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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Concerned by Murphy’s Inexplicable Delay of Sports Betting

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Says Governor Needs to Take Different Path

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) criticized the Murphy Administration’s inexplicable move to block sports betting from commencing immediately following the full passage of the legislation by both houses of the Legislature.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon criticizes Governor Murphy for inexplicable move to block sports betting from commencing. (WikimediaCommons)

“There are two aspects to the administration’s actions. The first is that they are taking their time to sign the legislation, and the second is that they are standing in the way of Monmouth Park opening while taking that time,” said O’Scanlon. “The Governor claims he needs to review this legislation before signing it, but there is no practical reason why Monmouth Park cannot start accepting wagers while that’s happening–the sky won’t fall, lions won’t roam the streets, locusts won’t ravage our fields. There is absolutely zero likelihood of any negative impact of Monmouth Park opening today. That being the case, one has to wonder about the motivation here. It’s disturbing.”

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O’Scanlon Praises Bipartisan Cooperation to Ensure Commencement of Monmouth Park Sports Betting

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon made the following statement after successfully leading the effort to amend the sports betting bill to ensure that bets can commence this weekend and eliminate any potential delay or complication:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon successfully led the effort to amend sports betting legislation to ensure that bets can commence this weekend and eliminate any potential delay or complication. (Flickr)

“Every now and then government works just as it should,” said O’Scanlon after the amended bill’s overwhelming passage. “This was one of those times.”

“We worked tirelessly to make our case that pulling the prohibitive language from the bill was the right thing to do. I’m happy to see that they acknowledged how critical it was to remove any punitive measures. I can’t thank Senator Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin enough for their open-mindedness and willingness to do the heavy lift to amend the bill.  They were really class acts in this effort.  This is a huge win for Monmouth Park, for Oceanport, for Monmouth County, sports enthusiasts and all state taxpayers.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Urge Removal of Punitive Language from Sports Betting Bill

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Say Provision Would Allow Sports Betting to Be Held Hostage in Budget Showdown

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) urged the Legislature to remove punitive language which would discourage sports betting from commencing operations prior to the approval of regulatory framework legislation.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso urged the Legislature to remove punitive language which would discourage sports betting from commencing operations prior to the approval of regulatory framework legislation. (Flickr)

“We understand the motivation to level the playing field which was the apparent goal of this language in the bill, however that goal was achieved already—sports betting has been held off for weeks,” said O’Scanlon. “This language only serves to enable sports betting to get caught up in the complicated—and apparently contentious—budget battle. The Legislature needs to amend, move, and pass this legislation by tomorrow without any unnecessary punitive language.”

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O’Scanlon Praises Committee Passage of Sports Betting Legislation

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, praised the committee’s approval of legislation that would allow sports betting in New Jersey to move forward:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon praised the committee passage of sports betting legislation that would help revitalize Monmouth Park and New Jersey’s horse racing industry. (Flickr)

“After our committee vote today, we’re one step closer to providing opportunities for customers to engage in legal sports betting in New Jersey. This will revitalize Monmouth Park and our horse racing industry, support the preservation of open space, and give the New Jersey economy a welcome boost.”

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O’Scanlon on Gov. Murphy’s New Health Benefits Task Force: What’s Left to Study?

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) questioned the need for a new task force announced by Governor Phil Murphy to study the health benefits offered to public employees with studies already completed and legislation ready for action.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned the need for Gov. Phil Murphy’s new task force to study public employee health benefits reforms with studies already completed and legislation ready for action. (Flickr)

“The Byrne/Healey Commission report gave us everything we need to implement cost-saving health benefits reforms that can save taxpayers billions,” said O’Scanlon. “There’s nothing left to study. The Governor’s new task force simply kicks the can down the road again, which is exactly what this Administration has said it would not do.”

O’Scanlon sponsors legislation, S-220 and S-221, which would implement recommendations of the Byrne/Healey Commission.

“Without these reforms, we put the future fiscal solvency of the pension system, public workers, and the entire state budget in extreme peril,” O’Scanlon added. “We are one mild economic downturn away from disaster. Everyone needs to understand it, accept it, and endorse my bills to achieve health benefits reform. We know this needs to happen, and we already have the legislation introduced to make it happen.”

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O’Scanlon Driver’s Responsibilities & Safety Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) designed to increase awareness of driver’s responsibilities and the “Move Over” law today cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s bill is designed to increase driver awareness of New Jersey’s “Move Over” law. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The best way to keep our citizens and law enforcement safe is to make sure that everyone is clearly informed of the process and their responsibilities. Many drivers might not realize they need to fully turn off the engine and radio, avoid sudden movements, and keep their hands in plain view of the officer,” O’Scanlon stated. “Furthermore people should know that a police officer is required to obtain certain documents and explain why you’ve been stopped.”

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O’Scanlon Legislation Improving Asset Forfeiture Transparency Passes Committee

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has been approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation expanding transparency and reporting requirements of assets seized by law enforcement has advanced. (SenateNJ.com)

“Accountability is paramount when law enforcement agencies seize assets from people, including homes and cars, which may have been utilized in illegal activity,” O’Scanlon (R-13) said. “We need to balance efforts to remove instruments employed in criminal activity with the property rights of owners. It can be extremely difficult for the owner to regain possession of a seized asset, even if no wrongdoing has been proven. Requiring the regular reporting of seized assets will improve transparency to ensure that the process of asset forfeiture isn’t abused.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Sports Betting Decision Will Boost Monmouth Park, Horse Racing Industry

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) released a statement following a United States Supreme Court decision reversing the ban on sports betting:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso said a U.S. Supreme Court decision on sports wagering will boost Monmouth Park and New Jersey’s horse racing industry. (Flickr)

“This is a huge victory for justice and fairness as there has been a bipartisan effort for years to address this arbitrary ban on sports betting. Monmouth Park is a vital cornerstone for our community in Oceanport, and further, for the entire region.” said O’Scanlon “Horse racing is crucial to New Jersey’s economy as well as the preservation of our open space. Our horse racing industry is responsible for the preservation of thousands of acres of open space. Anything that helps the industry directly helps reserve that invaluable resource.”

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O’Scanlon: Governor’s CV of S5 Shows More Consideration for Taxpayers’ Safety

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement following the Governor’s conditional veto of S5:

“Back in November, I wrote in an op-ed that I was rooting for our Governor to succeed. I said then that I would call him out when he mis-stepped but be with him when he did the right thing. This is me keeping my word.”

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon standing up for New Jersey taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)

“I want to commend Governor Murphy and his policy staff for what appears to be their complete reassessment of the deeply flawed original version of bill S-5. To be clear, neither taxpayers nor unions are getting everything they wanted out of this conditional veto. However, a fair assessment of the language of the conditional veto demonstrates that there was a genuine concern for taxpayers, as well as of the goals of union leaders to have more control over their pension funds investment strategy.

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O’Scanlon Statement on Byrne’s Removal from State Investment Council

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on Governor Phil Murphy’s decision to replace Tom Byrne as Chairman of the State Investment Council.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said Tom Byrne had integrity and understood that politics should not play a role in pension investment decisions. O’Scanlon is also concerned that the Murphy administration seems to be purging qualified public servants. (SenateNJ.com)

“Tom Byrne is one of the smartest people in government finance on either side of the aisle in New Jersey,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “Tom has integrity. He is one of the few people in Trenton who isn’t afraid to say ‘no’ to the unions. He is a fierce and fair advocate for pensioners and taxpayers alike. This is not the kind of public servant we should be losing.”

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