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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Warns Murphy’s Latest Mandate Contributes to Existing Public Health Crisis

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Staffing Shortages Already Place Hospital Patients at Risk in Many Facilities

Senator Declan O’Scanlon challenged the wisdom of Governor Murphy for his executive order today requiring health care workers to be boosted in addition to fully vaccinated, warning the move could backfire.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon challenged the wisdom of Governor Murphy for his executive order today requiring health care workers to be boosted in addition to fully vaccinated, warning the move could backfire. (Pixabay)

“If some is good, more must be better … isn’t a way to make public health policy,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “The Governor’s announcement will have a net negative impact on public health in many facilities already struggling with staff shortages, especially now that our case and hospital admission rates are plummeting. In many systems residents/patients face a more severe health threat from staff shortages than from exposure to doctors or nurses who have not yet been boosted. With case rates plummeting the fear of health workers themselves being out sick is waning as well.”

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Senator Edward Durr

Durr Resolution Supports Oppressed Ethnic Minority Group in China

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Millions of Muslim Uyghurs are Genocide Targets in Western Chinese Territory

State Senator Edward Durr is introducing a legislative resolution condemning China’s oppressive treatment of millions of minority Uyghurs in the nation’s northwest region.

State Senator Edward Durr is introducing a legislative resolution condemning China’s oppressive treatment of millions of minority Uyghurs in the nation’s northwest region. (Pixabay)

“The public needs to know what is happening on the other side of the globe, and the atrocities being leveled against a group of human beings who have done nothing wrong,” said Durr (R-3). “The American people have always had a soft spot for the underdog, and the Uyghurs are certainly the underdogs in China.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Bill Clearing Barriers for School Districts Considering Consolidation Becomes Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon that eases barriers deterring school districts from considering consolidation plans has been signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon that eases barriers deterring school districts from considering consolidation plans has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“Consolidation does not work in every case, but some districts in the state have identified both financial and educational benefits from merging,” said O’Scanlon (R-16). “This does not force schools to consolidate, but it removes some of the impediments that can prevent districts from proceeding with plans that can benefit both taxpayers and students.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Group Home Residents Face New Crisis Under Murphy Executive Order

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said group homes and long-term care facilities are almost certain to face a staffing crisis resulting from a new executive order by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said group homes and long-term care facilities are almost certain to face a staffing crisis resulting from a new executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

“Nursing homes, group homes, and veterans homes are already struggling to find enough skilled staff to care for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents,” said Bucco (R-25). “By eliminating the testing alternative to vaccination for workers in these settings, Governor Murphy is virtually guaranteeing that residents will face a shortage of caregivers. That will lead to unnecessary tragedies in facilities that have already sustained thousands of deaths during the pandemic.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Measure Increasing Penalties for Professional License Lending Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho cracking down on the practice of professional and occupational license lending is now law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho cracking down on the practice of professional and occupational license lending is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s legislation, A-6150/S-4119, signed Tuesday by the Governor, significantly increases penalties for the transfer or lending of licenses issued by authorized boards in the state.

“The laws against license lending are clear, but some contractors continue to cut corners to save time and money,” said Oroho (R-24). “The unethical practice is an all-too-common occurrence that can result in unnecessary health and safety risks. The penalties have not been sufficient to discourage the violators and this new law will turn up the heat.”

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Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi: Murphy’s Latest Executive Order Will Lead to Shortage of Health Care Workers

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Senator Holly Schepisi said a new executive order announced by Governor Murphy today eliminating a testing alternative to vaccination and boosters for health care workers will lead to a shortage of doctors and nurses in New Jersey in the aftermath of the Omicron surge.

Sen. Holly Schepisi said a new executive order by Gov. Murphy will lead to a shortage of doctors and nurses in New Jersey in the aftermath of the Omicron surge. (Flickr)

“Doctors, nurses, and other medical caregivers have been fighting this fight against COVID-19 since the very beginning,” said Schepisi (R-39). “After nearly two years, they’re tired, they’re burnt out, and they’re ready for a break. Instead of giving them extra support, they’re getting another new mandate from Governor Murphy that will further thin their ranks and increase the workload of those who remain. It doesn’t make any sense and it certainly won’t be good for patients.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Blasts Murphy for Stiffing Main Street Employers While Dishing Out Millions to Movie Moguls

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Senator Joe Pennacchio issued the following statement today regarding higher taxes being imposed by Governor Murphy while vetoing legislation that would have provided needed relief to Main Street businesses:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio chastised Gov. Murphy for vetoing a desperately needed bill to help Main Street businesses with the cost of complying with Covid mandates while signing legislation that will give millions of dollars to Hollywood moguls. (Wikimedia Commons)

“With the same breath, the Governor vetoed a major tax relief bill (A-4958/S-3740) for Main Street businesses that passed both houses with unanimous bipartisan support and signed an indefensible bill (S-4094/A-6070) giving a plum tax break to Hollywood billionaires who share his left-wing philosophies.

“The Main Street bill would have provided desperately needed help for small businesses that sustained massive cost increases to stay afloat during COVID 19 and the Governor’s restrictions. That measure died on Murphy’s desk, but one wasting millions on out-of-touch movie makers was signed. Continue Reading…

Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Helping Fill Void in Emergency Medical Services Becomes Law

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Measure Would Permit Volunteer Paramedics to Assist in Mobile Intensive Care Units

Senator Robert Singer’s bill helping address a critical shortage of paramedics was signed by the Governor today.

Sen. Robert Singer’s bill helping address a critical shortage of paramedics using volunteer paramedics to respond to emergencies is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

The new law, A-6132/S-4235, allows volunteer paramedics to respond to emergencies and operate within mobile intensive care units.

“This will allow us to have more paramedics on the road and faster response times to emergencies,” said Singer (R-30). “There is a worsening crisis here in New Jersey and across the nation, and the pandemic has made things that much worse.

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Senator Bob Singer

Gov. Signs Singer Bill Boosting Aid for Adult Day Care Services

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Senator Robert Singer’s legislation increasing support for facilities that provide daytime services to New Jersey’s elderly residents was signed into law today.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation increasing support for facilities that provide daytime services to New Jersey’s elderly residents was signed into law today. (SenateNJ.com)

Singer’s bill (A-4238/S-2561) establishes a minimum Medicaid reimbursement rate for providers of adult medical daycare services.

“An increase in funding for these providers will help them better assist, protect, and support the elderly throughout our state,” said Singer (R-30). “Adult day health services are crucial to the physical and emotional well-being of New Jersey seniors.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill that Would Help Protect Farmland from Deer Signed into Law

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Farmers throughout New Jersey may soon be able to apply for agricultural grants to help cover the cost of deer fencing thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Farmers may soon be able to apply for agricultural grants to help cover the cost of deer fencing thanks to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am glad Governor Murphy signed this bill into law today. Damage to crops from deer has become a crippling problem for many New Jersey farmers,” said Oroho (R-24). “In some instances, producers have abandoned fields that are too vulnerable to deer damage, and others have transitioned away from produce and row crops to hay, just to lessen the impact. By issuing grants for fencing, my legislation will provide a practical and humane method of protecting crops.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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