Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, was advanced today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
The bill, S2064, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who was killed in a car crash on Aug. 10, 2007 by a driver initially suspected by law enforcement of driving under the influence of inhalants.
“Kimmie’s Law should put drivers on notice that there will be zero-tolerance towards this type of irresponsible, reckless behavior,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “No family should have to deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one because of the selfish action of a driver who got behind the wheel while high. This bill now makes it clear that huffing and driving won’t be tolerated at any level.
District 24 Legislators Earn Designation from New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, announced today they were recognized as “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA).
“Standing up for taxpayers in New Jersey is job number one for Alison, Parker, and me,” said Oroho, who serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “We are continuing our mission to make New Jersey more competitive to bring in new businesses and private sector jobs and it starts with making sure our tax policies are attractive.”
This is the third report card which the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance is rating Members of the Legislature. They looked at seven key tax and regulatory votes in both the Senate and Assembly. Oroho, McHose, and Space each scored a perfect score of 100. Oroho and McHose, along with then Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all received perfect scores of 100 in 2009 and 2011.
Senator Steve Oroho and Assembly members Parker Space and Alison Littell McHose, all R-Sussex, Warren and Morris, lauded today’s announcement by Gov. Christie that New Jersey’s state’s unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund will return to solvency by the end of next week.
The District 24 legislators are sponsors of legislation which was signed into law this year that helped with the turnaround. All three are sponsors of S-2404, which eliminated the 10 percent surcharge on employer unemployment taxes during Fiscal Year 2014. Space is a primary sponsor of S-2738 that assesses a penalty against an individual who fraudulently obtains unemployment benefits at 25 percent of the amount obtained by deception.
“Returning the UI fund to solvency is excellent news for New Jersey,” said Oroho. “Making that happen as quickly as the administration did is outstanding and no doubt will aid our state’s continued economic recovery.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assembly Members Parker Space and Alison Littell McHose, all R-Sussex, Warren and Morris, that creates a pilot shared services program in Camden, Morris, Ocean, Sussex and Warren counties, was signed into law by Gov. Christie today.
“This measure gives municipalities another means to share services, which will in turn reduce costs and the burden on taxpayers,” said Oroho. “Local spending can be significantly reduced when towns have the ability to share services.”
As part of nationwide events marking National Manufacturing Day, State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space (all R – Sussex, Warren, Morris) toured the James Alexander Corporation’s plant in Frelinghuysen Township with the company’s Vice President Dave Robinson, Carol Gamsby, their Director of Sales, and Eric Aerts, Account Manager with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program.
“New Jersey is still a hot bed for manufacturing, especially in the high-tech and specialized industries,” said Oroho. “We have the location and the skilled workers employers desire, and with the policy changes we have made in the last four years, we are becoming more competitive.”
Highlands Growth Areas Qualify For Business Incentives
Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Chris Christie’s signing today of the bipartisan Economic Opportunity Act will enhance New Jersey’s financial incentive programs for business development and job creation across the state.
“This act streamlines the state’s business incentive programs enhancing the opportunity for companies across the state to take advantage of tax breaks and job creation programs, and increasing New Jersey’s ability to induce new capital investment and grow jobs,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Attracting new businesses, adding jobs throughout the state and retaining companies already invested in our communities are all paramount to sustaining New Jersey’s economic recovery.”
Kean, Pennacchio, Bucco, Oroho Statement on Senate Passage of Measure Designating “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway”
Senators Tom Kean Jr., Joe Pennacchio, Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho stated the following regarding today’s advancement of legislation they sponsor to rename State Highway Route 53 after the late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce:
“Alex DeCroce is eternally missed in the halls of Trenton, as well as his district,” said Republican Leader Kean (R-Union, Morris). “We miss his wit, his charm and his passion for improving New Jersey. He was an extraordinary leader to work with and we would not have been able to accomplish such significant achievements for our constituents without his deeply devoted service.”
“Alex DeCroce was one our state’s greatest leaders, a loving husband, father, grandfather and true friend,” added Pennacchio (R-Morris). “We miss him every day in the 26th district. Renaming this highway after a man whose years of dedicated service left an indelible imprint on the communities of Morris County is a true and fitting tribute.”
Oroho-McHose-Space: Time for Democrats to Stop Blocking Bill to Prevent Lobbyists from Collecting State Employee Pensions
In response to a media report today that shows lobbyists, who represent associations of counties, cities and school boards, receive public pensions in 20 states, including New Jersey, Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space said it’s time for the Legislature to end this outrageous practice.
“One of the reasons New Jersey’s public employee pension system was on the verge of collapse is because of ridiculous policies like this that allow government pensions to be paid to private organizations,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “While we have made excellent reforms to save the system, more are needed. Steve, Parker and I sponsor legislation to eliminate this ludicrous practice, but Democrats have stalled our efforts to end this special treatment for lobbyists which puts a huge drain on the system. It’s time for our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to stop protecting special interests and instead do what is in the best interests of taxpayers.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho to ensure that certain statutorily-required municipal officials do not impede shared services agreements between municipalities as a means of controlling property taxes was advanced by the full Senate today.
“We need to give municipalities every opportunity to share services in order to cut costs, eliminate redundancies and most importantly lessen the burden on taxpayers,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Many towns could save significant dollars each year by agreeing to share services for positions they are currently required to have, like an assessor and tax collector.”
Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, released the following statement upon the signing into law of A-4113/S-2788, which appropriates $1,393,084 from the Historic Preservation Fund to provide historic site management grants for select historic preservation projects. The legislation included $50,000 to the Allamuchy Township Board of Education for a preservation planning project at Rutherfurd Hall.
“Rutherfurd Hall is a gem of Warren County and the state with its rich history. We are blessed to live in northwestern New Jersey with so many historic and natural treasures such as Rutherfurd Hall. We are pleased to help protect these treasures and promote them to bring in resources and promote tourism in the region.”