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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Cut Red Tape with Government Efficiency Commission Advances to Governor’s Desk

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Measure Would Prompt Review of all Proposed and Adopted Rules and Regulations

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Paul Sarlo that would establish the Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission was cleared by the Senate and now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would cut red tape, improve government efficiency and reduce damaging regulations in the state now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, A-4810/S-441, would improve government efficiency and reduce damaging regulations in the state.

“With the commission’s help, we can ease the impact of restrictive government regulation in the state, something that is desperately needed and long overdue,” said Oroho (R-24). “The overwhelming glut of onerous laws and rules are responsible for our State’s reputation as unfriendly to business. By targeting and eliminating the most damaging examples of counter-productive bureaucratic overreach, we can rebuild our competitive edge and restore New Jersey’s position as an economic powerhouse.”

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Senate Advances Oroho Measure Establishing Online Permit Processing Review System

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Bill Advances to Governor’s Desk for Consideration

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would modernize the complex construction permitting and inspection process was approved by the Senate today and moves to the Governor’s desk.

The complex construction permitting and inspection process would be modernized under legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s bill, A-1145/S-1739, establishes the Electronic Permit Processing Review System, a digital solution that would be available around the clock to accept requests and provide details about projects.

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Oroho Praises Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Help Small Businesses & Nonprofits

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Calls for General Assembly & Gov. Murphy to Support New Legislation

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) praised the introduction of bipartisan legislation today that would provide the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) with $300 million to fund emergency grants and loans for small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19.

Sen. Steven Oroho praised the introduction of bipartisan legislation providing the NJEDA with $300 million to fund emergency grants and loans for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“The small businesses that line our Main Streets and the nonprofits that serve our communities are struggling to survive, which is why Senate Republicans have been fighting for a substantial expansion of assistance programs for months,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “With State revenues almost certain to beat expectations this year and the likelihood New Jersey will receive billions more in the next federal relief package, there’s no legitimate argument that we can’t afford this legislation.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths: Bill Signing Gives Hope to Struggling Food & Drink Establishments

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths welcomed a new law expanding opportunities for restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries to provide outdoor dining to customers.

Sen. Steve Oroho, Asm. Parker Space and Asm. Hal Wirths welcomed a new law expanding opportunities for restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries that have been hard-hit by the pandemic. (FB/Morristown Partnership)

“This is finally a little bit of good news for businesses that have endured almost a full year of misery from the threat of the coronavirus and the oppressive lockdowns and restrictions intended to prevent its spread,” said Oroho. “In their struggle to survive, many of these small employers made significant investments to serve customers outdoors, and this new law will allow them to recover the money they spent and generate additional revenue. Once again, they will be able to use the outdoor heaters, tents, lights and other equipment they had to remove months ago. It is a step in the right direction.”

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Senate Advances Oroho-Smith Bill to Provide Relief to Businesses that Fortified Buildings Against COVID-19

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In an effort to provide relief to businesses that made structural improvements to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Senate today advanced legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Bob Smith, which would establish a gross income tax credit for certain improvements made on nonresidential buildings during the tax years of 2020, 2021 and 2022.

To provide relief to businesses that made structural improvements to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Senate advanced legislation, sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Bob Smith, which would establish a gross income tax credit for certain improvements made on nonresidential buildings. (Pixabay)

“Owners are not likely to commit to these beneficial projects without some encouragement,” said Senator Oroho (R-Morris/Sussex/Warren). “The temporary credits in this bill will make it more appealing to do the right thing to keep people safe during the pandemic.”

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Senate-Approved Oroho/Singleton Bill Could Bring High Speed Internet to Rural and Low-Income Communities

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Bipartisan legislation approved today by the Senate would help pave the way for high-speed broadband internet access to forgotten areas across the state.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Troy Singleton sponsor bipartisan legislation that would provide help to communities across the state that lack access to high speed internet. (Pixabay)

Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Troy Singleton sponsor the bill, S-2864, which would establish the Broadband Access Study Commission to evaluate the feasibility of establishing community networks to deliver state-of-the-art internet speeds to the public.

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Senate Advances Oroho/Greenstein Bill Requiring Notation on Automobile Registration Indicating Driver’s Hearing Impairment Advances

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The Legislation Will Increase Safety for Deaf Drivers and Police Officers

The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Linda Greenstein that would add a notation on vehicle registration certificate indicating the registrant is deaf.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho would require a notation on a vehicle’s registration certificate indicating the registrant is deaf to help eliminate confusion and tension during an interaction with the police. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, (S-1740), would help eliminate possible confusion and tension when a deaf motorist is pulled over by police for a traffic violation.

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Oroho/Smith Bill to Provide Relief to Businesses that Fortified Buildings Against COVID-19 Advances

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In an effort to provide relief to businesses that made structural improvements to reduce the spread of COVID-19, legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Bob Smith would establish a gross income tax credit for certain improvements made on nonresidential buildings during the tax years of 2020, 2021 and 2022. The bill was released from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

Sen. Steve Oroho sponsors bipartisan legislation to provide gross income tax credits for the owners of nonresidential buildings who invest in projects to combat the spread of COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“Owners are not likely to commit to these beneficial projects without some encouragement,” said Senator Oroho (R-Morris/Sussex/Warren). “The temporary credits in this bill will make it more appealing to do the right thing to keep people safe during the pandemic.”

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Bipartisan Bill Requiring Notation on Automobile Registration Indicating Driver’s Hearing Impairment Advances

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Oroho/Greenstein Measure Would Help Improve Communication During a Car Stop or Emergency

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Linda Greenstein to help eliminate possible confusion and tension when a deaf motorist is pulled over by police for a traffic violation was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Linda Greenstein would require a notation on a vehicle’s registration certificate indicating the registrant is deaf to help eliminate confusion and tension during an interaction with the police. (Flickr)

“If a driver with a hearing issue has difficulty conversing with law enforcement, it can lead to a situation that is unpredictable and potentially dangerous,” said Oroho (R-24). “The last thing we want is the lack of communication to cause an escalation of tensions. We want to relieve stress for both the driver and the police, and this bill will accomplish that intention.”

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Pennacchio/Oroho Bill Closes the Lid on Unfair Treatment of Farmers Selling Baked Goods at Roadside Markets

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Farmers selling their own baked goods, pies by the slice, or other edible treats at farm markets will be able to wrap the food for sanitation purposes without weighing the goods and labeling it under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steve Oroho and advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Farmers selling their own baked goods at farm markets will be able to wrap the food for sanitation purposes without weighing the goods and labeling it under legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Steve Oroho. (Pixabay)

Under the law, S-283, bona fide farmers at a farm market are exempt from requirements to weigh and label articles of food provided the items are sold in open or uncovered containers.

“It is an unusual rule that makes even less sense during this pandemic, when people are super sensitive about preventing the spread of COVID and other viruses and pathogens,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It doesn’t make sense that you can walk into any pizza shop and order a slice to go and nobody has to weigh it and stamp it with a label. It’s even more puzzling to have a rule that encourages anybody to sell open-air food during an airborne virus emergency.”

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