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Senator Steven Oroho

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Several Oroho Bills With Local Impact Passed

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today. S-2180 was drafted to assist Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative and S-2579 aids Knoll Heights Village in Sparta.

Two bills sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho with local impact were passed the Senate Budget &Appropriations Committee. S-2180 was drafted to assist Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative and S-2579 aids Knoll Heights Village in Sparta. (SenateNJ.com)

“Helping entities, in this case non-profits, navigate through the channels of state government in order to resolve an issue sometimes necessitates a change in the law,” said Senator Oroho. “Our office does a very effective job in working the legislative process for the benefit of so many in the district.”

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Oroho & Space Express Disappointment at Passage of Resolution Blocking Proposed Septic Density Changes for Highlands Region

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Say Rule Change Proposed by NJDEP Would Bring Balance to Highlands Law

Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) expressed disappointment that the New Jersey Senate has provided final legislative approval to a resolution blocking septic density rule changes for the Highlands Region that have been proposed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space expressed disappointment that the New Jersey Senate has provided final legislative approval to a resolution blocking proposed septic density rule changes for the Highlands Region. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

“The NJDEP has proposed reasonable revisions to septic density standards for the Highlands Region that would provide a measure of relief to residents who have been negatively impacted by the Highlands Act,” said Oroho. “This thoughtful proposal would stimulate much needed job creation and economic growth in the region in a manner consistent with the goals of the Highlands Act, while protecting clean water and carefully preserved open space. I’m disappointed that the Legislature has acted in a way that will perpetuate misguided policies that harm families living in the Highlands.”

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Oroho Bill to Crack Down on Delinquent Boarding House Owners Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to clamp down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill gives towns more power to crack down on problematic boarding houses. (SenateNJ.com)

“We must expect a certain level of decency and cooperation from operators of any shared housing complexes, and it’s what our communities deserve,” Senator Oroho said. “We’ve heard many complaints from residents and local officials that they just don’t have the kind of enforcement powers that is often needed to rein in delinquent owners of certain properties.”

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Oroho Bills to Aid Farmland Preservation Advanced by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to allocate more funds to help preserve New Jersey farmland was advanced by the Senate Environment Committee today.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill to help preserve more New Jersey farmland was advanced by a senate panel. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our heritage as the ‘Garden State’ goes back hundreds of years, and our farming tradition is still thriving in many families and communities throughout the state, especially in many of the areas that I represent,” said Senator Oroho. “These funding measures will help us continue our mission in saving that rich agricultural legacy.”

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Oroho/Space Varsity Letter Bill Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and Senator Steve Oroho (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Parker Space to award varsity letters to students who participate in non-athletic competitions is now law. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It’s appropriate that kids who take part in extracurricular activities other than sports get a chance to earn a varsity letter,” said Assemblyman Space. “A varsity letter is a source of pride earned through tireless effort, fierce determination and unwavering commitment. These students compete just as passionately as any athlete, and they should receive recognition.”

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Oroho & Space Oppose Resolution Seeking to Block Proposed Septic Density Changes for Highlands Region

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Say Proposed Rules Bring More Balance to Highlands Law

Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) strongly oppose a resolution approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee that seeks to block septic density changes for the Highlands Region proposed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space opposed a resolution that would block septic density changes in the Highlands region. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

“The NJDEP has proposed reasonable revisions to septic density standards for the Highlands Region that would provide a measure of relief to residents who have been negatively impacted by the Highlands Act,” said Oroho. “This thoughtful proposal would stimulate much needed job creation and economic growth in the region in a manner consistent with the goals of the Highlands Act, while protecting clean water and carefully preserved open space.”

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Governor Signs Oroho/Space Resolution to Raise Awareness About Childhood Cancer

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A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to promote education and awareness about childhood cancer is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

The Da Silva family. (Patricia Da Silva)

The resolution was inspired by Nicholas DaSilva, a Hardyston resident who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma when he was just 5 years old. 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.

“Nicholas and his family are an inspiration, and have done so much already to raise awareness to childhood cancers,” Senator Oroho said. “This special week of awareness will encourage school districts to participate in ‘going gold’ activities to help foster an understanding of childhood cancers among youth and build compassion for those battling the disease.”

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Oroho, Space Host DOT Commissioner on Tour of Local Projects

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both-R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) hosted Commissioner Richard Hammer of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) as well as Deputy Commissioner Joseph Bertoni and other top department staff on a tour today to highlight several transportation projects in the 24th Legislative District.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Parker Space hosted NJDOT Commissioner Richard Hammer for a tour of local transportation infrastructure projects. (SenateNJ.com)

“We were pleased to have the Commissioner and key staff come up to the district to see firsthand some of the transportation projects that are reliant on state assistance,” said Oroho. “I am confident our district’s needs, as they relate to road and bridge maintenance and improvements, will see the critical investment from the state.”

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Oroho Welcomes Start of State Budget Hearings, Says Recently Enacted Tax Cuts Critical to State’s Economy

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, released the following statement as the committee began its first budget hearing of the year:

Sen. Steve Oroho released the following statement ahead of the first budget meeting of the year. (SenateNJ.com)

“Last year, in a bipartisan manner, we were able to enact significant, targeted tax cuts that will go a long way in attracting capital investment, addressing the outmigration of income and helping to grow jobs.

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Senate Republicans Propose School Funding Reforms to Improve Opportunities for Students, Provide Property Tax Relief for Families

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Proposals Eliminate Abuses, Establish More Equitable Funding for Overlooked Students in Underfunded Districts

In an effort to improve educational opportunities for New Jersey students and provide real property tax relief to overburdened families, New Jersey Senate Republicans released a series of school funding reform proposals as the starting point for discussions on the replacement of the state’s failed school funding system.

New Jersey Senate Republicans released a series of school funding reform proposals as the starting point for discussions on the replacement of the state’s failed school funding system. (©iStock)

“Senate Republicans want to fix the broken school funding formula that has failed too many students and devastated middle-class property taxpayers,” said Kean. “We’re ready to roll up our sleeves to negotiate a funding formula that works, and we’re prepared to come to the table with detailed solutions that we believe will improve educational opportunities statewide and make New Jersey more affordable.”

During his Budget Message last month, Governor Christie challenged the legislative leaders of both parties to join with him to work on a new funding formula to replace the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 (SFRA).

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