released the following comments on the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation from office today following allegations of sexual abuse by a number of women. (@NYGovCuomo/Twitter)

“All women deserve to feel safe in their workplace – whether that be on the campaign trail or in the chambers of a State House,” said Senator Kristin M. Corrado (R-40). “From Albany to Trenton, those who protected and perpetuated sexual abuse cannot be let off the hook.”

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Schepisi Calls on Murphy Administration to Open Ringwood State Park to Swimming

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Senator Holly Schepisi called on the Murphy administration to reverse its decision to cancel swimming completely at Ringwood State Park for the 2021 season due to a shortage of lifeguards.

Sen. Holly Schepisi called on the Murphy administration to reverse its decision to cancel swimming completely at Ringwood State Park for the 2021 season due to a shortage of lifeguards. (Pixabay)

“There are labor shortages all across New Jersey in virtually every industry,” said Schepisi (R-39). “Aside from the Murphy administration, everyone else is finding a way to adapt even if it means operating with fewer staff on a limited schedule. Why can’t that happen at Ringwood State Park? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.”

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Schepisi Bill Allowing Paramedics to Administer Buprenorphine Approved by Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that allows paramedics to administer buprenorphine, which is used to treat acute withdrawal symptoms after patients are revived from an opioid overdose with naloxone, was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that allows paramedics to administer buprenorphine was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Each year, tens of thousands of Americans lose their lives from an opioid-related overdose, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this tragic reality,” said Schepisi (R-39). “The unprecedented rise in opioid-related deaths shows that we need to do more to combat the addiction crisis. My legislation will provide our first responders with the necessary tools to combat this insidious epidemic, prevent future opioid-related deaths, and get more people on the road to recovery.”

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Schepisi Bill Allowing Paramedics to Administer Buprenorphine Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that allows paramedics to administer buprenorphine, which is used to treat acute withdrawal symptoms after patients are revived from an opioid overdose with naloxone, was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that allows paramedics to administer buprenorphine was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Each year, tens of thousands of Americans lose their lives from an opioid-related overdose, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this tragic reality,” said Schepisi (R-39). “The unprecedented rise in opioid-related deaths shows that we need to do more to combat the addiction crisis. My legislation will provide our first responders with the necessary tools to combat this insidious epidemic, prevent future opioid-related deaths, and get more people on the road to recovery.”

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Schepisi: Still No Guidance from Murphy for Reopening Adult Medical Day Care Programs

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Day Programs for Alzheimer’s Patients Remain Closed Due to Lack of Guidance from Murphy Administration

Senator Holly Schepisi said the Murphy administration continues to drag its feet on providing guidance that would allow adult medical day care programs to reopen.

Sen. Holly Schepisi said the Murphy administration continues to drag its feet on providing guidance that would allow adult medical day care programs to reopen. (Pixabay)

“My office hears almost daily from distressed families that have struggled for more than a year without any support or relief to care for spouses and grandparents with challenging conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer’s,” said Schepisi (R-39). “They can’t understand why Governor Murphy continues to ignore the needs of their loved ones who need access to day programs that provide medical care and opportunities for social interaction. These critically important programs should be allowed to reopen immediately.”

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