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National Nonprofit Awards Senator Tom Kean, Jr., as 'State Legislator of the Year' for his Advocacy of Babies

Senator Tom Kean, Jr. 

On May 2, to mark National Keeping Babies Safe Day, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21st Dist.) will receive the “State Legislator of the Year” award for his advocacy for babies in New Jersey. Keeping Babies Safe (KBS) will honor Kean for his passion and dedication to the organization and, specifically, for his recent work to pass a state law that educates new parents about safe sleep for infants.

KBS, a Warren-based nonprofit organization, launched an awareness campaign earlier this year to promote safe sleep practices and products for babies. The campaign culminates with National Keeping Babies Safe Day on May 2, in which Kean, other lawmakers, donors, volunteers and sponsors will be honored.

“I’m always concerned about the safety of my constituents, especially our precious young ones,” Kean said.  "Working with Keeping Babies Safe to make sure we educate new parents in New Jersey about crib safety has been a fulfilling experience and a huge eye-opener to the many issues involved, including product safety."

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Kean’s law (A-1355/S-2963) requires the state Department of Health to prepare and make available on its website information on crib safety, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ban on traditional drop-side cribs and the dangers of using traditional drop-side cribs that are still in people’s homes.

"We were thrilled that Senator Kean recognized the need for this law and worked so closely with us to make it happen," said KBS founder Joyce Davis. “KBS will forever be grateful for all the senator has done to help drive this organization’s legislative agenda in Trenton.”

Kean says that he looks forward to finding more ways in which to promote safe sleep practices for babies in New Jersey. “I am proud of all the work KBS has done in the past year. This organization fights daily to make sure that the baby products that are marketed to us every day are safe and that parents know about safe sleep practices. It is an honor to be presented with this award but I think Joyce and her volunteers are the real ones who should be recognized for their tremendous advocacy on a state and national level.”

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