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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senate Committee Acts on Bill Prohibiting Russian Investments

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Acting in response to Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, the Senate Budget Committee today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo and Senator Declan O’Scanlon that would prohibit public investments with Russia. The bill, S-1889, would cut off public investments and other financial agreements with Russia and any business or individual with Russian interests.

The Senate Budget Committee approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Sarlo and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon that would prohibit public investments with Russia.(©iStock)

“It’s clear that Vladimir Putin has little fear that the people of his nation will learn the truth of the atrocities being committed under his command in Ukraine when they only have access to censored media that spews lies and fake news,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “While Putin might be able to control the flow of information within Russia, but he won’t be able to shield his nation from the economic impact of sanctions and divestment undertaken by governments across the world, including the State of New Jersey. These unified actions are not intended to hurt peaceful Russian citizens, but to send a strong message to the oligarchs and others in positions of power that their leader has crossed a line with his war in Ukraine that the international community will not tolerate.”

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O’Scanlon: No Reason to Let Murphy Delay Budget Message

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Republican Budget Committee Members to Oppose Extension, Say Debate Long Overdue on Returning Billions of State & Federal Funds to Taxpayers

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said there’s no reason for the Legislature to let Governor Phil Murphy delay his Budget Message by two weeks, and the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will vote against legislation allowing the delay.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said there’s no reason to let Gov. Phil Murphy delay his Budget Message. Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee will vote against legislation allowing the delay. (Pixabay)

“We believe Governor Murphy should comply with the law and deliver his Budget Message to the Legislature on time and in person,” said O’Scanlon (R-13), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Both the Senate and General Assembly have been holding regular in-person sessions safely, so there’s no legitimate public health reason to delay a joint session, despite what the governor seems to be saying.”

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O’Scanlon: Middletown Schools Prove Eliminating Quarantines for Healthy Kids Works

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Calls for Governor to Eliminate All School Mandates Today, Not March

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, following up on the Governor’s way overdue decision to end mask mandates, called for Governor Murphy to drop all other unnecessary and destructive mandates and guidelines such as quarantine requirements for healthy school children. This after Middletown Public Schools successfully demonstrated that eliminating quarantines had no negative impact on in-school transmission. Further, in the face of clear scientific evidence, the Governor’s announcement of mask mandate removal should happen today, not in March.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, following up on the Governor’s way overdue decision to end mask mandates, called for Gov. Murphy to drop all other unnecessary and destructive mandates and guidelines such as quarantine requirements for healthy school children. (©iStock)

“This mask mandate announcement is obviously in response to the scientifically-justified, consistent pressure so many of us have been inflicting for months,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “This action—over a policy that was dubious from the start and shown to be outright foolish and destructive months ago—is already long overdue. And it is very clearly not the only mandate removal that is long overdue.”

“Quarantining is a nice way to say ‘banning healthy children from attending,’” O’Scanlon continued. “Forcing healthy, asymptomatic kids to stay home after suspected exposures hasn’t reduced transmission in our schools. Instead, it’s cost our kids thousands of unrecoverable school days and precious experiences. Middletown has successfully demonstrated that schools can remain safe while minimizing missed days for students and maximizing the quality of education delivered to our children. Every school district across New Jersey should follow this example.”

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Senate Republicans Launch “Give It Back” Initiative

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Join the Movement at www.GiveItBack.us

New Jersey Senate Republicans are launching the “Give It Back” initiative to give New Jerseyans an opportunity to tell Governor Phil Murphy in a unified voice to give back everything he has taken from them over the past two years.

N.J. Senate Republicans are launching the ‘Give It Back’ initiative to help New Jerseyans tell Gov. Phil Murphy to give back everything he’s taken from them over the past two years. (www.GiveItBack.us)

“Governor Murphy has taken so much from New Jerseyans since the start of the pandemic,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24). “He’s taken money, he’s taken power, and he’s taken rights, choices, and freedoms from every single New Jerseyan. We’re going to help New Jerseyans to send him the message that it’s time to Give It Back.”

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O’Scanlon Introduces Bipartisan Bill Limiting Emergency Powers, Ensuring Effective Legislative Oversight

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon has introduced legislation that would set new limits on emergency powers, ensure effective legislative oversight, and restore the balance of power as envisioned by our state constitution.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon introduced legislation that would set new limits on emergency powers, ensure effective legislative oversight, and restore the balance of power as envisioned by the state constitution. (SenateNJ.com)

“Since the start of the pandemic, New Jerseyans have been shocked and outraged by extremely intrusive government mandates that have been issued under the emergency powers assumed by the governor and the executive branch,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “It’s unfathomable to many people that our laws would allow a single person to wield such an astonishing amount of authority with virtually no oversight. Our new legislation is based on our experience over the last two years and addresses the serious concerns expressed by both legislators and the constituents we represent. I’ve been in discussions with some of my Democrat colleagues and am proud to announce the bill will have bipartisan sponsorship.”

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O’Scanlon: Murphy Administration’s Covid Predictions Consistently, Dramatically Off Would be comical…if government credibility didn’t matter.

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for the Murphy administration to stop the scare tactics with their continued use of inaccurate, mysterious covid model predictions.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for the Murphy administration to stop the scare tactics with their continued use of inaccurate, mysterious covid model predictions. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m sorry folks, but this emperor ain’t wearing any clothes…and someone needs to tell him! The one reliable thing you can take away from the Murphy administration’s predictions…is that they really suck at making predictions!” said O’Scanlon, “One must ask…what is the purpose of New Jersey’s predictions, which are almost always more dire and much less accurate than national modeling, other than to scare people into complying with directives and restrictions? Sacrificing credibility to facilitate compliance is not a good long-term tradeoff. On the flip side, if this isn’t intentional, then they’re just really bad at this. Either way they should just stop and rely on the federal predictions because this is counterproductive. Government credibility is vital in times when you legitimately need public buy-in. The Murphy administration setting fire to that credibility could have dire repercussions.”

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O’Scanlon Warns Murphy’s Latest Mandate Contributes to Existing Public Health Crisis

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Staffing Shortages Already Place Hospital Patients at Risk in Many Facilities

Senator Declan O’Scanlon challenged the wisdom of Governor Murphy for his executive order today requiring health care workers to be boosted in addition to fully vaccinated, warning the move could backfire.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon challenged the wisdom of Governor Murphy for his executive order today requiring health care workers to be boosted in addition to fully vaccinated, warning the move could backfire. (Pixabay)

“If some is good, more must be better … isn’t a way to make public health policy,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “The Governor’s announcement will have a net negative impact on public health in many facilities already struggling with staff shortages, especially now that our case and hospital admission rates are plummeting. In many systems residents/patients face a more severe health threat from staff shortages than from exposure to doctors or nurses who have not yet been boosted. With case rates plummeting the fear of health workers themselves being out sick is waning as well.”

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O’Scanlon Bill Clearing Barriers for School Districts Considering Consolidation Becomes Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon that eases barriers deterring school districts from considering consolidation plans has been signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon that eases barriers deterring school districts from considering consolidation plans has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“Consolidation does not work in every case, but some districts in the state have identified both financial and educational benefits from merging,” said O’Scanlon (R-16). “This does not force schools to consolidate, but it removes some of the impediments that can prevent districts from proceeding with plans that can benefit both taxpayers and students.”

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O’Scanlon Says Governor’s Expansive Emergency Powers Must Be Limited & Effective Oversight Established

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said Governor Phil Murphy has wielded immense powers through emergency declarations during the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrated why the Legislature must limit executive authority and establish effective oversight.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said Gov. Phil Murphy has wielded immense powers through emergency declarations during the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrated why the Legislature must limit executive authority and establish effective oversight. (SenateNJ.com)

“As we’ve learned over the past two years, the Governor of New Jersey has an astonishing amount of power under state law once they declare a State of Emergency or a Public Health Emergency,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “They can shut down schools and businesses, force people to stay home, and mandate compliance with an unimaginable breadth of orders and directives that impact all facets of life. There’s absolutely no requirement that an emergency declaration not continue in perpetuity or any provision that the Legislature must provide oversight of executive orders. Many New Jerseyans agree it’s simply too much power for one person to wield.”

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O’Scanlon Calls Governor’s Handling of Mandates Extension ‘Antagonistic’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon strongly criticized Governor Murphy’s statement at a press conference Monday where he declared mask mandates would continue for the foreseeable future, even though the legislature had yet to vote on the bill authorizing the extension of any mandates.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon blasted Gov. Murphy for declaring his mask mandates would continue for the foreseeable future before the Legislature had voted on a bill to extend his emergency powers. (Pixabay)

“Whatever your position might be on mask mandates, the way the governor has handled this situation is antagonistic and an insult to the Legislature that appears to have finally developed a backbone,” said O’Scanlon. “This is not the way to get things done when you are supposed to be dealing with another co-equal branch of government.”

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