Senator Steven V. Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement on the passing of former Senator Robert Littell today. Senator Oroho succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District after Senator Littell retired after 40 years in the state Legislature which at the time placed him as the longest serving state legislator in New Jersey’s history:
“New Jersey lost a giant today. Senator Littell was universally respected because of his fairness and institutional knowledge, but most of all because he was a true gentleman. Even at the highest levels of state politics, he maintained his humble nature. He much preferred to be known simply as “Bob” as opposed to any political title. I considered him a good friend, neighbor and mentor. He leaves a lasting legacy on the state and most especially his beloved home county of Sussex.
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to continue the special appraisal process for Green Acres & Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area.
The special appraisal process, which sunset June 30, 2014, is designed to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the 2004 Highlands Act that banned most development in the 860,000 acre area. The legislation, S1050, renews the appraisal process until 2019.
“It’s critical the special appraisal process be continued to ensure that property owners in the Highlands who wish to sell their land receive a fair value,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Preserving land is a worthy effort yet we also need to be equally concerned about protecting landowners whose property values dropped significantly when the 2004 Highlands Act regulations were put in place.”
Senate Committee Approves “Kimmie’s Law” to Establish Zero Tolerance for Driving Under the Influence of Inhalants
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, has been approved the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.
The bill, S-358, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who died on August 11, 2007 from injuries sustained in a car crash a day earlier. Police alleged that the driver of the car in which she was riding was under the influence of inhalants.
“Kimberly’s death is a reminder that impairment caused by the inhalation of household chemicals can be just as dangerous for drivers as that caused by the consumption of alcohol or the use of illicit drugs,” said Oroho. “This legislation makes clear that we have zero tolerance for those who would abuse inhalants and get behind the wheel.”
The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) urging the legislature to reform New Jersey’s onerous “death taxes” was published in Sunday’s New Jersey Herald.
Here is the full text of the editorial as published:
Now that the Senate and Assembly are back in Trenton, it is critical there be a unified effort to move New Jersey forward. This state and our communities will truly thrive when local businesses are given the opportunity to grow and more companies view New Jersey as a desirable place to invest and create jobs.
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, issued the following statement after joining business organizations and concerned citizens in a State House rally in support of legislation they sponsor to repeal the state’s death tax, or estate tax.
The District 24 legislators were joined by fellow lawmakers, Americans For Prosperity, the 60 Plus Association, Commerce and Industry Association, CPA Society of New Jersey and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho boosting New Jersey’s “Farm to School” program was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno.
The package of bills will raise the profile of the “Farm to School” program by increasing the program’s presence on the state’s website and foster expansion of the “Farm to School” program to more schools by allowing for private investment into the program and by recognizing successful programs established by schools.
“The ‘Farm to School’ program provides students with healthy, nutritious meals while at the same time giving a boost to the local farmers in our communities who grow these crops,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “By better promoting the program and allowing outside investment we can hopefully get even more ‘Jersey Fresh’ produce into cafeterias across the state. Bringing attention to and expanding this valuable program will give more students access to healthy lunch choices and help foster a deeper appreciation and knowledge of New Jersey’s important agriculture industry.”
Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) completed Senator Kevin O’Toole’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the New Jersey State House steps on Monday afternoon and donated to the ALS Association. The challenge raised $30,000.
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space (R-24) released the following statement after meeting with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno following the Lt. Governor’s visit to Swartswood State Park to highlight Sussex County’s varied tourism industries.
Lt. Governor Guadagno visited the park as part of her series of “Tourism Tuesday” visits across the state. Swartswood State Park was the first state park established in New Jersey.
Senator Steven Oroho today said he looks forward to working cooperatively with Senate President Stephen Sweeney to explore expanding casino gaming into northern New Jersey.
According to a report published Wednesday in The Record, Senate President Sweeney said he has discussed expanding gaming opportunities to northern New Jersey and that a statewide referendum on expanded gaming could be placed on the November 2015 ballot.
“I’m encouraged to hear the Senate President say that voters might soon get to decide on expanding gaming to north Jersey and other parts of the state,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Expanding gaming will not only bring additional needed revenue and jobs to New Jersey, but also boost local equine, racetrack and tourism industries throughout the area and state.”
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committeeman Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement after voting against the proposed FY 2015 budget in today’s Senate session:
“This budget, balanced off of raising taxes for small businesses, job providers and those already paying the most, repeats past mistakes and sets no path forward to address the root financial issues New Jersey faces. We only have to look back to 2004 when taxes were raised on the state’s top earners and job providers to know how these new taxes will play out.