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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon ‘River’s Law’ Formally Introduced

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) formally introduced legislation designated as ‘River’s Law’ which would allow prosecutors to charge certain animal abusers with an escalated second degree crime.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon formally introduced legislation designated as ‘River’s Law’ which would allow prosecutors to charge certain animal abusers with an escalated second degree crime. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve been working on this legislation for months behind the scenes to make sure that it does exactly what we want it to do: create an accurate punishment for abhorrent, malicious treatment of animals,” said O’Scanlon. “
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O’Scanlon Condemns Murphy Signing ‘Disastrous’ Minimum Wage Law

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Says this is simply too much too fast

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today condemned Governor Murphy’s signature of a bill which would rapidly raise the minimum wage to $15 and have widespread negative impacts for New Jersey.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon condemned Gov. Murphy’s signature of a bill which would rapidly raise the minimum wage to $15 and have widespread negative impacts for New Jersey. (WikiMedia)

“This law will have disastrous consequences for our business community and minimum wage workers. It simply goes too far too fast,” O’Scanlon stated. “I serve on the bipartisan manufacturing caucus and we heard from every single manufacturer that it was impossible for them to absorb this increase without losing jobs.”
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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Warn of Net Losses to Low-Income Earners from Minimum Wage Increase

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) warned fellow lawmakers today that efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour currently being pushed through the legislature might have severe, unintended consequences.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso warned fellow lawmakers today that efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour might have severe, unintended consequences. (SenateNJ.com)

“The impact this minimum wage legislation could have on the State budget, and further, the entire State economy, cannot be understated here. The Senate President confirmed today that the cost is anywhere from $300 to $600 million on the budget. How can we possibly talk about adding that kind of expense to our budget when we already have a massive budget hole? It’s irresponsible,” O’Scanlon said.

“A large number of these residents are reliant on programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and utility assistance. If you rapidly increase someone’s pay to $10 an hour in the next year and assume there isn’t any impact to their number of hours or job safety, something we know will happen due to the devastating impact on small businesses, then those workers won’t be eligible for lower cost health benefits through the Medicaid expansion,” DiMaso added.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call for Immediate Action on NJ Transit Issues

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Legislators: Governor Must Take ‘Whatever Action is Necessary’

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today called for immediate action to resolve NJ Transit’s ongoing issues:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso are calling for immediate action to resolve NJ Transit’s ongoing issues. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy must take expeditious action to address the major issues plaguing NJ Transit,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “I’m calling on the Governor to take whatever action is necessary, whether it’s declaring a State of Emergency, bringing in out-of-state engineers, or any other solution. We must treat this exigent situation with the seriousness that it demands.”

“We have been hearing from numerous constituents about their never-ending arduous encounters with NJ Transit: delays, safety concerns, and the lack of service entirely,” DiMaso continued. “They should not have to pay for a service that fails to meet basic operation standards on a consistent basis.”

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O’Scanlon Warns of Dangerous Arbitrary Speed Limit Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today warned his fellow legislators to apply science when considering a piece of legislation which would have legislators set the speed limit at 25 mph along certain stretches of Route 130 in Burlington at all times of the day and night, not just school hours.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon warns his fellow legislators to apply science when considering A-3576, legislation that would set the speed limit at 25 mph along certain stretches of Route 130 in Burlington at all times of the day and night, not just during school hours. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, also known as “Antwan’s Law,” (A-3576) is scheduled for a final legislative vote on Monday, Dec. 17 in the New Jersey General Assembly.

“The bill sponsors and community advocates most certainly have good intentions here. But we have science that is used to set speed limits. Allowing legislators to randomly set speed limits is not the scientific way to do it,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “You don’t alter the speed limit by randomly changing signs on the side of the road. In fact, that could make things more hazardous if those speed limits aren’t backed up by data.”

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O’Scanlon: Over-Brining NJ Roads is a Large-Scale Waste of Taxpayer Funds

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement addressing numerous recent incidents of unwarranted brining of State roadways.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon releases a statement addressing the numerous recent incidents of unwarranted brining of State roadways. (Pixabay)

“The lack of government response and preparedness for the first winter storm of the season was clearly a failure,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “Although it was somewhat ameliorated by the moving target forecast, there’s no question we should have been better-prepared, and more on top of the treacherous situation as it evolved.

“However, the answer for that failure is NOT to waste obscene amounts of taxpayer money by over-brining roads, every time the temperature dips below 40 degrees.

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O’Scanlon Warns that Democrats’ Redistricting Constitutional Amendment Would Prevent Voters from Holding the Legislative Majority Accountable

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said a proposed amendment to the New Jersey Constitution being advanced by Democrats is designed to deny voters the opportunity to hold the majority party accountable in state legislative elections.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said a proposed amendment to the N.J. Constitution being advanced by Democrats is designed to deny voters the opportunity to hold the majority party accountable in state legislative elections. (SenateNJ.com)

“While Democrats have succeeded in having their desired maps adopted during the last two redistricting cycles, there at least has been the opportunity for Republicans to make the case for creating truly competitive legislative districts that would provide voters the opportunity to hold the majority party accountable,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “The proposed constitutional amendment, however, would permanently tip the scales in favor of Democrats by changing the metrics used to draw legislative districts in a way that is virtually guaranteed to result in continued Democratic control of the Legislature, regardless of how people actually vote in legislative elections. Their proposal short-circuits the election process by preordaining the result before a single ballot is cast. It makes a mockery of democracy in New Jersey.”

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O’Scanlon Applauds Governor’s Approval of Hemp Industry Pilot Program

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) applauded Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of legislation that establishes a pilot program to study the cultivation of industrial hemp, licensing growers and distributors.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon applauded Gov. Murphy’s signing of legislation that establishes a pilot program to study the cultivation of industrial hemp.  (Pixabay)

“It’s time for New Jersey to put its finger on the pulse of the hemp industry,” O’Scanlon, an original sponsor of the legislation, said. “This pilot program is a win for local farmers who need a diversity of opportunities to compete in the global agriculture market. Hemp is growing in value as a cash crop, and I am sure the New Jersey economy, and our farmers will benefit from this pilot program. We are the Garden State.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Introduce Victim Compensation Awareness Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, both R-Monmouth, have introduced legislation designed to increase awareness about the state victims compensation fund. Their legislation was introduced in response to an investigation by NJ.com late this summer highlighting issues with the fund.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso have introduced legislation to increase awareness about the state victims compensation fund, following an NJ.com investigation highlighting issues with the fund. (Pixabay)

“What happens to the families left behind is devastating. They are truly victims as well. The money the state has from federal grants and matching funds is clearly being underutilized,” O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) stated. “Many of these families are totally unaware of the services and compensation that they may be eligible for.”

The new bill would require  all hospitals and satellite emergency departments in New Jersey to display signs detailing information about the compensation and services the Victims of Crime Compensation Office can provide.

“Reading the NJ.com article was heartbreaking,” DiMaso (R-Monmouth) said. “Our residents send so much money to the federal government with little return. No parent should have to bury their child. Sending back over $380,000 of unspent federal victim assistance grant funding when it is so clear there are families struggling is something we need to correct.”

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O’Scanlon Continues to Lead Municipal Justice Reform Efforts

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As part of his aggressive push to reform the municipal justice system, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) introduced legislation today that would require municipalities to be more transparent in reporting penalties imposed at the local level.

As part of his aggressive push to reform the municipal justice system, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has introduced legislation that would require municipalities to be more transparent in reporting penalties imposed at the local level. (©iStock)

“You can’t improve what you can’t measure,” said O’Scanlon. “When towns use the justice system as a means of raising revenue, they erode the public’s trust in government. Our local police and courts should not be used as ATM’s by misguided municipal officials. I’ve been vocal about my attempts to reform our municipal court system. This is another step of many that the Legislature must undertake to address the critical issues here.”

Two weeks ago, O’Scanlon introduced a package of three bills aimed at reforming several of the problems highlighted in a municipal court report issued by the State Supreme Court this summer. This bill is another piece of the package.

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