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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 Bill Protecting Senior Freeze Reimbursements for Seniors Approved by Panel

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation to allow seniors to downsize their homes without jeopardizing property tax reimbursements was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

The bill (S-566) would allow an eligible homeowner to receive reimbursement immediately following a move to a new home, rather than waiting almost two full years as required under current law.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s measure would allow homeowners eligible for the Senior Freeze program to qualify for reimbursement following a move to a new home, rather than waiting almost two full years as required under current law. (©iStock)

“The Senior Freeze provides needed property tax relief for older homeowners, including many who are struggling to make ends meet on fixed incomes,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “While the majority of senior citizens live in one- or two-person households, only a small percentage of them reap the savings provided by selling their family home and downsizing.

“This measure will ensure if an eligible homeowner does move to a smaller, more affordable home, it will not jeopardize their reimbursement,” O’Scanlon explained.

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O’Scanlon Bill Allowing Electronic Authorization for Medical Cannabis for Patients Passes Senate

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation to expand access to authorized medical cannabis through telemedicine has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation to expand access to authorized medical cannabis through telemedicine has passed the Senate. (Flickr)

“Those who rely on medical cannabis to treat their conditions will benefit from more convenient and less expensive digital doctors’ appointments,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Utilizing available technology is a practical approach that will improve the health and wellness of eligible New Jersey residents.”

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O’Scanlon Bill Protecting Seniors from Scammers Advances

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation to protect vulnerable senior citizens and people with disabilities from theft scams passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The Senate Law & Public Safety Committee advanced Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s bill that would make fiscal victimization of senior citizens or people with disabilities a crime, protecting vulnerable populations from theft scams. (SenateNJ.com)

“Seniors have always been prime targets for criminals who prey on their trusting nature and easy demeanor,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “As technology has developed, it has become easier to find victims and raid their life savings. This can be devastating for people living on fixed incomes.”

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O’Scanlon: Murphy Energy Plan Too Much Too Soon

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon expressed major concern regarding the new Energy Master Plan (EMP) released today by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon expressed major concern regarding today’s release of Gov. Phil Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan, citing significant increased costs for New Jersey residents. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am a firm believer in the age old adage that one needs to learn to walk before running,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “The EMP, with the best of intentions for New Jersey residents, fails to consider this wisdom. The EMP fails to consider the impacts on the ratepayer. It is simply too much too soon.”

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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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