In the face of passionate opposition and push back, Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued the following statement regarding the controversial legislation that alters the religious exemption for mandatory vaccines.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County, New Jersey, S2173, Vaccine Bill | 7 Comments »
By Senator Declan O’Scanlon
In the ill-fated recent rush to pass legislation that would legalize, tax, and regulate recreational adult use of marijuana, my position on the legislation, and the issue, has been misunderstood and mischaracterized by some New Jersey media outlets.
With regard to the bill package that Senate President Sweeney removed from the Senate calendar on March 25, I was a hard ‘NO’ vote. It has been reported that I was willing to trade my vote for funding for projects or causes specific to my Monmouth County district. It has also been reported that I was a “soft ‘yes’” vote. Those reports are fake news that were published by outlets that either did not speak with me or misunderstood/mischaracterized what I told them.
I want to firmly destroy and denounce these false, offensive assertions. Those that know me know I’m not for sale – not for personal gain and not for political-favor-purchasing bacon brought back to my district. Not once have I, and never will I, make such trade-offs. The only way to earn my vote is to give me good policy. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 26th, 2019 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Marijuana, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Legalized Marijuana, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Recreational marijuana, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 1 Comment »
Senator Declan O’Scanlon, (R-Monmouth), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, make the following remarks in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed budget:
Watch O’Scanlon deliver his remarks:
“This budget won’t lift up the middle class. It will leave generations of New Jersey residents with no hope for a prosperous future.
“Even if the Governor’s rosy projections – of both revenue and savings – are accurate, we are still only a fraction of the way out of the hole we’re in.
“We can’t tax our way out of this mess. Without major reforms, it is a very real possibility that young public workers won’t even have a pension by the time they retire.
“I urge Governor Murphy to come to the table and hammer out a compromise with us. There is no other option,” Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, NJ Senate Republicans, Phil Murphy | Tags: 2020 Budget Address, Budget Address, Declan O'Scanlon, Governor Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | Comments Off on O’Scanlon Responds to Murphy’s Budget
Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso have introduced legislation that will increase certain animal abuse crimes to the second degree level. Convictions for second degree crimes carry penalties of five to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $150,000.
The legislation is named for River, a pitbull/mix that was rescued by a Good Samaritan, Jennifer Vaz of Highlands, who discovered the dog caged and left to drown on the banks of the Shrewbury River at Veterans Memorial Park last June.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Aaron D Davis, Aaron Davis, Declan O'Scanlon, Highlands, Jennifer Vaz, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, River, River's Law, Serena DiMaso | Comments Off on O’Scanlon and DiMaso Introduce “River’s Law” To Increase Penalties For Animal Abuse
Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, both R-13, today warned that the Democrats’ plan to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour will have net negative consequences for low income wage earners.
The bill to raise the wage to $15 in increments and with exceptions by 2024 passed in committee in both the Assembly and Senate today. It is scheduled to be voted on in both chambers on Thursday.admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: $15 minimum wage, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey Minimum Wage, Serena DiMaso | 8 Comments »
Three Republican State Senators, including Monmouth County’s Declan O’Scanlon are willing to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey if Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney deliver the return of the Energy Receipts Tax to municipalities, a dedicated 911 System and Emergency Response Trust Fund, funding for addiction recovery services and a guaranteed reimbursement fund for municipalities paying to train police officers as Drug Recognition Experts who can assess if a driver is impaired by cannabis, according to an article on NJ.comArt Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 911 System and Emergency Response Fees, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Declan O'Scanlon, Energy receipts tax, Governor Phil Murphy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Recreational marijuana, Sen Kip Bateman, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Chris Brown, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 5 Comments »
By Senator Declan O’Scanlon
Sue Kiley and Gerry Scharfenberger have each demonstrated their abilities to deliver extraordinary government services while saving the taxpayers money. Throughout their lives, they have conducted themselves with dignity and integrity.admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: 2018 elections, Declan O'Scanlon, Gerry Scharfenberger, Monmouth County News, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Sue Kiley | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Kiley and Scharfenberger are the right choice for Freeholder
Seantor Declan O’Scanlon announced this morning that he plans to introduce legislation that would make aggravated animal abuse a second or third degree crime, depending on the severity of the offense.
Second degree crime convictions carry sentences of 5-10 years in state prison and fines of up to $150,000. Third degree crime convictions do not carry the presumption of incarceration but can carry sentences of 3-5 in state prison and fines up to $15,000.
Senator O’Scanlon said his legislation is spurred by recent reports of animal abuse in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Last month Aaron Davis of Long Branch was arrested and accused of leaving a caged pit bull to die on the banks for the Shrewsbury River in Highlands. Davis was charged with a third degree crime, which does not presume incarceration, though he is in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending trial. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: September 4th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: Aggravated Animal Cruelty, Declan O'Scanlon, Mocha, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, River, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 2 Comments »
New Jersey MVC will no longer be provide information about resident motorist to companies that operate red-light and speed cameras for other states, if bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Declan O’Scanlon, Nick Sacco, Nicolas Scutari becomes law.
The Camera Enforcement Inoculation Act prohibits the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission from providing identifying information to camera enforcement entities, thus making it impossible to issue tickets for automated enforcement infractions to New Jersey motorists.
This is such a great idea that Governor Phil Murphy should instruct MVC Commissioner Sue Fulton to implement the practice immediately while the bill works its way through the legislature.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Governor Phil Murphy, NJ MVC, Red Light Cameras, Sen Nicholas Scutari, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Senator Nick Sacco, Speed Cameras, Sue Fulton | 5 Comments »
Senator Declan O’Scanlon announced this afternoon that Monmouth County will receive $6 million in “Local Bridge, Future Needs” grants from the NJ Department of Transportation. The money, which comes from the Transportation Trust Fund (gas tax) , will fund the reconstruction of bridges in Hazlet/Keansburg, Middletown, Neptune Township/Wall and Upper Freehold.
“This award demonstrates how the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund is employed to support vital local projects,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “I want to commend NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore for their efforts to ensure that this grant program funds bridge projects around the state in a fair and appropriate manner.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore, Monmouth County News, NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 2 Comments »