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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

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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Oroho Legislation to Lower Rates for Rural Electric Co-op Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to assist Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative was advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill will help lower rates for Rural Electric Co-op members. (Flickr)

“Helping entities, in this case a non-profit, navigate through the channels of state government in order to resolve an issue sometimes necessitates a change in the law,” Senator Oroho said. “This legislation will enable Sussex Rural to operate even more effectively for the community.”

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Passed: Oroho Bills to Support Farmland Preservation

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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 passed by the New Jersey Senate.

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

“Although New Jersey is viewed as an industrialized state, farming is part of the fabric of our history and remains vibrant in so many parts of our state, especially in the district that I represent,” said Senator Oroho.  “It also remains an integral part of our economy, so these funding measures will enable us to secure these crucial, family-owned businesses and help keep the farmer on the farm.”

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Oroho/Space Bill to Improve Relationships Between Farms and Schools Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to study ways to get more farm fresh food into New Jersey’s schools was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to help fight hunger was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We have a chance to teach kids about where their food comes from while getting plenty of Jersey Fresh produce into our schools,” Senator Oroho said. “This program already exists, but we have to take a closer look at it to see what’s working and what isn’t. We want as many farms and schools participating as possible.”

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Oroho Bill to Support Age-Restricted Housing Projects Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to support age-restriction housing projects by extending their eligibility for tax exemptions was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill to support age-restricted communities was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“By cutting off aid as soon as a facility pays off their mortgage, we’re not giving them any real incentive to pay off their debt ahead of time,” Senator Oroho said. “By extending their eligibility, they will have a chance to use money that would otherwise go towards paying taxes for expenses that are crucial to their continued operation.”

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Statement from Oroho & Space on Democrats’ School Funding Plan

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The following statement was issued by Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-24) on the Democrats’ school funding plan:

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space said that a school funding plan revealed by Democrats is “pure politics.” (Flickr)

“The plan that was reached is pure politics. It does not address the problems with the current school funding law and frankly it’s a missed opportunity to correct the inequities that harm many of our school districts.

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Advanced: Oroho’s Harsher Punishments for Drunk Drivers Who Kill

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The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has passed “Ralph & David’s Law,” 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. S-2423 is named in honor of David Heim and Ralph Politi, Jr., innocent victims who lost their lives to drunk drivers.

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

In 2004, David Heim, age 13, was run over and killed by a drunk driver in Sussex County as he crossed the street with his mother and siblings. The driver was convicted only of drunk driving and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Mr. Ralph Politi, Jr., an East Hanover business owner and community activist, was killed in 2012 by a drunk driver who swerved out of her lane and hit him as he stood by his parked pickup truck. The driver was charged with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide, but was found not guilty in March of 2016.

“The fact that someone could drive drunk, kill a child, and walk away with merely a slap on the wrist is unconscionable. That is a completely ineffective way to deter someone else from committing the same crime.” Senator Oroho said. “The harsher penalties established under my bill will ensure that the families who suffer the pain of losing a loved one so tragically get the justice they so rightfully deserve and society demands.”

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