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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco, Oroho Measure to Let Charter, Vo-Tech, Home-Schooled Students Play Public School Sports Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho requiring school districts to allow qualified charter, vocational and home-schooled students the chance to participate in district sports programs was advanced by the Senate Education Committee. Currently, local school districts have varying policies on the matter.

“Children, regardless of ZIP code or school choice, should have equal opportunities to participate in publicly funded school athletics,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “This is a fairness issue that families in my district, Senator Oroho’s district and others across the state are trying to overcome. This legislation provides a common-sense solution.”

“Parents choose to educate their children at home for a variety of legitimate reasons,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Those parents pay the same taxes as their neighbors and their children should have the same opportunity as their friends to play on their district’s sports teams. School sports teach a multitude of valuable life lessons that apply the same to kids regardless of where they take their classes.”

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District 9

Connors-Rumpf-Gove Bill Requiring Banks to Assign Agents for Maintenance of Vacant Properties Advances

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The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by the 9th District delegation which would allow municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate the care, maintenance, security, and upkeep to the exterior of vacant and abandoned residential properties which have been foreclosed upon.

Under the provisions of S-1229/A-1257, prime sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and cosponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, an ordinance would also provide that the creditor responsible for the residential property, if located out-of-state, would be responsible for appointing an in-State representative or agent to interact with the municipality.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean’s Statement on 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following regarding today’s 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic U.S. Military invasion in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944:

D-Day, a turning point in WWII: Troops invade Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.

“We all need to take at least a moment today to honor the bravery and dedication to freedom that our fighting forces exhibited 70 years ago at Normandy. If you are fortunate enough to be with a World War II veteran today or in the near future, give that person a hug, listen closely to their stories, and make sure that their legacies continue to be passed on for future generations.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer/Addiego Bill to Require Study of State’s Looming Doctor Shortage Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean)  and Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) which would require the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to convene a planning summit to find ways to address an expected shortage of physicians practicing in the Garden State was advanced today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

“Studies show New Jersey in the coming years will face a significant gap in the demand for care versus the number of physicians practicing in family care and important specialties,” said Singer, who also sponsors legislation to incentivize doctors to work in New Jersey. “We have to take steps now to find ways to attract doctors in needed areas if we want to make certain all communities have access to a high level of care.”

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District 9

Turnpike Responds to Connors-Rumpf-Gove Inquiry on Galloway Exit 40 Interchange & Parkway Expansion Project

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The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has responded to the 9th District delegation’s inquiry if the Garden State Parkway expansion project would include widening the bridge over U.S. Route 30. In representing the interests of their Galloway constituency, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove contacted the Authority as part of their continuing efforts for the establishment of a full Interchange at the Exit 40-Route 30 Connector.

Foremost, the delegation wanted to ensure that the Parkway widening project would encompass the bridge which spans over Route 30 in order to accommodate a full interchange at Exit 40 if and when the improvement project is undertaken. Widening the bridge has been an issue that Galloway Mayor Don Purdy has consistently raised as a longtime advocate for a full interchange at Exit 40.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: New Jersey Cannot Afford to Raise Income Taxes

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) on the need for a more competitive tax structure in New Jersey – not higher taxes – was published in The RecordAsbury Park Press and New Jersey Herald.

The full text of the op-ed is published below:

ESCALATING TAXES are a major reason New Jersey and many other states now find themselves facing a revenue shortfall that jeopardizes public services. So the answer to our revenue problem shouldn’t be a call to raise income taxes in the Garden State.

What’s clear from the Obama administration’s hike in the 2013 federal income tax rates as well as the new net investment income tax under the Affordable Care Act is that top taxpayers will change their tax behavior, as clearly evidenced by the accelerated recognition of income into tax year 2012 to avoid the increased taxes. They will also change where they principally live for a majority of the year to miss being subject to higher income taxes as New Jersey residents.

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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

NJ’s ‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ Sponsors Send Letters Urging Four Remaining States to Pass the Law

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The prime sponsors of New Jersey’s recently signed “Jessica Lunsford Act” sent letters to the governors and legislative leaders of the four remaining states that have not passed similar protections urging them to take up similar legislation and are offering their support in assisting with the passage of such legislation.

New York, Illinois, Idaho and Hawaii are the only states not to have passed similar legislation.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Bi-State Reform Needed to Fund DRPA Toll Cut

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Assistant Senate Republican Leader and Transportation Committeeman Joe Pennacchio stated the following regarding Senate President Sweeney’s proposal for the Delaware River Port Authority to reduce toll fares from $5 to $4 for certain commuters.

“I agree with the Senate President that the DRPA charges commuters too much and ask him again to support my bi-state form legislation that would actually fund and maintain a toll cut,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris).

“We need this legislation (S-2013) to make certain the money commuters are paying is going to the right place. Commuters now are still on the hook for the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been wasted by the agency. It is unacceptable that 50 cents of every dollar paid to the DRPA funds debt service, thanks to political spending on economic development that doesn’t benefit commuters. Preventing waste and abuse on a permanent basis at the DRPA will make sure all hard working families get a fair shake.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Christie Signs Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

Mark Lunsford speaking at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014. Also pictured (from left to right): Senator Tom Kean, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Assemblwoman Nancy Muñoz, Senator Diane Allen, Governor Chris Christie and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. (SenateNJ.com/Photo Gallery)

“With Governor Christie’s signing of this legislation today we have sent a message that crimes against children will be punished as severely as possible,” said Allen (R-Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “These needed protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: VA Private Hospital Decision Serves Best Interest of Veterans

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Remarking on it as a necessary and long overdue policy correction, 9th District legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove commended the federal government for finally expanding the number of veterans who can receive care at private hospitals in an effort to address the backlog at Veterans’ Affairs (VA) facilities. The decision was made in the wake of allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at VA centers nationwide.

The 9th District delegation were prime sponsors of a 2011 State law that established the Veterans’ Hospital Task Force which was charged with preparing recommendations for a comprehensive plan for expanding health care access for military veterans living in the southern part of the state. Among the Task Force’s key final recommendations was the creation of a pilot program to give area veterans greater access or portability of health care insurance and treatment to local medical centers, including Atlanticare, the Bacharach Institute of Rehabilitation, Cape May Regional Medical Center, the Virtua System, Shore Memorial Hospital, the Inspira Health Network, and the Meridian Health Care System, which represents just a portion of the health care facilities that expressed interest in participating in the pilot program.

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Kip Bateman

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Chris Brown

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Anthony M. Bucco

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Kristin Corrado

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Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Steven Oroho

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Declan O'Scanlon

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Joe Pennacchio

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Robert Singer

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Michael Testa

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Samuel Thompson

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