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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call for Teacher Vaccine Eligibility

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today called for New Jersey educators to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine following news that vaccine eligibility would be expanded to residents over 65.

After the Administration announced vaccine eligibility would be expanded to residents over 65 years old, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso called vaccines for teachers so in-school instruction can resume. (Flickr)

“We absolutely must be giving the vaccine to our older, vulnerable population immediately and I commend the decision to do that. However, while we are expanding eligibility it is important that we add our educators to that list as well,” said O’Scanlon. “The administration has clearly stated that they believe the goal must be to keep schools open safely. They have acknowledged that prolonged fully remote learning has impacts on our students. The best, obvious way to ensure we can keep kids in school is by immediately expanding eligibility to our teachers. Staff shortages due to exposure in the community or schools have been the number one issue causing closures for our school districts. If we vaccinate educators we can keep schools open.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Governor Painting Nice Picture Despite Numerous Failures

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) criticized Governor Murphy’s State of the State address.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso criticized the Governor for his unrealistic portrayal of conditions in the State. (SenateNJ.com)

“The administration seems to be painting a much rosier picture of what has, and is, happening in the state right now,” said O’Scanlon “Chief among those misconceptions is the statement that they have protected businesses and grants from the EDA have allowed businesses to stay open. While I’m sure those grants or loans have helped some, they haven’t made up for the months-overdue increase in restaurant capacity. Nor have they addressed just how difficult it was for business owners to navigate the cumbersome state application process. At the same time, the Governor has vetoed several of my bipartisan bills that would increase grants and aid to the restaurant and hospitality industry.”

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Senator Michael Testa

O’Scanlon & Testa Blast Governor’s Veto of Bill to Save Struggling Restaurant Industry

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Testa blasted Governor Murphy’s absolute veto of legislation that would have helped restaurants, bars, and breweries to survive the economic harm caused by nearly a year of indoor dining restrictions due to COVID-19.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Michael Testa blasted Gov. Murphy’s veto of legislation to save the struggling restaurant industry. (Pixabay)

“The governor’s veto is kicking the restaurant industry while they’re down,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “He should have come to the Legislature during the three months the bill was under consideration if he had concerns. Instead, he said nothing and waited until months after it passed the Legislature unanimously to issue a veto. If the Governor had supported the other forms of relief we had suggested over the last few months, including more aid for restaurants and small businesses through the EDA, this bill might not even be needed. Unfortunately, he hasn’t listened at all and more ‘out of business’ signs will be the result.”

O’Scanlon and Testa are sponsors of the bipartisan legislation, S-3128/A-4525, which would have allowed restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries to expand food and beverage service to outdoor spaces they own or lease, including patios, decks, yards, walkways, parking lots, and sidewalks.

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O’Scanlon on NJ’s Abysmal Vaccine Rollout Rate: Poor Resource Management, Lack of Communication, Direction & Coordination

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Says It’s Totally Undeniable, Totally Unacceptable

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today criticized the administration’s distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine following news that New Jersey is seriously lagging behind the US average.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon blasted the state’s abysmal vaccination rollout rate and faulted the Administration’s lack of preparation. (DoD via Flickr)

“Somehow we’ve only distributed 30% of our vaccine allotment so far. There are other states at 62% so what’s the issue here?” said O’Scanlon. “Plans were in the works for months, supposedly, and yet we haven’t included all the resources that we could to maximize personnel. We know the private pharmacy industry stands ready with almost a thousand individuals certified to give inoculations. Why haven’t we taken advantage of that? We should be using every tool available to get vaccines out as quickly as possible.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Minimum Wage Hike During Pandemic Final Nail in Coffin for Small Businesses 

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today called for a delay in the looming minimum wage increase as small businesses struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic.

As small businesses fight to survive during the pandemic, an increase in the minimum wage is likely to contribute to bankruptcies, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso said. (Pixabay)

“Here we are, nine months into the pandemic, millions having been unemployed, segments of our economy on life support, and the minimum wage is set to increase yet again in the next few days,” said O’Scanlon. “We are left with no option for a discussion about delaying that increase. It is statutorily an impossibility.  It would make perfect sense to have an emergency session to pass legislation suspending the increase for at least six months, but that would be good government, and this is Trenton.

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O’Scanlon: Tragic Failure In Long-Term Care Vaccine Program Must Be Investigated

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement following news that New Jersey had missed a federal deadline to begin long-term care vaccinations yesterday.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for an investigation after New Jersey missed a federal deadline that prevented it from beginning long-term care vaccinations yesterday. (©iStock)

“While one of the lead stories on most New York news stations over the last two days was celebrating the life-saving commencement of their long term care facility vaccination program – at 10 AM sharp yesterday morning, at 618 facilities – not a word was mentioned about New Jersey. Why? Because New Jersey missed a filing deadline, resulting in a full 7-day delay in the commencement of this unquestionably life-saving program. That shocking and unfathomable reality should make every New Jerseyan sick to their stomach.”

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O’Scanlon: Marijuana Bill Fails to Learn From Other States’ Mistakes

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today issued a statement following his ‘no’ vote on A-21 pertaining to the regulation and legalization of recreational marijuana.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, after voting against the bill, said the over-taxation of legal marijuana is a recipe for the perpetuation of the illicit market. (CC0 Public Domain)

“To be blunt, I had no choice but to vote no,” said O’Scanlon. “Over-taxation, over-regulation and over-complication. Trenton’s typical prescription to … just about every issue. This cannabis bill is a classic example. The public voted for a relatively simple policy – to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The referendum included specific, tax-limiting language, which is critical to the success of the policy.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Press Should Join Call for Pandemic Information Sharing

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso both (R-Monmouth) called on members of the press to join their request for Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to post A-4813 for a vote at Thursday’s Assembly voting session. A-4813 would require that public health information during the pandemic be subject to OPRA disclosure.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso called on members of the press to join their request for Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to post A-4813 for a vote at Thursday’s Assembly voting session. (SenateNJ.com)

“Supporting transparency in government is a bipartisan endeavor, and always has been,” said O’Scanlon. “It is also an issue that should be essential to the press who understand the importance of information sharing with the public. The intent of the Emergency Health Powers Act is being misconstrued by the administration — the original sponsors of the act have publicly expressed this opinion as well. This pandemic is a time for greater information sharing, not less. The public deserves to know what information is being used for continued shutdown policies as soon as possible. The press should be calling out anyone opposing or stalling this sort of government transparency.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Committee Members to Propose Dedicating $600 Million Horizon Payment to Improving Health Care in NJ

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will move an amendment tomorrow to legislation restructuring Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to require a proposed $600 million payment from the insurer to be deposited into a new nonprofit entity that is dedicated to rate stabilization and improving the quality and efficiency of health care in New Jersey.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee will propose an amendment to legislation restructuring Horizon BCBSNJ to require a proposed $600 million payment from the insurer to be deposited into a new nonprofit entity that is dedicated to rate stabilization and improving the quality and efficiency of health care in New Jersey. (Pixabay)

The members — Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) — said they are concerned that premiums paid by Horizon’s policyholders and ratepayers will be consumed by the State’s General Fund to pay for spending unrelated to healthcare.

“In an ideal world, the excess premiums paid to Horizon by policyholders, small businesses, local governments, and taxpayers would be returned to customers in the form of lower future premiums,” the Republican senators said in a joint statement. “It’s clear, however, that’s not what this rushed legislation envisions. If the sponsors are going to require a massive payment to the State, we believe the proceeds should be dedicated by law to improving health care in New Jersey in a way that benefits and supports the needs of the communities that paid the premiums in the first place.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Public Health Emergency Reports Must Be Public Record

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) which makes certain information related to public health emergencies accessible under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) was approved by the Assembly Health Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso’s legislation making certain information related to public health emergencies accessible under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) has advanced. (©iStock)

“The foundation of a healthy democracy is an informed public; based on an agreed upon set of concrete facts to empower them to make educated decisions as they so choose,” said O’Scanlon. “We’ve run into issues throughout the pandemic where information was simply not as accessible as it should have been. The administration has, at times, refused to answer too many basic questions. All elected officials should tirelessly endeavor to ensure their constituency is well informed; particularly when our decisions have the ability to cripple our struggling businesses and taxpayers.”

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