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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho: Governor’s Energy Master Plan Creates More Uncertainty for Business & Families

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Under Newly Signed Executive Order, DEP Could Deny Permits Based on “Climate Change Considerations”

Senator Steven Oroho said a new executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy in conjunction with the release of his new Energy Master Plan will lead to increased uncertainty for both businesses and families.

Sen. Steven Oroho said a new executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in conjunction with the release of his new Energy Master Plan will lead to increased uncertainty for both businesses and families. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re already seeing an exodus from New Jersey due to the high cost of living and doing business here,” said Oroho. “Now the governor wants to give the DEP another reason to deny permits that are already difficult to obtain. Ask anybody in the Highlands Region how many years it takes to get a project approved if they are lucky enough to get approval at all. Who would consider trying to build anything in New Jersey going forward with yet another impossible hoop to jump through?”

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Oroho Bill Shielding Community Homeowners from Unexpected Fees Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) that would protect homeowners in some communities from surprise fees and assessments was advanced by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill clarifies the intent of a 2017 law and protecting homeowners in some communities from unexpected fees and assessments. (Pixabay)

“When someone purchases property that isn’t in an association, they shouldn’t have to worry about fees being forced on them,” said Oroho. “The 2017 law did not change the rules for owners who were not already members of an association or planned community. This bill provides homeowners with badly needed protections from unexpected financial burdens. I thank my co-prime sponsor, Senator Troy Singleton, for moving the bill so quickly in this new session.”

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Oroho/Singleton Bill to Prohibit Persons from Contracting with the State if Barred from Federal Contracts Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Troy Singleton, which would prohibit a person from contracting with the state for public work if they are barred from receiving a federal contract, was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Troy Singleton, which would prohibit a person from contracting with the state for public work if they are barred from receiving a federal contract, was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“If a person is banned from contracting with the federal government due to fraudulent activity, then they shouldn’t be allowed to profit with public dollars from New Jersey taxpayers,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R- Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Closing this loophole will prevent bad actors from being able to take advantage, saving New Jersey time, money, and headaches. I am pleased to see that this commonsense taxpayer protection is now law.”

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Now Law: Oroho Initiative to Help Prevent Law Enforcement Suicide

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Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation to help prevent suicides by members of the law enforcement community was signed into law.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to help prevent law enforcement suicide has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“New Jersey’s brave law enforcement community repeatedly rushes towards danger as others flee,” said Oroho (R-24). “Continuously being exposed to stressful situations takes a mental toll, which can sometimes seem too great to bear. Empowering our police officers and corrections officers with resiliency tools and training will help our local heroes when they need it most.”

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Governor Signs Three Oroho Bills Into Law

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Three legislative initiatives sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris) were recently signed into law by the Governor.

Three legislative initiatives sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho were recently signed into law. (Pixabay)

The first new law, S-538, extends tax-exemption eligibility for low-income senior housing projects. The legislation was drafted to address a situation at Knoll Heights Village, an age-restricted community in Sparta, as well as other projects across the state.

“This law will help age-restricted communities control costs while providing residents with the quality of life they deserve,” said Oroho. “We shouldn’t cut off assistance to low-income senior communities as soon as they pay off their mortgage. That not only disincentives facilities from paying off their debt early, but it could potentially force these communities to close their doors once the support stops. Through extending their tax-exemption eligibility, these facilities will have a chance to take money that would otherwise go toward paying taxes and use it for expenses that are crucial to their continued operation.”

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Oroho: Workers to Lose Hundreds from Paychecks This Year to Fund Murphy’s Progressive Agenda

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Senator Steve Oroho warned New Jersey workers that they should expect smaller paychecks in the New Year due to the governor’s expansion of several benefit programs.

Senator Steve Oroho warned New Jersey workers that they should expect smaller paychecks in the New Year due to the governor’s expansion of several benefit programs. (Flickr)

“People should understand that the expansion of the paid family leave and temporary disability programs the administration has touted are anything but free,” said Oroho (R-24). “They come at a significant cost, and taxpayers are left holding the bag. Some New Jerseyans will pay nearly $500 more this year. The governor never told people it would cost that much.”

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Oroho Bill Targeting State’s Fiscal Shortcomings Approved

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would establish the New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Review Commission was advanced by the Senate and Assembly and now heads to the governor for final approval.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s measure would implement a proposal from the New Jersey Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup to establish a fiscal policy review commission. (Pixabay)

The bill (S3770) implements a policy proposal contained in the Path to Progress report issued by the New Jersey Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup. Oroho served as co-chair of the 25-member workgroup.

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Oroho Bill to Help Prevent Law Enforcement Suicide Clears Senate

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Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation to help prevent law enforcement suicide has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to help prevent law enforcement suicide has passed the Senate. (Flickr)

“Just as the public often needs the help of the police, our brave police officers need our help, too,” said Oroho (R-24). “It’s our duty to protect the law enforcement community when their difficult work takes a toll that may seem unbearable. By empowering our police and corrections officers with resiliency training and the support to handle traumatic situations, we will save the lives of those who are tasked with saving ours.”

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Oroho Bill Exempting Horse Boarding from Sales Tax Headed to Governor’s Desk

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Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would clarify horse boarding services are exempt from state sales tax passed the Senate and awaits consideration by the governor.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho helps New Jersey stables and horse-servicing companies remain in business. (Flickr)

“Horses and horse-related businesses are vital components of the economy, especially in the agricultural areas of our state,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Misinterpretation of the sales tax burden for horse stabling, grooming and other services has led some operations to close their doors or move out of state. This bill clears up any confusion or ambiguity in the law.”

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Senate Approves Oroho Bill Establishing Energy P3 Unit

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho permitting government bodies to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities to undertake energy-related projects has cleared the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation permitting government bodies to enter into P3 agreements with private entities to undertake energy-related projects has cleared the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“The increasing magnitude and frequency of weather events and the devastation they have inflicted on our State has revealed the inadequacies and obsolescence of New Jersey’s energy infrastructure,” said Oroho (R-24). “The dependability of our power will be improved if we encourage the development of energy-related projects. This public-private partnership act will reduce the vulnerability of critical governmental facilities, minimize equipment failures, and improve the overall energy efficiency of governmental services.”

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