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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill that Would Eliminate the State Residency Requirement for Public School Employees Clears Senate

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Public school employees may no longer be required to live in the State of New Jersey thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Public school employees may no longer be required to live in New Jersey thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“I strongly opposed the state residency requirement for public employment when it was signed into law a decade ago, and some of my constitutional concerns were echoed by a Superior Court Judge earlier this year,” said Sen. Steve Oroho (R-24). “It seems clear to me that the residency requirement in this instance is hampering the efforts of short-staffed schools contending with a labor shortage to hire enough teachers, substitutes, and bus drivers. Under these circumstances, it seems best to exempt school districts from the requirements of the New Jersey First Law.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Short Circuit Costly Electric Initiative Clears Senate

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The Legislation Would Prohibit the State from Mandating Electric Heat in Homes

The Senate today approved Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would prohibit the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Board of Public Utilities, and any other state agency from mandating the use of electric heating in buildings and homes.

The Senate approved Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation that would prohibit state agencies from mandating the use of electric heating in buildings and homes. (Pixabay)

“In some cases, the convenience of electricity may make sense, but homeowners and businesses should be able to make their own choices without government forcing them to do it,” said Oroho (R-24). “State agencies have no business dictating how residents heat their homes.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Senate Advances Singer Bill Increasing Support for Adult Day Care Services

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Senator Robert Singer’s legislation that would increase support for facilities that provide daytime services to New Jersey’s elderly residents was advanced by the Senate today.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation that would increase support for facilities that provide daytime services to New Jersey’s elderly residents was advanced by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

Singer’s bill (A-4238/S-2561) would establish a minimum Medicaid reimbursement rate for providers of adult medical daycare services.

“Adult day health services are crucial to the physical and emotional well-being of New Jersey seniors,” said Singer (R-30). “An increase in funding for these providers will help them better assist, protect, and support the elderly throughout our state.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Help Fill Void in Emergency Medical Services Endorsed by Senate

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Measure Would Permit Volunteer Paramedics to Assist in Mobile Intensive Care Units

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to help address a critical shortage of paramedics gained Senate approval today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer to help address a critical shortage of paramedics was approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

Singer’s bill, A-6132/S-4235, would allow volunteer paramedics to respond to emergencies and operate within mobile intensive care units.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Singer Bill that Would Create Administrative Law Unit Dedicated to Special Education Cases Clears Senate with Gov’s Recommendations

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The Senate today concurred with Governor Murphy’s recommendations to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Steven Oroho and Robert Singer that would create a dedicated group of administrative law judges to oversee special education cases.

The Senate concurred with Gov. Murphy’s recommendations to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Steven Oroho and Robert Singer that would create a dedicated group of administrative law judges to oversee special education cases. (SenateNJ.com)

“The unique challenges of educating students with special needs lead to disagreements between concerned parents and school districts that often end up in court,” said Oroho (R-24). “Long delays only add to the frustration and can interfere with the development and learning opportunities of children. The unit established within the Office of Administrative Law by this legislation would increase efficiency and help all parties by reaching more timely decisions and resolutions.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Saluting Role of 9-1-1 First Responder Dispatchers Clears Senate

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The Senate today advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. that would retitle emergency operators as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers.

The Senate advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. that would retitle emergency operators as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers. (Flickr)

“In an emergency, the dispatcher becomes the lifeline between those in distress and the first responders answering the call,” said Bucco (R-25). “These hard-working, highly trained individuals dedicate their lives to helping others, but their heroics are unseen and seldom acknowledged.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senate Clears O’Scanlon Bill Addressing NJ’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon targeting New Jersey’s troubling rate of death in new mothers was approved by the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon targeting New Jersey’s troubling rate of death in new mothers was approved by the Senate. (Flickr)

O’Scanlon’s bill, A-1073/S-3432, would require hospitals and birthing centers to screen pregnant women and those who have given birth for preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of liver and kidney damage.

“Pregnancy-related deaths in New Jersey have reached an alarming level,” said O’Scanlon. “The state is one of the worst in the nation with a rate close to double the national average. Black women are seven times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women, and preeclampsia is a leading cause.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi Bill Establishing “Nursing Home Advisory Council” Clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would create the Nursing Home Advisory Council and introduce penalties for long-term care facilities that violate state and federal regulations was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that would create the Nursing Home Advisory Council and introduce penalties for long-term care facilities that violate state and federal regulations was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Over the last two years, thousands of elderly residents in New Jersey’s nursing homes lost their lives due to coronavirus infection. During that time, there has been little to no accountability for the policies that have been implemented,” said Schepisi (R-39). “My legislation will make sure that we have accountability going forward and that any long-term care facility that violates state or federal regulations is held responsible. We need to keep our most vulnerable residents safe—and hold those who put their health in jeopardy to account.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Combatting Crisis of Drug Overdose Deaths Earns Senate Approval

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Senator Robert Singer’s legislation that would help prevent the increasing epidemic of overdose deaths earned Senate approval today.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation that would help prevent the increasing epidemic of overdose deaths earned Senate approval. (Flickr)

Drug overdoses in New Jersey claim more than 3,000 lives each year. Singer’s bill to reverse the troubling trend, A-798/S-52, would authorize counties in the state to establish local drug overdose fatality review teams.

The teams would work to develop strategies to prevent drug overdoses and promote cooperation among state and local government agencies.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Oroho Measure to Reduce Tax Burden on Employers

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Under legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and advanced today by the Senate, qualifying New Jersey corporations would be able to reduce their federal tax liabilities without costing the state any revenue.

Under legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and advanced by the Senate, qualifying New Jersey corporations would be able to reduce their federal tax liabilities without costing the state any revenue. (Pixabay)

The bipartisan bill (S-4068) amends the way business alternative income tax can be calculated in a manner that would reduce federal taxes for employers.

“Money that would otherwise go to Washington could remain here in New Jersey if this becomes law,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “We can help corporations cut their tax bill to the feds without reducing tax revenue to the state. This would be good news for employers in a state infamous for its inhospitable business environment.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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