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Senator Steve Oroho

District 24 Legislators Recognized by the American Conservative Union

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris), announced today they are receiving awards from the American Conservative Union for their 2017 legislative voting record.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Parker Space announced today they are receiving awards from the American Conservative Union for their 2017 legislative voting record. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Standing up for taxpayers and traditional values in New Jersey is a top priority for Parker, Hal, and I,” said Oroho, who serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.  “We are continuing our mission to make New Jersey more competitive to bring in new businesses and private sector jobs and it starts with making sure our tax policies are attractive.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Concerned by Murphy’s Inexplicable Delay of Sports Betting

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Says Governor Needs to Take Different Path

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) criticized the Murphy Administration’s inexplicable move to block sports betting from commencing immediately following the full passage of the legislation by both houses of the Legislature.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon criticizes Governor Murphy for inexplicable move to block sports betting from commencing. (WikimediaCommons)

“There are two aspects to the administration’s actions. The first is that they are taking their time to sign the legislation, and the second is that they are standing in the way of Monmouth Park opening while taking that time,” said O’Scanlon. “The Governor claims he needs to review this legislation before signing it, but there is no practical reason why Monmouth Park cannot start accepting wagers while that’s happening–the sky won’t fall, lions won’t roam the streets, locusts won’t ravage our fields. There is absolutely zero likelihood of any negative impact of Monmouth Park opening today. That being the case, one has to wonder about the motivation here. It’s disturbing.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Making Schools More Eco-friendly Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) that would eliminate the use of non-renewable polystyrene products at New Jersey’s public schools and colleges has passed the Senate.

Sen. “Kip” Bateman’s bill would eliminate the use of Styrofoam in New Jersey’s public schools and colleges. (©iStock)

“To protect our environment, we need to end the use of Styrofoam,” Bateman said. “These harmful products take over 500 years to biodegrade, pollute our waterways, and contribute significantly to our solid waste stream. Creating opportunities for schools and colleges to use reusable or recyclable plates, cups, and packaging can protect the environment while teaching an important lesson to New Jersey’s students.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Passed: Corrado Resolution Highlights the Importance of New Jersey’s Small Businesses

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A resolution by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) highlighting the importance of small businesses to New Jersey has been approved by the Senate.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s bill highlights New Jersey’s small businesses  (©iStock.com)

“Many small business owners started with a dream of a better future,” Corrado said. “Through their hard work and determination, New Jersey’s small business leaders followed their dreams and created jobs for almost 2 million New Jerseyans in the process.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Mike Doherty

Bucco/Doherty Bill to Heighten Teen Awareness of Safe Haven Act Passes Senate

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Program Permits Newborns and Infants to Be Surrendered Safely, Anonymously & Legally

Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Michael Doherty’s legislation ensuring high school students are taught about the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco & Sen. Michael Doherty’s legislation ensuring high school students are taught about the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate. (NJDCF)

“Teenage parents often hide pregnancies to avoid punishment from parents, and they’re among the most likely to abandon a newborn baby in an unsafe manner,” Bucco (R-25) said. “New Jersey’s Safe Haven Act has proven to saves lives by giving parents who may not want a child a safe, anonymous, and legal way to surrender a baby. We need to make sure that all of our students understand this option, which can protect a baby from harm and prevent teen parents from making extremely bad choices that may send them to jail.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Approves Kean’s Legislation to Study High Rates of NJ Students Leaving for Out-of-State Colleges

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New Jersey Exports More College-Bound Students than Any Other State

The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to study why so many New Jersey high school graduates choose to attend college in other states.

The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation by Sen. Tom Kean to study why so many New Jersey high school graduates choose to attend college in other states. (Pixabay)

“No other state sends more of its high school graduates to out-of-state colleges than New Jersey,” said Kean, a member of the Senate Higher Education committee. “Once they leave, many never return to New Jersey to help build our workforce, support their families, or contribute to our communities. This brain drain really hurts New Jersey, and it’s something we must understand better if we are to counter it successfully.”

An analysis by the Washington Post of data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows New Jersey’s export of 31,510 graduates in 2008 was the most in the nation.

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego Bill to Create Career Opportunities in Manufacturing Passes Senate

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The Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-8) to support the growth of jobs in the state’s manufacturing industry.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s bill to support New Jersey’s manufacturing industry. (SenateNJ.com)

“A step to a successful career begins with a step towards training,” said Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic). “We can create new pathways to employment by helping the state’s manufacturers to provide New Jersey residents with the skills they need to be valuable members of the workforce.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Praises Bipartisan Cooperation to Ensure Commencement of Monmouth Park Sports Betting

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon made the following statement after successfully leading the effort to amend the sports betting bill to ensure that bets can commence this weekend and eliminate any potential delay or complication:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon successfully led the effort to amend sports betting legislation to ensure that bets can commence this weekend and eliminate any potential delay or complication. (Flickr)

“Every now and then government works just as it should,” said O’Scanlon after the amended bill’s overwhelming passage. “This was one of those times.”

“We worked tirelessly to make our case that pulling the prohibitive language from the bill was the right thing to do. I’m happy to see that they acknowledged how critical it was to remove any punitive measures. I can’t thank Senator Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin enough for their open-mindedness and willingness to do the heavy lift to amend the bill.  They were really class acts in this effort.  This is a huge win for Monmouth Park, for Oceanport, for Monmouth County, sports enthusiasts and all state taxpayers.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Legislation Establishing “State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway” Passes Senate

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Senator Robert Singer’s legislation designating a portion of I-195 in Howell the “State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway” unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation designating a portion of I-195 in Howell the “State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway” unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate. (NJSP)

“New Jersey State Trooper Castellano was an extraordinary public servant who helped protect the people of New Jersey as a member of the State Police,” Singer (R-30) said. “He heroically put his life on the line while attempting to apprehend an alleged armed criminal on a busy, high-speed highway when he was struck by a passing motorist. It is only fitting to rename I-195 in Howell in Trooper Castellano’s honor.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso Urge Removal of Punitive Language from Sports Betting Bill

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Say Provision Would Allow Sports Betting to Be Held Hostage in Budget Showdown

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) urged the Legislature to remove punitive language which would discourage sports betting from commencing operations prior to the approval of regulatory framework legislation.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso urged the Legislature to remove punitive language which would discourage sports betting from commencing operations prior to the approval of regulatory framework legislation. (Flickr)

“We understand the motivation to level the playing field which was the apparent goal of this language in the bill, however that goal was achieved already—sports betting has been held off for weeks,” said O’Scanlon. “This language only serves to enable sports betting to get caught up in the complicated—and apparently contentious—budget battle. The Legislature needs to amend, move, and pass this legislation by tomorrow without any unnecessary punitive language.”

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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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