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Meet ALEC’s NJ State Chairman – Senator Oroho

February 28th, 2012 7 comments

Sussex County Senator Is ALEC’s Corporate Point Man in NJ

[Update 2 – It is is clear that ALEC and NRA drafted the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida, and yes Sen. Oroho has sponsored a model ALEC/NRA “Right to Carry” bill – S 104 – and the bill cites Florida crime and handgun statistics!

Update 1: Yes, Oroho has sponsored an anti-women ultrasound bill S231]

Tomorrow, February 29, 2012, the Occupy Wall Street Movement is Leaping Into Action to Reclaim Our Future, with an nationwide call to Action to “Shut Down the Corporations”.

Here in NJ, Occupy New Brunswick is holding an event focused on ALEC – the Billionaire Koch Brothers funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). [Note: see ALEC’s Board, h/t WH]

We’ve previously noted ALEC influence on Governor Christie, on attacks on DEP science, and regulatory policy bills.

orohoSo, I thought I’d warn people about ALEC’s little known NJ State Chairman, Senator Oroho (R-Sussex).

Here is a list of some of the worst bills and Constitutional Amendments Oroho is sponsoring – many are grounded in model ALEC bills. A virtual boatload of bad ideas.

They illustrate a sweeping pro-corporate attack on virtually all progressive values, policies, and governing institutions.

Oroho attacks labor, the environment, immigrants, the urban poor in “special needs districts”, science, government, civil service, taxes, the judiciary, fairness, and gay and women’s rights.

Oroho’s agenda is shocking in its scope and audacity. He would make English the official language and repeal the Global Warming Response Act, the Highlands Act, and the Estate Tax.

His proposed Constitutional amendments are equally radical and would dramatically alter the social contract and severely weaken and dismantle government as we now know it.

The common theme, with the exception of hunters and gun owners who he supports, is the elevation of corporate interests above the public interest.

It is a very troubling sign that a man with these far right wing views could get elected is so called liberal Blue State NJ.

Equally shocking, is that this is a man that Democratic Senate President Sweeney negotiates and cosponsors bills with.

Check it out – breathtaking: (hit the bill number links to read the bills)

S103 Concerns unemployment benefits for corporate owners and officers.

S104 Revises procedures for securing a permit to carry a handgun.

S164 Prohibits the employment of unauthorized aliens and requires employers to use E-Verify program.

S183 Bars companies which hire illegal aliens from public contracts, grants, loans, or tax incentives for seven years.

S223 Provides for no net loss of DEP lands for fishing, hunting, and trapping purposes.

S224 Clarifies that Fish and Game Council has sole authority to regulate freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping.

S225 Prohibits use of public funds for embryonic stem cell research.

S226 Prohibits State departments and agencies from considering or requiring compliance by Highlands planning area municipalities with Highlands regional master plan in certain circumstances.

S228 Revises “Administrative Procedure Act” concerning socio-economic impact statements for proposed rule-making.

S230 Eliminates expansion of preschool education program in “School Funding Reform Act of 2008.”

S231 Requires physicians to provide patients opportunity to undergo obstetrical ultrasound or sonogram within 48 hours of performing abortion.

S232 Requires Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Commission to study financial impact of all enacted mandated health benefits.

S235 Prohibits adoption of new rules exceeding federal standards unless specifically authorized by State law or necessary to protect public health, safety, or welfare.

S236 Eliminates seniority in Civil Service and other jurisdictions for reductions in force in certain circumstances.

S238 Establishes a 2.0 percent cap on annual appropriations increases for certain State government spending.

S239 Phases out estate tax over five-year period.

S240 “New Jersey Jobs Protection Act;” requires verification of employment.

S265 Requires proof of lawful presence in the United States to obtain certain benefits.

S276 Repeals “Global Warming Response Act” and related sections of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative implementing law

S608 Permits licensed dealers to display and auction firearms at fund raising events sponsored by certain tax exempt organizations.

S742 “Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.”

S743 Extends expiration date of certain permits pursuant to the “Permit Extension Act of 2008.”

S912 Suspends “Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act” until certain conditions are met.

S913 Revises “Administrative Procedure Act” concerning conflicts between rules of different State agencies.

S1360 Permits use of deadly force against black bears in certain cases.

S1363 Allows for exclusion of certain properties from Highlands preservation area.

S1619 Provides that English shall be the official language of the State.

S1622 Bars certain employees of certain public agencies from participating in PERS; repeals law permitting PERS and TPAF members on leave who work for labor organization to purchase pension credit.

S1626 Repeals the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.”

S1627 Eliminates prohibition against purchasing more than one handgun in calendar month.

S1721 Modifies definition of at-risk pupils in school funding law.

Constitutional Attacks

SCR12 Proposes a constitutional amendment abolishing tenure for Supreme Court justices and establishing retention
elections as part of the reappointment process.

SCR16 Proposes constitutional amendment to preserve right of people to fish, hunt, trap and harvest fish and wildlife.

SCR17 Amends Constitution to limit use of nonrecurring revenue in State budget except in certain times of crisis and limits State budget growth.

SCR18 Amends Constitution to require that bills with net effect of raising State revenues by proposing a new State tax or a State tax increase pass each House of Legislature by two-thirds majority vote.

SCR19 Proposes amendment to constitution regarding parental notification for medical or surgical procedures or treatments relating to pregnancy to be performed on minor children.

SCR20 Proposes an amendment to the Constitution to describe the manner in which the Legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free public schools.

SCR21 Proposes constitutional amendment to establish a 2 percent cap on annual appropriations increases for certain State government spending.

SCR24 Provides for 5 year terms for Justices of the Supreme Court and for tenure elections for a Justice to receive tenure upon reappointment.

SCR57 Proposes constitutional amendment to prohibit State courts from requiring that State government spend money.

SCR79 Proposes constitutional amendment to provide that only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage.

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