New Jersey's 13th Legislative District

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon & DiMaso Support Parents Against Extended School Closures

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Say State Needs to Get on the Same Page to Keep Schools Open

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) supported local parents from Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District following news that the school district would switch to all-remote learning for a prolonged period.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso voiced support for Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District parents who are calling for a 14-day quarantine rather than the six-week closure planned by the district. (Wikipedia)

“We stand with the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional parents and their concerns in closing schools for six weeks, and in their very reasonable requests of the district administration and school board,” said O’Scanlon. “We are all for combating COVID on every scientifically justified front. However, just like we’ve seen in NYC it doesn’t appear that the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional’s decision makers are following the science and including parents in communication efforts. We need to all get on the same page here. The parents are asking for a 14-day closure of schools to comply with quarantine standards, instead of a full six weeks. That’s completely reasonable.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republicans Repeat Call for Passage of Substantial Aid Package for Small Businesses & Nonprofits as State Budget Surplus Grows

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Sales Tax Revenues Continue to Outpace Murphy Administration’s Dire Revenue Projections

As sales tax collections continue to outpace the Murphy Administration’s dire revenue estimates for FY 2021 and the State budget surplus grows, the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee repeated their calls for action on a substantial aid package to support small businesses and nonprofits struggling with the impact of COVID-19.

As sales tax collections continue to outpace the Murphy Administration’s dire revenue estimates for FY 2021 and the State budget surplus grows, the Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee repeated their calls for action on a substantial aid package to support small businesses and nonprofits struggling with the impact of COVID-19. (©iStock)

“While more and more of our small businesses are closing shop with little help from the State, Governor Murphy only seems willing to look out for his own political interests,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He’s building a massive surplus with borrowed and taxed funds that’s not helping anyone but himself. We’re hoping our Democrat colleagues in the Legislature will do the right thing and join us in passing a substantial aid package to help small businesses and nonprofits survive.”

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Senator Michael Testa

O’Scanlon & Testa Urge Governor, Legislative Leaders to Call Special Session to Approve Business Aid Package

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) sent a letter (click here for PDF) today to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin urging for a special session of the Legislature to be convened to adopt an emergency aid package for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Michael Testa sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin urging a special legislative session to adopt an emergency aid package for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. (Pixabay)

The senators, both members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, sponsor S-3210, which appropriates $300 million of the CARES Act relief funds received by the State to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to provide financial support, such as loans or grants, to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations for the costs associated with business operation interruptions caused by any State-required closures due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their letter follows this weekend’s call by Republican legislative leaders for a special session to consider the measure.

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O’Scanlon Votes ‘No’ on Bill that Would Establish Legal Adult Use Marijuana Sales

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Says Legislation Does Not Respect the Will of the Voters nor Government Transparency

Last evening, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) vehemently voted “No” in the Senate Budget Committee session on the enabling legislation for the adult use marijuana marketplace.

Senator O’Scanlon voted ‘no’ on the enabling legislation for the adult use marijuana marketplace, stating the bill does not deliver what the voters approved earlier this month. (Pixabay)

“To the more than 67 percent of voters that recently voted yes to legalize adult use marijuana, I hear you, and I am fighting to honor your wishes. The bill before our committee yesterday does not do that,” O’Scanlon said. “We were still getting substantive amendments as we began the hearing – interpretation is all we have.”

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O’Scanlon-Sweeney-Greenstein Bill Would Ensure Right to Display American Flag Over NJ Highways

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Acting to ensure the right to display the American flag over the highway overpasses on the New Jersey Turnpike and roadways operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the Senate today unanimously approved a bill, sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Senator Linda Greenstein, that would exempt the displays from the rules prohibiting the practice.

The Senate unanimously approved a Sens. O’Scanlon, Sweeney & Greenstein bill that would ensure the right to display the American flag over New Jersey highways. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It started after 9/11….but who doesn’t still smile with pride when they see our flags flying on bridges throughout New Jersey? Old Glory should be allowed to fly high above the Turnpike without the risk of removal,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “This measure will protect our residents’ patriotic rights to display the red, white, and blue for commuters and travelers on New Jersey’s busy highways. Together, we can keep this symbol of freedom and democracy flying proudly and secured on the Garden State’s bypasses and bridges.”
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O’Scanlon: NJ Should Participate in NH’s Lawsuit Against MA Over Taxation of Remote Workers

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said New Jersey would be wise to consider filing amicus briefs in support of New Hampshire’s lawsuit against Massachusetts to end the taxation of remote workers who no longer commute across state lines to the Bay State.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said New Jersey would be wise to consider filing amicus briefs in support of New Hampshire’s lawsuit against Massachusetts to end the taxation of remote workers who no longer commuter across state lines to the Bay State. (Pixabay)

“New Hampshire is well justified in challenging the unfair taxation of its residents’ income by Massachusetts now that many former commuters to the Bay State are working remotely from home,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “New Jersey faces the same issue with our neighbor across the Hudson, only on a much larger scale.”

The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee advanced legislation today that requires the State Treasurer to examine and report upon New York’s taxation of New Jersey residents’ income.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado and O’Scanlon: Shut Down the Scandal-Ridden SDA

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Amid new allegations of nepotism and cronyism, Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Declan O’Scanlon called for the closure of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA).

Amid new allegations of nepotism and cronyism, Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for the closure of the New Jersey SDA. (SenateNJ.com)

“To quote Ronald Reagan, ‘a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.’” said Corrado (R-40). “After news of this latest scandal and subsequent lawsuit, the School Development Authority is past the point of no return. I stand with Senate President Sweeney and call for the termination of this corrupt entity that has demonstrated its existence achieves more harm than good.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon-Sweeney Bill Would Ensure Right to Display American Flag Over NJ Highways

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Acting to ensure the right to display the American flag over the highway overpasses on the New Jersey Turnpike and roadways operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the Senate Transportation Committee this week approved a bill sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senate President Steve Sweeney that would exempt the displays from the rules prohibiting the practice.

Senator O’Scanlon’s bill, approved by the Senate Transportation Committee this week, would ensure the right to display the American flag over highway overpasses. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Who doesn’t smile and feel a sense of pride when we see these displays? The flag of the United States is the most recognized emblem of democracy in the world, symbolizing our freedoms and our contributions on behalf of those across the globe,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “This bill will protect our residents’ patriotic rights to display the red, white and blue for commuters and travelers on New Jersey’s busy highways. Our flag shall again fly proud and secured on bypasses and bridges without risk of removal by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Prominent Restaurants on Precipice

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Open 66 Percent Dining Before too Late

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) emphasized their previous call for an immediate increase for indoor dining capacity to 66 percent following yet another desperate message from a prominent restaurant owner who indicated they might close very soon without a substantial indoor dining increase.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said restaurants are hurting and if Murphy doesn’t immediately increase the indoor dining capacity to a minimum of 66 percent, the results could be devastating to the entire industry. (Pixabay)

“It was absolutely stunning to me when I got this message from this restaurateur. This is a prominent restaurateur, his family and restaurant are beloved throughout Monmouth County. This is the last restaurant I’d expect to hear this from. If this individual is this close to the precipice we are in danger of losing them all,” said O’Scanlon. “This is a direct text and if this individual does pull the trigger it will be a shock to Monmouth County and to the State industry.”

    “Sorry to bother you I know you’re a busy man but I was wondering if there has been any word on Murphy raising the indoor dining percentage from 25% to your proposed 66% because if that doesn’t happen sooner than later I’m going to have to throw the towel in  it’s just not enough to keep the doors open  and I would like to give my staff ample notice. I mean looks like we may have this week on our side but that’s probably it. Unfortunately I cannot put outdoor heaters under our canopy due to the obvious fire hazard and after September 30 the road closure which allowed us to put tables out in the street ends… lmk thanks”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members Pan Murphy’s Wasteful, Tax-Raising, Bait & Switch Spending Plan

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee panned Governor Phil Murphy’s wasteful, tax-raising, bait and switch spending plan prior to a committee vote on the proposal:

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee panned Gov. Phil Murphy’s wasteful, tax-raising, bait and switch spending plan. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24):

“During this unique crisis that has caused so much pain for our families and economy, New Jersey deserved for its leaders to work together in a transparent, collaborative, and bipartisan process that welcomed public input into how we could help the state recover through this budget,” said Oroho. “Instead, we had a superficial hearing process that didn’t even have an outline of a budget to review, the public was excluded, and the details were negotiated in a private, partisan manner that could not have been more opaque. It’s disappointing that backroom Trenton politics has won out once again.”

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