Aid for District Schools and Towns

I was proud to see my sponsorship of $30 million in stabilization aid for districts losing funding due to declining enrollment has just been released by the state Department of Education. Six districts in our area have been awarded.

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Looking Ahead: 2023 Priorities

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year as we enter 2023. I want to share my goals and priorities, including affordability, equity and safety for all residents.

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5sc January 23, 2023

Senator Gopal Praises Department of Education Decision on Student Restraint and Seclusion Data Collection

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Senate Education Committee Chair Vin Gopal, D-Monmouth, Monday praised the New Jersey Department of Education’s decision requiring local education agencies to begin collecting data concerning the use of restraint and seclusion techniques on students.

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Senator Vin Gopal Announces Transit Grants for Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Three towns in Legislative District 11 will receive more than $1 million combined in state funding to improve the safety and accessibility of their public transportation, State Senator Vin Gopal, D-Monmouth, noted Monday.

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5sc December 19, 2022

Gopal, Ruis Legislation to Update Demographic Data Collection Models Clears Committee

Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal and Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz that would require state agencies to update demographic collection methods on Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian and Indian Diaspora residents in the state advanced out of the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

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5sc November 14, 2022

Can we agree on ANYTHING? A NJ Democrat and Republican debate the state of 2022 politics

Asbury Park Press, November 2, 2022

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New Jersey state Sens. Vin Gopal and Declan J. O'Scanlon Jr. are a bit of an anomaly in this polarized political world: two representatives from different parties who like and respect each other.

How do Gopal, a committed Democrat, and O'Scanlon, a proud Republican, find ways to get along?

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5sc November 02, 2022

Senate Approves Scutari-Gopal Bill to Assess Cybersecurity by State & Local Government

The Link News, October 19, 2022

Each government entity at the state and local levels in New Jersey would be required to conduct a review of its cybersecurity systems and make recommendations for any needed security improvements, under terms of legislation approved by the Senate today.

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Gopal Bill Requiring Medicaid Reimbursement for Covered Behavioral Health Services Clears Committee

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal that would require Medicaid reimbursement for covered behavioral health services provided by a local education agency to any student who is who is eligible as a Medicaid beneficiary advanced out of the Senate Education Committee.

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Speaker Coughlin, Conaway & Gopal Highlight Funding to Grow New Jersey’s Pediatric Psychiatric Collaborative

FY23 State Budget Appropriates $12 Million for Program to Expand Integrated Delivery of Youth Mental Health Care

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A growing number of young people experience mental health problems, a nationwide behavioral health crisis that is impacting New Jersey’s youth to devastating effect and even more so following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Gopal, Speight partner on legislation to address rising car thefts

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Amid a steep rise in auto-thefts statewide, Senator Vin Gopal, D-Long Branch, and Assemblywoman Shanique Speight, D-Newark, have partnered on two bills that would strengthen penalties for car thieves and promote prevention efforts across New Jersey.

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Bipartisan bill aims to ease regulatory restrictions imposed on breweries

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers including Senator Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver), and Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese (D-Cliffside Park) introduced legislation this week that would ease the restrictions imposed on the state’s breweries by the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control’s new rules.  

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Gopal, Stanfield ‘Recovery Tax Credit Program’ Legislation Clears Economic Growth Committee

TRENTON – In an effort to incentivize the hiring and continued employment of certain individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, the Senate Economic Growth Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Jean Stanfield that would establish the “Recovery Tax Credit Program” within the Department of Human Services.

“People who have struggled with addiction have sometimes found difficulty in landing or keeping a job, even in good hiring climates,” said Senator Gopal (D-Monmouth). “When someone is in recovery, they need all the support they can receive, from their families, their communities, and their employers.”

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5sc June 21, 2022

Senate Clears Gopal Legislation Recognizing ‘Purple Star Schools’ That Aid Military Families

TRENTON – The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Jean Stanfield that further supports New Jersey’s military-connected families, specifically by recognizing schools that place emphasis on assisting children of active duty military and helping families to more easily navigate the often difficult educational path for military dependents and spouses.

This bill, S-1800, would create a “Purple Star Schools” Program to annually recognize, as Purple Star Schools, schools that provide for, or have made significant progress to respond to, the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected students encounter during the transition to a new school when the student’s active-duty military parent or guardian is relocated. The bill would also create a working group to develop criteria to be used in the designation of schools as Purple Star Schools.

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5sc June 21, 2022