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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Bill Takes Keys Away from Officials Using Municipal Cars for Personal Transportation

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s bill to prohibit municipal officials from using township vehicles for private purposes was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. O’Scanlon’s legislation would prohibit elected municipal officials from using government cars for personal transportation. (SenateNJ.com)

Under the legislation (S206), government-owned cars will have to be parked at the end of the business day, and cannot be used for private errands or commuting to and from home.

“No part-time elected officials should be using publicly owned vehicles. It’s as simple as that,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Too many local officials treat government cars as their own personal property, an unofficial perk of the job. That’s not fair to taxpayers. My bill will take away the keys and put an end to the practice.”

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O’Scanlon Says Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws Needed

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for action on stricter animal cruelty laws following news that the man who left a pit bull named River in a cage to drown in the Shrewsbury River was found not guilty of attempting to kill the dog.

Sen. O’Scanlon called for stricter animal cruelty laws following news that the man who left a dog in a cage to drown in the Shrewsbury River was found not guilty of attempting to kill the dog. (SenateNJ.com)

“Something clearly needs to change when a person can leave a dog trapped in a cage to be drowned by the rising tide but not be convicted of attempting to kill that animal. It is simply barbaric,” said O’Scanlon. “While I’m glad he was found guilty of fourth-degree animal cruelty at the very least, we need to do more. What happened to River and the outcome of this case highlights that action must be taken.”

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District 13

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: LD13’s TTF Grants Have Doubled Since 2017

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today praised DOT’s Municipal Aid program following the announcement of over $4M in funding for Legislative District 13 transportation infrastructure projects:

O’Scanlon and DiMaso praised DOT’s Municipal Aid program following the announcement of over $4M in funding for Legislative District 13 transportation infrastructure projects. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We have been working hard to secure our fair share of this money and it’s paid off. This year–for the first time in at least five years–every single municipality in our district is receiving municipal aid funding. And every penny received for these critical projects is a penny in property taxes saved,” said O’Scanlon

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O’Scanlon: Pursue ‘Reasonable’ Marijuana Decriminalization Policies

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today issued the following statement on marijuana decriminalization:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon stated that the Legislature should actively pursue reasonable, comprehensive reforms to New Jersey’s marijuana possession laws. (Pixabay)

“I firmly believe that we should actively pursue reasonable, comprehensive reforms to our marijuana possession laws. Decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana should be at the top of our priority list.

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Panel Clears O’Scanlon Resolution Calling for Review of Police Chase Policy

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s resolution urging the State attorney general to launch a study of New Jersey’s guidelines for police pursuits cleared the Law and Public Safety Committee today.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. O’Scanlon calling for a review of the State’s outdated police pursuit policy and study of the proper utilization of emergency lights and sirens advanced today. (Flickr)

The measure (SR153) seeks a review of the vehicular pursuit policy, most recently revised in 2009.

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O’Scanlon: Recreational Marijuana Legalization Should Be Decided by Voters

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today released the following statement regarding his position on a lame duck vote on marijuana legalization:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said the Legislature should abandon efforts to move legalization legislation during the lame duck session and commit to sending the question to voters. (Pixabay)

“It’s time to end the mixed message being sent to the public, the industry, law enforcement, and both opponents and supporters of marijuana legalization. We should abandon efforts to move legalization legislation during the lame duck session and firmly commit to sending the question to voters. To be clear, I will be a firm vote against any form of legalization legislation until and unless voters have voted in favor of legalization.

“My reasoning for taking this position is several fold. First, I believe a commitment was essentially made this past spring, following the debate and failed vote at the time, that this issue would be put to the voters.

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District 13

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Stronger Penalties for 9/11 Memorial Desecration

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today introduced legislation which would enhance penalties for individuals who purposely desecrate a public monument. This follows the theft of a 9/11 memorial plaque from Atlantic Highlands last month.

Following the theft of a 9/11 memorial plaque, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Aswm. Serena DiMaso introduced legislation which would enhance penalties for desecrating a public monument. (Wikimedia Commons)

“September 11th, 2001 is a date etched in the memory of every American. Here in Monmouth County we lost 147 souls,” said DiMaso. “The memorial plaque at Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial at Mount Mitchell in Atlantic Highlands is more than just a plaque and the punishment for defacing it must be increased.”

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O’Scanlon: Aberdeen Officials Need to Atone for False, Political Mailing Sent on Taxpayer Dime, Threats to County Officials

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today sharply criticized Aberdeen Township’s taxpayer-funded distribution of flagrantly misleading information regarding the municipal record on taxes.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon sharply criticized Aberdeen Township’s taxpayer-funded distribution of flagrantly misleading information regarding the municipal record on taxes. (SenateNJ.com)

In July, Aberdeen’s governing body sent out a mailing to residents blatantly, and falsely, claiming that there was no increase in municipal taxes. The mailing blamed tax increases on schools, Monmouth County, and assessment methodologies.

“I’ve worked well and in good faith with Aberdeen during all my years in the legislature. Our good relationship makes my having to make this statement all the more difficult. But the Aberdeen administration failed its constituents on so many levels revolving around this demonstrably misleading, blatantly political, taxpayer-funded communication that I simply cannot let it stand,” said O’Scanlon

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O’Scanlon: Murphy Shows Disdain for Taxpayers with Flip Comment About High Tax Rates

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said the governor showed his true colors when he suggested to business leaders at Rowan College that New Jersey may not be their state if they are concerned about tax rates.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said the governor showed his true colors when he told business leaders that New Jersey may not be their state if they are concerned about tax rates. (©iStock)

“It’s outrageous that Gov. Murphy is telling families and employers they can ‘take it or leave it’ if they have a problem with New Jersey’s high taxes,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “He should be working with the Republican caucus to make New Jersey more affordable. He should be listening to everyone who is telling him they can’t pay more and the many analysts and independent ratings agencies sounding the alarm that New Jersey is headed for disaster if we don’t get our fiscal house in order.  Suggesting our highest earning – and the top-taxpaying – residents might be better off leaving is exactly the wrong message.”

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O’Scanlon: $54 Million Increase in Subsidies Shows Cost of Murphy’s Minimum Wage Hike to Families & Taxpayers

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Calls it a “textbook lesson” of the ripple effects caused by minimum wage hikes on the economy

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said that $54 million of new subsidies announced by Governor Phil Murphy to cover the rising cost of childcare due to an increased minimum wage highlights the pain caused by government mandated wage policies to both families and taxpayers.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said ‘Increasing taxpayer-funded subsidies to cover higher costs associated with Murphy’s minimum wage hike is like putting a Band-Aid on a gushing wound.’ (Pixabay)

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – raising the minimum wage sounds lovely in theory but stings in reality,” O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said. “While this $54 million childcare subsidy may seem great for a few qualifying families that are struggling to afford childcare, there are many other low- and middle-income families that won’t get a penny of help as their cost of living rises as a direct result of Governor Murphy’s minimum wage increases. The simple fact is that most New Jersey families will be stuck shelling out more of their hard-earned money for a variety of services, including childcare, which have become less affordable as costs have been driven higher by expensive government mandates.”

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