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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

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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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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