Public school teachers, bus drivers and camp counselors would be subject a Child Abuse Record Information check under a bill sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho. Currently, these employees and job candidates only undergo a criminal background check, which unlike a CARI check, does not show substantiated claims of child abuse. The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Education Committee.
“How many teachers, camp counselors, bus drivers and school employees are child abusers? Under current New Jersey law, we simply do not know,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “What we do know is that child abusers are falling through the cracks in the system and putting innocent children at risk. Ensuring all current and potential employees have a clean CARI record can end this pervasive threat to our children’s health and welfare.”
The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to mandate ethics training for all elected officials. Government officials who fail to complete the training would face a $5,000 fine.
“Unfortunately, you don’t have to dig deep to find examples of political corruption in New Jersey,” Senator Bucco said. “Widely publicized investigations into kickback schemes and recent exploitation of state funds have exposed a critical need for the ethics training mandated under my bill,” Senator Bucco said. “New Jerseyans are already coping with a nation-high tax burden. We cannot allow elected leaders to squander a single public dollar for political gain.”
Bill introduced this week requires school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into core curriculum
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has introduced “Erin’s Law” requiring school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into the core curriculum. Senator Bucco is working with local advocates and survivor Erin Merryn, for whom the law is named, to swiftly advance the measure.
“We teach our children not to talk to strangers, but for 93 percent of children who are sexually abused, the attacker is not a stranger – it’s a parent, a family friend, or someone else they trust,” Senator Bucco said. “We cannot allow children to feel ashamed and suffer in silence. Erin’s Law will empower kids to recognize the signs of abuse and speak out the moment an unsafe behavior occurs. I will continue to work with Erin, and the advocates fighting for victims in our community, until every child in every New Jersey classroom has access to this education.”
Senator Bucco’s bill requires all school districts to incorporate age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness and prevention education in grades preschool through 12 as part of Core Curriculum Content Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. Senator Bucco introduced Erin’s Law (S-2145) on May 2. The legislation has been enacted in 27 states.
Senators Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Warren) introduced legislation that will bring more fairness to New Jersey’s income tax by adjusting its tax brackets for inflation every year.
“This is a common-sense way to protect taxpayers from unfairly being placed into a higher tax bracket,” Senator Bucco said. “People end up paying more in taxes and aren’t able to spend as much as they used to on everyday goods and services.”
Senator Anthony Bucco said the positive jobs numbers – announced today by Gov. Chris Christie at an event at Union County College – are the direct result of the Republican effort to limit spending and prevent tax increases.
“Over the last several years, we have worked with the administration to put New Jersey in a much better position in our shifting economy,” Senator Bucco (R–Morris) said. “By keeping firm on taxes and holding the line on spending, we have been able to lure in new job creators and give our state a chance to rebound from the crippling unemployment of the Great Recession.”
$1 Billion UI Fund Surplus Triggers $200 Million Tax Cut for Employers
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco said that strong anti-fraud measures signed into law in 2013 helped lead to a $1 billion surplus in the New Jersey Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and a $200 million tax cut on employers.
“The $200 million tax cut announced by Governor Christie today is a direct result of our efforts to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud,” said Bucco. “We increased penalties on those who fraudulently claimed benefits and added new safeguards to prevent those claims from being approved.”
The Governor highlighted a number of anti-fraud efforts which saved the UI fund hundreds of millions, helping to turn a $2.1 billion deficit into a positive balance of $1 billion.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to efficiently bolster security at community colleges, public and nonpublic schools passed the New Jersey Senate 38-0. The bill would create a new class of special law enforcement officers, comprised of retired-in-good-standing, former full-time New Jersey law enforcement officers younger than 65-years-old.
“Now more than ever, it is imperative that we expand school security to protect New Jersey schools from unforeseen threats to public safety,” Senator Bucco said. “Law enforcement officials agree – placing uniformed, properly trained officers in our schools deters criminals from threatening the lives of students and teachers. My legislation offers real solutions for protecting our schools and communities without overburdening taxpayers.”
Allen & Bucco to Introduce Bill in Memory of State Trooper Sean Cullen, Prevent Emergency Worker Deaths
Bill would rename “Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a motor vehicle crash on March 7 in West Deptford, NJ.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced plans to introduce legislation renaming “The New Jersey Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, who was killed on March 7 while responding to a motor vehicle crash in West Deptford.
“Trooper Cullen’s death is a stark reminder of the tremendous risk he and all emergency responders face as they work to protect their communities from harm,” Senator Allen said. “Law enforcement officers are especially vulnerable working in or around busy streets, intersections and highways, such as southbound 295, where Sean tragically lost his life. It is imperative that motorists be made aware of their presences.”
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee adopted legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to combat and prevent egregious violations of public trust and the illegal spending of taxpayer dollars by requiring all local officials to complete a training program on the Local Government Ethics Law.
“The people of New Jersey are fed up with corrupt officials who squander their hard-earned taxpayer dollars for political wheeling-and-dealing, greed, or personal gain,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Each year, we entrust municipal and county officers with $15 billion taxpayer dollars. Requiring these public servants to complete uniform, comprehensive ethics training will protect this investment and improve the integrity of all levels of local government.”
Legislation Prohibits Use of Arrest & Citation Data in Police Officer Performance Reviews
The Senate Law & Public Safety Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from considering the number of arrests made and citations issued by a police officer when evaluating the officer’s overall performance.
“There should be no doubt when a police officer makes an arrest or issues a speeding ticket that their action was the result of an honest and impartial effort to enforce the law,” said Bucco. “Any suggestion otherwise poisons the well of trust that is necessary for law enforcment agencies to work cooperatively and effectively with the communities they serve.”