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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Protects Survivor Benefits After Loss of First Responders Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) requires medical professionals certifying death to perform any testing necessary for families to claim State and federal survivor benefits has received final legislative approval.

Sen. Oroho’s bill to protect the survivor benefits for families after the loss of a first responder, while in the line of duty (Flickr.)

In 2016, Scott Danielson, a Sussex County first responder, died of a heart attack while in the line of duty. When his family requested the required toxicology test for federal death benefits, they were initially denied due to hospital costs. After involvement from Sen. Oroho and local officials, the hospital ultimately administered the required test.

“Families of first responders have access to important survivor benefits after the loss of their loved one,” stated Oroho. “We should remove any hurdles families might face during that difficult time which may prevent them from receiving the benefits they deserve and may depend upon.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego
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Addiego/Oroho Bill to Promote Local Agriculture Passes Senate

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Allows Counties to Create Marketing Labels to Promote Local Products

The Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senators Dawn Addiego (R- Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) and Steven Oroho (R-Morris, Sussex, Warren) that allows counties to create labels to help promote local agricultural products.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Addiego and Sen. Oroho allows counties to adopt individualized “Jersey Fresh” labels to promote locally grown produce (Wikimedia Commons.)

Based on the success of the “Jersey Fresh” marketing program, S-2444 would authorize New Jersey counties to create, adopt, and issue their own promotional labels to market agricultural products that are grown, processed, or produced in a specific county.

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Oroho Legislation Seeks to Increase Recruitment of Volunteer First-Responders Advances

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Says Volunteers Offset Need for Paid Personnel, Lowering Costs for Property Taxpayers

The General Assembly has approved a joint resolution sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that seeks to protect property taxpayers by reversing a trend of fewer people joining volunteer fire departments and first aid and rescue squads.

The Assembly has approved Sen. Oroho’s joint resolution focused on retaining and recruitment of volunteer first-responders in order to keep property taxes low (Twitter.)

“There is growing concern across the state that volunteer first responder organizations are unable to retain and recruit new members,” said Sen. Oroho. “When fewer people volunteer, towns are forced to hire paid personnel at property taxpayer expense. It’s critical that we identify ways to maintain critical public safety services in our communities without increasing costs to taxpayers.”

The resolution, SJR-23, establishes a “Special Task Force on Volunteer Retention and Recruitment” to study and recommend strategizes, incentives, and policies for the retention and recruitment of the State’s volunteer first responders.

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Oroho’s Transportation Bills Aiding Property Taxpayers & Improving Safety Pass Assembly Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that’s designed to reduced the burden on property taxpayers and improve road, bridge and rail safety has been approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s transportation bill would reduce the burden on property taxpayers and improve road, bridge and rail safety. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re now able to shift much more of the burden of paying for local transportation improvements from property taxpayers to the State,” said Oroho. “That’s the direct result of our successful efforts last year that coupled targeted tax cuts with a plan to take the TTF out of bankruptcy. Local officials can now undertake critical road and bridge repair projects without burdening property taxpayers with the full cost.”

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Oroho Bill to Encourage More Food Donations Advances in Assembly

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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 has been approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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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Senate Approves Oroho Bill to Support Farmers & “Jersey Fresh” Marketing

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to help local farmers by improving marketing support for the “Jersey Fresh” products that they grow.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation helps local farmers by improving support for ‘Jersey Fresh’ marketing. (Jersey Fresh)

“Our ‘Jersey Fresh’ marketing message reaches across the country, which helps our farmers to be among the most successful sellers nationally of items such as blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, and cranberries,” said Oroho. “Improving our ability to spread the ‘Jersey Fresh’ message will help New Jersey farmers to continue growing and expand their reach into new markets.”

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Oroho Bill to Support New Jersey Farmers and Local Food Products Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R – Sussex, Warren, Morris) to support New Jersey farmers and locally-made food products was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Oroho’s Bill to Support New Jersey Farmers and Local Food Products Passes Budget and Appropriations. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Families in New Jersey depend on the hard work of our local farmers,” said Oroho. “Establishing ‘Food Hubs’, will grow New Jersey’s local-farmer network and create a path from Farm to Table.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

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Oroho Receives Troast Award from NJBIA for Support of NJ Business Community, State Economy

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) was honored with the “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award” by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) at the 2018 NJBIA Impact Symposium on December 5, 2017.

Sen. Steven Oroho (right) and Sen. Parl Sarlo (left) display their awards with NJBIA’s President & CEO Michele Siekerka. (SenateNJ.com)

The NJBIA presents the Troast Award annually to a public servant who has made an outstanding contribution to the State of New Jersey and its business community.

Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, shared the honor this year with Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), who serves as chairman of the committee.

“The focus of NJBIA’s symposium this year is affordability and competitiveness, which were the very concerns that drove the tax reform effort that Senator Sarlo and I led last year,” said Oroho. “It’s an honor to share the Paul L. Troast Award with my partner on the state’s most comprehensive tax reform effort in decades. We’ve shown how reasonable public officials can bridge the partisan divide to enact good policy that helps businesses, employees, and the economy at large.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego
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Senate Committee Passes Oroho, Addiego Bills to Support NJ Farmers

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The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee has passed three bills sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho (R-24) and Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) to support local farmers and improve how the state markets “Jersey Fresh” products.

Sens. Steven Oroho and Dawn Marie Addiego sponsor bills to support local farmers and improve the way the state markets “Jersey Fresh” products. (SenateNJ.com)

“Farmers markets are incredibly popular in cities and suburbs statewide. Many farmers will tell you that the demand for Jersey-made produce is growing faster than they can plant their seeds,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “We need to bring all of the members of New Jersey’s agricultural industry together and capitalize on this opportunity to stimulate the economy. The food hubs and marketing initiatives authorized under these bills will give local farmers the tools they need to reach even more hungry customers.”

Based on the success of the “Jersey Fresh” logo, S-2444, sponsored by Senators Oroho and Addiego, would authorize New Jersey counties to create, adopt and issue their own promotional labels to market agricultural products that are grown, processed or produced in a specific county. Monmouth County is currently in the process of developing such a label.

“There is no denying that the Jersey Fresh program has been a resounding success,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) said. “Imagine how much our farms, wineries, and mom-and-pop shops would benefit if we had the ability to localize this initiative. Creating ‘made in your county’ labels is a great way to encourage our residents to shop local and support the business owners right in their own backyard.”

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