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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Improves Educational Opportunities, Provides Property Tax Relief via FY18 Budget Resolutions

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, has secured funding to support millions of New Jersey students, including children who attend a private school, students serving in the armed forces, and participants in the EOF program.

Sen. Anthony Bucco sponsored FY18 State Budget resolutions to support New Jersey’s students, schools, and provide property tax relief to local residents. (SenateNJ)

Bucco fought tirelessly to ensure the FY18 State budget included an appropriation to increase state aid for extraordinary special education, which will provide property tax relief to residents across New Jersey.

“Helping municipalities cope with the high cost of funding special education services has long been a core Senate Republican priority,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Although there is certainly room for improvement within this budget, I am pleased to see that we are doing something to address the enormous burden education costs have on our local taxpayers.”

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Bucco Protects State Funding for Healthcare, Services for NJ’s Most Vulnerable

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Senator Anthony Bucco, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that the FY18 State Budget appropriations he secured will improve the quality of life for people in need of affordable healthcare and support services statewide.

Sen. Anthony Bucco sponsored FY18 budget resolutions to provide funding to safeguard health services for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents (SenateNJ)

Senator Bucco fought tirelessly to ensure that the final fiscal plan included enough funding for the lifesaving nonprofits, medical centers, and state departments that are critical to safeguarding the health and welfare of families throughout New Jersey.

“I am particularly proud of the choices we made to improve and expand services for our most vulnerable residents,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Home healthcare aids work incredibly hard, but they are sorely underpaid. Most are only making $10 an hour. This budget provides funding for wage increases, which will undoubtedly improve the quality of care provided to more than 30,000 seniors and disabled residents statewide.”

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Bucco Secures Funding Within FY18 Budget for Lake Hopatcong

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget includes his resolution appropriating funds for weed harvesting to protect and maintain Lake Hopatcong – New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake.

Sen. Anthony Bucco has secured funding within the FY18 State Budget for weed harvesting at Lake Hopatcong. The Senator has long advocated for increasing aid to protect and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

“I have fought for years to secure a funding within the State budget to protect Lake Hopatcong,” Senator Bucco said. “As any homeowner will tell you, weed growth is not only out of control, it gets worse every year. Local taxpayers should not have to pay out of their own pocket to maintain a state-owned lake. Now, we may finally have the financial resources to ensure boaters and swimmers can safely navigate the lake for years to come.”

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Bucco to Vote Against Dems’ FY 2018 Budget Deal

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The following are Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco’s remarks as prepared for delivery during today’s Senate session debate on the Democrats’ proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. Senator Bucco, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, plans to vote no.

Sen. Anthony Bucco, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, stated that he will vote against the Democrats’ proposed FY 2018 budget, saying it is not in the best interest of the majority of NJ residents. (SenateNJ.com)

“Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to pay tribute to my friend, Senator O’Toole and thank him for his years of service.

Senator – you have been an excellent resource for your fellow committee members and a true public servant. You will be missed. Thank you for all you have done for the people of New Jersey.

I think we can all agree that this was a very productive session. For that, I’d like to thank Chairman Sarlo, the committee, and all of the dedicated staffers involved in this process.

Governor Christie laid the foundation for a fiscally-responsible budget. There were no new taxes or major cuts in his plan, but there was still enough money left over to fund programs for those in need, and to make another record-high pension payment.

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Passed: Bucco Concussion Awareness Day Resolution

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to raise awareness about concussions was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution creating Concussion Awareness Day was passed by the Senate. (Flickr)

“Every year, we see more and more evidence about the dangers of concussions and the serious health problems they can cause,” Senator Bucco said. “Professional sports leagues have started taking them more seriously, but youth sports — where concussions can cause even more damage — still lag behind. Spreading knowledge about concussions can go a long way in preventing lifelong brain injuries.”

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Bucco Bill to Prevent Ex-Cons From Running for School Board Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to require school board candidates to swear that they have not been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from office.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill would prevent ex-cons from running for school board, by requiring candidates to swear that they haven’t been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from serving. (©iStock)

“In the last five years, dozens of school board members have had to give up their seats because they committed a crime that disqualified them from serving. This is a colossal waste of taxpayer time and money,” Senator Bucco said. “All school board candidates should be required to go on the record about their criminal background as soon as they decide to run for office. I really don’t think that is too much to ask.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Senate Passes ‘Joan’s Law’ Expansion to Mandate Life in Prison for Murdering & Sexually Assaulting Any Minor

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The New Jersey Senate has passed an expansion of “Joan’s Law” sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco, to mandate life without parole for murdering a minor, of any age, during the course of a sex crime. The bill now heads to Governor Christie’s Desk for final approval.

Rosemarie D’Alessandro testifies at a May 31, 2017 Senate Budget Committee hearing in support of Sens. Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco’s bill expanding the law named after her daughter. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to mandate life in prison for murdering and raping any minor. (SenateNJ.com)

Since 1997, “Joan’s Law” has mandated “no release” in cases involving a minor under age 14. The Senators’ bill, S-607, extends Joan’s Law to protect victims between the ages of 14 and 18.

“Anyone who is evil enough to rape and murder a child will not hesitate to do it again,” Senator Addiego “We need to protect every minor, whether they are 7 or 17-years-old, from these dangerous predators. There is no justification for ever releasing them back into the general population. Parents shouldn’t have to go through the painful process of explaining this to a parole board. After seven years of fighting for this bill, I am so pleased to see us send it to the Governor’s Desk today.”

“Rosemarie has been a tireless advocate for victims and for the families who have had to cope with an unimaginable tragedy. I was honored to stand beside her as our bill passed the Senate Budget Committee last month,” Senator Bucco said. “Until we reinstate the death penalty for these atrocious crimes, expanding Joan’s Law to all minors is the best way to ensure that anyone who brutally rapes and murders an innocent child never sees the light of day again.”
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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Display K.I.A. Flag at Government Buildings Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to honor veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by requiring the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Joe Pennacchio would require the “Killed in Action” flag to be flown alongside the official state flag at government buildings. (SenateNJ.com)

“In just the last few weeks, we’ve recognized Memorial Day and the 73rd Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion,” Senator Bucco said. “The number of lives lost on the beaches of Normandy alone is almost unfathomable, and those are just a small slice of all the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history. Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”

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Bucco Bill to Streamline Process of Executing Estates Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to help people cope with the legal and financial challenges of serving as the executor of an estate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill will streamline court proceedings for those that discover they cannot fulfill the duties of executing someone’s estate. (©iStock)

“People often choose a trusted friend or a family member to execute their will,” Senator Bucco explained. “This can be very overwhelming for someone who is grieving, or has no legal expertise. Unfortunately, an executor can’t pass on this responsibility to someone else without spending a lot of money and time in court.

We should not be punishing people for trying to do what is right for those entitled to an inheritance. My bill will streamline these court proceedings and reduce the burden on executors and surviving loved ones alike.”

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Now Law: Bucco Bill to Shorten Lines at MVC Offices

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to reduce wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill changes expiration dates on driver’s licenses, shortening lines at MVC offices. (NJMVC)

“Anyone who’s been to a MVC office at the end of the month has seen first-hand exactly how bad the lines can get,” Senator Bucco said. “When everyone’s licenses expires at the end of the month, it can put a real strain on everyone involved, both customers and employees.”

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