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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Help Utilities Trim Trees to Prevent Power Outages Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to ensure the ability of electric utility companies to trim branches and trees around power lines to prevent unnecessary outages has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. Oroho said that following repeated lengthy power outages this past winter as well as several other recent storms, it’s imperative to eliminate bureaucratic red tape that might prevent utilities from conducting preventative vegetation maintenance that can decrease the frequency and length of power outages.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to ensure the ability of electric utility companies to trim branches and trees around power lines to prevent unnecessary outages has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (Flickr)

“Having consistent, dependable power is paramount to New Jersey families, particularly during nasty weather conditions,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Overgrown trees and shrubs often tend to be the culprits when your power goes out during a storm. Removing some of the bureaucracy will help utility companies to engage in the preventative maintenance that’s needed to guarantee access to lifesaving utilities regardless of the elements.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Legislation to Prevent and Address Teacher Sexual Misconduct Passes Committee

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Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation requiring schools to establish policies to keep students safe from sexual abuse has passed the Senate Education Committee.  This follows a recent scandal in which teachers’ union representatives were caught on video saying they “bend the truth” to “defend the worst people,” and boasted of covering up a teacher’s sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation requiring schools to establish policies to keep students safe from sexual abuse has passed the Senate Education Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“We all know that the overwhelming majority of New Jersey teachers want what’s best for our students,” Pennacchio (R-26) said. “However, we have proof that serious accusations of teacher sexual misconduct are being brushed under the rug. Empowering our New Jersey educators to better spot the warning signs of abuse and enacting new prevention techniques will help keep our kids safe in school.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Requiring Witnesses to Notify Authorities of Child Sexual Abuse Passes Committee

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials has passed the Senate Education Committee. (Flickr)

“It is nauseating when adults know that child abuse is occurring, yet they fail in their moral duty to take the appropriate steps to end it,” Bateman (R-16) stated. “This legislation requires witnesses to notify law enforcement authorities of these obscene violations immediately. This is crucial to keep our children safe in school.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Kristin Corrado

Bucco /Corrado Bill to Protect Students by Expanding Background Checks for All School Employees Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) that would require all public school employees to undergo a Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) background check has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bucco and Senator Corrado would require CARI background checks for all public school employees. (©iStock)

“How many of our teachers, camp counselors, cafeteria workers, and school employees have histories of child abuse?” Senator Bucco asked. “The scary truth is that under New Jersey’s current laws, we just don’t know. We should learn the answer to that question before something bad happens. We must require all school employees who have regular contact with students to undergo CARI checks.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Thrilled Sports Betting Signed

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Says We Cannot Lose Focus

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) praised Governor Murphy for finally signing legislation regulation sports betting:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon praised Gov. Phil Murphy for finally signing into law legislation regulation sports betting in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“This was the right choice for Monmouth Park, and for New Jersey. The equine industry is vital to our tourism and the preservation of thousands of acres of open space in New Jersey. It’s disappointing that we were unable to capture such a huge weekend for sports betting. However, hopefully this process will inform future efforts between the Governor’s Office and the Legislature so that together we can move things forward more efficiently when time is of the essence.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sweeney-Oroho P3 Bill Advances

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Committee Approves Measure for Building & Highway Projects

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Steve Oroho permitting government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for undertaking building and highway infrastructure projects advanced out of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

The bill, S-865, provides for oversight of these agreements by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney permitting government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for undertaking building and highway infrastructure projects advanced out of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (SenateNJ)

“Public-private partnerships will pave the way for innovative and sustainable infrastructure in New Jersey,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Governments on the local, county, and state levels should be permitted flexibility in financing their capital needs given proper oversight.  These partnerships are an important way to stretch scarce public dollars to complete needed projects that will benefit our residents and create jobs and economic growth.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Advanced: O’Scanlon Legislation Improving Asset Forfeiture Transparency Passes Budget Committee

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (SenateNJ)

“Accountability is paramount when law enforcement agencies seize assets from people, including homes and cars, which may have been utilized in illegal activity,” O’Scanlon (R-13) said. “We need to balance efforts to remove instruments employed in criminal activity with the property rights of owners. It can be extremely difficult for the owner to regain possession of a seized asset, even if no wrongdoing has been proven. Requiring the regular reporting of seized assets will improve transparency to ensure that the process of asset forfeiture isn’t abused.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty/Sweeney Bill to Improve the Efficiency of County Government Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty and Senate President Steve Sweeney to make government more efficient by allowing counties to share tax administrators has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Doherty and Sen. President Steve Sweeney to make government more efficient by allowing counties to share tax administrators has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

“This will encourage government efficiency through shared services,” said Senator Sweeney. “It can produce cost savings for county government and the taxpayers. Sharing a tax administrator will improve access to information, allowing one official to gain a broader perspective of the tax equalization, revision, review, and enforcement policies.”

“The number one concern of New Jersey residents is affordability,” Doherty (R-23) said. “Allowing counties to share tax administrators with excess capacity will produce tangible savings for New Jersey’s overburdened taxpayers. We should continue to explore every opportunity to help local governments to share services and reduce costs.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Advanced: Pennacchio Bill to Establish “New Jersey Pediatric Cancer Research Fund”

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) to establish the “New Jersey Pediatric Cancer Research Fund” and allow taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to the fund on their state income tax returns was passed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bill would create the “New Jersey Pediatric Cancer Research Fund.” (Pixabay)

“It’s heartbreaking when a child is diagnosed with cancer,” Pennacchio stated. “Additionally, it’s upsetting to see that only four percent of federal cancer research funds are dedicated to pediatric cancer. I have faith that when given the option to donate to childhood cancer research, New Jersey families will open their hearts and donate to children in need. I want to thank Chairman Vitale for allowing this important effort to be considered at today’s Health Committee meeting.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Advanced: Oroho Bill Honors NJ Veterans by Renaming High Point State Park

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Legislation Inspired by the New Jersey American Legion

Legislation (S-542) sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho to honor New Jersey’s veterans by renaming High Point State Park as High Point Veterans’ State Park has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Senator Oroho’s bill would honor New Jersey’s veterans. (DVIDS)

“The dedication of High Point Veterans’ State Park honors all of the heroes who have answered the call to protect our freedoms,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Our men and women in uniform, past and present, have made countless sacrifices for our country. It is my privilege to be able to pay respect and honor all New Jersey’s veterans through this legislation.”

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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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