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Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

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Oroho Receives Troast Award from NJBIA for Support of NJ Business Community, State Economy

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) was honored with the “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award” by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) at the 2018 NJBIA Impact Symposium on December 5, 2017.

Sen. Steven Oroho (right) and Sen. Parl Sarlo (left) display their awards with NJBIA’s President & CEO Michele Siekerka. (SenateNJ.com)

The NJBIA presents the Troast Award annually to a public servant who has made an outstanding contribution to the State of New Jersey and its business community.

Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, shared the honor this year with Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), who serves as chairman of the committee.

“The focus of NJBIA’s symposium this year is affordability and competitiveness, which were the very concerns that drove the tax reform effort that Senator Sarlo and I led last year,” said Oroho. “It’s an honor to share the Paul L. Troast Award with my partner on the state’s most comprehensive tax reform effort in decades. We’ve shown how reasonable public officials can bridge the partisan divide to enact good policy that helps businesses, employees, and the economy at large.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego
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Senate Committee Passes Oroho, Addiego Bills to Support NJ Farmers

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The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee has passed three bills sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho (R-24) and Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) to support local farmers and improve how the state markets “Jersey Fresh” products.

Sens. Steven Oroho and Dawn Marie Addiego sponsor bills to support local farmers and improve the way the state markets “Jersey Fresh” products. (SenateNJ.com)

“Farmers markets are incredibly popular in cities and suburbs statewide. Many farmers will tell you that the demand for Jersey-made produce is growing faster than they can plant their seeds,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “We need to bring all of the members of New Jersey’s agricultural industry together and capitalize on this opportunity to stimulate the economy. The food hubs and marketing initiatives authorized under these bills will give local farmers the tools they need to reach even more hungry customers.”

Based on the success of the “Jersey Fresh” logo, S-2444, sponsored by Senators Oroho and Addiego, would authorize New Jersey counties to create, adopt and issue their own promotional labels to market agricultural products that are grown, processed or produced in a specific county. Monmouth County is currently in the process of developing such a label.

“There is no denying that the Jersey Fresh program has been a resounding success,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) said. “Imagine how much our farms, wineries, and mom-and-pop shops would benefit if we had the ability to localize this initiative. Creating ‘made in your county’ labels is a great way to encourage our residents to shop local and support the business owners right in their own backyard.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Passes Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has passed the Senate Environment Committee.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

S-2389 would dedicate $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund,” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

We fought hard to ensure the Fiscal Year 2018 budget included funding to protect Lake Hopatcong, but a one-time payment is not enough,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “The lake has become overrun with invasive weeds and the problem seems to get worse every year. Setting up a permanent, dedicated funding source for preservation and maintenance is the best way to ensure future generations can enjoy this treasured natural resource.”

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Oroho Named Legislator of the Year by the Arc of New Jersey

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Arc of New Jersey for his commitment to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Sen. Steve Oroho (Center) with The Arc of New Jersey’s Executive Director Tom Baffuto and Board President Joanne Bergin. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m so honored to receive this award from such a great organization,” Senator Oroho said. “The Arc provides a vital service for so many people in this state, and I’m happy to do whatever I can to support them.”

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Oroho Highlights Success of Lottery Bill, Quarterly Pension Payments

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Senator Steve Oroho(R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) believes the recent measures to pledge lottery proceeds to the state’s pension contribution and to make quarterly pension payments are already starting to pay off.

Sen. Steven Oroho highlighted two recent measures that are already helping New Jersey’s economic viability. (Pixabay)

“The state is already seeing the benefits of the bipartisan Lottery Enterprise Contribution Act (LECA), which was enacted only 3 months ago,” Senator Oroho said. “We immediately enhanced the solvency of the state’s Retirements System, and now, New Jersey is benefiting from lower borrowing costs.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Pennacchio & Oroho Urge Congress to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks, with exceptions for, rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.

The House is scheduled to vote on the legislation today, and President Trump reiterated his support for the bill yesterday.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Steven Oroho urged Congress to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The House will vote on the Act on October 3. The senators have fought to enact the legislation at the state level. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Oroho and I have fought tirelessly at the state level to pass our Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but Legislative leadership has refused to act,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Our leaders in Washington must seize this opportunity to protect innocent unborn children nationwide from the excruciating pain of abortion. Someone must stand up for their right to live full, healthy lives.”

In December of 2016, Senators Pennacchio and Oroho held a press conference with fellow pro-life advocates and a number of widely-respected medical officials to call on New Jersey’s Legislative leadership to pass their Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S-2026.) They have made repeated calls for action since then, and yet Senate Democrats, who control the Legislative agenda, have failed to post the bill for a single committee hearing.

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Oroho and Space Hail Grants to Provide Food for Low-Income Families

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Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space today commended the award of more than $130,000 in community services block grants to provide food and diapers to low-income families. Gov. Chris Christie and the state Department of Community Affairs announced the grants to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Inc. and NORWESCAP, a private non-profit serving the low-income population of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties.

Sen. Oroho and Asm. Space announced two grant awards that will help local food banks. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is good news for people and families struggling to make ends meet in a state with some of the highest taxes in the country. This funding can be the difference between children going hungry or getting enough to eat,” said Oroho.

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Oroho Welcomes Opportunity on New Manufacturing Caucus

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As the newly formed Legislative Manufacturing Caucus undertakes its first meeting today, Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said he was ready to get to work to help make New Jersey a better place to do business.

Sen. Steve Oroho is a member of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This is an incredible chance for us to work on a bipartisan basis along with business leaders to develop strategies and policies that will invigorate our state’s manufacturing industry,” Senator Oroho said. “A strong manufacturing industry means more well-paying jobs for our residents.”

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Oroho and Space Laud Overdose Awareness Day for Promoting Prevention and Treatment of Addiction

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following joint statement supporting Overdose Awareness Day:

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. (International Overdose Awareness Day)

“The opioid crisis is rampant across New Jersey, and the entire nation. The insidious disease of addiction claims more than 50,000 lives each year in America, and deaths continue to skyrocket in counties across our state.

“To effectively fight this epidemic, we must eliminate the social stigma that forces many addicts and their families to suffer in silence. It is important to shine a light on the severity of this threat, and to encourage victims to seek help and treatment they so desperately need to have a second chance at life.

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