Legislation requires warning signs; pre-rental safety instruction to increase awareness of the dangers of operating pontoons in New Jersey waterways
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has introduced “Christopher’s Law,” named in honor of 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico, of Mount Arlington, who was tragically killed in a pontoon boating accident on Lake Hopatcong in June of 2015.
“Christopher’s Law” requires the owner of a pontoon rental business to alert customers to the dangers of operating the water vessel, by posting prominent warning signs at entrances and ensuring that renters complete pre-rental instruction before setting sail.
“In the wake of this heart-breaking tragedy, we must do everything we can to make sure that all renters are aware of the dangers of operating pontoons. Passing this simple legislation is the least we can do to honor Christopher’s legacy, by protecting our children and families from falling victim to boating accidents on waterways across our state,” Senator Bucco said.
Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create a state contract set-aside program for disabled veterans to help them grow their businesses.
The Senator’s law, formerly S-1353, requires contracting agencies to establish a goal of setting aside at least 3 percent of their contracts for disabled veterans who independently own at least 51 percent of a business operating in New Jersey. This includes bidding for contracts to complete construction projects, provide goods, equipment or various services.
“Recent reports reveal more than 6 percent of New Jersey veterans are unemployed – that’s higher than the national average,” said Senator Bucco. “This law creates economic opportunities for disabled veterans, we are recognizing their service and sacrifice while helping them contribute to our state’s growing economy and enhancing innovation in New Jersey.”
Senator Bucco and Son Honored for Commitment to Improve Social, Cultural Welfare of New Jersey Citizens & Institutions
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) and his son, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, have been chosen as the recipients of a prominent Italian-American organization’s humanitarian award honoring their generosity and commitment to improving the welfare of citizens and institutions across New Jersey. The two legislators are the first-ever father-son duo to receive the Columbian Foundation’s prestigious award.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Columbian Foundation, a vital organization that has worked for nearly 75 years to champion a wide variety of causes – from helping impoverished patients afford medical care, to promoting the study of Italian language and culture,” Senator Bucco said. “It was truly a privilege to share this moment with my son, Assemblyman Bucco, a dedicated community volunteer and public servant, who shares my passion for serving the people of New Jersey.”
The Senate Commerce Committee Senator advanced Senator Anthony Bucco’s (R-Morris) bipartisan legislation, SR-103, urging all New Jersey residents to continue to observe “Small Business Saturday” by shopping at the more than 800,000 brick-and-mortar shops around the State.
“Thanksgiving weekend is arguably the busiest segment of the holiday shopping season, but many small businesses are often left behind simply because they are unable to compete with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion efforts advertised by big box stores,” Senator Bucco said.
Legislation Is Part of Senate Republicans’ 36-Bill Economic Growth Package
The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Anthony Bucco’s bill instructing the Department of Labor to develop and conduct a survey designed to uncover the reasons why business owners shutter or move their businesses out of state. This vital effort will give lawmakers the tools needed to develop new strategies to make New Jersey more attractive to the nation’s top job creators.
“We simply cannot stand idly by as more and more businesses leave the state, forcing countless hardworking New Jerseyans into unemployment,” Senator Bucco said. “As a small business owner, I have seen first-hand how burdensome regulations, along with the high cost of doing business here, can deliver serious blows to New Jersey employers. This legislation will give lawmakers the answers we need to develop policies that can correct the root causes of job loss, and in turn, make our state more attractive to job creators.”
Bucco Bill Easing Process to Receive Special Veteran Designation on Driver’s License Signed Into Law
Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco simplifying the process for veterans to receive a veteran designation on their driver’s license was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Having a license or county ID card proving veteran status is more than just a convenience – it is a special designation that recognizes the heroic sacrifices made by the thousands of brave service men and women across New Jersey,” Senator Bucco said.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco to save the lives of newborn infants was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. The Senator’s bill, S-122, expands the “New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act,” to include the premises of fire stations and ambulance, first aid, and rescue squads that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Senator Bucco is also a proud sponsor of the original Safe Haven law, enacted in the 2000-2001 legislative session.
“This lifesaving legislation is a crucial expansion that will undoubtedly increase the number of newborns rescued across our state,” said Senator Bucco. “By signing this bill into law, we are preventing countless cases of illegal abandonment, giving struggling parents the opportunity to surrender a child safely and anonymously, without having to travel far from home.”
The state Senate advanced a trio of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to protect natural disaster victims, guarantee full housing for disabled persons and their retired service dogs and legalize new all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in New Jersey.
The Senate passed bipartisan S-1090 that would prohibit municipalities from charging interest on unpaid property taxes for 30 days after payment is due following hurricane or other catastrophic weather event.
“Natural disaster victims have much more important things to worry about and address than taxes,” Bucco said. “Government needs to be reasonable and flexible, and this bill will protect people trying to scrap together pieces of their lives, in their toughest times, by providing them additional time to pay property taxes without penalty.”
The following are Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco’s remarks as prepared for delivery during today’s Senate session vote on the Democrats’ tax-raising Fiscal Year 2016 New Jersey budget proposal:
“Good afternoon. I’d like to start by thanking all of my colleagues on the budget committee, Chairman Sarlo and our staff members for the shared dedication and effort we put in to this state budget. While we all may want different things, and not everyone gets exactly what they want in a multibillion dollar budget, we did find some common ground on a lot of top priorities, such as record-high funding for education and significant investments in health care.
“However, there are serious problems with this proposed budget that we are being asked to vote on today. Foremost, the Senate Republican caucus and I don’t support the proposals in this budget to raise income taxes and employer taxes on New Jersey’s over-taxed, hard-working residents and small businesses.
The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create a State contract set-aside program for disabled veterans to help them grow their businesses.
The Senator’s bill, S-1353, requires contracting agencies to establish a goal of setting aside at least 3 percent of their contracts for disabled veterans who independently own at least 51 percent of a business operating in New Jersey. This includes bidding for contracts to complete construction projects, provide goods, equipment or various services.
“According to an April 2015 report, 6.5 percent of New Jersey veterans are unemployed – that’s higher than the national average,” said Senator Bucco. “We need to do everything we can to empower veterans to succeed on and off the battlefield. By passing this bill to create economic opportunities for disabled veterans, we are recognizing their service and sacrifice while helping them contribute to our state’s growing economy and enhance innovation in New Jersey.”