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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls on Republican Legislators to Defend Trump

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Calling it “a moment of truth” for our party and its leadership, Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) called on every Republican legislator to unite in opposition to a Democrat move to “condemn” President Trump’s efforts to create greater scrutiny of those entering the United States from countries in which Islamic terrorists are harbored and sustained.

President Donald J. Trump (WhiteHouse.gov)

“There are those who have called this a ‘Muslim ban’ but that is more a term of propaganda than of fact,” said Oroho. “The seven countries targeted by President Donald Trump in his executive order on immigration were initially identified as ‘countries of concern’ under the Obama administration.”

Trump’s order bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure placing limited restrictions on certain travelers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011.

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Oroho/Doherty/Thompson Statement on First School Funding Hearing

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Senate Republicans Steven Oroho, Mike Doherty and Sam Thompson issued the following statement on the first meeting of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness. As committee members, the senators are working on a bipartisan basis to examine the state’s broken school funding system – a major component of New Jersey’s property tax crisis.

As members of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness, Sens. Steven Oroho, Mike Doherty and Sam Thompson will work on a bipartisan basis to fix New Jersey’s broken school funding system. (©iStock)

“This committee to examine school funding reform was created on a bipartisan basis, and I am encouraged by the fact that we seem to share a common goal,” Senator Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset) said. I’ve had a constitutional amendment in since 2011 to make school funding as equitable as possible. I’ve been in this fight to restore fairness to school funding and provide property tax relief to residents for years. Our taxpayers and our children deserve no less.”

“Our flawed school funding formula creates inequities that hurt students and taxpayers alike,” Senator Steven Oroho (R–Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “I am hopeful that this committee will not limit itself to making slight adjustments to the current formula or just look to throw more money at the problem when we already spend near the top nationally in state aid per pupil. We simply cannot address high property taxes without enacting more comprehensive school funding reform.”

“Finding solutions to fix New Jersey’s inequitable school aid formula is critical to easing the property tax burden for our residents, especially those who reside in one of the many woefully underfunded school districts in suburban and rural communities throughout the state,” Senator Thompson (R-Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington) said. “I am committed to working diligently with my fellow committee members to finally deliver long-awaited and much needed school funding reform.”

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Oroho, Space Lead Fight to End Human Trafficking of Children

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New Jersey is one of the lead states to propose the Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation Prevention Act. More than 30 other states are joining the effort.

Senator Steve Oroho proposed the bill in the Senate (S-2928) and Assemblyman Parker Space — with Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz, Betty Lou DeCroce, and Amy Handlin — proposed it in the Assembly (A-4503). More co-sponsors are expected in both chambers.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Parker Space are leading an effort to end human trafficking of children by requiring Internet-connected devices to have digital blocking capability. (©iStock)

“The commercial sexual exploitation of children is a global problem that is happening in communities across New Jersey,” said Senator Oroho. “The commercial sex industry targets children regardless of their gender.”

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Oroho & Space: Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Housing Will Cost Property Taxpayers

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said that today’s ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court addressing how municipalities must account for so-called “gap period” affordable housing requirements is further legislating from the bench that will cost property taxpayers dearly if towns are mandated to comply.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space said the N.J. Supreme Court’s affordable housing ruling is legislating from the bench that will cost property taxpayers. (©iStock)

“Towns will be forced to conduct expensive new studies and analyses as a result of today’s ruling, and likely will end up in litigation once again,” said Oroho. “Property taxpayers will continue to pay the price for an activist Court’s repeated attempts to effectuate a flawed social policy.”

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Oroho to Serve on Special Committee on School Funding

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Says School Funding Reform Critical to Addressing Property Tax Crisis

Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) has been appointed to serve on a select committee created by the New Jersey Senate to examine the state’s broken school funding system that is a major component of New Jersey’s property tax crisis.

Sen. Steven Oroho said that reforming our state’s broken school funding system is critical to addressing New Jersey’s property tax crisis. (SenateNJ.com)

“There’s little dispute that our state’s unfair distribution of state school aid has led to New Jersey having the highest property taxes in the nation,” said Oroho. “Rural regions like ours often end up paying the price for huge disparities in aid that leave us subsidizing others and paying more in local property taxes. I’m glad to have the opportunity to serve on the committee to fight for a fair school funding formula.”

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Varsity Letter Bill Co-Sponsored by Oroho Passed by Senate Committee

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Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students that participate in competitive activities other than athletics was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to expand opportunities for students to earn varsity letters was passed by a senate committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Students who are part of science or music clubs take so much pride in competing for their school,” Senator Oroho said. “It’s time that our high schools recognize these hard-working kids and their important contributions to school spirit.”

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Oroho Bill to Speed Up CDL License Process One Step Closer to Becoming Law

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Bill establishes a pilot program that will allow three third-party vendors to administer the test required to obtain a commercial driver license.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to speed up the process of getting a commercial driver license by using private third-party vendors to administer the test is one step closer to becoming law after it was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation reduces wait times for CDL tests by establishing a pilot program to allow third-party vendors to administer the test. (Flickr)

“Companies are always looking to hire new drivers, but because we have trouble keeping up with that demand because of the long wait to get a CDL,” Senator Oroho said. “When you factor in things like the need for school bus drivers, there are a decent amount of jobs waiting to be had. We just need speed up the process of getting a CDL so we can train enough people to fill those positions.”

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Assembly Passes Oroho Bill to Amend Price-Gouging Protections to Safeguard Consumers, Support Businesses

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Legislation would put price-gouging protections in place for 30 days after a declaration of state of emergency, unless extended by the governor

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to protect consumers from price gouging during a natural disaster and support small businesses following a state of emergency declaration is one step closer to becoming law after it was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly.

People waiting in long lines for gasoline on November 2, 2012, following Superstorm Sandy. (Wikimedia)

“The protections we put in place will deter businesses from taking advantage of consumers during a natural disaster by spiking prices for necessities, such as gasoline and groceries,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “This bill will ensure business won’t be put at a disadvantage because of the inflexibility of the current protocol, and still protect consumers from price gouging tactics that threaten their welfare and safety.”

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Passed: Oroho Bill to Encourage Military Base, Local Government Shared Services

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Warren, Morris) to encourage cost-saving shared services agreements between New Jersey’s military installations and neighboring governments was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Oroho’s bill will allow military bases to enter into shared services agreements with neighboring towns. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“Forging a strong bond between municipalities and adjacent military bases is so important,” Senator Oroho said. “With this measure, these entities can save a lot of money by working together on things like redevelopment, brownfield remediation and infrastructure expansion.”

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Oroho Bill Strengthening Public Pension Systems Signed Into Law

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Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation to strengthen New Jersey’s public employee pension systems was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to require the state to make quarterly pension payments was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Pixabay)

The measure, S-2810, requires the State to pay its annual pension contribution on a quarterly basis.

“We worked on a bipartisan basis to enact this legislation that will help shore up our underfunded pension systems without asking more from taxpayers,” said Oroho. “This legislation provides the opportunity to earn an additional $100 to $200 million per year by getting portions of our pension contribution invested in the markets sooner.”

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