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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Adopts Oroho Bill Easing Restriction on Charity Raffle Fundraisers

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it easier for religious, veterans’, civic and charity organizations to hold raffle fundraisers will go to the Governor’s desk for approval after being passed by the full Senate.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation making it easier for organizations to hold raffle fundraisers with larger prizes heads to the Governor’s desk after being passed by the Senate. (Flickr)

“Many charity and veterans’ organizations hold raffles to help raise the funds needed to pay for the valuable public services they offer,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Under New Jersey’s outdated regulations, however, it is nearly impossible to hold a raffle without having to go through the hassle and expense of applying for a special license. Raising the threshold for the types of door prizes that can be offered will go a long way in helping these organizations raise more funds for the programs and services they provide.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Advances Kean Anti-Bullying Bill Urging Publishers to Include ‘Upstander’ Definition In Dictionaries

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The New Jersey Senate passed Senator Tom Kean’s resolution urging Merriam-Webster Inc. and the Oxford University Press to include the word “upstander” in the dictionary. According to Pulitzer-Prize winner Samantha Power, who coined the term in 2002, an upstander is a person who chooses to take positive action in the face of injustice.

Sen. Tom Kean visited Valley View Middle School in Watchung on April 2, 2015 for an anti-bullying event. Students in the district are teaching  classmates to be “upstanders,” and have started an effort to add the word to dictionaries prompting a Senate resolution by Kean. (Facebook)

Senator Kean’s bill (SR-105) applies this definition to the robust anti-bullying efforts across the state. In Watchung Borough, students such as Watchung Hills High School graduates Monica Mahal and Sarah Decker have committed to fighting bullying in their school district and around the world by encouraging their peers to be upstanders and working to raise awareness by joining Senator Kean’s effort to add “upstander” to the dictionary.

“The students I met with in Watchung have shown me what a powerful difference upstanders can make in the face of bullying in the classroom and on the web,” said Senator Kean. “We live in a world where 71 percent of students witness bullying in their schools, with one in three identifying as a victim of bullying. By passing this resolution, we are bringing national attention to this issue and giving countless New Jersey students the information and motivation they need to become allies for their peers instead of bystanders to bullying.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sen. Oroho’s Comments on Votes Against State Budget & Supporting Tax Increases

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) commented after voting against the Democrats’ proposed state budget for FY 2016 and supporting legislation that would increase state income and business taxes:

Sen. Steven Oroho speaking against proposed income and business tax increases during a Senate floor debate on the FY ’16 state budget. (Facebook)

“Today, I voted against the FY ’16 budget and its tax increases for small businesses, job providers and those already paying the most, as these taxes repeat the mistakes of the past. These job-killing tax increases will repeat what happened in 2004 when taxes on top earners and businesses were raised and over the next years tens of billions of dollars in capital and taxable income that could have been used to fund schools, healthcare or the pension system left the state.

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Senator Bob Singer

Senate Advances Singer Legislation Allowing for More Affordable Biosimilar Medication

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would make it more affordable for patients to get the treatment they need by allowing pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms won approval by the full Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer would allow pharmacists to substitute biologic medications for biosimilar, or generic, forms. (Flickr)

Biologics are an increasingly relied on form of medication created from living cells and used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, MS and other debilitating diseases. Within the industry, a generic version of a biologic is referred to as a biosimilar.

“Biologics are an important tool in treating severe diseases but they can be very costly as well,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “Allowing pharmacists to substitute for an approved biosimilar will present a more affordable alternative and allow more patients to get the treatment they need.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Easing Restriction on Charity Raffle Fundraisers Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it easier for religious, veterans’, civic and charitable organizations to hold raffle fundraisers was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation would allow organizations holding raffle fundraisers to offer larger prizes without having to apply for a license. (Flickr)

“Many charity and veterans’ organizations hold raffles to help raise the funds needed to pay for the valuable public services they offer,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Under New Jersey’s outdated regulations, however, it is nearly impossible to hold a raffle without having to go through the hassle and expense of applying for a special license. Raising the threshold for the types of door prizes that can be offered will go a long way in helping these organizations raise more funds for the programs and services they provide.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Introduces Consensus Port Authority Reform; Legislation is Expected to Be Made Law This Week in NY

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after introducing Port Authority of New York & New Jersey reform legislation that is supported by the bipartisan governors of both states, bipartisan leaders of both houses in the New York Legislature and bipartisan sponsors in the New Jersey Assembly.

Sen. Tom Kean has introduced consensus legislation to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. (Flickr)

“This new legislation — supported by both governors, bipartisan legislative leaders in both houses of New York’s legislature and bipartisan sponsors in the New Jersey Assembly — will prevent the Port Authority from wasting, abusing and wantonly increasing the billions of dollars the public agency takes each year from hard-working commuters and taxpayers. This bill ensures an accountable, transparent, efficient and transportation-oriented Port Authority that will be vital to economic growth and job creation in New Jersey.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Latest NJ Dem Income & Employer Tax Hike Proposals Are Dead

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The following is Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s speech as prepared for delivery at today’s press conference hosted by leaders from the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; New Jersey Business & Industry Association; the New Jersey Society of CPAs; and the state’s largest trade associations:

“Picture this: A New Jersey employer or prospective New Jersey job creator in another state is watching TV. Their prime-time program is interrupted by an enticing invitation: Move here. Our state is so affordable you can spend your money on growing, hiring the best that the tri-state area’s workforce has to offer and increasing your success.

“The advertisement continues: We have lowered our CBT rate to among the lowest in the country; we’ve lowered income taxes, and we are offering you a 10-year tax break to start or grow your operations and workforce in one of our tax-free zones.

“This scenario is not some Republican tax-cutting, regulation-reducing fantasy. It is an ongoing marketing campaign by the State of New York and its Democrat governor that is winning them our hard-working residents, entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Agrees with Weinberg on Need to Pass DRPA Reform

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Senate Transportation Committeeman Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement in agreement with Senate Democrat Leader Loretta Weinberg on the need to pass Port Authority reform legislation to protect all New Jerseyans.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that reforms to both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Delaware River Port Authority are necessary to protect all New Jereseyans. (Wikimedia)

Senator Weinberg said the following in a press release yesterday: Any bill we pass has to protect the regional interests of the New Jersey residents that Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney, Senate Minority Leader Kean and I represent.”

Senator Pennacchio and dozens of bipartisan legislators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania sponsor legislation to reform the Delaware River Port Authority, which is under federal investigation and is marred with a history of waste, fraud, abuse and corruption.

With its four toll bridges and regional rail line, the DRPA serves approximately 300,000 commuters each day, predominantly people from Mercer to Atlantic counties, including those from the third legislative district represented by Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean on Need to Pass New Common-Ground Port Authority Reform

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after today’s announcement of new hybrid legislation to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:

New Port Authority reform legislation has been announced. (Flickr)

“I’m pleased that the common-ground, comprehensive reform effort I started in December served as the framework for Port Authority reform legislation that is supported by both governors, as well as bipartisan legislative leaders in New York, and should immediately become law in both states.

“This legislation will prevent the Port Authority from wasting, abusing and wantonly increasing the billions of dollars the public agency takes each year from hard-working commuters and taxpayers. This bill ensures an accountable, transparent, efficient and transportation-oriented Port Authority that will be vital to economic growth and job creation in New Jersey.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio to Uber: Cease and Desist

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New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) called on transportation network services business Uber to cease operating in New Jersey.

Following questions of Uber’s tax and regulatory compliance, Sen. Joe Pennacchio has called on the transportation company to cease operating in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Uber has constantly fought against being included in the New Jersey regulatory system,” Pennacchio said. “This system provides that the cars transporting clients are safe, their drivers are not criminals and in case of injuries covered by the proper liability insurance.”

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