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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Applauds Sweeney’s Action on Medical Marijuana

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today praised action by Senate President Steve Sweeney to move forward with legislation expanding the State’s medical marijuana program. Sweeney’s announcement comes after O’Scanlon held a press conference yesterday calling for this action.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon applauded Senate President Sweeney’s announcement that he will move forward with legislation to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. (Pixabay)

“I want to applaud the Senate President on his announcement to move forward with expanding our medical marijuana program,” said O’Scanlon. “This was not me forcing the issue – it was all of us coming together to make the right move for patients. That’s who this is ultimately about – people suffering who we have the power to help.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (TOMORROW): O’Scanlon Press Conference on Marijuana

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) will hold a press conference to discuss marijuana legislation on Tuesday, May 14th in Committee Room 6 of the State House Annex at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon will hold a press conference to discuss marijuana legislation on Tuesday, May 14th in Committee Room 6 of the State House Annex at approximately 12:15 p.m. (Pixabay)

WHO: Senator Declan O’Scanlon

WHAT: Press conference to discuss marijuana legislation.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14 at 12:15 p.m. (time will coincide with break in Budget Committee)

WHERE: Committee Room 6, State House Annex

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O’Scanlon: Taking $33M Without Firefighter Engagement “Baffling”

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement today following news that the Governor has proposed taking $33 million from the State Firefighters Relief Fund designed to pay for burials of fallen firefighters and financial assistance for firefighters in need:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called Gov. Murphy’s proposal to divert $33 million from the State Firefighters Relief Fund “baffling.” (Pixabay)

“It is beyond confusing, and frankly shocking, that the Administration was not more proactive in reaching out to stakeholders after the comptroller’s report on the status of the relief fund was released. Although the fund appears to be flush, it could quickly and easily be depleted if we were to mismanage any reallocation of funds and completely destroy the initial intent of the fund: to aid needy firefighters.

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O’Scanlon: Jersey City Teacher Contract Punishes Kids & Taxpayers Statewide; Lawsuit Indicates Stunning Lack of Self Awareness

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Senate Budget Committee member Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on the newly finalized teacher contract in Jersey City, and the lawsuit filed by the Jersey City School Board demanding more state aid.

In his statement, O’Scanlon calls the contract a shameful plan to skirt around critically-needed benefit reforms, at the expense of innocent kids and taxpayers in Jersey City, and across the state:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said Jersey City’s newly finalized teacher contract is a shameful plan to skirt around critically-needed benefit reforms, at the expense of innocent kids and taxpayers in Jersey City, and across New Jersey. (Wikimedia)

“It takes a lot of guts to sue the State for more school funding, and then finalize a teacher contract that amounts to a shameful give-away that could negatively impact kids statewide. The audacity of such hypocrisy is astounding. Every family and taxpayer in New Jersey should be appalled.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Bill Enhancing Public Property Investment Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) to extend the length of certain public property leases, S3456/A4897, was signed today by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso’s legislation to extend the length of certain public property leases and support commuters who use ferries was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“This law will enable private infrastructure investment, adding massive value to public property which has been leased,” O’Scanlon said. “By enacting this law, we are clarifying that public property leases should be allowed to extend past the typical 24-month period, as long as the capital improvement has a life expectancy of more than 20 years, or is valued above $300,000. We are also encouraging private investment that will return long-lasting yields for public property and at the same time allow for increased services – such as additional ferry services. We’ve worked extensively with Senator Vitale and Monmouth County to ensure that we accomplished what was needed in this bill.”

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O’Scanlon: We’re Ready to Work with Education Commissioner to Modernize School Funding Formula

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said Senate Republicans are ready to work with Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet who testified at a budget hearing today that the State school funding formula needs to be modernized.

Sen. O’Scanlon said Senate Republicans are ready to work with Education Commissioner Repollet who testified at a budget hearing today that the State school funding formula needs to be modernized. (Flickr)

“I was pleased to hear Commissioner Repollet acknowledge in his testimony today that the State school funding formula needs to be modernized,” said O’Scanlon. “He cited a number of serious problems with the current approach, including a process that hinders predictability in school aid, one day enrollment counts that skew aid calculations, and a broken system for funding special education. Senate Republicans agree, and we have a school funding plan that addresses all of these issues. We would be glad to work with the commissioner on the enactment of our legislation.”

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Senate Republican Budget Committee Members on State Treasurer & OLS Testimony

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released the following statement highlighting their concerns after hearing testimony today from OLS and State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio:

Senate Republican members of the Budget Committee react to testimony delivered on April 2, 2019 by OLS and the State Treasurer. (SenateNJ.com)

“When the Governor delivered his budget address, we had serious concerns that he was relying on savings that have yet to be determined, overly-optimistic revenue projections, and accounting gimmicks to disguise New Jersey’s financial problems,” Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) said. “OLS can’t back up the administration’s revenue projections. Outmigration of income continues to be a major problem, equaling a loss of $3.5 billion, according to the most recent yearly data. A new income tax will only make it worse. This is insanity. There would be no need for any tax increases at all if the governor would come to the table and enact our bipartisan Path to Progress reforms.”

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O’Scanlon Clarifies Position On Legalized Marijuana

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement today clarifying his position on marijuana legalization:

In the ill-fated recent rush to pass legislation that would legalize, tax, and regulate recreational adult use of marijuana, my position on the legislation, and the issue, has been misunderstood and mischaracterized by some New Jersey media outlets.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued a statement clarifying his position on marijuana legalization. (SenateNJ.com)

With regard to the bill package that Senate President Sweeney removed from the Senate calendar on March 25, I was a hard ‘NO’ vote. It has been reported that I was willing to trade my vote for funding for projects or causes specific to my Monmouth County district. It has also been reported that I was a “soft ‘yes'” vote.  Those reports are fake news that were published by outlets that either did not speak with me or misunderstood/mischaracterized what I told them.

I want to firmly destroy and denounce these false, offensive assertions. Those that know me know I’m not for sale – not for personal gain and not for political-favor-purchasing bacon brought back to my district. Not once have I, and never will I, make such trade-offs. The only way to earn my vote is to give me good policy.

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O’Scanlon: Medical Marijuana Reforms Shouldn’t Be Tied to Outcome of Full Legalization

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said legislation fixing New Jersey’s medical marijuana program shouldn’t be tied to the fate of a separate effort to legalize the adult use of recreation marijuana.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said legislation fixing New Jersey’s medical marijuana program shouldn’t be tied to the fate of a separate effort to legalize the adult use of recreation marijuana. (©iStock)

“If we truly believe that our medical marijuana program exists to ease the suffering of very sick patients, we shouldn’t tie efforts to improve the program to the outcome of a vote on recreational use,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “Unfortunately, it seems likely that the very real needs of medical marijuana patients will continue to be held hostage by the supporters of full legalization, who insist that the very different pieces of legislation must live or die together on the floor of the Legislature. It’s despicable.”

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O’Scanlon: Stop the Madness. No More Throwing Taxpayer Money in the Street

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After seeing salt covering New Jersey roads today, despite the fact that temperature is not supposed to drop below 37 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few days, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said that “enough is enough” and demanded that the State put an end to the practice of unnecessary brining.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon demanded that the State put an end to the practice of unnecessary brining New Jersey roads. (WikimediaCommons)

“It’s time for someone to challenge Governor Murphy’s assertion that this is a pennies per mile cost: it’s not. There was simply no way that a .17 per mile number was an accurate reflection of the cost to brine our roads when you account for labor, gas, and equipment. After speaking with a few of local officials we were able to confirm that the actual cost in totality is in excess of $12 or $13 per mile locally – and that is for areas that are more conservative with their usage of salt and brine,” O’Scanlon said.

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