Senate Republicans Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco have introduced a bill to prevent a person who has been investigated for child abuse or sexual misconduct from working at a New Jersey public or charter school.
“We cannot afford to take chances when it comes to protecting children from the lifelong scars of abuse,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Why should we prioritize a person who has been accused of such a heinous crime over the safety of innocent children? It is an unconscionable miscarriage of justice that this state is more concerned with protecting a job candidate’s reputation than keeping child predators out of our schools. This legislation is long overdue.”
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) issued the following statement in response to the State of the State address delivered by Governor Chris Christie:
“Addiction has been an issue that’s been pushed into the shadows for far too long, and I’m glad the Governor is making it a top priority in his last year in office,” Senator Bucco said. “The addiction crisis touches every corner of our society. Almost no family is spared. I’m ready to get to work on this bipartisan effort, and hopefully, we’ll be able to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to help members of the United States Armed Forces while they are deployed for active service is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“Serving during a time of war is a heavy burden that these service members shoulder every day while they’re away from home,” Senator Bucco said. “They have so much to deal with while they are away fighting for the rest of us, and I think it’s important that we give them one less thing to worry about.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to reduce costs so limousine services can better compete with ride hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft has passed the New Jersey Senate.
“The last thing we want to do is discourage members of New Jersey’s rapidly evolving transportation industry from owning and operating their business in this state,” Senator Bucco said. “Removing the 7 percent sales tax paid and collected by limousine owners will level the playing field and allow these services to better compete with ride hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to reduce wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“When every license expires at the end of the month, it can lead to a nightmare situation at MVC offices if a lot of people decide to wait until the last minute to renew,” Senator Bucco said. “This measure will improve efficiency by cutting down on the long lines and helping people get their new licenses faster.”
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee passed a bill sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset), as well as another piece of legislation sponsored by Bucco and Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean), to encourage the modernization of local governments and provide opportunities to cut back on property tax bills.
“Sadly, many individual governments are often behind in their use of modern technology because the cost to make these improvements can be prohibitive, especially in a state where taxpayers are already being asked to pay too much,” Senator Singer said. “We want to bring services into the 21st Century by creating opportunities for local governments to work together to finance these projects.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to improve security at public and nonpublic schools, as well as community colleges, by creating a new class of special law enforcement officers was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Having trained, experienced officers in schools creates a safer environment for students and staff by deterring criminals from committing acts of violence,” Senator Bucco said. “I’m happy we could work together on this issue and make our schools safer for everyone.”
Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to provide tax refunds to fuel distributors that have accrued bad debt from uncollectible accounts.
“Motor fuel and heating oil distributors are required by law to pay the state petroleum tax when they purchase fuel, and then pass the cost of the taxes on to their customers,” Senator Bucco explained. “This becomes a huge financial burden for distributors if the local shop who bought the fuel goes out of business before they have paid that tax.”
A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to establish “Constitution Week” was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
The resolution, SJR-31, designates Sept. 17-23 of each year as Constitution Week and calls for special activities that will raise public awareness about the important role the Constitution plays in everyday life.
Expiration dates on driver’s licenses would be staggered based on individual birthdays rather than the standard last day of the month
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to reduce wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
“When every license expires at the end of the month, it can lead to a nightmare situation at MVC offices if a lot of people decide to wait until the last minute to renew,” Senator Bucco said. “This measure looks to alleviate some of that congestion.”