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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Sports Betting Decision Will Boost Monmouth Park, Horse Racing Industry

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) released a statement following a United States Supreme Court decision reversing the ban on sports betting:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso said a U.S. Supreme Court decision on sports wagering will boost Monmouth Park and New Jersey’s horse racing industry. (Flickr)

“This is a huge victory for justice and fairness as there has been a bipartisan effort for years to address this arbitrary ban on sports betting. Monmouth Park is a vital cornerstone for our community in Oceanport, and further, for the entire region.” said O’Scanlon “Horse racing is crucial to New Jersey’s economy as well as the preservation of our open space. Our horse racing industry is responsible for the preservation of thousands of acres of open space. Anything that helps the industry directly helps reserve that invaluable resource.”

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O’Scanlon: Governor’s CV of S5 Shows More Consideration for Taxpayers’ Safety

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement following the Governor’s conditional veto of S5:

“Back in November, I wrote in an op-ed that I was rooting for our Governor to succeed. I said then that I would call him out when he mis-stepped but be with him when he did the right thing. This is me keeping my word.”

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon standing up for New Jersey taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)

“I want to commend Governor Murphy and his policy staff for what appears to be their complete reassessment of the deeply flawed original version of bill S-5. To be clear, neither taxpayers nor unions are getting everything they wanted out of this conditional veto. However, a fair assessment of the language of the conditional veto demonstrates that there was a genuine concern for taxpayers, as well as of the goals of union leaders to have more control over their pension funds investment strategy.

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O’Scanlon Statement on Byrne’s Removal from State Investment Council

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on Governor Phil Murphy’s decision to replace Tom Byrne as Chairman of the State Investment Council.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said Tom Byrne had integrity and understood that politics should not play a role in pension investment decisions. O’Scanlon is also concerned that the Murphy administration seems to be purging qualified public servants. (SenateNJ.com)

“Tom Byrne is one of the smartest people in government finance on either side of the aisle in New Jersey,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “Tom has integrity. He is one of the few people in Trenton who isn’t afraid to say ‘no’ to the unions. He is a fierce and fair advocate for pensioners and taxpayers alike. This is not the kind of public servant we should be losing.”

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O’Scanlon Named ‘Champion of the Taxpayer’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) earned an “A+” rating and was named Champion of the Taxpayer by Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey in AFP’s Annual NJ Taxpayer Scorecard and during an awards ceremony at the Statehouse in Trenton yesterday.   The award recognizes O’Scanlon’s fight for New Jersey taxpayers during the 2016-2017 Legislative Session, his final session in the State Assembly prior to his election to the Senate.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) earned an “A+” rating and named Champion of the Taxpayers by American for Prosperity-New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

Seventeen lawmakers scored as a “Champion of the Taxpayer,” fourteen with an “A+” rating.  This award is given to lawmakers who acted in the best interest of their constituents by pursuing policies that advance economic freedom during the legislative session. In order to obtain the “Champion” designation, legislators must score 90% or higher on the group’s Taxpayer Scorecard.

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O’Scanlon Endorses Expansion of Medical Marijuana Program

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Says current program has proven results

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) is calling for the expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon is calling for the expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. (©iStock)

Discussion surrounding marijuana has ramped up following commitments by the Murphy administration and legislature to legalize marijuana. O’Scanlon has been an active part of marijuana discussions; committed to ensuring that only evidence-based and effective policy is passed.

“Based on the experience we have gleaned from the careful rollout of our Medicinal Marijuana program and the protocols put in place by the Christie administration, we now know a number of things. First, it is indeed possible to implement a medically precise marijuana program. Second, marijuana is an extremely effective drug that can supplant other, much more highly addictive, opioid medications. Lastly, it is the right time to expand our program,” O’Scanlon stated. “My staff and I have toured cannabis facilities in both Colorado and Nevada. We’ve seen what an expanded medicinal program looks like and it’s not something to fear.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego
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Addiego/O’Scanlon Launch #DontTaxMyRide to Oppose Murphy’s Ridesharing Tax

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Senators Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) expressed opposition to Governor Murphy’s proposed plan of taxing ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, and launched a #DontTaxMyRide campaign for others to express their opposition as well.

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Tell Gov. Murphy #DontTaxMyRide. Join Senators Dawn Addiego and Declan O'Scanlon in opposing new taxes on ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft! Post your own video #DontTaxMyRide goo.gl/FpsbUb

Posted by New Jersey Senate Republicans on Friday, March 16, 2018

“Ridesharing services provide young adults the option of securing a safe ride home as a responsible alternative to getting behind the wheel after drinking,” said Senator Addiego. “By taxing services that provide safe alternatives to drunk driving, we would penalize individuals who choose to make the right decision.”

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O’Scanlon Wants BPU Hearing on Power Outages in Monmouth County

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon responded to power outages impacting hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans following recent nor’easters.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for BPU hearings in Monmouth County following recent power outages. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It seems to me, that anytime we have more than a zephyr, branches and trees take out power lines across New Jersey. This is unacceptable,” said O’Scanlon.

Governor Murphy recently expressed outrage towards utility companies operating in New Jersey and has called for an investigation by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) into storm preparation.

“North Jersey really took a beating with these storms in the past few weeks,” said O’Scanlon. “Monmouth can relate. We got walloped by Sandy. Swaths of our communities often lose power every time there’s a storm. If there are going to be discussions about how our power companies are operating, Monmouth County is the ideal place to have them.”

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O’Scanlon Praises Monmouth County Reliability Project Decision

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement with regard to an administrative law judge decision on the Monmouth County Reliability Project:

“Judge Cookson’s decision highlights all of the points that residents have been making since the beginning. This project seemed to lack justification out of the gate. After one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive grassroots efforts I’ve ever seen, the fact that the project couldn’t be justified was made clinically obvious. I am very happy we received the objective examination we were hoping for from Judge Cookson.”

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement with regard to an administrative law judge’s decision on the Monmouth County Reliability Project. (Flickr)

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O’Scanlon Introduces Legislation to Ensure Fairness & Efficiency in Property Assessments

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Would Produce Cost Savings and Eliminate Tax Shock for Homeowners

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation which would require counties and municipalities to transition to a fair, cost-effective, and technology-based property assessment system, which would reduce volatility in property tax assessments and prevent tax shock for homeowners.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation would require counties and municipalities to transition to a fair, cost-effective, and technology-based property assessment system. (SenateNJ.com)

“Four years ago, Monmouth County implemented the Real Assessment Demonstration Program,” said O’Scanlon. “We learned a number of lessons along the way in our effort to achieve a fairer and more accurate system to assess properties. I’ve taken those lessons into account and incorporated what works into this new legislation.”

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O’Scanlon Expresses Opposition to Nuclear Subsidy Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today to express his opposition to legislation, S-877, under consideration today by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon expressed opposition to a nuclear subsidy bill as currently drafted, saying he hoped to work with those concerned on a better solution. (Flickr)

“While I could not attend today’s important hearing due to the flu, I felt it my duty to do the research and make a statement on this significant and impactful legislation.

“I oppose S-877 for numerous reasons. First, let me say that I accept the fact that some subsidy to the nuclear industry to keep it viable may be justifiable. Unfortunately, this legislation is not the way to do that.

“On the nuclear subsidy, the amount proposed has seemed to be a foregone conclusion from the first time we heard about the bill, with very little backing to justify it.

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