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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Urges BPU to Vote Against Monmouth County Reliability Project Tomorrow

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) urged the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to vote against the Monmouth County Reliability Project at its meeting tomorrow:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon urged the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to vote against the Monmouth County Reliability Project at its meeting tomorrow. (Flickr)

“The people of Monmouth County have been unified in their opposition to the construction of these giant, obtrusive power transmission lines that it has now been demonstrated that we do not need.

“I applaud the thousands of people who joined together to create R.A.G.E. (Residents Against Giant Electric) to express their continued opposition over so many years. Theirs was a truly incredible grass-roots effort that won the debate in the minds of the public and ultimately, critically, that of Judge Cookson, who was charged with the deep-dive assessment of the proposal.

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O’Scanlon Thrilled Sports Betting Signed

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Says We Cannot Lose Focus

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) praised Governor Murphy for finally signing legislation regulation sports betting:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon praised Gov. Phil Murphy for finally signing into law legislation regulation sports betting in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“This was the right choice for Monmouth Park, and for New Jersey. The equine industry is vital to our tourism and the preservation of thousands of acres of open space in New Jersey. It’s disappointing that we were unable to capture such a huge weekend for sports betting. However, hopefully this process will inform future efforts between the Governor’s Office and the Legislature so that together we can move things forward more efficiently when time is of the essence.

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Advanced: O’Scanlon Legislation Improving Asset Forfeiture Transparency Passes Budget Committee

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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 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (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 Concerned by Murphy’s Inexplicable Delay of Sports Betting

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Says Governor Needs to Take Different Path

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) criticized the Murphy Administration’s inexplicable move to block sports betting from commencing immediately following the full passage of the legislation by both houses of the Legislature.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon criticizes Governor Murphy for inexplicable move to block sports betting from commencing. (WikimediaCommons)

“There are two aspects to the administration’s actions. The first is that they are taking their time to sign the legislation, and the second is that they are standing in the way of Monmouth Park opening while taking that time,” said O’Scanlon. “The Governor claims he needs to review this legislation before signing it, but there is no practical reason why Monmouth Park cannot start accepting wagers while that’s happening–the sky won’t fall, lions won’t roam the streets, locusts won’t ravage our fields. There is absolutely zero likelihood of any negative impact of Monmouth Park opening today. That being the case, one has to wonder about the motivation here. It’s disturbing.”

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O’Scanlon Praises Bipartisan Cooperation to Ensure Commencement of Monmouth Park Sports Betting

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon made the following statement after successfully leading the effort to amend the sports betting bill to ensure that bets can commence this weekend and eliminate any potential delay or complication:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon successfully led the effort to amend sports betting legislation to ensure that bets can commence this weekend and eliminate any potential delay or complication. (Flickr)

“Every now and then government works just as it should,” said O’Scanlon after the amended bill’s overwhelming passage. “This was one of those times.”

“We worked tirelessly to make our case that pulling the prohibitive language from the bill was the right thing to do. I’m happy to see that they acknowledged how critical it was to remove any punitive measures. I can’t thank Senator Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin enough for their open-mindedness and willingness to do the heavy lift to amend the bill.  They were really class acts in this effort.  This is a huge win for Monmouth Park, for Oceanport, for Monmouth County, sports enthusiasts and all state taxpayers.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Urge Removal of Punitive Language from Sports Betting Bill

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Say Provision Would Allow Sports Betting to Be Held Hostage in Budget Showdown

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) urged the Legislature to remove punitive language which would discourage sports betting from commencing operations prior to the approval of regulatory framework legislation.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso urged the Legislature to remove punitive language which would discourage sports betting from commencing operations prior to the approval of regulatory framework legislation. (Flickr)

“We understand the motivation to level the playing field which was the apparent goal of this language in the bill, however that goal was achieved already—sports betting has been held off for weeks,” said O’Scanlon. “This language only serves to enable sports betting to get caught up in the complicated—and apparently contentious—budget battle. The Legislature needs to amend, move, and pass this legislation by tomorrow without any unnecessary punitive language.”

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O’Scanlon Praises Committee Passage of Sports Betting Legislation

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, praised the committee’s approval of legislation that would allow sports betting in New Jersey to move forward:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon praised the committee passage of sports betting legislation that would help revitalize Monmouth Park and New Jersey’s horse racing industry. (Flickr)

“After our committee vote today, we’re one step closer to providing opportunities for customers to engage in legal sports betting in New Jersey. This will revitalize Monmouth Park and our horse racing industry, support the preservation of open space, and give the New Jersey economy a welcome boost.”

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O’Scanlon on Gov. Murphy’s New Health Benefits Task Force: What’s Left to Study?

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) questioned the need for a new task force announced by Governor Phil Murphy to study the health benefits offered to public employees with studies already completed and legislation ready for action.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned the need for Gov. Phil Murphy’s new task force to study public employee health benefits reforms with studies already completed and legislation ready for action. (Flickr)

“The Byrne/Healey Commission report gave us everything we need to implement cost-saving health benefits reforms that can save taxpayers billions,” said O’Scanlon. “There’s nothing left to study. The Governor’s new task force simply kicks the can down the road again, which is exactly what this Administration has said it would not do.”

O’Scanlon sponsors legislation, S-220 and S-221, which would implement recommendations of the Byrne/Healey Commission.

“Without these reforms, we put the future fiscal solvency of the pension system, public workers, and the entire state budget in extreme peril,” O’Scanlon added. “We are one mild economic downturn away from disaster. Everyone needs to understand it, accept it, and endorse my bills to achieve health benefits reform. We know this needs to happen, and we already have the legislation introduced to make it happen.”

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O’Scanlon Driver’s Responsibilities & Safety Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) designed to increase awareness of driver’s responsibilities and the “Move Over” law today cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s bill is designed to increase driver awareness of New Jersey’s “Move Over” law. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The best way to keep our citizens and law enforcement safe is to make sure that everyone is clearly informed of the process and their responsibilities. Many drivers might not realize they need to fully turn off the engine and radio, avoid sudden movements, and keep their hands in plain view of the officer,” O’Scanlon stated. “Furthermore people should know that a police officer is required to obtain certain documents and explain why you’ve been stopped.”

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O’Scanlon Legislation Improving Asset Forfeiture Transparency Passes Committee

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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 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has advanced. (SenateNJ.com)

“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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