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Pennacchio & Oroho Urge Congress to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks, with exceptions for, rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.

The House is scheduled to vote on the legislation today, and President Trump reiterated his support for the bill yesterday.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Steven Oroho urged Congress to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The House will vote on the Act on October 3. The senators have fought to enact the legislation at the state level. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Oroho and I have fought tirelessly at the state level to pass our Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but Legislative leadership has refused to act,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Our leaders in Washington must seize this opportunity to protect innocent unborn children nationwide from the excruciating pain of abortion. Someone must stand up for their right to live full, healthy lives.”

In December of 2016, Senators Pennacchio and Oroho held a press conference with fellow pro-life advocates and a number of widely-respected medical officials to call on New Jersey’s Legislative leadership to pass their Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S-2026.) They have made repeated calls for action since then, and yet Senate Democrats, who control the Legislative agenda, have failed to post the bill for a single committee hearing.

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Oroho and Space Hail Grants to Provide Food for Low-Income Families

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Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space today commended the award of more than $130,000 in community services block grants to provide food and diapers to low-income families. Gov. Chris Christie and the state Department of Community Affairs announced the grants to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Inc. and NORWESCAP, a private non-profit serving the low-income population of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties.

Sen. Oroho and Asm. Space announced two grant awards that will help local food banks. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is good news for people and families struggling to make ends meet in a state with some of the highest taxes in the country. This funding can be the difference between children going hungry or getting enough to eat,” said Oroho.

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Oroho Welcomes Opportunity on New Manufacturing Caucus

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As the newly formed Legislative Manufacturing Caucus undertakes its first meeting today, Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said he was ready to get to work to help make New Jersey a better place to do business.

Sen. Steve Oroho is a member of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This is an incredible chance for us to work on a bipartisan basis along with business leaders to develop strategies and policies that will invigorate our state’s manufacturing industry,” Senator Oroho said. “A strong manufacturing industry means more well-paying jobs for our residents.”

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Oroho and Space Laud Overdose Awareness Day for Promoting Prevention and Treatment of Addiction

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following joint statement supporting Overdose Awareness Day:

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. (International Overdose Awareness Day)

“The opioid crisis is rampant across New Jersey, and the entire nation. The insidious disease of addiction claims more than 50,000 lives each year in America, and deaths continue to skyrocket in counties across our state.

“To effectively fight this epidemic, we must eliminate the social stigma that forces many addicts and their families to suffer in silence. It is important to shine a light on the severity of this threat, and to encourage victims to seek help and treatment they so desperately need to have a second chance at life.

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Governor signs package of Oroho-Space farm bills

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A package of comprehensive farm bills sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space benefiting the state’s farming industry, schools and food banks was signed today by Gov. Chris Christie.

A package of bills designed to help New Jersey’s farm industry was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey has a long history of farming and farm culture, especially in the district I represent,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “Not only will these new laws help us keep the farmer on the farm, they will help educate students about New Jersey’s important agricultural heritage.”

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Now Law: Oroho Bill to Protect Members of the Military from Discrimination

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to ensure that members of the United States Armed Forces are protected against discrimination is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to protect veterans from discrimination was signed into law. (Flickr)

“It takes a special kind of person to sign up for military service,” Senator Oroho said. “They put their lives on hold while they go out to serve our country. They deserve to have every chance to succeed once they return to civilian life.”

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Gov. Signs Oroho Bill to Allow More Survivors, Witnesses of Sex Crimes to Testify Via CCTV

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Governor Christie has signed 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 (CCTV) in certain sex crime, domestic violence, and child abuse cases.

Gov. Christie has signed Sen. Steven Oroho’s bill to expand protections for survivors and witnesses, by removing the age restriction to testify via closed-circuit-television, also known as CCTV. (©iStock)

Prior to the August 7th signing of Sen. Oroho’s bill, only those 16-years-of-age or younger are permitted to testify via CCTV.

“Allowing more survivors and witnesses of sex crimes to utilize CCTV is critical to reducing the number of cases that go unreported every year,” Senator Oroho said. “Everyone who has endured such a traumatic experience should have the opportunity to testify without fear of retribution. Age shouldn’t stand in the way.”
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Now Law: Oroho’s ‘Ralph & David’s Law’ to Up Penalties for Drunk Drivers Who Kill

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to increase penalties for deaths caused by drivers who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

“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.

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

“Families that lose a loved one to a drunk driver suffer through so much. They deserve justice and a little closure,” 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 & Space Welcome DOE Application Process To Help Restore Lost School Funding

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) welcomed the release of information by the New Jersey Department of Education on a new application process to help restore funding to school districts that lost state aid in the recently enacted state budget.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space welcomed information from the NJDOE on a new application process to help restore funding to school districts that lost state aid in the recently enacted state budget. (Flickr)

“In response to school aid cuts that the Democrats forced through the Legislature, we worked with the administration to develop the new NJDOE program to help restore lost funding, protect students and teachers, and prevent property tax increases,” said Oroho. “I’m glad that school districts will now be able to start the process of recovering from the unexpected cuts that were imposed through the state budget.”

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Oroho Backs Increasing State Aid for Lake Hopatcong

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) applauded the inclusion of a FY18 State budget appropriation to fund weed harvesting efforts at Lake Hopatcong.

Sen. Steven Oroho has fought tirelessly alongside Sen. Bucco to increase funding for weed harvesting at Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

Senator Oroho has for years strongly advocated alongside Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) for increasing funding to preserve and maintain the lake.

“Lake Hopatcong is one of New Jersey’s most treasured natural resources and a key source of economic revenue,” Senator Oroho said. “The simplest way to protect the long term viability of the lake is to harvest the weeds, on time, each and every year. Unfortunately, state aid has consistently fallen short and as a result, conditions are more dire than ever.”

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