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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Advanced: Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Allowing EMT, Paramedic Certification Cards to Count as 2 Points for NJMVC ID Verification Program

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The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would expand upon the documentation accepted by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) as part of its 6 Point ID Verification program to include EMT and paramedic certification cards. The measure advanced in a 5-0 vote.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco would allow EMT and paramedic certification cards to count toward the NJMVC’s six-point ID verification requirement. (NJMVC)

“Our state’s digital driver’s license and 6 Point ID Verification program are designed to stop fraud and make it harder for criminals and terrorists to act under assumed identities,” said Pennacchio. “Our legislation allows us to maintain those strict security standards while improving the NJMVC customer experience for tens of thousands of EMTs and paramedics who carry State issued certification cards.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Passes Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has passed the Senate Environment Committee.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

S-2389 would dedicate $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund,” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

We fought hard to ensure the Fiscal Year 2018 budget included funding to protect Lake Hopatcong, but a one-time payment is not enough,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “The lake has become overrun with invasive weeds and the problem seems to get worse every year. Setting up a permanent, dedicated funding source for preservation and maintenance is the best way to ensure future generations can enjoy this treasured natural resource.”

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Bucco Introduces Bill to Promote Manufacturing & Job Growth in Distressed Suburbs

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) has introduced legislation to promote manufacturing and job growth in certain distressed suburban municipalities through new tax incentives under the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.

Sen. Anthony Bucco (left) during a meeting of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the County College of Morris on Oct. 17. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation is directed by my belief that every New Jersey town deserves the opportunity to thrive, and every resident the opportunity to work and succeed,” said Bucco. “It addresses a deficit in New Jersey’s economic development incentives which overlook the needs of lower-income suburbs. Many of those towns that have suffered from a shift of manufacturing to lower cost states don’t benefit from incentive programs that are designed primarily to drive employers to a few urban areas like Newark and Camden.”

Senator Bucco said that he hopes to work with the Legislature’s new manufacturing caucus on this bill and other efforts to support manufacturers that are critical to New Jersey’s economy.

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Senator Bob Singer

Bucco & Singer Examine Role of Education & Technical Training on Manufacturing in NJ

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) and Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) examined the role of vocational-technical schools and technical programs of study on industry in New Jersey during a meeting of the bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the County College of Morris today.

Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Robert Singer examined the role of vocational-technical schools and technical programs of study on industry in New Jersey during a meeting of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus at the County College of Morris on Oct. 17. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Legislative Manufacturing Caucus chose to come to our area today to learn how Morris County, the County College of Morris, and our county vo-tech schools effectively coordinate to develop a quality workforce that creates job opportunities for residents and encourages economic development in the region,” said Bucco. “We learned that there’s a great demand for technical skills from employers, and a need to further expand the successful programs we already have to increase our capacity to train students for highly paid jobs that are waiting to be filled.”

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Bucco & Fellow District 25 Legislators Visit Greystone to Discuss Safety Concerns

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Senator Anthony Bucco and Assemblymen Michael Patrick Carroll and Anthony Bucco (all R-Morris, Somerset), met with state officials on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Greystone Psychiatric Park Hospital to take a tour of the facility and discuss recent allegations about safety at the state run facility.

Sen. Bucco and his fellow LD-25 legislators, Assemblymen Carroll and Bucco, visited Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital on Sept. 6 to discuss safety concerns at the state-run facility. (NJDHS)

“I’m glad we were able to relay the concerns brought to our attention about Greystone to Acting DHS Commissioner Connolly and her team in person,” Senator Bucco said. “The allegations were of great concern to all of us. We had a productive meeting and agreed that the safety and overall well-being of patients and staff are a top priority at Greystone.”

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Gov. Signs Bucco Bill to Prevent Ex-Cons From Running for School Board

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Governor Christie has signed 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, now law, prevents 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, proving the need for Senator Bucco’s legislation.

“It is a shame that so much taxpayer time and money has been wasted on power-hungry politicians who clearly couldn’t care less about our schools,” Senator Bucco said. “This law will help us root out the bad actors before they have the chance to botch an election.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco/Pennacchio Bill to Display K.I.A. Flag at Government Buildings Signed into Law

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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 state flag is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

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

“This helps us honor the American lives lost to protect freedom over our country’s history,” Senator Bucco said. “Commemorating those sacrifices every day at government buildings is a fitting tribute for our nation’s heroes.”

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Now Law: Bucco Bill to Guarantee Housing Access for Disabled Persons and Their Service Animals

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to allow disabled persons to keep their retired service animals is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Bucco’s legislation prevents disabled persons from being separated from their retired service animal by guaranteeing equal access housing. (Flickr)

“People spend years forging a relationship with their service animals. They shouldn’t be separated simply because the animal has to retire from its service duties,” Senator Bucco said. “This law keeps them together without putting the person’s access to housing in jeopardy.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Gov. Signs Joan’s Law Amendment to Mandate Life Sentence for Murder & Sexual Assault of Minors

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Governor Christie has signed 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.

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)

For the past 20 years, “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.

“This law cannot ease the pain of losing a child, but it can ensure that parents do not have to relive that trauma by having to appear before a parole board time and time again, just to keep a killer locked up where they belong.” Senator Addiego said. “Now, every minor who is brutally raped and murdered will receive equal justice under the law – and so will their family.”

“There is always more we can do to keep our children safe from sexual predators. Anyone who commits such an atrocious crime should, at the very least, spend their life in a jail cell,” Senator Bucco said. “There is no justification for releasing these monsters back into the general population. I am hopeful that this law will act as a deterrent. I believe it will save countless young lives for years to come.”

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Bucco’s Concussion Awareness Day Resolution Signed by Gov.

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to raise awareness about concussions was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

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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