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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Oroho Bill Establishing Zero Tolerance for Huffing and Driving

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, is now one step closer to becoming law after being passed today by the full Senate.

The bill, S2064, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who was killed in a car crash on Aug. 10, 2007 by a driver who police alleged was under the influence of inhalants.

“Kimberly’s death was an avoidable tragedy that no family should have to endure,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Huffing is extremely debilitating and getting behind the wheel while under the influence of any amount of illegal inhalants is inexcusable. This zero tolerance policy gives law enforcement the teeth needed to prosecute those reckless enough to huff and drive and hopefully will keep another family from suffering this same unimaginable pain.”

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Oroho, Sarlo Measure to Support Donations to Veterans Cemetery in North Jersey Advanced

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Paul Sarlo to facilitate charitable contributions for the development of northern New Jersey’s first veterans cemetery was advanced today by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

The Senators’ bipartisan measure, S2639, would give taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support the development and operation of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The planned 66-acre parcel in Sussex County would be the first veterans cemetery in the northern part of the state.

“Providing a final resting place near family and friends is the least we can do to honor those that have sacrificed so much to fight to protect the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris). “This cemetery will be a fitting final tribute to the thousands of North Jersey veterans and a comfort to their families. Hopefully, by adding this option to the tax return more of those with the means to give to this worthy project will do so.”

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Bucco, Oroho Measure to Let Charter, Vo-Tech, Home-Schooled Students Play Public School Sports Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho requiring school districts to allow qualified charter, vocational and home-schooled students the chance to participate in district sports programs was advanced today by the Senate Education Committee. Currently, local school districts have varying policies on the matter.

“Children, regardless of ZIP code or school choice, should have equal opportunities to participate in publicly funded school athletics,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “This is a fairness issue that families in my district, Senator Oroho’s district and others across the state are trying to overcome. This legislation provides a common-sense solution.”

“School sports are an important and transformative part of many students’ lives,” said Oroho (Sussex, Warren, Morris). “The valuable life lessons, like the importance of teamwork, sacrifice and dedication, that I learned on my high school’s football field still have an impact to this day and are the same ones I passed on to students as a coach. This bill gives more children, and their parents who pay the same taxes as everyone else, that same opportunity to receive the many benefits of belonging to a team.”

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Oroho Bill Establishing Zero Tolerance for Huffing and Driving Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, was advanced today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The bill, S2064, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who was killed in a car crash on Aug. 10, 2007 by a driver initially suspected by law enforcement of driving under the influence of inhalants.

“Kimmie’s Law should put drivers on notice that there will be zero-tolerance towards this type of irresponsible, reckless behavior,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “No family should have to deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one because of the selfish action of a driver who got behind the wheel while high. This bill now makes it clear that huffing and driving won’t be tolerated at any level.

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Oroho, McHose & Space Recognized as “Taxpayer Champions”

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District 24 Legislators Earn Designation from New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance

Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, announced today they were recognized as “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA).

“Standing up for taxpayers in New Jersey is job number one for Alison, Parker, and me,” said Oroho, who serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “We are continuing our mission to make New Jersey more competitive to bring in new businesses and private sector jobs and it starts with making sure our tax policies are attractive.”

This is the third report card which the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance is rating Members of the Legislature. They looked at seven key tax and regulatory votes in both the Senate and Assembly. Oroho, McHose, and Space each scored a perfect score of 100. Oroho and McHose, along with then Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all received perfect scores of 100 in 2009 and 2011.

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Oroho, McHose & Space Laud Return to Solvency for UI Fund

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assembly members Parker Space and Alison Littell McHose, all R-Sussex, Warren and Morris, lauded today’s announcement by Gov. Christie that New Jersey’s state’s unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund will return to solvency by the end of next week.

The District 24 legislators are sponsors of legislation which was signed into law this year that helped with the turnaround. All three are sponsors of S-2404, which eliminated the 10 percent surcharge on employer unemployment taxes during Fiscal Year 2014. Space is a primary sponsor of S-2738 that assesses a penalty against an individual who fraudulently obtains unemployment benefits at 25 percent of the amount obtained by deception.

“Returning the UI fund to solvency is excellent news for New Jersey,” said Oroho. “Making that happen as quickly as the administration did is outstanding and no doubt will aid our state’s continued economic recovery.”

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Oroho, Space & McHose “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act” Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Assembly Members Parker Space and Alison Littell McHose, all R-Sussex, Warren and Morris, that creates a pilot shared services program in Camden, Morris, Ocean, Sussex and Warren counties, was signed into law by Gov. Christie today.

“This measure gives municipalities another means to share services, which will in turn reduce costs and the burden on taxpayers,” said Oroho. “Local spending can be significantly reduced when towns have the ability to share services.”

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Oroho, McHose & Space Take Part in National Manufacturing Day in Warren County

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As part of nationwide events marking National Manufacturing Day, State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space (all R – Sussex, Warren, Morris) toured the James Alexander Corporation’s plant in Frelinghuysen Township with the company’s Vice President Dave Robinson, Carol Gamsby, their Director of Sales, and Eric Aerts, Account Manager with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program.

From left to right: Carol Gamsby, Director of Sales, James Alexander Corp.; Assemblyman Parker Space; Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose; Senator Steve Oroho; David Robinson, Vice President, James Alexander.

“New Jersey is still a hot bed for manufacturing, especially in the high-tech and specialized industries,” said Oroho. “We have the location and the skilled workers employers desire, and with the policy changes we have made in the last four years, we are becoming more competitive.”

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Oroho: Economic Opportunity Act Enhances Business Growth, Job Creation

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Highlands Growth Areas Qualify For Business Incentives

Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Chris Christie’s signing today of the bipartisan Economic Opportunity Act will enhance New Jersey’s financial incentive programs for business development and job creation across the state.

“This act streamlines the state’s business incentive programs enhancing the opportunity for companies across the state to take advantage of tax breaks and job creation programs, and increasing New Jersey’s ability to induce new capital investment and grow jobs,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Attracting new businesses, adding jobs throughout the state and retaining companies already invested in our communities are all paramount to sustaining New Jersey’s economic recovery.”

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Kean, Pennacchio, Bucco, Oroho Statement on Senate Passage of Measure Designating “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway”

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Senators Tom Kean Jr., Joe Pennacchio, Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho stated the following regarding today’s advancement of legislation they sponsor to rename State Highway Route 53 after the late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce:

“Alex DeCroce is eternally missed in the halls of Trenton, as well as his district,” said Republican Leader Kean (R-Union, Morris). “We miss his wit, his charm and his passion for improving New Jersey. He was an extraordinary leader to work with and we would not have been able to accomplish such significant achievements for our constituents without his deeply devoted service.”

“Alex DeCroce was one our state’s greatest leaders, a loving husband, father, grandfather and true friend,” added Pennacchio (R-Morris). “We miss him every day in the 26th district. Renaming this highway after a man whose years of dedicated service left an indelible imprint on the communities of Morris County is a true and fitting tribute.”

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