New Jersey's 24th Legislative District

Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Legislature Must Act to Provide Clarity on Affordable Housing

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Leaving Important Policy Determinations to Supreme Court Will Likely Hurt Taxpayers & Communities

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said that it is imperative for the Legislature to provide clarity on affordable housing policy before the New Jersey Supreme Court rules on so-called “gap period” obligations for municipalities.

Sen. Steven Oroho called for the Legislature to clarify the state’s affordable housing policy, warning that New Jersey’s courts have a bad history of wasting billions of taxpayer dollars when important policy-making decisions are left in their hands. (©iStock)

“Absent clear guidance from the Legislature, the Supreme Court may rule that municipalities across New Jersey have a retroactive obligation to build hundreds of thousands on new units of affordable housing,” said Oroho. “While we believe such a ruling would conflict with prior legislative intent, the fact that this matter has reached our state’s highest court demonstrates the need for the Legislature to act quickly.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (12/5): Pennacchio/Oroho News Conference with NJ Right to Life on “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

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Will Be Joined by Doctors, Legislators to Discuss Bill Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) will hold a news conference on Monday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3 of the State House Annex to discuss the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Steve Oroho will be joined by NJRTL and medical professionals at a news conference on 12/5 to discuss the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

They will be joined by New Jersey Right to Life, medical professionals and other legislators to discuss the legislation, S-2026.

WHO: Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life; Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26); Senator Steve Oroho (R-24); Senator Mike Doherty (R-23); Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-12); Dr. Kyle Beiter, Central Jersey Ob/Gyn; Dr. Randy Knob, Retired General Surgeon; and Rev. Michael Fragoso, Retired Pediatrician.

WHAT: News conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

WHEN: Monday, December 5th at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Committee Room 3 in the State House Annex.

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Oroho/Van Drew Introduce Measure to Reinstate Death Penalty for Heinous Murders

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) and Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland) introduced legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for the most heinous acts of murder.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Jeff Van Drew introduced legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for the most heinous acts of murder. (Flickr)

The bill specifically references five acts that law enforcement and juries can consider the death penalty as an appropriate punishment: (1) the death of a law enforcement or corrections officer while on official duty; (2) the murder of a juvenile under the age of 18 during the commission of a sex crime; (3) death by an act of terrorism; (4) the perpetrator had been convicted of a murder previously; and (5) serial killers.

“These murderous acts are some of the most heinous crimes against humanity that society confronts,” said Senator Oroho.  “Victims’ families and the general public should know that such malicious, depraved behavior can be punishable to the same severity with which the criminals perpetrated their vile acts.”

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Oroho Bill to Keep State’s BEIP Obligations to Insurance Companies Heads to Governor

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to allow insurance companies that were due to receive grants under the state’s Business employment Incentive Program to receive refunds for their unused tax credits was passed by the New Jersey Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation allowing insurance businesses that were due to receive BEIP grants to receive refunds for unused tax credits is headed to the Governor’s desk. (Wikimedia Commons)

“These businesses signed agreements with the state under BEIP to move or expand here with the understanding that they would receive those grants,” Senator Oroho said. “We’ve already passed legislation that allows them to convert their grants into tax credits, but this gives insurance companies the same opportunities that other businesses have to get a refund on those credits.”

Earlier this year, Senator Oroho’s S-3232 was signed into to law to allow a business that was due to receive a grant under BEIP to direct the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to convert the grant to a refundable tax credit against its corporate, gross income, or insurance premium tax liability. The bill allowed a business that does not pay corporate business taxes to apply to the authority for a tax credit transfer certificate that could be sold to another business.

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Oroho Bill to Eliminate Unfair Taxes Imposed on NJ Manufacturers Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Steven Oroho’s bill to protect box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees by modifying the definition of “litter generating products” under the Clean Communities Program Act to exclude corrugated containers.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bill would protect box manufacturers from paying unfair user fees falsely classifying the containers they sell as litter-generating products. (©iStock)

Corrugated containers are fiberboard boxes often used for shipping merchandise, or as pop-up product displays in grocery and retail stores. 47 percent of all corrugated containers are made of recyclable materials. More than 92 percent are recovered and reprocessed into fresh packaging by the very manufacturers who initially sold the products.

“New Jersey box manufacturers are generating local jobs and economic revenue – not litter,” Senator Oroho (R-24) said. “Virtually every corrugated container manufacturer in New Jersey operates in another state as well. Failing to correct this oversight in tax law will put the positive impact they have had on protecting our environment and stimulating the state’s economy at risk.”

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Oroho Bill to Strengthen State’s Public Pension Systems Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to strengthen New Jersey’s public employee pension systems was advanced by the New Jersey Senate in a 35-0 vote.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation would strengthen New Jersey’s public employee pension systems by requiring the State to make quarterly pension payments. (SenateNJ.com)

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

“The quicker we get the state’s pension contribution invested in the markets, the sooner we start earning a return,” said Oroho. “Making quarterly pension payments won’t cost the State more money, but it could provide the opportunity to earn an additional $100 to $200 million per year from our contribution and reduce our pension systems’ unfunded liability.”

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Oroho Bill to Streamline Workers’ Compensation Claims Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to speed up the processing of workers’ compensation claims was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation to streamline the processing of workers’ compensation claims was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (©iStock.com)

“By standardizing procedures and setting a hard deadline, we can streamline this process for everyone involved,” Senator Oroho said. “This will ensure no money is tied up for too long, whether it’s the party making the claim or the one paying it out.”

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Senate Approves Bipartisan Bill Package To Improve Crime Victim Protections

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The Senate approved a four-bill package sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Senator Steven Oroho, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Senator Brian Stack, Senator Shirley K. Turner to strengthen crime victims’ rights laws in New Jersey. The passage of the legislation took place as the Senate marked the 25th Anniversary of enactment of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment to the state Constitution, which cemented the right of crime victims to be treated fairly and their ability to be present at certain court proceedings.

Sen. Kip Bateman was joined by Richard Pompelio of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center for the Senate session on Nov. 14, 2016. Pompelio was honored for his decades of work to protect crime victims and joined Bateman to watch the Senate’s passage of new protections. (SenateNJ.com)

“We can do much more to support survivors as they work to rebuild, recover and seek out the justice they deserve. This legislation will end discriminatory practices that have long prevented crime victims from securing housing and stable employment, and provide opportunities for survivors of any age to confront their abusers without fear,” said Bateman. “We must remain vigilant in our efforts to uphold and expand the strong laws we have in place to protect victims of violent crime. I am proud to have worked on a bipartisan basis with my colleague Senator Weinberg to advance these compassionate, commonsense measures and I hope to see all three bills signed into law as swiftly as possible.”

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Senate 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

The New Jersey Senate has passed 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.

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. “However, many reputable small businesses have been negatively impacted because of the inflexibility of the 30-day time period. This bill will ensure business have the ability to be competitive following the end of an emergency declaration, while still protecting consumers from price gouging tactics that threaten their welfare and safety.”

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Senate Passes 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 was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to protect veterans from discrimination was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (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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