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Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes Signed Into Law

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New Law Funds Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been signed into law.

A newly enacted law sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco provides $10 million to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This newly approved funding represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this appropriation permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Governor Signs Oroho Bill Supporting NJ Craft Breweries

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Creates Brewery Tour Trails to Increase Visibility of Microbreweries

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to bolster the state’s growing craft brewery industry was signed into law today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and signed into law today will help boost the more than 100 craft beer breweries in the state. (Pixabay)

The new law (A-1091) enlists the Division of Travel and tourism to group breweries by geography and style, and establish and promote a series of brewery tour trails. A minimum of three trails are required.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Wirths Call for Murphy Administration’s Plans for Billions Budgeted to Retire Debt

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Frustrated that the Murphy Administration continues to sit on $2.5 billion the Legislature designated to pay down debt and borrowing continues at a rate of almost $10 million every day, Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-24) asked Governor Phil Murphy and State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio to provide details of their intentions for the funds.

In a letter today, Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Hal Wirths asked the Governor and State Treasurer their plans for $2.5 approved by the Legislature to pay down state debt. (Pixabay)

Oroho and Wirths, the Republican budget officers in the Senate and Assembly, wrote to Murphy and Muoio warning that avoidable interest expenses are racking up daily and require immediate attention.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds PennEast Decision to Not Seek Condemnation of State Lands to Build Pipeline

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Senator Kip Bateman applauded an announcement by PennEast that it would no longer seek to use eminent domain to acquire State-owned land along the path of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline in New Jersey:

Sen. Kip Bateman applauded an announcement by PennEast that it would no longer seek to use eminent domain to acquire State-owned land along the path of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline in New Jersey. (PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC)

“We’ve been fighting this battle for nearly seven years, working with elected officials, concerned residents, two governors, the NJDEP, and a host of environmental groups to stop PennEast,” said Bateman, a long-time opponent of the project. “I don’t know if this signals the end of PennEast’s plan to build the pipeline, but it’s hard to see a path forward that doesn’t include condemnation. Hopefully this really is the end.”

District 10

10th District Legislators: Murphy Administration to Blame for Student Drivers Who Cannot Get Permits

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Call it Another Example of Incompetent Leadership

For teens on the road to adulthood, getting their first driver’s license is a rite of passage, but problems with New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission is making things difficult for thousands of young New Jerseyans.

The 10th District Legislators blame poor leadership by Governor Murphy for the thousands of student drivers who are unable to schedule appointments with MVC for learner’s permits and written tests. (SenateNJ.com)

Would-be drivers who want to apply for a permit or to take the written test are finding it almost impossible to schedule appointments, and lawmakers from the 10th Legislative District said it points to incompetency at MVC.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Calls Toddler Mask Mandate “Harmful and Unnecessary” in Letter to Murphy

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Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) expressed concern with Executive Order No. 264 in a letter (click here for PDF) to Governor Phil Murphy today.

Sen. Kristin Corrado expressed concern with Executive Order No. 264 in a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy today. (Pixabay)

The full text of the letter follows:

Dear Governor Murphy:

I write to you on behalf of our mutual constituents who are working parents, childcare providers, and their staff members. Your recent executive order, No. 264, has left many New Jerseyans confused and concerned over the well-being of their children in daycare centers. As their representative, I ask that you provide further clarification by answering these questions: Continue Reading…

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Murphy’s Mask Mandate for 2-Year-Olds Is Child Abuse

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Senator Michael Doherty said Governor Phil Murphy’s new executive order forcing two-year-olds to wear masks at day care is nothing less than child abuse.

Sen. Michael Doherty said Gov. Phil Murphy’s new executive order forcing two-year-olds to wear masks at day care is nothing less than child abuse. (©iStock)

We held a hearing this summer where medical researchers and health care professionals told us of the emotional and physical harm that comes from masking school-age children,” said Doherty (R-23). “That level of harm that we heard in graphic detail would only be multiplied for toddlers that have even less ability to understand why they’re being forced to wear masks they won’t want to wear.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy’s Ridiculous Mask Mandate for Toddlers Is Likely Unenforceable

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s newly issued executive order requiring two-year-old children to wear masks at day care:

Sen. Michael Testa blasted Gov. Phil Murphy’s newly issued executive order requiring two-year-old children to wear masks at day care, calling it ridiculous and likely unenforceable. (©iStock)

“Governor Murphy’s mask mandate for two-year-olds is absolutely ridiculous and likely unenforceable.

“Is Murphy going to close day care centers that parents are depending on to get back to work if they can’t get children barely older than infants to keep their masks on? Are toddlers going to be carted off to jail for ripping their masks off, which they inevitably will do?

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Implement “Test and Stay” Protocols to Avoid Excessive Quarantines in Schools

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for Governor Murphy to join numerous states in utilizing new COVID-19 modified quarantine procedures which would allow exposed asymptomatic students to remain in the classroom and receive daily rapid tests in lieu of the at-home 14-day quarantine.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for Gov. Murphy to join other states and implement COVID-19 “Test and Stay” protocols which would allow exposed asymptomatic students to remain in the classroom and receive daily rapid tests instead of the at-home 14-day quarantine. (Pixabay)

“This is absolutely the direction that we need to be going in. We must balance the negative impact of massive quarantines on our children’s education, family disruption, and keeping people out of work,” said O’Scanlon. “It’s time for all of us to rally and time for the administration to be more dynamic. They must be ahead of the curve, not behind it, for a policy that has been shown to be demonstrably effective and safe.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Blasts Murphy’s Mask Mandate for 2-Year-Olds

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Governor Phil Murphy’s latest COVID directive requiring children 2 years and older to wear masks in childcare centers drew the ire of Senator Joe Pennacchio, who called the order “useless and unworkable.”

Sen. Pennacchio denounced Murphy’s latest COVID edict requiring children as young as 2 years old to wear masks at day care centers. (Pixabay)

“Every parent who has ever tried to get a photo of their 2-year-old in a Halloween mask knows this rule is futile,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “When you put any covering on a 2-year-olds’ face, they instinctively grab it and pull it off.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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