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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

ADVANCED: Oroho Incentivizes a New Generation of Farmers

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) providing gross income tax and corporation business tax credits to individuals leasing agricultural land to beginning farmers has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Oroho legislation protects local farmland and would support a new generation of New Jersey farmers. (Wikimedia Commons)

“A new generation of farmers will be required to deliver food to the tables of New Jersey’s families,” said Oroho. “Economic activity in the agricultural community depends on new farmers entering into the industry. By encouraging landowners to lease to aspiring farmers we can continue to sustain New Jersey’s strong agriculture industry.”

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SIGNED: Oroho Effort to Increase Recruitment of Volunteer First-Responders

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

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 has been approved by the governor.

The governor has approved Sen. Oroho’s joint resolution focused on retaining and recruitment of volunteer first responders to keep property taxes from rising. (SenateNJ.com)

“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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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Steve Oroho

APPROVED: Addiego/Oroho Bill to Promote Local Agriculture

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Allows Counties to Create Marketing Labels to Promote Local Products

Legislation sponsored by Senators Dawn Addiego (R- Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) and Steven Oroho (R-Morris, Sussex, Warren) allowing counties to create labels to help promote local agricultural products has been signed into law.

The new law by Sen. Addiego and Sen. Oroho allows counties to adopt individualized “Jersey Fresh” labels to promote locally grown produce. (Jersey Fresh)

Based on the success of the “Jersey Fresh” marketing program, the legislation (S-2444) authorizes 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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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Governor Signs Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio Legislation Creating ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’

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Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a bill sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio establishing the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” to help preserve and maintain the lake.

“The Lake Hopatcong Fund” will receive $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Fund)

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

“By establishing this preservation fund and securing long-term funding, Lake Hopatcong will finally receive the protection and conservation it needs,” said Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset.) “Now that the bill has been signed, the ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ will provide stability for the local families and small businesses that surround the lake.”

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SIGNED: Oroho Bill to Help Families Receive Death Benefits

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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 has been signed into law.

The new law sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho will help families to receive the benefits they are due 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 that families must clear before they can receive those benefits. This new law will make that a little easier, especially at a time when people are grieving.”

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Oroho/Space Legislation to Lower Rates for Rural Electric Co-op Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to assist Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative in lowering electric rates has been signed into law.

The new law sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space will help to 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. “Now that our legislation has been signed, Sussex Rural will be able to operate even more effectively for the community.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Heads to Governor’s Desk

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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 legislature and heads to the Governor’s desk.

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 Fund)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hopatcong 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.

“Now, by securing long-term funding, Lake Hopatcong will receive the protection and conservation it needs,” said Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset.) “I am glad the fund’s approval heads to the Governor’s desk. With its signing, the ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ will provide stability for the local families and small businesses that surround the lake.”

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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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