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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Honored With Award for ‘Conservative Achievement’ for Commitment to Protecting Taxpayers

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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.

Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored with an award for “Conservative Achievement.” (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Prevents Schools from Hiring Alleged Child Abusers, Sexual Predators

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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.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco’s bill requires schools to review of an applicant’s employment history to ascertain allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct. (Flickr)

“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.”

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Bucco Praises Governor’s Fight Against Addiction

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) issued the following statement in response to the State of the State address delivered by Governor Chris Christie:

Sen. Anthony Bucco commended Gov. Chris Christie’s commitment to fight drug addiction in his State of the State address. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

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Now Law: Bucco Bill to Defer Utility Bills For Deployed Service Members

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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.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill to defer utility bills for deployed service members was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Flickr)

“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.”

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Senate Passes Bucco Bill Leveling Playing Field for Limousine Services

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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.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill allows limousine owners to better compete with ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

“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.”

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Bucco Bill to Shorten Lines at MVC Passed by Senate

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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.

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

“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.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Bucco, Singer Bills to Modernize Government Services, Provide Tax Relief Pass Senate Panel

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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.

A Senate panel passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Bucco and Sen. Singer to modernize local government and reduce property taxes. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

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Bucco Bill to Boost School Security Signed Into Law

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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.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation creates “Class Three” law enforcement officers and allow them to provide security in New Jersey schools. (Flickr)

“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.”

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Gov. Signs Bucco Bill to Keep Fuel Industry in NJ by Covering Cost of Bad Tax Debt

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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.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill covers the cost of bad debt accrued from uncollectible accounts, such as a gas station that closed before paying the tax fronted by the fuel distributor. (Flickr)

“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.”

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Senate Passes Bucco Resolution to Establish Constitution Week

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to establish “Constitution Week” was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Anthony to establish ‘Constitution Week’ was passed by the New Jersey Senate.  (National Archives)

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.

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