A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to promote education and awareness about childhood cancer is one step closer to final passage after it was advanced by the Assembly Health Committee.
The resolution was inspired by Nicholas Da Silva, a Hardyston resident who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma when he was just 5 years old. In the two years since his cancer has gone into remission, he has worked to help other children with the disease. Along with the other members of his family, Nicholas has raised money to help other kids through donations to the Valerie Fund and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to make the registration process easier for pharmaceutical companies is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The measure came out of the New Jersey Red Tape Review Commission.
“The seemingly never ending list of regulations and rules has handcuffed business in this state for far too long,” Senator Oroho said. “Six years after it was created, the Red Tape Review Commission is still finding ways to cut back the bureaucracy and make it easier for entrepreneurs and job creators to grow their businesses in the state. This law will reduce the time it takes for drug companies to set up shop in New Jersey.”
Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steven Oroho were today joined by medical professionals and New Jersey Right to Life at a press conference calling on the legislature to pass their “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
The Senators’ bill, S-2026, prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. Medical studies have shown unborn children can feel pain in the womb at least by 20 weeks, if not before.
“This is the time of year when we reflect on how to protect the most vulnerable members of society,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “That is why we chose today to call on those who control the legislative agenda to stand up for the rights of innocent unborn children. For who is more vulnerable than a baby who can feel pain in the womb, but cannot cry out for help? It is time for our leaders to listen to these children’s silent screams and immediately pass our Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
Leaving Important Policy Determinations to Supreme Court Will Likely Hurt Taxpayers & Communities
Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said that it is imperative for the Legislature to provide clarity on affordable housing policy before the New Jersey Supreme Court rules on so-called “gap period” obligations for municipalities.
“Absent clear guidance from the Legislature, the Supreme Court may rule that municipalities across New Jersey have a retroactive obligation to build hundreds of thousands on new units of affordable housing,” said Oroho. “While we believe such a ruling would conflict with prior legislative intent, the fact that this matter has reached our state’s highest court demonstrates the need for the Legislature to act quickly.”
MEDIA ADVISORY (12/5): Pennacchio/Oroho News Conference with NJ Right to Life on “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”
Will Be Joined by Doctors, Legislators to Discuss Bill Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks
Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) will hold a news conference on Monday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3 of the State House Annex to discuss the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
They will be joined by New Jersey Right to Life, medical professionals and other legislators to discuss the legislation, S-2026.
WHO: Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life; Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26); Senator Steve Oroho (R-24); Senator Mike Doherty (R-23); Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-12); Dr. Kyle Beiter, Central Jersey Ob/Gyn; Dr. Randy Knob, Retired General Surgeon; and Rev. Michael Fragoso, Retired Pediatrician.
WHAT: News conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
WHEN: Monday, December 5th at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Committee Room 3 in the State House Annex.
Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) and Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland) introduced legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for the most heinous acts of murder.
The bill specifically references five acts that law enforcement and juries can consider the death penalty as an appropriate punishment: (1) the death of a law enforcement or corrections officer while on official duty; (2) the murder of a juvenile under the age of 18 during the commission of a sex crime; (3) death by an act of terrorism; (4) the perpetrator had been convicted of a murder previously; and (5) serial killers.
“These murderous acts are some of the most heinous crimes against humanity that society confronts,” said Senator Oroho. “Victims’ families and the general public should know that such malicious, depraved behavior can be punishable to the same severity with which the criminals perpetrated their vile acts.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to allow insurance companies that were due to receive grants under the state’s Business employment Incentive Program to receive refunds for their unused tax credits was passed by the New Jersey Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk.
“These businesses signed agreements with the state under BEIP to move or expand here with the understanding that they would receive those grants,” Senator Oroho said. “We’ve already passed legislation that allows them to convert their grants into tax credits, but this gives insurance companies the same opportunities that other businesses have to get a refund on those credits.”
Earlier this year, Senator Oroho’s S-3232 was signed into to law to allow a business that was due to receive a grant under BEIP to direct the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to convert the grant to a refundable tax credit against its corporate, gross income, or insurance premium tax liability. The bill allowed a business that does not pay corporate business taxes to apply to the authority for a tax credit transfer certificate that could be sold to another business.
The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Steven Oroho’s bill to protect box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees by modifying the definition of “litter generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers.
Corrugated containers are fiberboard boxes often used for shipping merchandise, or as pop-up product displays in grocery and retail stores. 47 percent of all corrugated containers are made of recyclable materials. More than 92 percent are recovered and reprocessed into fresh packaging by the very manufacturers who initially sold the products.
“New Jersey box manufacturers are generating local jobs and economic revenue – not litter,” Senator Oroho (R-24) said. “Virtually every corrugated container manufacturer in New Jersey operates in another state as well. Failing to correct this oversight in tax law will put the positive impact they have had on protecting our environment and stimulating the state’s economy at risk.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to strengthen New Jersey’s public employee pension systems was advanced by the New Jersey Senate in a 35-0 vote.
The legislation, S-2810, requires the State to pay its annual pension contribution on a quarterly basis.
“The quicker we get the state’s pension contribution invested in the markets, the sooner we start earning a return,” said Oroho. “Making quarterly pension payments won’t cost the State more money, but it could provide the opportunity to earn an additional $100 to $200 million per year from our contribution and reduce our pension systems’ unfunded liability.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to speed up the processing of workers’ compensation claims was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“By standardizing procedures and setting a hard deadline, we can streamline this process for everyone involved,” Senator Oroho said. “This will ensure no money is tied up for too long, whether it’s the party making the claim or the one paying it out.”