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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco
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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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego/Bucco Bill Mandates Life Sentence for Murdering and Sexually Assaulting Children

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The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco extending “Joan’s Law” to eliminate the possibility of parole for anyone convicted of the murder of a minor in the course of a sex crime.

Rosemarie D’Alessandro testified in support of Sens. Bucco & Addiego’s bill updating “Joan’s Law” at the Senate Budget Committee on June 1, 2017. (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.

“No parent should have to stand in front of a judge and convince them that the monster who raped and murdered their child must remain in prison for life,” Senator Addiego (R-8) said. “Anyone who is evil enough to commit such a heinous crime will not hesitate to victimize another child. Extending ‘Joan’s Law’ to all minors will ensure every family who loses a child receives equal justice under the law.”

“There is no justification for releasing someone who has brutally raped and murdered an innocent child back into the general population. It should not matter if the child is 7 or 17-years-old. These dangerous criminals should, at the very least, be locked up for life,” Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) said. “By applying Joan’s Law to every minor who is killed during the course of a sex crime, we can keep even more predators in prison where they belong.”

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Bucco Concussion Awareness Day Resolution Advanced by Senate Panel

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to raise awareness about concussions was advanced by the Senate Health Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution creating Concussion Awareness Day was passed by a Senate panel. (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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Advanced: Bucco Bill to Help Widows With Name Changes

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to help people change their names after their spouse dies was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill makes it easier for widows to change their names. (NJMVC)

“Over the years, I’ve heard from constituents who experienced difficulties returning to their maiden names after the death of a spouse,” Senator Bucco said. “A complex process is currently in place, and this will help ease the burden to change their name.”

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Senate Backs Bucco Call for Increasing Osteopetrosis Awareness, Research & Treatment Options

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Bucco Resolution Establishes “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” in May of Each Year

The New Jersey Senate has passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) designating the last full week May of each year as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” and the last Saturday of May of each year as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Day.”

Osteopetrosis is a rare congenital bone disorder that causes bones to be overly dense and prone to fractures. Osteopetrosis, also known as “stone bone,”  affects people of all ages. Infants who are born with this disorder face a severely shortened life expectancy.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution designates the last full week of May as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” to raise awareness and spur an increase in research and treatment options for the rare bone disorder. (©iStock)

Osteopetrosis affects less than 1,300 people in the United States and like many rare disorders, there are very few treatment options available. As a father and grandfather, I cannot imagine how devastating this must be for a parent of a newborn who may not live long enough to find a successful treatment,” Senator Bucco said.

“I am hopeful that this resolution will spur medical researchers to work harder to find a cure, and encourage all New Jersey residents to support those who cope with this disease every day.”

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Bucco Applauds Federal Court for Declaring Unconstitutional NJ’s Ban on Ownership of Stun Guns

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) applauded a settlement to a federal legal challenge of state law brought by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) that would bring to an end the state’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns.

Sen. Anthony Bucco applauded a federal court settlement that would bring to an end New Jersey’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This is a victory for the law-abiding people of New Jersey who want the non-lethal capability to protect themselves with a stun gun,” said Bucco. “This federal court order sends the message that the State of New Jersey has gone too far in interfering with the Second Amendment rights of New Jerseyans to protect themselves and their families.”

The consent order issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey declared unconstitutional the state’s outright ban in N.J.S.2C:39-3(h), the section of state law stating that “any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.”

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Budget Officer Bucco’s Statement on First FY18 State Budget Hearing

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) released the following statement on the start of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee’s hearings on Governor Christie’s Fiscal Year 2018 State budget proposal.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said he will work to enact a balanced budget that lowers property taxes; and makes New Jersey a stronger, more affordable, and competitive place for people to work and live. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the course of the past several years, this committee has worked on a bipartisan basis to enact fiscally responsible measures that are already making New Jersey more affordable for our taxpayers,” Senator Bucco said.

“As Treasurer Scudder noted in his remarks today, we are in a much better place now than we were eight years ago.

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego, Bucco Demand Life in Prison for Murder of Child During Sexual Assault

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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.

Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (left) joined Rosemarie D’Alessandro as she testified in support of updates to “Joan’s Law” at the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 13, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

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.”

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