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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Bill Allowing for Remote Notarization Due to COVID-19 Signed Into Law

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Legislation (S-2336) sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon allowing public notaries to authenticate documents remotely for the duration of the public health emergency has been signed into law.

The Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation allowing public notaries to authenticate documents remotely for the duration of the public health emergency has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“During the current coronavirus crisis, people still require the services of notaries to execute and verify important documents and to take oaths, affirmations, and affidavits,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “This new law will allow notaries to make use of the same communications technologies that governments and businesses are using to continue operating during the crisis, while incorporating safeguards such as video recordings of the signing or statement that can be referred to later if needed.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean & O’Scanlon Bill Supporting Health Care Professionals in the Coronavirus Fight Becomes Law

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Bipartisan Measure Advanced in Both Houses Monday

Legislation protecting health care professionals treating patients during the COVID-19 state of emergency from civil and criminal malpractice claims was signed by Governor Phil Murphy today.

Sen. Kean and Sen. O’Scanlon’s legislation shielding healthcare workers from malpractice claims and paving the way for more trained first-responders to assist with the coronavirus crisis was signed today by the Governor. (SenateNJ.com)

Sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Declan O’Scanlon, the law (S-2333) grants protections from claims alleging injury or death against a health care worker providing medical services in support of the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Bob Smith also sponsored.

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso, and Scharfenberger: End Unemployment Backlog ASAP

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (all R-Monmouth) called for the Governor and Department of Labor to commit to ending the backlog of unemployment claims as soon as possible in a joint statement today:

Sen. O’Scanlon, Asw. DiMaso, and Asm. Scharfenberger are supporting unemployed residents who are frustrated by delays in processing their claims, calling on Gov. Murphy and the labor commissioner to end the backlog. (Pixabay)

“The volume of calls we are getting to our legislative offices from those having issues with unemployment claims is unprecedented, even compared to the calls we received during Sandy. Families are terrified and struggling simply to put food on their tables. We need to add staff, hours, and resources immediately to end the backlog of claims.

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O’Scanlon: Time for New Jersey to Reclaim Manufacturing/Pharmaceutical Industry Leadership Role

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon today called on the Legislature and Governor’s office to coordinate efforts to spearhead a rebirth of New Jersey’s once world-leading manufacturing and pharmaceutical research and production industries.

Sen. O’Scanlon is calling for a comprehensive re-evaluation and reform of State taxes, rules, regulations and incentives to help restore New Jersey as a global leader in manufacturing and pharmaceutical research and production industries. (WikiMedia)

“The time is right now for New Jersey to be planning to take a lead role in re-domesticating these critical industries” said Senator O’Scanlon. “We still have the educated workforce, we still have incredible research universities, we still have the capital and investment resources and we still have the foundation of industrial knowledge and capability that made New Jersey the pharmaceutical and industrial capital of the world last century.

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Allow for Remote Notarization Due to COVID-19

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Legislation which would allow public notaries to authenticate documents remotely for the duration of the public health emergency was approved by the Senate today. The bill is sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Vin Gopal, Senator Troy Singleton, and Senator Declan O’Scanlon.

The Senate approved legislation allowing public notaries to authenticate documents remotely for the duration of the public health emergency. (©iStock)

“During the current coronavirus crisis, people still require the services of notaries to execute and verify important documents and to take oaths, affirmations, and affidavits,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “This legislation will allow notaries to make use of the same communications technologies that governments and businesses are using to continue operating, while incorporating safeguards such as video recordings of the signing or statement that can be referred to later if needed.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Clears Bipartisan Bill Supporting Health Care Professionals Fighting to Save Coronavirus Patients

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Sponsored by Senators Kean, Sweeney, Smith and O’Scanlon

Bipartisan legislation protecting health care professionals treating patients during the COVID-19 state of emergency from civil and criminal malpractice claims was approved today during the Senate’s first remote session.
Sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Bob Smith and Senator Declan O’Scanlon, the bill (S-2333) would grant protections from claims alleging injury or death against a health care worker providing medical services in support of the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sen. Kean and Sen. O’Scanlon sponsor legislation to strengthen the pool of medical personnel available to treat coronavirus patients in the state. The bipartisan bill was advanced by the Senate Monday. (©iStock)

“Our healthcare facilities and the dedicated doctors and nurses who provide critical care to patients have stepped up to respond to this emergent public health crisis, often without the resources they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Kean (R-21). “Many of the challenges they face, including shortages of life-saving ventilators, are not the result of negligence but of a massive surge in need and limited national supply. When our region has been hit as hard by the coronavirus as anywhere in the world, we must recognize that our healthcare facilities, doctors, and nurses are doing the best they can with what they have. They deserve the assurance that they will not be punished for trying to save lives under these unbelievably difficult circumstances.”

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger: Listen to Doctors, Not Elected Officials on Hydroxychloroquine Use

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (all R-Monmouth) issued a statement today calling on the Governor to rescind restrictions he placed on the ability of doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine (HCQ):

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger called on the Governor to rescind restrictions he placed on the ability of doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine. (©iStock)

“Ultimately, in decisions regarding healthcare treatment it should be healthcare experts and doctors who make those decisions, not elected officials. We have a duty to listen to the experts, and the experts are asking us for the ability to administer HCQ as a preventative measure in the battle against COVID-19.”

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger Call on Governor Murphy to Reopen New Jersey Parks

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (all R–Monmouth) called on Governor Phil Murphy to rescind his Executive Order mandating the closure of all State and County Park spaces to the public, which brings with it a penalty for failure to comply:

O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger called on Gov. Phil Murphy to rescind his Executive Order mandating the closure of all State and County parks. (SenateNJ.com)

“We understand we are in unprecedented times as well as the necessity for certain measures to be put into effect to curb exposure to and cases of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this Executive Order forcing the closure of State and County Parks takes things to a new level – one that we frankly should not be reaching.

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O’Scanlon: Failure to Utilize Extremely Valuable Human Resources Needs to Be Immediately Rectified. Failure to Do So Could Cost Lives. Governor Needs to Act Now.

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Today, Senator Declan O’Scanlon called on Governor Murphy to begin permitting recently graduated nurses and any inactive or recently expired EMS personnel to be allowed to contribute in the fight against COVID-19.

To address the critical shortage of healthcare workers and EMTs, Sen. O’Scanlon is urging the governor to allow the use of recently graduated nurses and inactive EMTs and paramedics to aid in the fight against COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

“As the Governor knows and has said, we need all hands on deck,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “This should be a no brainer. This is something that should have happened weeks ago and yet we keep getting told it’s just around the corner.”

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O’Scanlon, DiMaso & Scharfenberger Applaud Court’s Reversal on Release of Dangerous Prisoners

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (all R-Monmouth) today applauded the NJ Supreme Court’s decision to reverse an order that nearly permitted the release of seven criminals into the public.

Sen. O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman DiMaso and Assemblyman Scharfenberger commended the work of Monmouth County’s prosecutor and sheriff after the NJ Supreme Court voted to block the planned release from jail of seven high-risk criminals. (Flickr)

“This is a huge win for the rule of law,” said O’Scanlon. “Monmouth should be extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of Prosecutor Gramiccioni and his dedicated team of assistant prosecutors. Thankfully, they, and Sheriff Golden raised the alarm early about this and worked at a grueling pace to prevent it. This would have been an unmitigated disaster without them.”

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