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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 Announces Funding to Rebuild Monmouth County Bridges

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Monmouth Awarded Most Funding of Any County in NJ

Senator Declan O’Scanlon announced that Monmouth County will receive $6 million in “Local Bridge, Future Needs” grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to undertake bridge reconstruction projects.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon announced that Monmouth County will receive $6 million in “Local Bridge, Future Needs” grants. (SenateNJ.com)

“This award demonstrates how the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund is employed to support vital local projects,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). I want to commend NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore for their efforts to ensure that this grant program funds bridge projects around the state in a fair and appropriate manner.”

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O’Scanlon Introduces Fact-Based Speed Limit Bill

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Says Engineers Should Set Proper Speed Limits

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation requiring speed limits be set according to the nationally recognized ’85th percentile’ formula, the speed at which 85 percent of drivers are traveling.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation requires speed limits be set according to the nationally recognized ’85th percentile’ formula, the speed at which 85 percent of drivers are traveling. (SenateNJ.com)

“There are two critical take-always from the initiative I announce today. First, I’m not arguing for the raising or lowering of any speed limit. On the contrary, my position is that we need to remove legislators and bureaucrats from the speed limit setting process and empower highway traffic safety engineers to do their jobs unencumbered by political influence,” said O’Scanlon.

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O’Scanlon Praises Supreme Court’s Proposed Municipal Court Reforms—Will Introduce Legislation to Take the Profit Out of Policing and Local Courts

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued praise to the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines and Fees for their comprehensive report which, after a 16 month investigation, “revealed a number of significant concerns where aggressive reform is needed. Many of those issues identified by the Committee undermine both the administration of justice and the independence of the Municipal Courts.”

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon praises the Supreme Court’s proposed Municipal Court Reforms. (SenateNJ)

“In law enforcement and judicial systems, profit is the mortal enemy of justice,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “We must take real steps towards reforming municipal court and ticketing procedures. Policing for profit is an unacceptable practice that tarnishes the reputation of all our upstanding police officers and often results in devastating consequences for petty infractions.”

“Municipal Courts should be about the administration of justice, not a profit center to plug holes in local governments’ budgets,” O’Scanlon continued. “In the twenty-five years since our Courts were last reformed, too many towns have come to rely on fines to fund their municipal operations and too many local judges have turned into de facto tax collectors. This is not justice and it has to stop.”

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson Call For Reforms At Palisades Parkway Police

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) today joined forces in calling for reforms to the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department in light of a scathing report issued by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office following an eight month investigation.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asm. Gordon Johnson call for reforms to the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department in light of a scathing report issued by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. (SenateNJ.com)

The 28 member department patrols 11 miles of the poorly maintained highway along the Palisades between the George Washington Bridge and the New York/New Jersey border in northern Bergen County.

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O’Scanlon Legislation Improving Asset Forfeiture Transparency Passes Senate

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ)

“Accountability is paramount when law enforcement agencies seize assets from people, including homes and cars, which may have been utilized in illegal activity,” O’Scanlon (R-13) said. “We need to balance efforts to remove instruments employed in criminal activity with the property rights of owners. It can be extremely difficult for the owner to regain possession of a seized asset, even if no wrongdoing has been proven. Requiring the regular reporting of seized assets will improve transparency to ensure that the process of asset forfeiture isn’t abused.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Say Shutdown Would Cost Monmouth County Millions

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) called on Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leadership to reach a budget agreement, saying a State government shutdown could put at risk a $125 million infusion of tourism dollars into Monmouth County over the 4th of July holiday.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso called on Gov. Murphy and legislative leadership to reach a budget agreement, saying a State shutdown could hurt Monmouth County’s tourism economy over the important 4th of July holiday. (Bing Maps)

“Not only would a shutdown of the State severely inconvenience our residents, it could cost our tourism industry and businesses millions of dollars,” said O’Scanlon. “Tourism is critical to our economy here in Monmouth County, and most of our tourism revenue comes from three big holidays — Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. We can’t afford to let a government shutdown put that at risk.”

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O’Scanlon to Introduce Bills to Keep Traffic Moving, Protect Economy in Event of State Government Shutdown

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Measures Would Allow Racetracks to Operate & Road Construction Projects to Continue

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) will introduce a pair of bills to keep traffic moving and protect the New Jersey economy from harm in the event of a State government shutdown.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon will introduce a pair of bills to keep traffic moving and protect the New Jersey economy in the event of a State government shutdown. (Pixabay)

“Traffic across most of New Jersey is bad enough without forcing work crews to abandon road construction projects while Trenton Democrats debate competing tax increase proposals,” said O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Ensuring that road repairs can be completed and lanes reopened quickly is not just a matter of convenience, it’s also important for public safety.”

In the event of a shutdown, the legislation requires safety inspections of existing transportation infrastructure and newly constructed transportation infrastructure that are funded by the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority to continue to be funded.

“The construction workers are private contractors, so they have no issue staying on site and moving projects forward. Also, the cost of demobilizing is a significant expense,” said O’Scanlon. “To force that expense for a shutdown of a few days or weeks would only add to the costs of these projects. I’m glad to join Assembly Republican Leader Bramnick in this effort.”

The legislation directs that all State employees that have been designated as necessary to conduct safety inspections are to be considered essential personnel.

Similarly, the second bill proposed by O’Scanlon would ensure that State gaming regulators could stay on the job at racetracks in the event of a shutdown.

“The Attorney General has indicated that all racetracks in New Jersey would be forced to close if the State shuts down on July 1st,” said O’Scanlon. “That closure would impact the new sports betting lounge that finally opened at Monmouth Park this month after long delays, right before the extremely important 4th of July weekend. It’s insane that we would allow harm to our local economy by closing facilities like Monmouth Park, which also generate substantial tax revenues in support of the State budget under debate.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Jersey Shore Is Taxed Enough

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) criticized a budget proposal offered by Democrats to add a tax on seasonal rentals when shore communities are already being hit on multiple fronts in the various Democratic budget proposals this year.

O’Scanlon & DiMaso criticized a proposal by Democrats to add a tax on seasonal rentals when shore communities are already being hit on multiple fronts in Democratic budget proposals. (Pixabay)

“No one appears willing to have the truly difficult conversations about reforms that needed to happen months ago, ” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “We’ve been calling for cost-saving reforms for years. Instead what we are seeing is disagreements over how many taxes to raise. That isn’t the solution, and taxing seasonal rentals in our shore communities is certainly not the solution. Tourism accounts for one-in-ten jobs in the state. Small businesses along the coast are still struggling. Hindering their recovery with new taxes is irresponsible.”

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O’Scanlon: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Banning Mandatory Public Employee Union Dues a Big Win for NJ Taxpayers

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said a ruling issued today by the United States Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME represents a big win for New Jersey taxpayers.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said a ruling issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus vs. AFSCME represents a big win for New Jersey taxpayers. (Flickr)

“The cycle of public employee unions using dues to finance the campaigns of politicians who then reward them with taxpayer dollars may finally be coming to an end,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “In New Jersey, the millions unions have funneled into campaigns has led to expensive government driven by the highest taxes in the nation. This ruling is a victory for workers as well as for even-handed political debate. Public union money frequently, purposefully overwhelmed any potential for legitimate, fair, and open public discourse.”

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O’Scanlon Applauds BPU for Rejecting Monmouth Reliability Project

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon applauded the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for rejecting the Monmouth Reliability Project today:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon applauded the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for rejecting the Monmouth Reliability Project. (SenateNJ.com)

“The BPU made the right decision to reject the construction of massive, unneeded power lines through Monmouth County.

“This decision follows the ruling of Judge Cookson, who previously determined that the need for the project could not be properly demonstrated.

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