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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

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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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

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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Sweeney, Gopal, O’Scanlon Push Bipartisan Bill to Spur K-12 Regionalization, Countywide School Districts  

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

Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senators Vin Gopal and Declan O’Scanlon today said they are introducing ground-breaking legislation to encourage the creation of K-12 regional and countywide school districts in an effort to improve educational quality and efficiency.

Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senators Vin Gopal and Declan O’Scanlon today said they are introducing ground-breaking legislation to encourage the creation of K-12 regional and countywide school districts in an effort to improve educational quality and efficiency. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation establishes criteria for state-funded regionalization studies, increases flexibility on regionalization cost apportionment, bars any regionalization that would have a segregative effect, 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: It’s Groundhog Day in Trenton Again … AGAIN! Marijuana ‘Cleanup’ Bill Magically Becomes ‘Crush Cops Bill’

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Only In Trenton Can We Screw Something Up So Bad … So Many Times

As Trenton Democrats continue to manipulate marijuana legalization efforts, Senator Declan O’Scanlon released the following statement:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said Trenton Democrats are using legislation to legalize marijuana for adult use as leverage to ‘crush’ police officers in the state. (CC0 Public Domain)

“Once again Democrats take something that should be easy and common sense, take it to the nth degree and turn it into a mess that any reasonable legislator has to scratch their head and vote no on. There was no public testimony despite amendments with serious implications. What is the goal of this bill? I thought it was to stop youth arrests and dissuade youth use? It appears that the purpose of this bill is to jam up police and seek retribution on law enforcement for trying to do their jobs. It is malicious.

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O’Scanlon: NJEA is Right, Cancel Standardized Testing this Year

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon called for Governor Murphy to listen to the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) in their request to suspend for standardized testing to be suspended this year.

Citing the impact of the pandemic on education, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has joined with the New Jersey Education Association in calling for Gov. Murphy to cancel standardized testing this year. (Pixabay)

“The Governor should suspend standardized testing for this year. We appropriately canceled it last year and there is no difference this year,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “There is nothing ‘standardized’ about this year. The NJEA is correct. Let’s agree where we can and start here! The entire concept behind standardized testing is to assess students’ progress year over year. That assessment applies to real and consistent instruction, not aberrations like we are experiencing right now.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Tom Kean

Bipartisan Bill Unveiled to Provide $300 Million in EDA Grants, Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits to Spur Economic Recovery, Job Growth in Wake of COVID-19

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Addiego, Sweeney, Gopal, O’Scanlon, Testa and Kean Team Up to Sponsor Legislation Expanding EDA Capacity to Help Small Business Bounce Back

Bipartisan legislation providing the state Economic Development Authority with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis was introduced today by Senator Dawn Addiego, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senators Vin Gopal, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean.

Bipartisan legislation providing the NJEDA with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis has been introduced. (Pixabay)

The bill would provide aid not only to small businesses and nonprofits that lost revenue during the economic shutdowns and slowdowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, but also to those whose business opening plans were disrupted by COVID-19 and those who fill vacant storefronts or under-utilized space with new operations.

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