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O’Scanlon/Bucco Bill Would Protect Police from New Marijuana Law

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Legislation introduced today by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Anthony M. Bucco would protect officers from unfair criminal prosecutions when they encounter underage individuals in possession of marijuana or alcohol.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco introduced a bill that would protect officers from unfair criminal prosecutions when they encounter underage individuals in possession of marijuana or alcohol. (Flickr)

“We want to ensure bad cops are held accountable while permitting good cops to do their jobs,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “This bill strikes that balance and cleans up some of the mess created by the haphazard process used to legalize cannabis in New Jersey. The people of New Jersey overwhelmingly voted last year to legalize adult use of cannabis, and Trenton Democrats inexcusably used it as an opportunity to brand all police officers as criminals and make them fearful of doing their job. Under our measure, law enforcement will not unfairly bear the brunt of an unreasonable law that has nothing to do with decriminalizing pot.”

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O’Scanlon: Monmouth County Program Gives School Openings a Shot in the Arm

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Calls for Fully In-Person Classroom Education by April 1

As an effective Monmouth County campaign to vaccinate teachers continues, Senator Declan O’Scanlon called for schools in the county to open for fully in-person instruction by April 1.

As more Monmouth County teachers are vaccinated, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon is calling for a return to full in-person school on April 1. (Pixabay)

“We’re proud of our role in this program that has vaccinated more than 2,100 educators in less than a month,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Let’s be clear … overwhelming evidence indicates vaccinating teachers is not a scientific necessity to safely bring students back into the schools, but we know many of our instructors will feel more comfortable about returning to school once they have had the shots. It will help eliminate the staff shortages and extended quarantines that have prevented schools from returning to business as usual.”

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O’Scanlon Bill Bolstering Tenant Protections Advances

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Renters would have more robust safeguards from unscrupulous landlords under legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon would provide tenants with more vigorous protection from unscrupulous landlords. (Pixabay)

This bill, S-306, would create a streamlined and expanded landlord registration process and make changes concerning multiple dwelling inspections and maintenance.

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O’Scanlon: NJ Stunningly, Dramatically & Tragically Lagging in Business Capacity Limits Again

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) strongly criticized the Murphy administration following announcements by several states that they would dramatically increase indoor dining capacity limitations.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon strongly criticized the Murphy administration following announcements by several states that they would dramatically increase indoor dining capacity limitations. (Click for full size chart)

“All of our surrounding states are now nearly double or higher our current capacity limitations. New Jersey is, yet again, lagging needlessly behind,” said O’Scanlon. “We’ve been showing for months that restaurants are not the source of new case surges. Comparison data from other northeast states – in fact virtually all states – highlights this. New Jersey is no better off than others from a health perspective despite our suffocating 35 percent indoor dining capacity limits. And the downside on businesses and jobs is tragic.”

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O’Scanlon/Sweeney/Gopal School Regionalization Bill Approved by Senate Education Committee

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Comprehensive Reform Bill Includes Financial Incentives for Adjustment Aid Districts with Declining Enrollment to Pursue Regionalization                      

The Senate Education Committee today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senators Vin Gopal and Declan O’Scanlon to encourage the creation of K-12 regional and countywide school districts in an effort to improve educational quality and efficiency.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon encourages school districts to consider the creation of K-12 regional and countywide school districts in an effort to improve educational quality and efficiency. (Pixabay)

The legislation (S-3488) establishes criteria for state-funded regionalization studies, increases flexibility on regionalization cost apportionment, bars any regionalization that would have a segregative effect, protects accrued tenure and seniority, and provides significant financial incentives for districts losing state aid because of declining enrollment to regionalize by extending the schedule for their Adjustment Aid cuts from four years to eight years.

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O’Scanlon Op-Ed: Introducing Legislation to Correct Insanity of Recently Passed Cannabis Law

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Democrats are Speaking Out Both Sides Of Their Mouths When It Comes to Protecting Children from Marijuana and Alcohol

Op-Ed by Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Two-faced. This is the word that first comes to mind when I try to describe to family and friends as to what happened with the recent passage of our marijuana laws here in New Jersey. After the abysmal failure of Trenton Democrats to garner enough support from their own members to pass sensible cannabis legislation, it was punted to the voters in a ballot question.

In a scathing op-ed, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon criticized Trenton Democrats for their failure to protect children with the new cannabis law. (CC0 Public Domain)

The public overwhelmingly voted in favor of a nebulous constitutional amendment that should have given all the political cover needed for Governor Murphy and legislative Democrats to set up a sensible legal framework for a cannabis marketplace.

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O’Scanlon & Bucco to Introduce Bills Addressing the Most Severe Failings of the New Marijuana Law

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Anthony M. Bucco are taking the lead to fix some of the most obvious problems with the new cannabis law passed by the Trenton Democrats.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco are introducing legislation to fix some of the most obvious problems with the new cannabis law passed by the Trenton Democrats. (Pixabay)

The Senate Republican colleagues will introduce legislation that would restore liability protections for police during a marijuana-related interaction with underage youths and another to repeal a new law prohibiting law enforcement from notifying parents if their child is caught possessing alcohol or marijuana.

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O’Scanlon Responds to NJ Comptroller’s Report on Unlawful Sick Leave Payouts in Palisades Park

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The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) released an investigative report revealing that Palisades Park paid tens of thousands of dollars each year to employees who had unused sick leave, directly in violation of state laws. Senator Declan O’Scanlon, who sent a letter to Comptroller Kevin Walsh imploring him to conduct an investigation into the allegations of malfeasance, commended the OSC for its meticulous report.

The Office of the State Comptroller released an investigative report revealing that Palisades Park paid tens of thousands of dollars each year to employees who had unused sick leave, violating state law. Sen. Declan O’Scanlon commended the Comptroller’s office for its meticulous report. (SenateNJ.com)

“Not long ago, an investigative journalist working for Gannett newspapers and partnering with ProPublica, notified me that some public employees seemed to still be receiving sick leave payouts on an annual basis and in excess of the $15,000 cap, despite the enactment of legislation to correct this expensive problem,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “It is now clear from the Comptroller’s report that the leadership in Palisades Park blatantly ignored New Jersey’s written laws and made annual costly payouts to town employees for years. This is not only unlawful behavior but it is, quite frankly, immoral. Taxpayers should not be forced to continue to endure ever-increasing tax burdens just so exorbitant benefits may be paid to public employees.”

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O’Scanlon: Getting Teachers Vaccinated Will Be Priority

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today announced that there is general agreement among government officials that vaccinating teachers should be a priority as soon as standards make them eligible.

Sen. O’Scanlon announced that there is general agreement among government officials that vaccinating teachers should be a priority as soon as standards make them eligible. (©iStock)

“It is imperative that we put politics aside and do all we can to eliminate any hurdles to getting our kids back in school,” said O’Scanlon. “Although science says vaccination isn’t essential for teachers to safely get back in classrooms with our students, getting teachers vaccinated will give them both a health, and comfort level boost and remove the issue from the debate surrounding reopening schools.”

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O’Scanlon: Murphy Has Tax Gun Cocked, Loaded & Aimed at New Jerseyans’ Wallets for After His Reelection

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on Governor Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 budget proposal:

“We must remember where we started, fiscally, before the pandemic mayhem because that’s exactly where we’re going to end up when it’s over. Except, the hole will be deeper, the debt our children owe will be even more massive and the path to true solvency even more insurmountable.

“The Governor’s budget is increasing spending by 11% since last year and by about 30% since he took office three years ago. It’s fueled by one time windfalls of federal revenue, massive one-time borrowings, and spending down surplus. Much of the spending is for government growth including salary and benefit increases, new programs, and expanded programs.

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