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Oroho, Space and Wirths finish term on busy note

NEW JERSEY – Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-24/Sussex, Morris, Warren) finish up the current session with a final busy day of activity in Trenton.

Governor Murphy Monday signed three bills into law that were sponsored by members of the District 24 team. Each bill had some genesis or connection to residents who reside in the district.

Bill S-3201/A-111 is legislation that allows a farm or farm stand to sell firewood obtained from another property without being considered a lumberyard under municipal zoning regulations. This measure was inspired by a local farmer in Mount Olive Township.

Bill S-652/A-117 is a bill that allows smaller municipalities to serve as its own board of health. This legislation was drafted to respond to a concern from Andover Borough.

Bill S-1503/A-1507 permits barbers or hairstylists to rent a chair in their establishment without having to bring an individual on as an employee. The legislators worked with a business owner in Franklin Borough on this measure.

The three legislators also saw several bills clear the final legislative hurdle during the session’s last day and get to the governor’s desk for approval.

Bill S-4267/A-5909 is a proposal that assists fallen emergency responders with workers compensation benefits. This legislation was drafted to address a tragic situation of a volunteer EMT from Byram Township who died after responding to an accident.

Bill S-665/A-3642 was sponsored by the legislators after meeting with representatives of the deaf community who wanted to have a better system in place so law enforcement and deaf individuals have a greater mutual understanding when a deaf person is pulled over during a traffic stop. A lead organization from the deaf community is located in Mount Olive Township.

BillS-4165/A-5806 provides monies to purchase properties for farmland and open space purposes in the legislative district.

Bill S-659/A-2014 helps promote manufacturing in New Jersey and utilizes our community colleges to better effectuate the bill’s purposes.

Bill S-2249/A-4211 was introduced to create additional economic opportunities for disabled veterans.

Bill A-5227/S-3662 expands eligibility for the State’s “fishing buddy license.” The legislation is supported by sportsmen’s groups.

“As a joint office, we have consistently placed a high priority on constituent service,” said the three legislators jointly. “Some casework cannot always be resolved through administrative action and requires the need for legislation. We’re pleased to see several more of our initiatives come to fruition via the legislative route at the end of this term.”

Senator Oroho and Assemblyman Wirths are retiring after Monday and Assemblyman Space will be sworn into the Senate Tuesday when the new legislative session begins.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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