Bill expands “Joan’s Law” to mandate life without parole for murder of a child under age 18 during a sex crime.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco to eliminate the possibility of parole for anyone convicted of the murder of a minor in the course of a sex crime.
Since 1997, “Joan’s Law” has mandated “no release” in cases involving a minor under age 14. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to protect victims between the ages of 14 and 18.
“The monster who brutally raped and murdered little Joan D’Alessandro has been up for parole four times,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington) said. “Anyone who is evil enough to commit such a heinous crime once will have no qualms about victimizing another child, no matter how long they have been in jail. No parent should have to stand up in front of a judge over, and over again trying to convince them of this fact. We will keep fighting on their behalf until every minor receives equal protections under the law.”
Senator Addiego and Joan’s mother, Rosemarie D’Alessandro, both testified in support of the bill at the March 13 Judiciary Committee hearing in Trenton.
“My sons Michael, John and I are filled with joy today,” Rosemarie D’Alessandro said. “This shows how the unity of all those involved through their actions and voices makes a huge difference in the fight for more justice for young, vulnerable victims and their families. Now families will not be burdened by the thought of when the next parole date will be, or having to testify. Joan’s legacy is filled with positive energy. The vote today truly brings hope to New Jersey.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to gift a New Jersey flag to every state resident who enrolls in a federal service academy was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“Some of our best and brightest young people attend the service academies and make a commitment to serve this country,” Senator Bucco said. “We couldn’t be prouder of them for their hard work and service.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to discover the reasons why businesses leave the state was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“There have been many theories and anecdotes discussed as to why businesses in New Jersey either shut down or leave for other, more business-friendly states,” Senator Bucco said. “But we’ve never had any hard data to back those theories up. It’s time to end the speculation and get down to the root problems that are forcing companies to shutter or move.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to reduce costs so limousine services can better compete with ride hailing companies like Uber and Lyft is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“There’s more competition than ever in the ride hailing industry, which is great for consumers,” Senator Bucco said. “But we don’t want our local limousine owners to be driven out of business by these national tech companies. This new law will level the playing field and give limo businesses a chance to compete.”
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) was among a group of Republican lawmakers to receive the Award For Conservative Achievement from The American Conservative Union Foundation.
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Senator Bucco said. “I have been working for years to help strengthen families and to make New Jersey more affordable for its residents. We still have a lot of work to do, but I will continue to advocate for the constitutional values that the ACU Foundation and this award stand for.”
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.”