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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

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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Advanced: 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 advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Oroho’s bill to encourage shared services agreements between local governments and military bases was advanced by Senate panel. (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 to Fight Hunger Passes Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to fight hunger by providing a tax credit to farmers that donate produce to food banks was advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to help fight hunger was advanced by a Senate committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“After a harvest, commercial farmers regularly end up with a surplus of crops that have some kind of cosmetic defect that makes it unmarketable but are still perfectly good to eat,” Senator Oroho said. “We want to encourage these farmers to donate these extra crops to people in need, rather than just let them go to waste.”

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Oroho Resolution to Raise Awareness About Childhood Cancer Passes Assembly Committee

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A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to promote education and awareness about childhood cancer is one step closer to final passage after it was advanced by the Assembly Health Committee.

The Da Silva family. (Patricia Da Silva)

The resolution was inspired by Nicholas Da Silva, a Hardyston resident who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma when he was just 5 years old. In the two years since his cancer has gone into remission, he has worked to help other children with the disease. Along with the other members of his family, Nicholas has raised money to help other kids through donations to the Valerie Fund and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

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Oroho Bill to Remove Red Tape from Pharmaceutical Industry Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to make the registration process easier for pharmaceutical companies is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The measure came out of the New Jersey Red Tape Review Commission.

Sen. Oroho’s bill to cut red tape away from New Jersey’s pharmaceutical industry was signed into law. (©iStock)

“The seemingly never ending list of regulations and rules has handcuffed business in this state for far too long,” Senator Oroho said. “Six years after it was created, the Red Tape Review Commission is still finding ways to cut back the bureaucracy and make it easier for entrepreneurs and job creators to grow their businesses in the state. This law will reduce the time it takes for drug companies to set up shop in New Jersey.”

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Pennacchio/Oroho Fight for Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steven Oroho were today joined by medical professionals and New Jersey Right to Life at a press conference calling on the legislature to pass their “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Sen. Joe Pennacchio speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026 on December 5, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

The Senators’ bill, S-2026, prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. Medical studies have shown unborn children can feel pain in the womb at least by 20 weeks, if not before.

“This is the time of year when we reflect on how to protect the most vulnerable members of society,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “That is why we chose today to call on those who control the legislative agenda to stand up for the rights of innocent unborn children. For who is more vulnerable than a baby who can feel pain in the womb, but cannot cry out for help? It is time for our leaders to listen to these children’s silent screams and immediately pass our Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

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