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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 Congratulates VNA Community Health Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering for Cooperating to Vaccinate Cancer Patients in New Jersey

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Holmdel, NJ (April 15, 2021) – New Jersey state Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Jr. (R-Monmouth) today expressed his delight at the news that VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Center (VNACJ-CHC) and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) are collaborating to vaccinate New Jersey cancer patients against COVID-19.

After learning that Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer patients were having a hard time getting vaccines, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon helped arrange to have shots administered by VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Center. (Pixabay)

“Great things happen when good people work together to solve a problem in the spirit of service and cooperation,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “For the patients of Memorial Sloan Kettering, the threat of COVID-19 is a life threatening problem. I commend the leadership and employees of both organizations for creating a solution that makes the vaccine available to cancer patients in a timely and efficient manner.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
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Republican Budget Members Outline Responsible Plan for $6.5 Billion of ARP Federal Relief Funds

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval. (Pixabay)

With more than $3 billion of the funds to be received by the State in the next 30 days, the legislators challenged the Murphy Administration and Democratic legislative majorities to propose their own plans, debate them publicly, and appropriate the funds in a transparent and open process that gives the public a chance to be heard.

“The Murphy Administration dropped the ball in its handling of the $2.4 billion of CARES Act funds that came to New Jersey last April,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He sat on the money for months and then used it to pay for ordinary government expenses rather than helping people. With another $6.5 billion in federal relief coming to New Jersey, we can’t afford to let him make the same mistake on an even bigger scale. Our plan is the first step in reasserting the Legislature and public into the appropriations process.”

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Republican Budget Members Say State Revenue Update Highlights Extent of Murphy’s False Projections

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said a State revenue update provided to legislators today demonstrates the extent of the Murphy Administration’s false revenue projections during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee said a State revenue update provided to legislators demonstrates the extent of the Murphy Administration’s false revenue projections during the coronavirus pandemic. (Pixabay)

“The Murphy Administration peddled outrageous claims about the State’s finances over the past year that have proven to be completely false,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Republican Budget Officer. “Going back to last July, we had clear signs the State’s financial picture was better than expected despite the Murphy Administration’s measures that needlessly destroyed so many businesses. The governor stuck by his false projections to secure approval for unnecessary tax increases and an otherwise unconstitutional borrowing scheme to build a massive surplus that he could spend while he runs for reelection.”

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O’Scanlon Statement on Independent Hearing on NJ’s Unemployment System

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued the following statement today during the Independent Hearing on Unemployment:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said the labor commissioner and staff failed to appreciate the scope and severity of the problems unemployed New Jerseyans were facing. (YouTube/NJ Senate Republicans)

“While the labor Commissioner and the staff tried hard, it was obvious there was no recognition of dramatic nature of our unemployment insurance system’s failure from the top. The administration failed to assess the scope of the problems, the dire, life-threatening severity of the impact of the challenges people were facing.

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Senate Advances O’Scanlon Measure Clearing Barriers for School Districts Contemplating Consolidation

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s bill that would ease barriers deterring school districts from considering consolidation plans cleared the Senate today.

Without forcing any districts to merge, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon sponsors legislation that would ease barriers deterring school districts from considering consolidation plans. (SenateNJ.com)

“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 bill would 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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Bucco & O’Scanlon: Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk is a Band-Aid that Fails to Address More Serious Problems with New Marijuana Laws

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If juveniles are caught with marijuana or alcohol, parents would be notified in writing by the police under A-5472/S-3565, a bipartisan bill approved by the Senate today and destined for the Governor’s desk for consideration. The measure would remedy a portion of the statute preventing law enforcement officers from informing parents when a minor child is caught unlawfully using or possessing alcohol or a marijuana product, allowing parents to be notified in writing upon the first violation and each subsequent violation.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said legislation restoring parental notifications for a child’s marijuana violations fails to address complications in cannabis laws which could brand law enforcement officers as criminals for minor procedural gaffes committed during interactions with minors. (Pixabay)

While Republican sponsors of the legislation, Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Declan O’Scanlon support the change, they say it fails to address impractical complications in the laws which could brand law enforcement officers as criminals for minor procedural gaffes committed during interactions with minors.

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O’Scanlon Cites Democrats for Shortchanging Businesses Battered by Government Interference

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon today voiced dismay that Senate Democrats are dragging their feet on legislation to preserve jobs and help struggling companies while government pressure and COVID restrictions continue to threaten the viability of thousands of New Jersey businesses.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon criticized Senate Democrats for failing to act on a bipartisan bill to appropriate $300 million in federal money to help struggling businesses. (Pixabay)

“We’re seeing yet another half-hearted effort by Trenton’s partisan leadership on behalf of forlorn employers,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Even with billions of dollars coming in from Washington, the Democrats refuse to take seriously the reality that thousands of enterprises will be lost without immediate help. Businesses have been driven to the brink by government action, and many won’t survive without support. Today was a chance to assist them, and the Democrat leadership failed to deliver.”

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O’Scanlon Bill Lifts Barriers for School Districts Considering Consolidation

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon that would lift obstacles interfering with consolidation plans for school districts was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon that would lift obstacles interfering with school districts exploring consolidation was advanced by committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“It doesn’t work in every case, but there are some districts in the state that have identified advantages – both financial and education quality – to merging,” said O’Scanlon (R-16). “This bill doesn’t force schools to consolidate, but it removes some of the impediments that can prevent districts from moving forward with plans that can benefit both taxpayers and students.”

The legislation (S-3488) establishes criteria for state-funded regionalization studies, increases flexibility on regionalization cost apportionment, bars any regionalization that would segregate students, protects accrued tenure and seniority, and provides significant financial incentives for districts losing state aid because of declining enrollment to regionalize by extending the schedule for their Adjustment Aid cuts from four years to eight years.

The measure establishes a grant program to help districts conduct feasibility studies, reducing the burden on local taxpayers.

“In certain cases, consolidation can reduce the cost of education, deliver property tax savings, increase educational opportunities and improve overall education quality,” O’Scanlon noted. “For school districts to make informed decisions, feasibility studies are essential. We don’t want the costs associated with these studies to discourage districts from exploring options that could save money in the future.”

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O’Scanlon/Bucco Bill Would Protect Police from New Marijuana Law

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Legislation introduced today by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Anthony M. Bucco would protect officers from unfair criminal prosecutions when they encounter underage individuals in possession of marijuana or alcohol.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco introduced a bill that would protect officers from unfair criminal prosecutions when they encounter underage individuals in possession of marijuana or alcohol. (Flickr)

“We want to ensure bad cops are held accountable while permitting good cops to do their jobs,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “This bill strikes that balance and cleans up some of the mess created by the haphazard process used to legalize cannabis in New Jersey. The people of New Jersey overwhelmingly voted last year to legalize adult use of cannabis, and Trenton Democrats inexcusably used it as an opportunity to brand all police officers as criminals and make them fearful of doing their job. Under our measure, law enforcement will not unfairly bear the brunt of an unreasonable law that has nothing to do with decriminalizing pot.”

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O’Scanlon: Monmouth County Program Gives School Openings a Shot in the Arm

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Calls for Fully In-Person Classroom Education by April 1

As an effective Monmouth County campaign to vaccinate teachers continues, Senator Declan O’Scanlon called for schools in the county to open for fully in-person instruction by April 1.

As more Monmouth County teachers are vaccinated, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon is calling for a return to full in-person school on April 1. (Pixabay)

“We’re proud of our role in this program that has vaccinated more than 2,100 educators in less than a month,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Let’s be clear … overwhelming evidence indicates vaccinating teachers is not a scientific necessity to safely bring students back into the schools, but we know many of our instructors will feel more comfortable about returning to school once they have had the shots. It will help eliminate the staff shortages and extended quarantines that have prevented schools from returning to business as usual.”

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