New Jersey's 25th Legislative District

Senator Anthony Bucco

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored for his service by Community Hope at the organization’s 30th Anniversary Reception. Pictured with Bucco are Community Hope Board President Eileen Griffith and CEO J. Michael Armstrong. (Full Story)

  • Senator Anthony Bucco (center) was presented the Robert B. Meyner Award for his work on alimony reform by Paris P. Eliades (left), NJSBA President, and Jeralyn L. Lawrence (right), Chair, NJSBA Family Law Section. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) toured the manufacturing facility of Tri-Power Designs in Denville, NJ to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (right) and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (left) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Performing Arts Center with a ribbon cutton to mark the completion of the theater’s Main Lobby Building Project in Morristown, NJ on September 29, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (all R-25) were honored by Americans for Prosperity for promoting fiscal responsibility in the Legislature on July 23, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) joined Republican legislators, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and groups representing thousands of employers at a New Jersey State House rally on June 24, 2014 to oppose legislative Democrats’ proposed tax increases. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (right-center) joined Gov. Chris Christie (center) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (left-center) for a ground breaking ceremony on Daytop New Jersey‘s new outpatient treatment facility in Pittsgrove on June 18, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) holding an 8-week-old yellow Labrador retriever named “NJ,” after presenting a resolution to The Seeing Eye for helping to pass Dusty’s Law which enacts criminal penalties for harming or interfering with a service animal or guide dog. (The Seeing Eye)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (2nd from left) at the 25th Anniversary Multiple Sclerosis Walk at Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury on April 27, 2014. Also pictured (from left): Freeholder Hank Lyon, Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco and Roxbury Mayor Jim Rilee. (Facebook)

  • Senator Anthony Bucco took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 25th Legislative District. (Facebook)

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill Easing Process to Receive Special Veteran Designation on Driver’s License Signed Into Law

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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.

Gov. Chris Christie signed into law legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco that simplifies the process for veterans to receive a veteran designation on their driver’s license. (NJMVC)

“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.

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Bucco Bill to Save Lives of Newborns by Expanding ‘Safe Haven Act’ Signed Into Law

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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.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation creating new ‘safe havens’ where an unwanted infant can be given up safely, legally and anonymously was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (NJDCF)

“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.”

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Senate Passes Trio of Bucco Bills for Disaster Victims, Disabled People & New Jobs

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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 bills sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco to protect natural disaster victims, guarantee full and equal housing access to disabled persons and their retired service animals, and legalize new ATVs. (SenateNJ.com)

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.”

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Budget Officer Bucco’s Remarks Against Dems’ Proposed Tax-Raising FY16 Spending Plan

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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:

During a Senate floor debate, Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco highlighted serious problems with the Democrats’ tax-raising 2016 state budget. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.

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Senate Passes Bucco Bill to Create Economic Opportunities for Disabled Veterans

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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.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco would create a State contract set-aside program for disabled veterans to help them grow their businesses. (©iStock)

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.”

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Assembly Panel Passes Bucco Bill to Save Lives of Newborns by Expanding ‘Safe Haven’ Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco to save the lives of newborn infants was passed by the Assembly Women and Children Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco would add new “safe havens” where an unwanted infant can be given up safely, legally and anonymously. (NJDCF)

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. It was passed by the Senate in May 2014. Senator Bucco is also a proud sponsor of the original Safe Haven law, enacted in the 2000-2001 legislative session.

“Since the original Safe Haven law was passed, the lives of more than 60 infants have been saved, with a 60 percent drop in illegal child abandonment, according to a 2014 state report,” said Senator Bucco. “This bill will surely save even more lives by expanding the list of sites at which newborns may be left safely and anonymously.”

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Bucco Bill to Require Colleges to Report Campus Crimes to Police Clears Committee

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The Senate Higher Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to require campus security guards at higher education associations which do not employ police officers to immediately report crimes committed on campus to the local police department.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco requires security guards at state colleges which do not employ police officers to report campus crimes to their local police department. (Flickr)

The legislation, S-121, follows troubling crime reports on area college campuses, where campus authorities have been accused of mishandling investigations, revealing victim’s identities or exonerating alleged offenders without reviewing certain evidence provided by the victim.

“We need to do everything we can to keep our college campuses safe,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Campus police often don’t have the training, experience or resources necessary to handle all criminal investigations. Many victims stay silent for fear of their case being mishandled by college security guards and disciplinary panels. Complex testimony and evidence should only be analyzed by the proper authorities.”

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Bucco Bill Preventing Disabled Persons from Being Separated from Retired Service Animals Advances

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Bucco’s Bills on Service Animals, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) & Enforcing Municipal Fire Codes Advance

Senate Committees advanced a trio of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to guarantee full housing for disabled persons and their retired service dogs, expand the definition of all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), and strengthen efforts to ensure municipalities adhere to fire codes.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco, S-2838, would make it easier for disabled persons to keep service or guide dogs as pets after the animal has retired. (Flickr)

The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee passed S-2838, sponsored by Senator Bucco, to guarantee full and equal access housing to all disabled persons who choose to keep their service or guide dog as a pet after the animal has retired. This bill amends the Law Against Discrimination to ensure that any disabled person wishing to remain with their retired service animal could do so even if a rental or lease agreement prohibits pets on the premises.

“All too often, those in need face unfair and unthinkable rules that force them to say goodbye to their loving service animal simply because the time has come for the animal to retire,” said Senator Bucco. “This turn of events is stressful not only for the dog, who would lose its longtime home and companion, but also for the disabled person who has grown to love and care for a faithful, four-legged friend that has become family. By passing this bill, we are ensuring that the disabled can continue to love and care for their loyal service dog as a pet, without the fear of losing their home or being unable to find adequate housing.”

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Senate Passes Bucco Sandy Bill to Protect Disaster Victims

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The Senate passed a Superstorm Sandy recovery bill sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco to prohibit municipalities from charging residential development fees on reconstruction after natural disasters.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, S-1002, prohibits municipalities from charging residential development fees on reconstruction after natural disasters. (NOAA/NASA)

“There are so many prohibitive costs and duplicative regulations in this state that hurt vulnerable victims and stymie disaster recovery,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Families still trying to restore normalcy after Sandy and others who will be victims of future storms need this common-sense measure to reduce cost burdens.”

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Bucco Honored for Outstanding Service by Community Hope

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) stated the following after being honored for outstanding service by Community Hope at the nonprofit’s 30th Anniversary Reception:

Pictured with Sen. Bucco are Community Hope Board President Eileen Griffith and CEO J. Michael Armstrong. (SenateNJ.com)

“Really, it’s the dedicated individuals at Community Hope who should be honored for all that they do to help people, military veterans and their families overcome and cope with mental illnesses, addiction, homelessness and poverty. I’m just proud to have been able to help them succeed in their vital mission over the past few decades, and I encourage anyone else who can volunteer some time to help to do so as well.”

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