07 Feb: Madden Seeks To Prevent Sudden Cardiac Deaths Among Young Athletes

TRENTON – Acting to help prevent sudden cardiac deaths among student athletes, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday approved legislation authored by Senator Fred Madden (D – Gloucester, Camden) that would establish advanced screening measures to identify at-risk students. The “Scholastic Student Athlete Safety Act,” (S-1912), would require medical exams for students in grades six to 12 who participate in interscholastic or intramural sports to be screened for heart conditions that could cause sudden death.

“Heart conditions among young athletes can be hidden killers that cause sudden deaths,” said Senator Madden. “Updated screening measures can save lives by indentifying heart conditions before students engage in the types of physical activities that can trigger cardiac failure.”

24 Sep: Madden Legislation Modernizing Pre-Participation Physical For Student Athletes Clears Committee

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden (D – Gloucester, Camden) that would update the pre-participation history and physical examination form for student athletes and modernize various aspects of the pre-participation physical exam has cleared the Senate Education Committee.

“When it comes to the health and well being of our children you can never be too cautious,” said Madden. “This legislation, along with several other measures I have sponsored, will shine new light on the issue of heart disease in our young people. Implementing these measures will help to prevent future tragedies.”

12 Jun: Senate Approves Turner Measure Streamlining Education Appeals Process

TRENTON – The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner aimed at streamlining the appeal process by which local educators and school districts can challenge decisions made by the Department of Education by eliminating appeals to the State Board of Education.

“We’ve reached a point in New Jersey where we need to find ways to make government at all levels more efficient and less costly to taxpayers,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “Having the State Board of Education act as the primary arbiter for appeals of any decision made by the Commissioner of Education has become increasingly inefficient in recent years and the appellate courts can be just as effective.”