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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 Warns Murphy’s Latest Mandate Contributes to Existing Public Health Crisis

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Staffing Shortages Already Place Hospital Patients at Risk in Many Facilities

Senator Declan O’Scanlon challenged the wisdom of Governor Murphy for his executive order today requiring health care workers to be boosted in addition to fully vaccinated, warning the move could backfire.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon challenged the wisdom of Governor Murphy for his executive order today requiring health care workers to be boosted in addition to fully vaccinated, warning the move could backfire. (Pixabay)

“If some is good, more must be better … isn’t a way to make public health policy,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “The Governor’s announcement will have a net negative impact on public health in many facilities already struggling with staff shortages, especially now that our case and hospital admission rates are plummeting. In many systems residents/patients face a more severe health threat from staff shortages than from exposure to doctors or nurses who have not yet been boosted. With case rates plummeting the fear of health workers themselves being out sick is waning as well.”

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O’Scanlon Bill Clearing Barriers for School Districts Considering Consolidation Becomes Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon that eases barriers deterring school districts from considering consolidation plans has been signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon that eases barriers deterring school districts from considering consolidation plans has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“Consolidation does not work in every case, but some districts in the state have identified both financial and educational benefits from merging,” said O’Scanlon (R-16). “This does not force schools to consolidate, but it removes some of the impediments that can prevent districts from proceeding with plans that can benefit both taxpayers and students.”

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O’Scanlon Says Governor’s Expansive Emergency Powers Must Be Limited & Effective Oversight Established

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said Governor Phil Murphy has wielded immense powers through emergency declarations during the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrated why the Legislature must limit executive authority and establish effective oversight.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said Gov. Phil Murphy has wielded immense powers through emergency declarations during the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrated why the Legislature must limit executive authority and establish effective oversight. (SenateNJ.com)

“As we’ve learned over the past two years, the Governor of New Jersey has an astonishing amount of power under state law once they declare a State of Emergency or a Public Health Emergency,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “They can shut down schools and businesses, force people to stay home, and mandate compliance with an unimaginable breadth of orders and directives that impact all facets of life. There’s absolutely no requirement that an emergency declaration not continue in perpetuity or any provision that the Legislature must provide oversight of executive orders. Many New Jerseyans agree it’s simply too much power for one person to wield.”

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O’Scanlon Calls Governor’s Handling of Mandates Extension ‘Antagonistic’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon strongly criticized Governor Murphy’s statement at a press conference Monday where he declared mask mandates would continue for the foreseeable future, even though the legislature had yet to vote on the bill authorizing the extension of any mandates.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon blasted Gov. Murphy for declaring his mask mandates would continue for the foreseeable future before the Legislature had voted on a bill to extend his emergency powers. (Pixabay)

“Whatever your position might be on mask mandates, the way the governor has handled this situation is antagonistic and an insult to the Legislature that appears to have finally developed a backbone,” said O’Scanlon. “This is not the way to get things done when you are supposed to be dealing with another co-equal branch of government.”

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Senate Clears O’Scanlon Bill Creating Jobs for Workers with Developmental Disabilities

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Businesses in New Jersey would be encouraged to hire more employees with developmental disabilities under legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and passed today by the Senate.

Businesses in New Jersey would be encouraged to hire more employees with developmental disabilities under legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and passed advanced by the Senate. (Pixabay)

The bill (S-3809) would create a new tax credit of $3,000 for every new hire with developmental disabilities. The credit would be applied against the corporation business tax.

“These credits will incentivize the hiring of more adults with disabilities, allowing them to improve their standard of living and give them hope for the future,” said O’Scanlon. “Job opportunities are the missing ingredient for many developmentally disabled residents who are prepared and ready to step out on their own.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado/Bucco/O’Scanlon Bill Protecting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Kristin Corrado, Anthony Bucco, and Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate that status on their driver’s license was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Kristin Corrado, Anthony Bucco, and Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate that status on their driver’s license was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last several months, I have been contacted by constituents with autism spectrum disorder that say they have difficulty explaining their condition to law enforcement during vehicle traffic stops,” said Corrado (R-40). “This legislation will help alleviate that issue by allowing people with special needs to have that designation printed directly onto their license. This important information will assist law enforcement officials in identifying, and effectively communicating with, individuals with autism or autism spectrum disorder during vehicle stops.”

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Senate Clears O’Scanlon Bill Addressing NJ’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon targeting New Jersey’s troubling rate of death in new mothers was approved by the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon targeting New Jersey’s troubling rate of death in new mothers was approved by the Senate. (Flickr)

O’Scanlon’s bill, A-1073/S-3432, would require hospitals and birthing centers to screen pregnant women and those who have given birth for preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of liver and kidney damage.

“Pregnancy-related deaths in New Jersey have reached an alarming level,” said O’Scanlon. “The state is one of the worst in the nation with a rate close to double the national average. Black women are seven times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women, and preeclampsia is a leading cause.”

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O’Scanlon Calls for ‘Test-to-Stay’ to Help Keep COVID-exposed Students in School

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As schools across the state struggle to contend with the growing number of students forced to stay home due to COVID exposure, Senator Declan O’Scanlon is again calling on Murphy Administration to implement sensible “test-to-stay” procedures.

As schools across the state struggle to contend with the growing number of students forced to stay home due to COVID exposure, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon is again calling on Murphy Administration to implement sensible ‘test-to-stay’ procedures. (Wikimedia Commons)

Students who have been exposed to COVID have faced quarantine period of as many as 14 days. During that time, they are unable to attend school or participate in sports or other activities. This week, the Administration reduced the quarantine for unvaccinated students to seven days after contact with a COVID-positive person, but O’Scanlon said that isn’t enough.

“The Governor should have shown some leadership and gone further. Quarantining dozens of students and keeping them out of the classroom has interfered with students and schools,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “A seven-day quarantine is better than two weeks, but it is still unnecessarily disruptive.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & O’Scanlon: We Don’t Need Vaccine Passports. They’re Based on Irrational Fears.

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) on the irrational fear behind calls for vaccine passports was published by NJ.com on December 10, 2021:

Vaccine passports in New Jersey are unnecessary, based on irrational fear, and would offer little more than the illusion of safety. Forcing people to display proof of vaccination amounts to little more than pandemic theater that is ineffective at eliminating risk, as some may desire.

In an NJ.com editorial, Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon say recent calls for vaccine passports to be imposed on New Jersey are based on irrational fears and would offer little more than an illusion of safety. (SenateNJ.com)

Our position is supported by a review of public health data, federal guidance on vaccinations, and the growing sentiment from health experts that COVID-19 is here to stay.

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O’Scanlon: Murphy Issuing Another $400 Million of State Debt Despite Having Billions in Cash

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Murphy’s New Debt Will Cost NJ Taxpayers Unnecessary Interest Payments for Decades

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) questioned a decision by Governor Phil Murphy to increase State debt by $400 million to fund projects at New Jersey’s colleges and universities when his administration is sitting on billions in cash that could fully fund the proposed capital program.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned a decision by Gov. Phil Murphy to increase State debt by $400 million to fund projects at New Jersey’s colleges and universities when his administration is sitting on billions in cash that could fully fund the proposed capital program. (Pixabay)

“State support for our institutions of higher education has long been lacking, but that doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye to cost when we decide to make an important investment,” said O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “I don’t think it makes sense for Governor Murphy to propose increasing State debt when his administration is sitting on a windfall of billions upon billions in cash that remains untapped. His plan will stick taxpayers with unnecessary debt and interest payments for decades when he should be working to increase affordability.”

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