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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & DiMaio Respond to Gov. Murphy’s Extreme $5 Million Grant Program for Abortions

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio criticized the Murphy Administration for another extreme abortion proposal that would spend millions in taxpayer funds to allow non-doctors to become abortion providers in New Jersey.

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio criticized the Murphy Administration for another extreme abortion proposal that would spend millions in taxpayer funds to allow non-doctors to become abortion providers in New Jersey. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy wants to use taxpayer dollars to push extreme policies that fund abortion without limits right up until the moment of birth,” said Oroho (R-24). “Now he’s spending millions to set up non-doctors to be abortion providers. There are better ways to help women than to put their health in jeopardy by paying for them to get medically invasive abortions by people without full medical training.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi
Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Oroho/Pennacchio/Schepisi: State Board of Education Should Focus More on Learning Loss, Less on Identity Politics

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Gender Identity on State Board’s Agenda Again with New Proposal Impacting Sex Ed Classes

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho, Senator Joe Pennacchio, and Senator Holly Schepisi said the State Board of Education should focus more on addressing pandemic-related learning loss and less on identity politics in response to the Board’s newly released agenda for its December meeting. The Board also should be more transparent and accessible, the senators said.

Sen. Steven Oroho, Sen. Joe Pennacchio, and Sen. Holly Schepisi said the State Board of Education should focus more on addressing pandemic-related learning loss and less on identity politics. (Flickr)

“It’s shocking that the State Board of Education remains focused on identity politics when we know New Jersey students are far behind where they should be due to pandemic-related learning loss,” said Oroho (R-24). “Instead of coming up with a plan to help students get caught up, the State Board continues its march to infuse gender identity and progressive politics into every aspect of our children’s education. They should put as much effort into helping students get better at reading, writing, and math.”

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Oroho Bill Freeing Raw Honey from Cottage Food Regulations Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would exempt raw, unprocessed honey from Department of Health cottage food regulations was signed into law.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho that would exempt raw, unprocessed honey from Department of Health cottage food regulations was signed into law. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased that Acting Governor Scutari signed this bill into law. For far too long, beekeepers have been subject to unnecessary government red tape that prevents them from easily distributing fresh, unprocessed honey,” said Oroho (R-24). “This legislation will exempt raw honey from these needless Department of Health regulations so that beekeepers and farmers can get their product to the public in an efficient manner.”

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Senator Jean Stanfield
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Oroho/Stanfield: State Board of Education Must Stop Hiding Behind Pandemic to Deny Parents Access to Important Meetings

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Senate Republicans Call for State Board to Resume Meeting In Person and Allow Public Attendance, Comments

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senator Jean Stanfield blasted the State Board of Education for continuing to deny the public direct access to its meetings under the guise of “ongoing public health concerns.”

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senator Jean Stanfield blasted the State Board of Education for continuing to deny the public direct access to its meetings under the guise of ‘ongoing public health concerns.’ (©iStock)

“While the Legislature, local boards of education, and town councils are all back to regular in-person meetings without issue, the State Board of Education continues to use the pandemic as an excuse to meet virtually and limit public access,” said Oroho (R-24). “Parents want and deserve the opportunity to attend and participate in State Board of Education meetings where controversial policies that impact every student across New Jersey are considered and adopted. The only reason for the State Board to keep meeting virtually is to prevent parents from having a strong voice in the process.”

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Panel Advances Oroho Measure Easing Burden on Small Towns

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would make it easier for small municipalities to fill seats on government boards passed the Senate Community and Affairs Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would make it easier for small municipalities to fill seats on government boards passed the Senate Community and Affairs Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

By law, every municipality is required to have a board of health. New Jersey towns with 20,000 residents or less are permitted by law to fill the board with members of the township committee.

“It can be difficult, if not impossible, for small towns to come up with enough volunteers to sit on the board,” said Oroho (R-24). “This legislation (S-652) builds on a sensible and efficient solution that has worked in the State’s smallest towns  and expands the law to include municipalities with populations of 30,000 or less.”

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Endorsed by Senate, Oroho Bill Would Hold Reckless Absentee Landlords Responsible

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Absentee landlords of trouble-plagued rooming and board houses would be held accountable under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and advanced today by the Senate.

Absentee landlords of trouble-plagued rooming and board houses would be held accountable under legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho and advanced today by the Senate. (©iStock)

The bipartisan measure, S-648, would revise the definition of “landlord” to include rooming and boarding house owners and operators with regard to ordinances holding landlords to certain standards of responsibility.

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District 24 Lawmakers Commend Decision to Reinstate Bear Hunt

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-24) commended the decision to reinstate New Jersey’s bear hunt and expressed appreciation to Governor Murphy for his willingness to follow the wildlife experts.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space and Hal Wirths commended the decision to reinstate New Jersey’s bear hunt and expressed appreciation to Gov. Murphy for his willingness to follow the wildlife experts. (YouTube)

“Hunting is an important part of the comprehensive set of practices that the state employs to manage the black bear population and minimize danger to people and property,” said Senator Oroho. “By his executive action to allow the bear hunt to recommence, I believe the Governor is recognizing this fact and I applaud his actions. Going forward, I hope the Administration will continue to follow the data and allow the wildlife conservation experts—who best understand the issue—to guide New Jersey’s bear management policies.”

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Oroho Bill that Would Increase Financial Transparency Clears Committee

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New Jerseyans may soon have access to a user-friendly, plain language report that summarizes the contents of the New Jersey Annual Financial Report thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and approved today by the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

New Jerseyans may soon have access to a user-friendly report that summarizes the contents of the NJ Annual Financial Report thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho and approved today by committee. (Pixabay)

“For far too long, New Jersey’s annual financial reports have been written by technocrats who pay little attention to the wonky, often obscure, financial language that comprises their assessments,” said Oroho (R-24). “This legislation will increase transparency and build public trust by allowing New Jerseyans to read, in layman’s terms, the financial status of the state, and to see exactly where their hard earned tax dollars are going.”

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Panel Passes Oroho/Madden Bill Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Extortion

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Fred Madden (D-4) that would establish the crime of sexual extortion to fight a growing trend frequently victimizing minors was advanced today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) that would establish the crime of sexual extortion to fight a growing trend frequently victimizing minors was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Pixabay)

Law enforcement agencies have cited an alarming increase in reports of sexual extortion, or sextortion, which often victimizes teenagers and children who are targeted by adults online.

“This despicable conduct cannot be tolerated,” said Oroho (R-24). “This is cyber bullying at the highest level, and the young victims deserve the support and protection offered by this bill.

“It is time to empower the legal system to identify, convict and punish the perpetrators with a law that fits the crime.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
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Republican Budget Members Call Out Treasurer for Lack of Transparency on State’s Health Insurance Plans

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee criticized the State Treasurer today for not responding to nine pages of budget questions, and requests for data, about the State’s health insurance plans for public employees submitted seven months ago.

Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called out the State Treasurer for not responding to nine pages of budget questions about the State’s health insurance plans for public employees submitted seven months ago. (©iStock)

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho, Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon, Senator Sam Thompson, and Senator Michael Testa again requested that Treasurer Muoio finally admit her lack of transparency and failure to ever provide responsive answers to routine budget questions and requests for data that are answered every year (except this one) as part of the budget process.

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