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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Protecting New Jerseyans from Electric Shock Advances

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Bill Would Prohibit Gov Agencies from Mandating Electric Heat in Homes

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and approved today by the Community and Urban Affairs Committee would unplug any attempt by state agencies to mandate the use of electric heating in buildings and homes.

A Senate committee approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would unplug any attempt by state agencies to mandate the use of electric heating in New Jersey homes. (Pixabay)

The bipartisan bill, S-4133, allows agencies to offer incentives for installing electric heat or electric water heaters, but specifically bans the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Board of Public Utilities, and any other state agency from adopting rules requiring the electric transition.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Panel Advances Oroho Bill Helping Investments in Small Corporations Pay Off

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would encourage business investment and job creation in New Jersey was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would encourage business investment and job creation in New Jersey was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (Pixabay)

Oroho’s bill, S-4127, would allow New Jersey gross income tax deductions for certain capital gains from the sale of qualified small business stock that was held for more than five years.

“With this bill, we will incentivize investment in small and mid-size businesses with more favorable capital gains tax treatment on state filings,” said Oroho (R-24). “We would see the development of new businesses, corporate expansion, and the formation of job opportunities that will more than make up for any revenue for the state.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Legislation Allowing Remote Meetings for Nonprofits Passes Committee

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Nonprofit corporations would be allowed to hold Board meetings remotely under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and approved today by the Commerce Committee.

Nonprofit corporations would be allowed to hold Board meetings remotely under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and approved by the Commerce Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“It will be easier for organizations to conduct meetings, discuss priorities and take action if they don’t have to convene in person,” said Bucco (R-25). “It worked well during the pandemic, when virtual meetings were permitted. This bill would extend the option at the discretion and authority of nonprofit boards.”

During the pandemic, nonprofits could hold remote meetings. Under current law, the virtual alternative is only applicable during a state of emergency declared by the Governor.

Bucco’s bill, S-4112, eliminates the emergency requirement.

“There’s no need to restrict nonprofits from benefiting from technology that can make it more convenient to bring members together and increase productivity,” Bucco noted. “They should have the right to utilize the same advances that businesses have adopted.”

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Helping Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries Clears Committee

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Individuals with traumatic brain injuries may soon be able to receive help in covering transportation costs to support group meetings thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would allow individuals with traumatic brain injuries to receive help in covering transportation costs to support group meetings cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (NJ Division of Disability Services)

“The Traumatic Brain Injury Fund is an incredibly beneficial program that has provided support and services to New Jerseyans of all ages who have survived a serious brain injury,” said Bucco (R-25). “It is important that our society do everything it can to care for these individuals during their time of need. My legislation will make sure that transportation costs incurred while traveling to vital support group meetings are covered by the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund. No person who has survived such a life changing event should be concerned about these expenses.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Panel Approves Bucco Bill Allowing Car Buyers to Skip Trip and Register at Licensed Dealerships

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Measure Would Help Reduce Long Lines at MVC Agencies

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco to help reduce long lines and wait times at NJ Motor Vehicle Commission locations was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco to help reduce long lines and wait times at NJ Motor Vehicle Commission locations was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco’s bill, S-2756, would allow licensed motor vehicle dealers to facilitate the issuance of certificates of ownership and registration of cars purchased through private sellers.

“Residents who buy a used car would no longer be required to wait online at the MVC to complete the paperwork transaction,” said Bucco (R-25), the sponsor of a series of bills to ease congestion at the state’s motor vehicle agencies.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Will Vote Remotely from Outside the Paramus Veterans Nursing Home for Thursday Committee

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Senator Decries Democrats’ Lockdown of State House

State Senator Joe Pennacchio is appealing to Democrat leadership to reconsider locking out legislators from the state complex if they fail to show “Covid Passports.”

Frustrated by the Democrats’ lockdown of the State House, Sen. Joe Pennacchio will vote remotely from outside the Paramus Veterans Home on Thursday. (SenateNJ.com)

“During this season of ‘good will,’ I am appealing to Democrat leaders to put aside their efforts of political brinkmanship and allow all legislators to perform their legal and constitutional obligations of serving the people we represent,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic).

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill that Would Revive License Plate Design from the ‘80s Clears Committee

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Drivers in New Jersey may soon be able to purchase license plates featuring a throwback design from the 1980s thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and advanced today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Drivers in New Jersey may soon be able to purchase license plates featuring a throwback design from the 1980s thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado and approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The idea to revive New Jersey’s blue license plate was recommended to me by a constituent. It turns out that many New Jerseyans, especially classic car enthusiasts, favor the vintage license plate design that gained popularity in the ‘80s,” said Corrado (R-40). “In fact, if a New Jersey driver were to order a custom license plate today, they would still receive a plate with the standard yellow background. My legislation will actually give drivers the opportunity to purchase something that is truly different and unique.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill is Just the Ticket for Sports and Concert Fans who Have a Change of Plans

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer and advanced today by the Senate Commerce Committee would free the hands of ticket buyers who have a change of plans and want to sell their seats.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer and advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee would free the hands of ticket buyers who have a change of plans and want to sell their seats. (Pixabay)

Known as the New Jersey Ticket Consumer Choice Act, Singer’s bill (S-376) would guarantee the right of ticket purchasers to opt-out of restrictions that limit their ability to sell or give away the tickets they have purchased.

“When an individual buys a ticket, they should be able to do whatever they want with it,” said Singer (R-30). “Some sellers have restrictions that limit the ticket-holders’ freedom to resell the ticket. Restrictions can go so far as to forbid giving the ticket as a gift.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Advanced: Oroho Bill Cuts Red Tape to Help Disabled Veterans

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would allow permanently disabled veterans to submit less paperwork to the MVC for certain benefits was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would allow permanently disabled veterans to submit less paperwork to the MVC for certain benefits was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (©iStock)

“Our disabled veterans should not have to go through unnecessary red tape to secure basic benefits from the Motor Vehicle Commission,” said Oroho (R-24). “Under my legislation, permanently disabled veterans who apply for special benefits through the MVC will only need to submit proof of their disability with their first application—not on renewal applications. This will not only improve efficiency at the MVC, which is certainly needed, but it will allow our veterans to enjoy all of the benefits they so rightly earned in a timely manner.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi
Senator Tom Kean

Committee Clears Kean and Schepisi Bill that Would Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Holly Schepisi that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee.

Sens. Tom Kean and Holly Schepisi’s legislation that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Individuals with disabilities are an underrepresented segment in public employment,” said Kean (R-21). “This legislation will help ensure that our government will be more thoughtful, inclusive, and supportive of the needs of these individuals in the workforce. This is crucial to allowing the state to more easily recruit and promote talented people with disabilities and will give better overall representation to them in state government.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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