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Senator Steven Oroho

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Committee Advances Oroho Legislation Simplifying Process of Adding a Veteran’s Status on Driver’s License

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho simplifying the process for veterans to receive a veteran designation on their driver’s license was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Sen. Oroho’s legislation would simplify the process for those with military service to add their their status as a veteran to their New Jersey driver’s license. (NJMVC)

Senator Oroho’s S-2508 would allow veterans to use their county-issued veteran ID card as proof of their status as a veteran when applying to the state Motor Vehicle Commission for a veteran designation on their license. Under the law, a county ID could only be used if the county that issued it required veterans to show their discharge papers in applying for the ID.

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Bateman, Oroho Reintroduce Legislation Reforming Affordable Housing Laws

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Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) announced today they have reintroduced legislation reforming the state’s affordable housing laws as result of the Council on Affordable Housing’s failure to adopt new rules.

The legislation is identical to a bipartisan COAH reform bill that the Senate passed with strong support in 2011 but was then severely amended by the Assembly and conditionally vetoed back to its original intent by Governor Christie. The legislation, S-2629, would eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing and create a common-sense affordable housing program giving municipalities far more control over how much housing they will build in the locations best suited for development.

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Senate Passes Oroho Legislation Ensuring Highlands Landowners Receive Fair Value

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to continue the special appraisal process for Green Acres and Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area was adopted by the full Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho would continue a special appraisal process for open space and farmland preservation programs to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the Highlands Act in 2004. Pictured is the Long Valley preservation area. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

The special appraisal process, which sunset June 30, 2014, is designed to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the 2004 Highlands Act that banned most development in the 860,000 acre area. The legislation, S1050, renews the appraisal process until 2019.

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Oroho Statement on Passing of Former Senator Robert Littell

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Senator Steven V. Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement on the passing of former Senator Robert Littell today. Senator Oroho succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District after Senator Littell retired after 40 years in the state Legislature which at the time placed him as the longest serving state legislator in New Jersey’s history:

“New Jersey lost a giant today. Senator Littell was universally respected because of his fairness and institutional knowledge, but most of all because he was a true gentleman. Even at the highest levels of state politics, he maintained his humble nature. He much preferred to be known simply as “Bob” as opposed to any political title. I considered him a good friend, neighbor and mentor. He leaves a lasting legacy on the state and most especially his beloved home county of Sussex.

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Oroho Legislation Ensuring Highlands Landowners Receive Fair Value Advanced

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The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to continue the special appraisal process for Green Acres & Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho would continue a special appraisal process for open space and farmland preservation programs to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the Highlands Act in 2004. Pictured is the Long Valley preservation area. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

The special appraisal process, which sunset June 30, 2014, is designed to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the 2004 Highlands Act that banned most development in the 860,000 acre area. The legislation, S1050, renews the appraisal process until 2019.

“It’s critical the special appraisal process be continued to ensure that property owners in the Highlands who wish to sell their land receive a fair value,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Preserving land is a worthy effort yet we also need to be equally concerned about protecting landowners whose property values dropped significantly when the 2004 Highlands Act regulations were put in place.”

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Senate Committee Approves “Kimmie’s Law” to Establish Zero Tolerance for Driving Under the Influence of Inhalants

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, has been approved the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

Kimberly Goupil died from injuries sustained in a car accident in which police alleged the driver was under the influence of inhalants. Kimmie’s Law, sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho, would make it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant.(Facebook)

The bill, S-358, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who died on August 11, 2007 from injuries sustained in a car crash a day earlier. Police alleged that the driver of the car in which she was riding was under the influence of inhalants.

“Kimberly’s death is a reminder that impairment caused by the inhalation of household chemicals can be just as dangerous for drivers as that caused by the consumption of alcohol or the use of illicit drugs,” said Oroho. “This legislation makes clear that we have zero tolerance for those who would abuse inhalants and get behind the wheel.”

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Oroho: Tax Reforms Would Help Businesses Grow

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) urging the legislature to reform New Jersey’s onerous “death taxes” was published in Sunday’s New Jersey Herald.

Here is the full text of the editorial as published:

Now that the Senate and Assembly are back in Trenton, it is critical there be a unified effort to move New Jersey forward. This state and our communities will truly thrive when local businesses are given the opportunity to grow and more companies view New Jersey as a desirable place to invest and create jobs.

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Oroho, McHose & Space Call for Elimination of Estate Tax

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, issued the following statement after joining business organizations and concerned citizens in a State House rally in support of legislation they sponsor to repeal the state’s death tax, or estate tax.

Sen. Steve Oroho, Asw. Alison Littell McHose and Asm. Parker Space (all R-24) joined Americans for Prosperity, business organizations and concerned citizens at a State House rally on September 15, 2014 in support of legislation they sponsor to repeal the state’s death tax, or estate tax. (SenateNJ.com)

The District 24 legislators were joined by fellow lawmakers, Americans For Prosperity, the 60 Plus Association, Commerce and Industry Association, CPA Society of New Jersey and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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Oroho Bills to Grow “Farm to School” Program Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho boosting New Jersey’s “Farm to School” program was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno.

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno visited Terhune Orchards on August 25, 2014 to sign into law legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho (right) boosting New Jersey’s “Farm to School” program. (NJOIT)

The package of bills will raise the profile of the “Farm to School” program by increasing the program’s presence on the state’s website and foster expansion of the “Farm to School” program to more schools by allowing for private investment into the program and by recognizing successful programs established by schools.

“The ‘Farm to School’ program provides students with healthy, nutritious meals while at the same time giving a boost to the local farmers in our communities who grow these crops,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “By better promoting the program and allowing outside investment we can hopefully get even more ‘Jersey Fresh’ produce into cafeterias across the state. Bringing attention to and expanding this valuable program will give more students access to healthy lunch choices and help foster a deeper appreciation and knowledge of New Jersey’s important agriculture industry.”

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Oroho Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on State House Steps

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) completed Senator Kevin O’Toole’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the New Jersey State House steps on Monday afternoon and donated to the ALS Association. The challenge raised $30,000.

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