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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Gov. Christie Signs Oroho’s Permit Extension Act

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A bipartisan economic growth measure, S-743, sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris, to lengthen previously approved permits by two years was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

“The governor’s action today assures that New Jersey will not experience wholesale project abandonments that could significantly hamper an economic recovery,” said Oroho, a member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee. “This measure will help jump-start reasonable development projects that have been stalled due to current economic factors. It is a balanced measure in that it will help grow jobs while keeping in place any federal or state environmental protections that currently exist.”

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Kean & Oroho’s “Jessica Lunsford Act” Clears Another Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Kean, Jr. and Steve Oroho that would require violent child sexual predators to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison has been approved by its second Senate committee.

The “Jessica Lunsford Act” (S- 380, Allen/Kean/Oroho) mandates a sentence of 25 years to life for those convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age. The bill’s namesake, Florida 9 year old Jessica Lunsford, was abducted and slain by a convicted sex offender.

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Gov. Christie Signs Oroho-McHose-Chiusano Measure to Help Veterans Get Special Recognition

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to permit county clerks to provide military veterans with identification cards was signed into law today by Governor Chris Christie.  The cards are designed to assist veterans in receiving discounts and other well-deserved courtesies from area businesses and organizations.

“This worthwhile initiative is for those who have risked their lives to preserve our freedom,” said Oroho.  “It is a simple and rightful recognition of the sacrifice made by countless veterans.”

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Oroho Lauds Swift Action on Judges’ Benefits, Proving Legislature Can Quickly Fill Vacancies

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Senator Steven Oroho, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, stated the following regarding the passage today of his SCR-110:

“I am proud that we came together to take action that will lead to the reversal of last week’s self-serving state Supreme Court ruling, in which justices decided that they deserve far greater benefits than all other public employees and that New Jersey taxpayers should continue paying the difference.

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Oroho Blasts Today’s NJ Supreme Court Pension Decision, Says Vacancies Must Be Filled

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Senator Steven Oroho, R-Sussex, Warren, Morris, stated the following about this morning’s state Supreme Court pension and health benefits ruling:

“Our state Supreme Court has once again failed New Jerseyans, this time by putting self interest above the public good. Today’s ruling further demonstrates the elitist nature of a Court that continues to thumb its nose at the taxpayer.

“While all other public employees are contributing more toward their pensions and health benefits under fiscally responsible, bipartisan benefits reforms enacted last year, the Court has decided to protect judges from paying a fair and reasonable share toward benefits that cannot and should not be afforded overwhelmingly by taxpayer dollars.

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Oroho-McHose-Chiusano React to Comptroller’s Report on Illegal Pension Participants

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Republican Sen. Steve Oroho and Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose and Gary Chiusano, of the 24th Legislative District, said today’s report by the Office of the State Comptroller identifying over 200 people who are mistakenly enrolled in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) indicates that more work needs to be done in training local officials about the eligibility requirements that must be met in order to legitimately participate in the system.

The comptroller’s audit found that many local government entities are not in compliance with a 2007 state law that prohibits unqualified independent contractors from participating in PERS.

Last year, Oroho, McHose and Chiusano sponsored a bill (S-1392/A-2452) that was signed into law requiring officers who certify the eligibility of program participants in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) to undergo training in order to prevent pension and benefit fraud.

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Oroho Legislation Eliminating Bias Against Rural Districts in School Funding Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex/Warren/Morris) aimed at eliminating a provision in state law that shortchanges rural school districts in state education aid has been approved by the Senate.

The bill, S-1832, eliminates the “geographic aid adjustment” that deprives certain districts of aid dollars based on a faulty assumption that operating costs are lower in rural areas of the state.

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Oroho: “Increased Energy Tax Receipts Aid Must be Dedicated to Property Tax Relief”

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Senator Steven Oroho (R- Sussex) today will submit an amendment on the floor of the Senate which dedicates any additional aid given to municipalities from the state’s energy tax receipts collections to be dedicated solely to reducing the municipal tax levy, ensuring direct property tax relief.

Oroho is proposing to amend S-1900, which increases funding to municipalities from the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Fund, to guarantee that the monies are not used to increase municipal budgets.

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Oroho: “Democrats Fail to Take Tax Burden Seriously”

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Senator Steven Oroho (R- Sussex), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement explaining his vote against the Democratic Majority’s proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2012:

By failing to guarantee tax relief in this year’s budget, the Democratic Majority in Trenton have told families and businesses that government spending is more important than a more affordable New Jersey and a stronger economy.

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Allen, Kean, & Oroho Sponsored “Jessica Lunsford Act” Clears Committee

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Legislation that would mandate a sentence of 25 year to life in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The bill, dubbed the “Jessica Lunsford Act” in memory of the Florida nine-year-old who was raped and murdered in 2005 by a previously convicted sex offender, is sponsored by Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean, Jr., and Steve Oroho.

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