The Senate today passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would expand opportunities for anglers and bow hunters in New Jersey by creating a discounted fishing license and allowing Sunday bow hunting on military installations in New Jersey.
Senator Oroho’s bipartisan S-2567 would create a discounted state “Fishing Buddy License” for anglers who apply for a fishing license along with a second person who hasn’t applied for a New Jersey fishing license since 2010. Under the fishing buddy initiative, fishing licenses for both the experienced “fishing buddy” and the new applicant would be discounted to half price. The bill would also reduce the fee for an “All Around Sportsman License” by $10 for each “fishing buddy.”
“Many visitors and residents don’t realize the amount of fantastic fishing opportunities there are across New Jersey,” said Oroho. “My hope is that with the fishing buddy program more anglers will encourage a friend or family member to try out fishing in New Jersey and more people will have the opportunity to explore the outdoors here. Fishing is also an important part of the economy for the state and many communities and any increase in participation will be a boost to businesses supporting the industry.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) that will expand certain redevelopment programs to all counties in the state has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Under Senate Bill 1677, the Department of Community Affairs will be able to designate one municipality per county, with the approval of the NJ Redevelopment Authority board, for inclusion in financing programs administered by the NJRA in counties where no municipality currently meets the technical requirements of a “qualified municipality” yet the need is very pronounced. To qualify, the municipality must rank within the top 20 percent of the Municipal Distress Index.
Legislation sponsored by District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell was signed into law today by Governor Christie.
“The Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway will now be a permanent and visible reminder of Senator Littell’s tireless work to better the lives of families in Sussex County and all those he came in contact with,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Senator Littell was a remarkable man who earned the respect of all he met through his kindness, fairness and commitment to personally respond to the concerns of those in the neighborhoods he represented. Senator Littell has left a lasting legacy and I’m pleased that future generations will be reminded of that legacy through the renaming of this highway.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and Senate President Steve Sweeney that would create an annual New Jersey “Fishing Buddy License” and would amend current law for all around sportsman and fishing licenses was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
The bill, S-2567, would allow residents and nonresidents 16 years or older to apply for a fishing buddy license when an application for a fishing license is made at the same time by another person, resident or nonresident, who has not bought a New Jersey fishing license since 2010. The buddy license would authorize its holder to fish only, and would cost half the regular fee of a fishing license.
“The lakes, streams and reservoirs across New Jersey offer some of the finest year-round fishing opportunities in the region,” said Senator Oroho (R-Morris, Sussex, Warren). “Fishing is not only a great way to enjoy the outdoors but also an important industry for the state and local economies. Through this measure more residents and visitors will be introduced to fishing in New Jersey and become hooked on a new pastime, providing a boost to local businesses in the process.”
Legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio renaming State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell moved forward today after being unanimously passed by the Senate.
“The overwhelming support shown today for this legislation is a testament to the integrity, compassion and dedication that marked Senator Littell’s decades of service in Trenton,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Renaming Route 15 in his honor will be a permanent and visible reminder of his tireless work to better the lives of families in Sussex County and all those he came in contact with.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to continue the special appraisal process for Green Acres & Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
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.
The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to advance legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) renaming State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell.
“Sticking true to his kind and humble nature, Senator Littell served with integrity and passion, working tirelessly for Sussex County and residents across the state during his decades in office,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Senator Littell has left a lasting legacy in Sussex County, impacting the lives of many of those that he served. Designating Route 15 in his honor is a permanent and visible way to recognize his lifetime of service and dedication to the families and communities of this county.”
District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space announced the introduction of legislation to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell.
Under the identical bills (S-2656/A-4042), the Sussex County portion of Route 15 would be designated the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway” in honor of the late District 24 legislator and Sussex County native who served in the state Assembly and Senate for 40 years.
“Senator Littell was a remarkable man who earned the respect of all he met through his kindness, fairness and dedication to bettering the lives of all New Jerseyans,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Remarkably, through his years in Trenton he maintained a humble nature and never strayed from his priority of personally responding to the concerns of those in the neighborhoods he represented. ‘Bob,’ as he preferred to be called, was a loving husband and father and a personal friend and mentor to me and many others. Renaming this highway in his honor is a fitting tribute to a man who has left such an important and lasting legacy in New Jersey, especially Sussex County.”
Committee Advances Oroho Legislation Simplifying Process of Adding a Veteran’s Status on Driver’s License
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho simplifying the process for veterans to receive a veteran designation on their driver’s license was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.
Senator Oroho’s S-2508 would allow veterans to use their county-issued veteran ID card as proof of their status as a veteran when applying to the state Motor Vehicle Commission for a veteran designation on their license. Under the law, a county ID could only be used if the county that issued it required veterans to show their discharge papers in applying for the ID.
Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) announced today they have reintroduced legislation reforming the state’s affordable housing laws as result of the Council on Affordable Housing’s failure to adopt new rules.
The legislation is identical to a bipartisan COAH reform bill that the Senate passed with strong support in 2011 but was then severely amended by the Assembly and conditionally vetoed back to its original intent by Governor Christie. The legislation, S-2629, would eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing and create a common-sense affordable housing program giving municipalities far more control over how much housing they will build in the locations best suited for development.