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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senator Kristin Corrado

ADVANCED: Corrado Bill to Combat Chronic Absenteeism In New Jersey Schools

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) to track and addresses chronic absenteeism at New Jersey’s public schools was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Corrado bill to combat chronic absenteeism that is affecting many New Jersey school districts. (Flickr)

“When our young students frequently miss school they are losing access to a key tool for success, an education,” said Corrado. “Falling behind in school can lead to long-term literacy problems and difficulty with basic mathematical concepts, which can hinder a child’s ability to succeed throughout life.”

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Corrado & Bateman Launch “Socks for Soldiers” Collection Drive

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Senators Encourage Schools, Businesses, and Local Governments to Participate

Senator Kristin M. Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman have launched a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by our troops serving around the world.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Kip Bateman have launched a ‘Socks for Soldiers’ collection drive to support our troops and veterans at home and abroad. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our heroes at home and abroad need our help to stay warm and comfortable,” said Bateman (R-16). “That’s why I’m partnering with Senator Corrado on a new effort to collect clean, unworn socks that are in high demand by our troops and our veterans. It’s an easy, inexpensive way that we can support those who sacrifice so much on our behalf.”

Corrado and Bateman urged schools, businesses, and local governments to post collection boxes with a “Socks for Soldiers” sign (print one here).

Corrado first collected “Socks for Soldiers” while serving as Passaic County Clerk. Last year, her program provided more than 6,000 pairs of socks to soldiers and veterans.

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Corrado Bill Warning Commuters On Pending Road Work Passes Senate

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Says Notification System Can Prevent Road Congestion for Commuters

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40) to alert commuters of traffic that might result from planned road work was approved by the Senate and heads to the Assembly.

Sen. Corrado’s legislation would provide commuters with a clear and transparent warning of pending road work. (SenateNJ.com)

“A hardworking single mother depends on accessible transportation to and from work. Without notifications of pending traffic, she may lose access to an income that provides for her family,” said Corrado. “Transparent communication and warnings are necessary to provide commuters with the proper tools to prepare for their daily commutes to work or pick up their children up after school.”

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Corrado’s Resolution Supporting Access to Online Commissaries for Disabled Veterans Advances

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Says Providing Disabled Veterans with Big Savings a Small Price to Pay

Senator Kristin Corrado’s resolution urging Congress to allow disabled veterans access to military commissaries and exchange stores passed the Senate Military and Veterans Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado urging Congress to allow veterans with a service-connected disability access to online commissaries passed committee. (Flickr)

“Honorably discharged disabled veterans and those with service-connected disabilities have sacrificed so much for our nation,” said Corrado. “There are over 4 million United States veterans with a service-connected disability. Allowing them access to commissaries and exchanges where they can save money on basic needs is a small way we can say ‘thank you.’”

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Corrado Bill Warning Commuters of Pending Road Work Passes Committee

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Says Notification System Can Prevent Road Congestion for Commuters

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40) to alert commuters of traffic that might result from planned road work was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Kristin Corrado requires bi-state transportation agencies to alert commuters of planned road work that might impact traffic. (Pixabay)

“Our hard working families depend on accessible transportation to and from work. Without notification, city workers can lose out on valuable employment,” said Corrado. “Providing accurate communication to commuters allows people to properly plan according to detours and traffic.

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Kean & Corrado Applaud Pay Equity Executive Order

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Corrado to Introduce Comprehensive Pay Equity Legislation

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) and Senator Kristin M. Corrado (R-40) applauded an executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy today to improve pay equity in the State’s workforce.

Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kristin Corrado applauded an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy to improve pay equity in the State’s workforce. (SenateNJ.com)

“The salary offered to a prospective employee should be based on what a job is worth rather than the candidate’s prior compensation,” said Kean. “In instances where a person was the victim of pay discrimination in a previous job, this executive order will help them to advance their career free of any long-term income effects that might otherwise follow.”

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NOW LAW: Corrado Legislation Safeguards Students with Special Needs

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) addressing issues involving the restraint of students with disabilities was signed into law.  S-1163 provides that physical restraint is only used in an emergency in which a student places themselves or others in immediate physical danger.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado safeguarding the needs of students with special needs was signed into law. (Pixabay)

“Safety is our number one priority when it comes to caring for students with special needs,” said Senator Corrado. “This law allows us to be both compassionate and practical while prioritizing the well-being of students and teachers in the classroom.”

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PASSED: Corrado Law Expands Non-Profit Access to Service Families with Disabilities

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) to exempt non-profit organizations that provided service to people with developmental disabilities from motor vehicle registration fees has been approved by the governor.

Sen. Corrado’s legislation to expand access to non-profits providing disability transportation has been approved by the governor. (Pixnio)

“Non-profit organizations can now provide rides to the doctor, school, and work without having to pay the fees that come with registering a car or van,” explained Corrado. “With its signing, individuals with developmental disabilities will have additional resources instead of depending on family members to provide them with critical rides. ”

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Corrado Bill to Expand Non-Profit Access to Service Families with Disabilities Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) to exempt non-profit organizations that provided service to people with development disabilities from motor vehicle registration fees has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Corrado’s legislation to expand access to non-profits providing disability transportation passes Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (Pixnio)

“Eliminating hurdles from non-profit organizations gives additional access to support our local families in need,” said Sen. Corrado. “It is time to put people first and cut the red tape non-profits face when providing service to individuals with developmental disabilities.”

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Sweeney-Corrado-Vitale Bill To Tighten Background Checks for Developmental Disability Caregivers Gains Committee Approval

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Action Responds To State Auditor’s Report Revealing Security Lapses

Reacting to findings of security lapses that allowed workers hired to care for people with developmental disabilities to evade background checks, the Senate Budget Committee today approved legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Joe Vitale that would strengthen state law by requiring the Department of Human Services to be responsible for the safety checks.

Legislation by Senators Sweeney, Corrado, and Vitale expands the criminal background check requirement for agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities. (Pixabay)

The legislation, S-3554, was crafted in response to an audit that found that some of the caregivers sidestepped the law requiring criminal background checks and that others failed to comply by having the service providers wave the requirements.

“Anyone who is entrusted with caring for our most vulnerable residents should be subjected to the most stringent criminal background checks available. No exceptions,” Senator Corrado said. “We cannot allow one more person to fall through the cracks in the system. We must be a voice for the voiceless. This legislation will ensure the state upholds its responsibility to root out the bad actors, so we can keep people with disabilities safe from harm.”

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