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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho/Space/Wirths to Propose Legislation to Investigate Origins of COVID Pandemic

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In response to the growing scientific consensus that the COVID-19 pandemic began in a research laboratory in Wuhan, China, District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths will propose a resolution that puts the New Jersey Legislature on record in a formal request that Congress conduct a thorough and transparent investigation to determine the origins of the COVID pandemic.

In response to the growing scientific consensus that the COVID-19 pandemic began in a research laboratory in Wuhan, China, Senator Oroho, Assemblyman Space, and Assemblyman Wirths will propose a resolution that puts the New Jersey Legislature on record requesting Congress to conduct an investigation to determine the origins of the COVID pandemic. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The incredible loss of life and the global economy-crushing impact of the pandemic demands nothing less than an exhaustive investigation,” Senator Oroho said. “The theory the pandemic originated in a Chinese lab, once dismissed as conspiracy, is now gaining credibility with scientists and researchers around the globe. To take appropriate steps to preclude a more viral or deadly outbreak in the future, it is imperative to positively identify the virus’ origin. Every possible explanation should be considered, and the viral research lab in Wuhan is a logical starting point.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Again Reiterates Call For Governor To End All COVID Restrictions Now

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) is again calling on Governor Murphy to immediately lift all COVID-19 restrictions, including the mask mandate for kids in schools, daycare centers, and summer camps, because they are not supported by any available scientific data.

Sen. Steve Oroho is again calling on Gov. Murphy to immediately lift all COVID-19 restrictions, including the mask mandate for kids in schools, daycare centers, and summer camps, because they are not supported by scientific data. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy’s piecemeal approach to lifting COVID restrictions needs to end,” said Oroho (R-24). “More than four million New Jerseyans have been vaccinated, new cases continue to decline, and the rate of transmission remains at an all-time low. It’s time for the Governor to stop playing these games and just lift all of the restrictions right now.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls on Murphy to Lift Restrictions and Let Residents Make Their Own Decisions

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“What are we waiting for?” asked Senator Steve Oroho after Governor Murphy announced plans to lift more COVID restrictions by the end of the week.

After living for more than a year under Gov. Murphy’s strict pandemic rules, Senator Steve Oroho said it is time to ‘open everything up.’ (Pixabay)

“Why do we continue to play these games? After a full year of being told what to do, New Jerseyans deserve better. It’s time to rip the Band-Aid off and open everything up,” said Oroho. “Let’s do it!”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
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Bipartisan Motor Vehicle Safety Bill Advances

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In an effort to maintain safe New Jersey roadways, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee today advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Patrick Diegnan, Anthony M. Bucco, Steven Oroho and Nilsa Cruz-Perez that would impose certain safety requirements on motorists when overtaking pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Patrick Diegnan, Anthony M. Bucco, Steven Oroho and Nilsa Cruz-Perez that would impose certain safety requirements on motorists when overtaking pedestrians and bicyclists. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, and as a result, pedestrians face a greater risk of injury or death on our roads,” said Senator Bucco (R-Morris/Somerset). “We all know that pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists need to exercise caution when sharing our roadways, but more needs to be done to prevent fatalities. This legislation will provide additional protections for all New Jerseyans by requiring drivers to be more aware of their surroundings and to be more mindful of the responsibility they have behind the wheel.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Senator Sam Thompson
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State Treasurer’s Revelation Today Demonstrates Why Legislature Must Strip Murphy Administration of Power to Spend Federal Funds Immediately

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Murphy Administration Already Received $6.3 Billion in Federal Relief Funds, Didn’t Tell Anyone & Has No Plan to Use it Effectively

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee responded to the shocking revelation by Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio at today’s budget hearing that the Murphy Administration has already received $6.3 billion in federal relief funds, but failed to tell anyone.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee responded to the shocking revelation by Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio at a budget hearing that the Murphy Administration has already received $6.3 billion in federal relief funds, but failed to tell anyone. (Pixabay)

Both Republicans and Democrats on the Budget Committee expressed surprise that committee members were not notified of the receipt of federal relief funds through the ARP Act prior to today’s budget hearing.

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Senator Bob Singer
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Bipartisan Bill to Create Administrative Law Unit to Handle Special Education Cases Approved by Budget Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Robert Singer that would create a dedicated cadre of Administrative Law judges to handle special education cases cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Steven Oroho and Senator Robert Singer that would create a dedicated cadre of Administrative Law judges to handle special education cases cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“The unique challenges of educating students with special needs lead to disagreements between concerned parents and school districts that often end up in court,” said Senator Oroho (R-Morris/Sussex/Warren). “Long delays only add to the frustration and can interfere with the development and learning opportunities of children. The unit established within the Division of Administrative Law by this legislation would increase efficiency and help all parties by reaching more timely decisions and resolutions.”

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Oroho Says Democrats’ Legislation Ends Public Health Emergency in Name Only

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Senator Steven Oroho said a bill (A-5777) that Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have proclaimed would end the public health emergency in effect since last March would do so in name only.

Under legislation proposed by legislative Democrats, Governor Murphy would be given authorization to perpetuate executive orders and restrictions imposed during the public health emergency, including mask and social distancing mandates, until 2022. (New Jersey Office of the Governor/YouTube)

“Frankly, this legislation has to be some kind of joke,” said Oroho (R-24). “It ends the public health emergency in name only while allowing Governor Murphy to perpetuate until 2022 executive orders and unnecessary restrictions that should no longer be valid once the public health emergency has ended. Democrats shouldn’t try to fool people with this sleight of hand. We should end this nonsense immediately and rescind all of the overbearing executive orders as we’ve demanded for months.”

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Oroho: Revenue Update from Treasurer Shows How Severely Murphy Administration Misled on NJ’s Finances

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said today’s revenue update from New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio shows how severely the Murphy administration misled the public last fall on the state of New Jersey’s finances.

Sen. Steven Oroho said today’s revenue update from N.J. Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio shows how severely the Murphy administration misled the public last fall on the state of New Jersey’s finances. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy and Treasurer Muoio sold the New Jersey Supreme Court on a doom-and-gloom budget scenario last fall to gain approval for their unnecessary borrowing plan,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Today’s revenue update by the treasurer is more proof that the administration severely misled the public, legislators, and the courts about New Jersey’s finances.”

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Oroho to Murphy: ‘Spurning the Legislature During Pandemic Took a Toll on State Residents’

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After the Governor announced yet another extension of the public health emergency and his intention to end it this summer if the Legislature gives him what he wants, Senator Steve Oroho criticized Murphy for waiting too long.

The Governor announced yet another extension of the public health emergency and his intention to end it this summer. Senator Oroho said it should have been done a long time ago. (Pixabay)

“This could have been done a long time ago. There was no reason to drag this out like this,” said Oroho (R-24). “It’s time to bring this one-man rule to an end.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Supporting ‘FIRST’ Robotics Programs in School Districts Advances

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was approved by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

“All of the available data clearly shows that STEM fields are some of the fastest-growing in the country and will continue to be for some time,” said Oroho (R-24). “My legislation will put science, technology, engineering, and mathematics front and center in select New Jersey schools and inspire students to pursue education and career opportunities in those fields.”

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