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Senator Steven Oroho

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Senate Approves Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes

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Measure Would Help Fund Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This appropriation represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this funding permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

The legislation, S-3618, makes a supplemental appropriation of $10 million for grants for certain lake management activities for recreation and conservation purposes.

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Oroho Moves Hostile Amendment to Democrats’ Bill Extending Murphy’s Emergency Powers

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Democrats Block Oroho’s Effort to End Public Health Emergency in Full Immediately

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) proposed a hostile amendment during the Senate floor debate on flawed legislation (S-3866) proposed by Democrats that would extend Governor Phil Murphy’s emergency powers until next year.

The Democrats’ bill extends pandemic-related executive orders and restrictions issued by the governor until 2022, including mask mandates for children.

Oroho moved a hostile amendment that would have amended the bill to end the public health emergency immediately and stripped Governor Murphy of the power to spend billions in federal relief funds without legislative oversight. His amendment was blocked by the Senate Democratic Majority.

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Oroho Legislation Eliminating Mandates on Small Towns Advances

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Senator Steve Oroho’s measure that would eliminate a mandate on small municipalities and help ease the burden of filling boards of health for small towns was approved by the Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and approved by the Senate would eliminate a mandate on small municipalities and help ease the burden of filling boards of health for small towns. (SenateNJ.com)

“Every municipality is required to have a board of health, but for towns with small populations, it can be a challenge to find volunteers willing to serve on local boards and commissions, including the board of health,” said Oroho (R-24). “This (S-1416) helps solve the problem, allowing municipal governing bodies to serve as boards of health. It is a sensible and efficient solution.”

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Oroho Measure Reining in Absentee Landlords Clears Senate

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Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation to crack down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses cleared the Senate today.

Senator Steve Oroho’s bill protecting neighborhoods for nuisance rooming and boarding homes was approved by the Senate. (©iStock)

“Affected residents regretfully know all too well how absentee landlords can disrupt a neighborhood’s quality of life,” said Oroho (R-24). “Communities deserve decency and cooperation from operators of any shared housing complexes. This measure will empower our towns with the proper enforcement tools against bad actors while helping to curb disruptive behavior.”

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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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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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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
Senator Michael Testa
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 Steve Oroho

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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