New Jersey's 24th Legislative District

Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & Space Welcome DOE Application Process To Help Restore Lost School Funding

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) welcomed the release of information by the New Jersey Department of Education on a new application process to help restore funding to school districts that lost state aid in the recently enacted state budget.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space welcomed information from the NJDOE on a new application process to help restore funding to school districts that lost state aid in the recently enacted state budget. (Flickr)

“In response to school aid cuts that the Democrats forced through the Legislature, we worked with the administration to develop the new NJDOE program to help restore lost funding, protect students and teachers, and prevent property tax increases,” said Oroho. “I’m glad that school districts will now be able to start the process of recovering from the unexpected cuts that were imposed through the state budget.”

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Oroho Backs Increasing State Aid for Lake Hopatcong

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) applauded the inclusion of a FY18 State budget appropriation to fund weed harvesting efforts at Lake Hopatcong.

Sen. Steven Oroho has fought tirelessly alongside Sen. Bucco to increase funding for weed harvesting at Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

Senator Oroho has for years strongly advocated alongside Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) for increasing funding to preserve and maintain the lake.

“Lake Hopatcong is one of New Jersey’s most treasured natural resources and a key source of economic revenue,” Senator Oroho said. “The simplest way to protect the long term viability of the lake is to harvest the weeds, on time, each and every year. Unfortunately, state aid has consistently fallen short and as a result, conditions are more dire than ever.”

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Oroho Votes Against Budget Cutting $1 Million of Local School Aid

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Successfully Fights to Restore $2.3 Million of Cuts, Says Final Deal Still Not Good Enough

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, voted against the FY18 New Jersey state budget citing more than $1 million of local school aid cuts that remain in the new budget that has been passed by the Legislature.

Sen. Steven Oroho voted against the FY18 New Jersey state budget citing more than $1 million of local school aid cuts that remain in the new budget that has been passed by the Legislature. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our local schools were facing more than $3.3 million in lost state aid under the proposal originally put forward by Democrats,” said Oroho. “While I successfully fought to restore $2.3 million of funding that was cut, I’m still not satisfied with the $1 million that our schools will still lose under the final plan. I don’t believe these cuts were done fairly, so I voted ‘no’ on the state budget.”

Click here to view school aid numbers and changes under the various proposals and final approved state budget.

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Passed: Oroho Bill to Help Volunteer First Responders

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A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to identify ways to help retain and recruit volunteer first responders was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill to help New Jersey’s volunteer first responders was passed by the Senate. (RTFD/Facebook)

“New Jersey would not be able to get the fire and EMS coverage it needs without the dedicated efforts of its volunteer first responders,” Senator Oroho said. “These individuals put their lives on the line and rush out at the drop of a hat all because of a love of community and a desire to protect their family, friends and neighbors. We must do everything we can to ensure these invaluable institutions and the services they provide don’t disappear.”

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Senate Joins Oroho to Urge Congress to Up Impact Aid for School Districts

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Steven Oroho’s resolution urging the President and Congress to increase funding for the Federal Impact Aid Program, which provides school districts with additional funding to offset the loss of property tax revenue due to the presence of federally-owned land within the district.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s resolution urges the President and Congress to increase Federal Impact Aid for school districts that include federal lands. (Flickr)

The budget proposal currently before Congress would eliminate or reduce programs that “do not address national needs,” including federal impact aid.

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Oroho to Vote Against State Budget Citing Negative Impact on Local Schools

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, announced that he will vote against the FY18 New Jersey state budget due to the negative impact reductions in state education aid would have on local schools.

Sen. Steven Oroho will vote against the FY18 New Jersey state budget due to the negative impact reductions in state education aid would have on local schools. (SenateNJ.com)

“I cannot in good conscience vote for a state budget that would cut more than $1 million from our local schools in the 24th Legislative District,” said Oroho. “I worked with the Governor to restore $2.3 million of the cuts under the Democrats’ original plan, but I’m still not satisfied that the final budget represents school funding fairness or the best possible education policy.”

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Senate Passes Oroho’s ‘Ralph & David’s Law’ to Up Penalties for Drunk Drivers Who Kill

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The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to update the state’s vehicular homicide statutes to increase penalties for deaths caused by drivers who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bipartisan “Ralph and David’s Law” establishes harsher punishments for drunk drivers who cause a fatality. (Flickr)

“Ralph and David’s Law” is named in honor of David Heim and Ralph Politi, Jr., innocent victims who lost their lives to drunk drivers.

“The pain of losing a loved one to a drunk driver never goes away. Families never get to walk away from that tragedy, but when a drunk driver does, and only gets a slap on the wrist, it acts as a double tragedy,” Senator Oroho said. “Harsher punishments can act as a deterrent and ensure that reckless drunk drivers who kill receive a punishment that reflects the magnitude of their crime.”

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Oroho Bill to Remove Age Restriction for Testifying Via CCTV in Sex Crime Cases Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to expand protections for survivors and witnesses, by removing the age restriction for testifying via closed circuit television in certain sex crime, domestic violence, and child abuse cases.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bill would expand protections for survivors and witnesses, by removing the age restriction to testify via closed-circuit-television, also known as CCTV. (©iStock)

Currently, only those 16-years-of-age or younger are permitted to testify via CCTV.

“It is unconscionable to force someone to confront a violent criminal face-to-face when we know that this will only increase their pain. They shouldn’t have to live with that trauma or cope with a constant fear of retribution,” Senator Oroho said. “No one should be blocked from testifying via closed-circuit television, just because of their age. All survivors and witnesses should be treated with compassion and respect in a court room.”

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Oroho Bill to Encourage More Food Donations Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to encourage more food donations to New Jersey non-profit organizations was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill encourages more food donations to help feed hungry families. (Flickr)

“The unfortunate reality is that many New Jersey families struggle to find their next meal,” Senator Oroho said. “They depend on food banks and other non-profits, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure those kinds of organizations can continue to support these families.”

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Oroho Bill to Help Families Receive Death Benefits Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to help families secure state and federal benefits after the death of a loved one was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill helps families receive benefits after the death of a loved one. (SenateNJ.com)

“People work hard their whole lives in order to provide for their families, and that includes earning death benefits,” Senator Oroho said. “There are often plenty of regulations and other bureaucratic hurdles to clear before they can receive those benefits. Our goal is to make that a little easier, especially at a time when people are grieving.”

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