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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senate Clears O’Scanlon Bill Creating Jobs for Workers with Developmental Disabilities

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Businesses in New Jersey would be encouraged to hire more employees with developmental disabilities under legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and passed today by the Senate.

Businesses in New Jersey would be encouraged to hire more employees with developmental disabilities under legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and passed advanced by the Senate. (Pixabay)

The bill (S-3809) would create a new tax credit of $3,000 for every new hire with developmental disabilities. The credit would be applied against the corporation business tax.

“These credits will incentivize the hiring of more adults with disabilities, allowing them to improve their standard of living and give them hope for the future,” said O’Scanlon. “Job opportunities are the missing ingredient for many developmentally disabled residents who are prepared and ready to step out on their own.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado/Bucco/O’Scanlon Bill Protecting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Kristin Corrado, Anthony Bucco, and Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate that status on their driver’s license was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Kristin Corrado, Anthony Bucco, and Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate that status on their driver’s license was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last several months, I have been contacted by constituents with autism spectrum disorder that say they have difficulty explaining their condition to law enforcement during vehicle traffic stops,” said Corrado (R-40). “This legislation will help alleviate that issue by allowing people with special needs to have that designation printed directly onto their license. This important information will assist law enforcement officials in identifying, and effectively communicating with, individuals with autism or autism spectrum disorder during vehicle stops.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senate Clears O’Scanlon Bill Addressing NJ’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon targeting New Jersey’s troubling rate of death in new mothers was approved by the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon targeting New Jersey’s troubling rate of death in new mothers was approved by the Senate. (Flickr)

O’Scanlon’s bill, A-1073/S-3432, would require hospitals and birthing centers to screen pregnant women and those who have given birth for preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of liver and kidney damage.

“Pregnancy-related deaths in New Jersey have reached an alarming level,” said O’Scanlon. “The state is one of the worst in the nation with a rate close to double the national average. Black women are seven times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women, and preeclampsia is a leading cause.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Calls for ‘Test-to-Stay’ to Help Keep COVID-exposed Students in School

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As schools across the state struggle to contend with the growing number of students forced to stay home due to COVID exposure, Senator Declan O’Scanlon is again calling on Murphy Administration to implement sensible “test-to-stay” procedures.

As schools across the state struggle to contend with the growing number of students forced to stay home due to COVID exposure, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon is again calling on Murphy Administration to implement sensible ‘test-to-stay’ procedures. (Wikimedia Commons)

Students who have been exposed to COVID have faced quarantine period of as many as 14 days. During that time, they are unable to attend school or participate in sports or other activities. This week, the Administration reduced the quarantine for unvaccinated students to seven days after contact with a COVID-positive person, but O’Scanlon said that isn’t enough.

“The Governor should have shown some leadership and gone further. Quarantining dozens of students and keeping them out of the classroom has interfered with students and schools,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “A seven-day quarantine is better than two weeks, but it is still unnecessarily disruptive.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & O’Scanlon: We Don’t Need Vaccine Passports. They’re Based on Irrational Fears.

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) on the irrational fear behind calls for vaccine passports was published by NJ.com on December 10, 2021:

Vaccine passports in New Jersey are unnecessary, based on irrational fear, and would offer little more than the illusion of safety. Forcing people to display proof of vaccination amounts to little more than pandemic theater that is ineffective at eliminating risk, as some may desire.

In an NJ.com editorial, Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon say recent calls for vaccine passports to be imposed on New Jersey are based on irrational fears and would offer little more than an illusion of safety. (SenateNJ.com)

Our position is supported by a review of public health data, federal guidance on vaccinations, and the growing sentiment from health experts that COVID-19 is here to stay.

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O’Scanlon: Murphy Issuing Another $400 Million of State Debt Despite Having Billions in Cash

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Murphy’s New Debt Will Cost NJ Taxpayers Unnecessary Interest Payments for Decades

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) questioned a decision by Governor Phil Murphy to increase State debt by $400 million to fund projects at New Jersey’s colleges and universities when his administration is sitting on billions in cash that could fully fund the proposed capital program.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned a decision by Gov. Phil Murphy to increase State debt by $400 million to fund projects at New Jersey’s colleges and universities when his administration is sitting on billions in cash that could fully fund the proposed capital program. (Pixabay)

“State support for our institutions of higher education has long been lacking, but that doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye to cost when we decide to make an important investment,” said O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “I don’t think it makes sense for Governor Murphy to propose increasing State debt when his administration is sitting on a windfall of billions upon billions in cash that remains untapped. His plan will stick taxpayers with unnecessary debt and interest payments for decades when he should be working to increase affordability.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & O’Scanlon: Why Did Murphy Administration Cede $1 Billion of Federal Transportation Money to NY?

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) questioned why the Murphy administration would agree to give New York $1 billion of federal transportation aid that should have gone to New Jersey Transit.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned why the Murphy administration would agree to give New York $1 billion of federal transportation aid that should have gone to NJ Transit. (©iStock)

“How did the Murphy administration get bowled over so badly by our neighbor across the Hudson?” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer and incoming Republican Leader. “Instead of refusing the premise of an outrageous proposal, the Murphy administration folded and agreed to give New York everything it wanted and more. NJ Transit farepayers and New Jersey taxpayers will suffer as a result.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Implement “Test and Stay” Protocols to Avoid Excessive Quarantines in Schools

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for Governor Murphy to join numerous states in utilizing new COVID-19 modified quarantine procedures which would allow exposed asymptomatic students to remain in the classroom and receive daily rapid tests in lieu of the at-home 14-day quarantine.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for Gov. Murphy to join other states and implement COVID-19 “Test and Stay” protocols which would allow exposed asymptomatic students to remain in the classroom and receive daily rapid tests instead of the at-home 14-day quarantine. (Pixabay)

“This is absolutely the direction that we need to be going in. We must balance the negative impact of massive quarantines on our children’s education, family disruption, and keeping people out of work,” said O’Scanlon. “It’s time for all of us to rally and time for the administration to be more dynamic. They must be ahead of the curve, not behind it, for a policy that has been shown to be demonstrably effective and safe.”

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O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Payroll Tax Increase Will Be the Next Disaster to Hit NJ Businesses

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Urges Democrat Legislators to Sign Petition to Force a Special Legislative Session to Prevent Unnecessary Harm to Employers

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) warned that the looming payroll tax increase that Governor Phil Murphy will impose in October is the next disaster that will hit New Jersey’s struggling employers.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon warned that the looming payroll tax increase that Gov. Phil Murphy will impose in October is the next disaster that will hit New Jersey’s struggling employers. (©iStock)

“While Governor Murphy expressed sympathy for small businesses impacted by recent flooding and storm damage, he still plans on walloping them again next month with a big financial hit they can ill afford,” said O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Unlike Hurricane Ida, the next disaster that will target New Jersey’s struggling employers is completely avoidable and preventable.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Sam Thompson

Singer/Connors/Holzapfel/Thompson/O’Scanlon Call on NJ Homeland Security to Vet Incoming Afghan Refugees

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Question Ability of Federal Officials in Kabul to Keep Local Communities Safe

Almost 10,000 Afghan refugees fleeing the turmoil in their homeland will be coming to New Jersey, and Senate Republicans are calling on New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness to ensure they are thoroughly vetted.

In a letter to the director of New Jersey’s Homeland Security and Preparedness, Sens. Singer, Connors, Holzapfel, Thompson and O’Scanlon emphasized the need to vet and screen refugees coming to the state from Afghanistan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senators Robert Singer, Chris Connors, Jim Holzapfel, Sam Thompson and Declan O’Scanlon today wrote to NJ Homeland Director Laurie R. Duran emphasizing the need to protect New Jersey residents from possible terrorists who may have circumvented checkpoints and federal screening on the ground in Kabul before boarding flights to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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