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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space, and Wirths Address Ongoing Issue of Vernon Dump

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District 24 Lawmakers Vow to Pursue Legislative Action in Absence of NJDEP Response

Senator Steve Oroho, and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) released the following statement vowing to work with legislative colleagues, local leaders as well as Congressman Josh Gottheimer to pursue legislation aimed at protecting communities from tainted waste piles. The issue has taken on particular prominence due to the growing concern of an unauthorized waste dump on private land in Vernon, a municipality within their legislative district. To date, the State Department of Environmental Protection has failed to take enforcement action against the delinquent property owner.

Oroho, Space, and Wirths released the following statement vowing to address growing public concerns regarding an unauthorized waste dump on private land in Vernon, New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The waste pile in Vernon presents a serious public safety issue for the whole community,” Oroho said. “While we don’t know the severity of the waste that is being dumped there, we do know that the property owner has been convicted on multiple counts of illegal dumping in New York. Of greatest concern is the potential contamination of groundwater as a result of run-off from the dumpsite. We are committed to working with local and legislative leaders to develop and pass legislation, or push for local enforcement mechanisms that can effectively combat this environmental crisis.”
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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill To Display ‘U Text U Drive U Pay’ on Inspection Sticker Advances

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) legislation to require all inspection stickers to display ‘U Text U Drive U Pay,’ reminding motorists of the penalty associated with texting while driving, has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to require inspection stickers to display ‘U Text U Drive U Pay,’ reminding motorists of the penalty associated with texting while driving, has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Distracted driving is deadly,” Corrado said. “Texting behind the wheel frequently causes completely preventable car crashes. To reduce the number of accidents, we must increase public awareness of the steep repercussions associated with picking up one’s phone behind the wheel. This bill will hopefully remind drivers to put their phone down, so they can avoid costly tickets and save lives.”
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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Spearheads Legislation to Stop Taxpayer Theft

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Says not requiring full restitution in civil settlements is ‘ludicrous’

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) announced his plans to introduce legislation designed to eliminate loopholes in certain civil settlement deals. The legislation comes as a direct result of recent investigations into Medicaid fraud settlements in Lakewood.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon announced his plans to introduce legislation designed to eliminate loopholes in certain civil settlement deals. (SenateNJ.com)

“When I heard about details of the civil settlement agreements in the Medicaid fraud cases I was concerned,” O’Scanlon stated “I immediately called my staff to get legislation started.”
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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Moves to Exempt Local Workers From Minimum Wage Increase

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New bill would exempt municipal, county and school district employees from State minimum wage law

In response to mounting concerns regarding how the latest minimum wage law will impact local governments and taxpayers, Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) formally introduced legislation on Thursday, Feb. 14 to exempt certain government workers from State minimum wage increases.

Prior to Governor Murphy’s signing of the minimum wage increase, municipal, school and county government employees were exempt from the State minimum wage, and were subject only to federal increases. Senator Corrado’s new legislation would restore this exemption, so that these employees would once again only be subject to the federal minimum wage.

Sen. Kristin Corrado has introduced legislation to exempt municipal, county and school district employees from the State minimum wage, to protect taxpayers and preserve access to affordable community programs and services. (SenateNJ.com)

“The new minimum wage law is forcing local leaders to make impossible choices,” Senator Corrado said. “Many of our towns currently provide extremely affordable community services, such as daycare, summer camp, and recreational classes for seniors. The unintended consequence of this law is that many of these programs will disappear, unless we take action to keep local government programs accessible.”

“Given our two-percent cap, there is only so much wiggle room in local budgets, so raising taxes to cover higher wages isn’t really an option,” Corrado added. “If we want to continue to keep families and seniors in our communities, we should do everything we can to preserve these programs now.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for India to Have Permanent Seat on UN Security Council

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Senators Pennacchio and Thompson, and India’s Consulate General Call for Fair Global Representation at UN SEC

As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen ties with the New Jersey’s Indian community and in recognition of India’s longstanding global peace initiatives, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) has introduced legislation urging the United Nations to seat India as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio has introduced legislation urging the United Nations to seat India as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, pictured in the photo above. The resolution has received the support of India’s Consulate General. (Wikimedia Commons)

“As the largest democracy in the world, India has proven to be a worthy partner in our efforts to maintain peace and security throughout the globe.  The United Nations Security Council was established with this noble goal in mind. It’s time for the Council to recognize what the U.S. has long held to be true: that India is one of our strongest allies in that fight,” Senator Pennacchio said. “We have reaped the rewards of this international friendship in New Jersey, where more and more Indian-Americans continue to grow and prosper in the land they now call home.

“I urge the UN Security Council to honor this bond of friendship, by immediately instating India as a permanent member of the council. We cannot continue to take their military and economic contributions for granted. India is certainly deserving of a seat at the table.”

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Senator Chris Brown

Brown: Atlantic City Needs to Be Leader in E-Sports

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The following editorial by Senator Chris Brown (R-Atlantic) on turning Atlantic City into an e-sports destination was published by the Press of Atlantic City:

John Madden, the Hall of Fame football coach, once said, “If the quarterback throws the ball in the end zone and the receiver catches it, it’s a touchdown.” It’s a simple bit of advice to guide Atlantic City in becoming an e-sports destination. If we call the right play and execute it, we will have professional and amateur e-sports tournaments, trade shows and conventions, and retail outlets, creating year-round attractions to keep local families working.

Sen. Chris Brown’s editorial on the benefits of turning Atlantic City into an e-sports destination. (SenateNJ.com)

Just as New Jersey took the lead in expanding casino gaming outside of Las Vegas, we now need to be a leader in e-sports.

Becoming an e-sports destination is worth the investment — just ask any parent about Fortnite, an interactive video game that has become the Beatlemania of our time. E-sports is the fastest growing pastime among teenagers and 20-somethings. At any given moment, 3 million gamers are playing Fortnite alone. Madden NFL is one of a handful of game franchises that have sold more than 100 million units. No wonder Fortune 500 companies are looking to sponsor e-sports leagues, teams and athletes (yes, they’re called athletes).

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls for Tax Incentive Reform, Greater Transparency at Committee Hearing

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Sen. Pennacchio: “The State should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the private sector.”

Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26,) a member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, today once again called for greater oversight and accountability of tax incentive programs and the NJ EDA, including the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act.

Below are Sen. Pennacchio’s remarks as prepared for delivery during the Feb. 11, 2019 joint meeting of the State Senate Economic Growth and Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committees:

At a Feb. 11 joint hearing, Sen. Joe Pennacchio called for greater oversight and accountability of tax incentive programs and the NJ EDA (Pixabay)

“We are here today to discuss the quote ‘oversight and effectiveness’ of the NJ EDA’s tax incentive programs.

“I think that it’s pretty clear from the comptroller’s report last month that “effective” is not a word that any of us would use to describe many of the tax incentives that have been doled out in recent years.

“And certainly, there should have been MUCH more oversight of the dollars that were distributed on the backs of our taxpayers. If anyone deserves a tax break, it’s them. As the comptroller’s report illustrated, the extreme lack of oversight has created an environment that is ripe for abuse.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Bucco Has Our Prayers & Support in Cancer Battle

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding Senator Anthony Bucco’s diagnosis and upcoming treatment for throat cancer:

Sen. Tom Kean’s statement regarding Sen. Anthony Bucco’s diagnosis and upcoming treatment for throat cancer. (SenateNJ.com)

“We want Senator Bucco to know that he won’t be alone in his upcoming fight against cancer. He has the prayers and full support of his Senate Republican family, and I’m sure of the entire Legislature. Knowing Tony, I have no doubt his battle against cancer will be successful.”

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon ‘River’s Law’ Formally Introduced

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) formally introduced legislation designated as ‘River’s Law’ which would allow prosecutors to charge certain animal abusers with an escalated second degree crime.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon formally introduced legislation designated as ‘River’s Law’ which would allow prosecutors to charge certain animal abusers with an escalated second degree crime. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve been working on this legislation for months behind the scenes to make sure that it does exactly what we want it to do: create an accurate punishment for abhorrent, malicious treatment of animals,” said O’Scanlon. “
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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space & Wirths Predicted Property Tax Hikes Because of Murphy Democrats School Aid Cuts

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said the announcement by the Vernon Township School District that massive property tax hikes were on the horizon is proof that Governor Murphy and the Democrat-controlled legislature’s enactment of S-2 is hurting both students and property taxpayers in Sussex and Warren counties.

Oroho, Space & Wirths said the Vernon Township School District’s announcement that massive property tax hikes were on the horizon is proof that Governor Murphy’s enactment of S-2 is hurting both students and property taxpayers. (WikiMedia)

“Parker, Hal, and I warned that Trenton Democrats are redirecting our school aid to other parts of the state, and here we see the effects of their taking $2 million from our children’s classrooms,” said Oroho. “These cuts will get even worse for Sussex and Warren counties in future years.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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