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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

  • Senator Declan O’Scanlon took the oath of office on January 9, 2018 to become the new senator of the 13th Legislative District. (Facebook)

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: ‘EMS System Needs Life Support’

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Following news that MONOC will cease operations on April 1, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) advocated for swift passage of his bill, S-617, which would provide much needed flexibility to the Advanced Life Support System (ALS) in the state.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for swift passage of his bill that would provide needed flexibility to the State’s Advanced Life Support System after news the MONOC would cease operations on April 1. (Flickr)

“If we want to ensure that when you call 911 you get the best care possible all the time, we need to commit to giving the ALS system the life support it clearly needs,” O’Scanlon said. “Our current system is flawed and too rigid. You wind up with superfluous paramedics at a more basic call leading to others not having the flexibility to leave for a higher trauma event. People can die because paramedics are stretched too thin.”

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O’Scanlon Statement on Failure of Vaccine Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) issued the following statement today after legislation to repeal the religious exemption for mandatory vaccines stalled in the Senate:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called the failure of the vaccine bill to pass today ‘a case of Democracy working as it should’ and applauded the opposition for their successful efforts. (SenateNJ.com)

“The failure of the vaccine bill to pass today is a case of Democracy working as it should. There was enough opposition to this version of the bill to block it.  I applaud the opponents for their tremendous, ultimately successful effort.

“The question now is what happens next. We should all hope that the issue of resurgent, vaccine-preventable diseases will simply go away, as has been predicted by the folks who opposed the bill. God willing that’s the case. But our experience to date suggests that’s not likely. Continue Reading…

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O’Scanlon Asset Forfeiture Bill Signed by Governor

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation to enhance reporting requirements and transparency for asset forfeiture was signed into law today by the Governor.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation to enhance reporting requirements and transparency for asset forfeiture was signed into law. (Pixabay)

“Accountability is critical when assets are seized by law enforcement which may have been used in illegal activities,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “There is a line we need to walk when it comes to property rights and items that may have been employed in criminal activity.”

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O’Scanlon Bill Takes Keys Away from Officials Using Municipal Cars for Personal Transportation

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s bill to prohibit municipal officials from using township vehicles for private purposes was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. O’Scanlon’s legislation would prohibit elected municipal officials from using government cars for personal transportation. (SenateNJ.com)

Under the legislation (S206), government-owned cars will have to be parked at the end of the business day, and cannot be used for private errands or commuting to and from home.

“No part-time elected officials should be using publicly owned vehicles. It’s as simple as that,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Too many local officials treat government cars as their own personal property, an unofficial perk of the job. That’s not fair to taxpayers. My bill will take away the keys and put an end to the practice.”

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O’Scanlon Says Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws Needed

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for action on stricter animal cruelty laws following news that the man who left a pit bull named River in a cage to drown in the Shrewsbury River was found not guilty of attempting to kill the dog.

Sen. O’Scanlon called for stricter animal cruelty laws following news that the man who left a dog in a cage to drown in the Shrewsbury River was found not guilty of attempting to kill the dog. (SenateNJ.com)

“Something clearly needs to change when a person can leave a dog trapped in a cage to be drowned by the rising tide but not be convicted of attempting to kill that animal. It is simply barbaric,” said O’Scanlon. “While I’m glad he was found guilty of fourth-degree animal cruelty at the very least, we need to do more. What happened to River and the outcome of this case highlights that action must be taken.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: LD13’s TTF Grants Have Doubled Since 2017

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today praised DOT’s Municipal Aid program following the announcement of over $4M in funding for Legislative District 13 transportation infrastructure projects:

O’Scanlon and DiMaso praised DOT’s Municipal Aid program following the announcement of over $4M in funding for Legislative District 13 transportation infrastructure projects. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We have been working hard to secure our fair share of this money and it’s paid off. This year–for the first time in at least five years–every single municipality in our district is receiving municipal aid funding. And every penny received for these critical projects is a penny in property taxes saved,” said O’Scanlon

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O’Scanlon: Pursue ‘Reasonable’ Marijuana Decriminalization Policies

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today issued the following statement on marijuana decriminalization:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon stated that the Legislature should actively pursue reasonable, comprehensive reforms to New Jersey’s marijuana possession laws. (Pixabay)

“I firmly believe that we should actively pursue reasonable, comprehensive reforms to our marijuana possession laws. Decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana should be at the top of our priority list.

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Panel Clears O’Scanlon Resolution Calling for Review of Police Chase Policy

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s resolution urging the State attorney general to launch a study of New Jersey’s guidelines for police pursuits cleared the Law and Public Safety Committee today.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. O’Scanlon calling for a review of the State’s outdated police pursuit policy and study of the proper utilization of emergency lights and sirens advanced today. (Flickr)

The measure (SR153) seeks a review of the vehicular pursuit policy, most recently revised in 2009.

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O’Scanlon: Recreational Marijuana Legalization Should Be Decided by Voters

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today released the following statement regarding his position on a lame duck vote on marijuana legalization:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said the Legislature should abandon efforts to move legalization legislation during the lame duck session and commit to sending the question to voters. (Pixabay)

“It’s time to end the mixed message being sent to the public, the industry, law enforcement, and both opponents and supporters of marijuana legalization. We should abandon efforts to move legalization legislation during the lame duck session and firmly commit to sending the question to voters. To be clear, I will be a firm vote against any form of legalization legislation until and unless voters have voted in favor of legalization.

“My reasoning for taking this position is several fold. First, I believe a commitment was essentially made this past spring, following the debate and failed vote at the time, that this issue would be put to the voters.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Stronger Penalties for 9/11 Memorial Desecration

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today introduced legislation which would enhance penalties for individuals who purposely desecrate a public monument. This follows the theft of a 9/11 memorial plaque from Atlantic Highlands last month.

Following the theft of a 9/11 memorial plaque, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Aswm. Serena DiMaso introduced legislation which would enhance penalties for desecrating a public monument. (Wikimedia Commons)

“September 11th, 2001 is a date etched in the memory of every American. Here in Monmouth County we lost 147 souls,” said DiMaso. “The memorial plaque at Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial at Mount Mitchell in Atlantic Highlands is more than just a plaque and the punishment for defacing it must be increased.”

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