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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Murphy Announcement on School Masks Is First #GiveItBack Victory

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement that he will end the school mask mandate marks the first victory for the #GiveItBack movement. Oroho said Murphy should end the mask mandate today.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that he will end the school mask mandate marks the first victory for the #GiveItBack movement. Oroho said he should end the mask mandate today. (www.GiveItBack.us)

“Governor Murphy will never admit that the pressure is getting to him, but it absolutely is,” said Oroho (R-24). “That’s why he rushed to make this announcement weeks before he actually plans on lifting the school mask mandate. It’s our first ‘Give It Back’ victory.”

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Senator Mike Doherty
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Oroho & Doherty Call for Thorough Vetting of Platkin A.G. Nomination

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senator Michael Doherty said the Senate Judiciary Committee must perform a thorough vetting of Attorney General nominee Matt Platkin, including his handling of Katie Brennan’s alleged sexual assault and his role in guiding the Murphy Administration’s extensive use of emergency powers during the pandemic.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Michael Doherty said the Senate Judiciary Committee must perform a thorough vetting of Attorney General nominee Matt Platkin. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have extremely serious concerns about Matt’s handling of Katie Brennan’s allegations of sexual assault and the guidance he provided Governor Murphy as chief counsel on the use of emergency powers during the pandemic,” said Oroho (R-24). “Matt is obviously a very smart guy, but he shouldn’t expect a free pass to avoid the scrutiny a nominee for Attorney General deserves.”

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Senate Republicans Launch “Give It Back” Initiative

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Join the Movement at www.GiveItBack.us

New Jersey Senate Republicans are launching the “Give It Back” initiative to give New Jerseyans an opportunity to tell Governor Phil Murphy in a unified voice to give back everything he has taken from them over the past two years.

N.J. Senate Republicans are launching the ‘Give It Back’ initiative to help New Jerseyans tell Gov. Phil Murphy to give back everything he’s taken from them over the past two years. (www.GiveItBack.us)

“Governor Murphy has taken so much from New Jerseyans since the start of the pandemic,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24). “He’s taken money, he’s taken power, and he’s taken rights, choices, and freedoms from every single New Jerseyan. We’re going to help New Jerseyans to send him the message that it’s time to Give It Back.”

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Oroho Bill that Would Temporarily Eliminate the State Residency Requirement for Public School Employees Clears Committee

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Public school employees may no longer be required to live in the State of New Jersey during a three-year trial period thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho and approved today by the Senate Education Committee.

Public school employees may no longer be required to live in New Jersey during a three-year trial period thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and approved by the Senate Education Committee. (©iStock)

“I strongly opposed the state residency requirement for public employment when it was signed into law a decade ago, and some of my constitutional concerns were echoed by a Superior Court Judge last year,” said Sen. Steve Oroho (R-24). “It seems clear to me that the residency requirement in this instance is hampering the efforts of short-staffed schools contending with a labor shortage to hire enough teachers, substitutes, and bus drivers. Under these circumstances, it seems best to exempt school districts from the requirements of the New Jersey First Law.”

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Oroho, Space, & Wirths: Legislature Needs to Rein Murphy In

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-24) reiterated their opposition to the continuing use of emergency power by Governor Murphy.

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths reiterated their opposition to the continuing use of emergency power by Governor Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Legislature didn’t grant the Governor extensions of certain powers,” stated Oroho, the Senate Republican Leader.  “Instead, he unilaterally started to rule by executive decree once again. As I’ve said numerous times during debate on the Senate floor, the Legislature is a co-equal branch of government, and my Democratic colleagues need to stand up with us and tell the governor enough is enough.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Oroho, Pennacchio Seek Answers After Rejection of Public Records Requests in State’s Settlement in Veterans Home COVID Deaths

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A series of Open Public Records Act requests from Senate Republicans seeking transparency from the Governor’s Administration about the state’s conduct leading to a settlement with families of COVID victims in New Jersey’s veterans homes have been denied, and Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho and Senator Joe Pennacchio want answers.

Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho and Sen. Joe Pennacchio are seeking answers after the rejection of their Open Public Records Act requests seeking details from the Administration about the state’s conduct leading to a settlement with families of COVID victims in NJ veterans homes. (Pixabay)

“This is what we have come to expect from an Administration that continues to obfuscate the facts, details and rationale behind pandemic-related decisions,” said Pennacchio. “They have consistently denied access to what should be public information. This most recent rejection reinforces the need for a Legislative Oversight Committee with subpoena power.

“It is clear this information will never be forthcoming unless the Administration is forced.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado
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Bipartisan Bills Preserving Open Space in NJ Become Law

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Oroho, Corrado Sponsored Measures Utilizing Voter-Approved Funds

A package of legislation supporting open space and contributing to the quality of life in New Jersey was signed by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Kristin Corrado preserving open space and contributing to the quality of life in New Jersey was signed by the Governor. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Kristin Corrado appropriates money from constitutionally dedicated corporate business tax (CBT) revenues.

“Farmland preservation is an important program that helps keep farmers on the farm while protecting valuable farming acreage,” said Oroho (R-24). “Protecting undeveloped land is not only in the interest of the farmer, but it’s an important quality of life issue for residents in our densely populated state.”

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Oroho Measure Increasing Penalties for Professional License Lending Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho cracking down on the practice of professional and occupational license lending is now law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho cracking down on the practice of professional and occupational license lending is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s legislation, A-6150/S-4119, signed Tuesday by the Governor, significantly increases penalties for the transfer or lending of licenses issued by authorized boards in the state.

“The laws against license lending are clear, but some contractors continue to cut corners to save time and money,” said Oroho (R-24). “The unethical practice is an all-too-common occurrence that can result in unnecessary health and safety risks. The penalties have not been sufficient to discourage the violators and this new law will turn up the heat.”

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Oroho Bill that Would Help Protect Farmland from Deer Signed into Law

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Farmers throughout New Jersey may soon be able to apply for agricultural grants to help cover the cost of deer fencing thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Farmers may soon be able to apply for agricultural grants to help cover the cost of deer fencing thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am glad Governor Murphy signed this bill into law today. Damage to crops from deer has become a crippling problem for many New Jersey farmers,” said Oroho (R-24). “In some instances, producers have abandoned fields that are too vulnerable to deer damage, and others have transitioned away from produce and row crops to hay, just to lessen the impact. By issuing grants for fencing, my legislation will provide a practical and humane method of protecting crops.”

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Oroho: Time for Trenton to Get to Work on Affordability

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Following the inauguration of Governor Phil Murphy today and the reorganization of the Legislature last week, Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho said it’s time to get back to work.

Following the inauguration of Gov. Phil Murphy today and the reorganization of the Legislature last week, Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho said it’s time to get back to work on affordability. (Pixabay)

“Now that the housekeeping is complete, we shouldn’t waste any time getting back to work in Trenton on efforts to make New Jersey more affordable,” said Oroho (R-24). “After the November election, the governor and legislative leaders of both parties said addressing affordability would be a priority. After all that talk, it’s time to show people some real action. Senate Republicans are ready to work.”

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