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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Plan to Reduce MVC Wait Times Passes Senate Panel

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Expiration dates on driver’s licenses would be staggered based on individual birthdays rather than the standard last day of the month

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to reduce wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

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 looks to alleviate some of that congestion.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Honored for Support of New Jersey’s Manufacturing and STEM Industries

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has been named a “Made in New Jersey” Honor Roll recipient, in recognition of his work in state government to advance the growth of New Jersey’s manufacturing industry.

Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored as a “Made in New Jersey” Honor Roll recipient by the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program for his work to advance the growth of the state’s manufacturing industry. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey manufacturers are the heart and soul of this state’s economy, employing more than 250,000 workers and contributing nearly $42 billion in economic revenue every year,” Senator Bucco said. “It is my privilege as a state senator to champion legislation that enables this vibrant industry to grow and thrive in New Jersey.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio, Cardinale, Bucco, Doherty & Oroho Condemn Democrat Resolution Praising Planned Parenthood

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Senate Republicans Gerald Cardinale, Joseph Pennacchio, Steven Oroho, Michael Doherty, and Anthony Bucco issued the following joint statement on why they voted against a ceremonial resolution commemorating Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary.

Sens. Cardinale, Pennacchio, Oroho, Doherty and Bucco voted against a ceremonial resolution commemorating Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary.

“The members of this legislative body should not be bullied into collectively and unanimously supporting a ceremonial resolution that is so divisive.

“Surely, Senate Democrats knew that there were a number of staunch pro-life advocates in this house that could not in good conscience support an organization that performs abortions and illegally sells and transports human body parts, among other atrocities that violate the sanctity of human life.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Plan to Reduce MVC Wait Times Passes Senate Panel

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Expiration dates on driver’s licenses would be staggered based on individual birthdays rather than the standard last day of the month

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to reduce wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission locations was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

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

“Everyone knows frustrating it can be to spend time at the MVC on the last day of the month,” Senator Bucco said. “What we want to do with this is measure is take that busiest day and spread it out over the rest of the month.”

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Bucco Votes Against Gas Tax Hike

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After voting against the gas tax, Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) had the following statement:

Sen. Anthony Bucco voted ‘NO’ on the gas tax increase. (SenateNJ.com)

“This gas tax increase is simply unaffordable for too many New Jersey residents. Countless callers to my office have told me how much this tax increase will hurt them.

“I’ve listened carefully to what they’ve said, and my vote against the gas tax is recognition of those serious concerns.

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Bucco Bill Requiring Additional Background Checks for All School Employees Heads to Senate Floor

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Bill mandates the currently unrequired Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) check for all public school employees.

The Senate Budget Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to subject all public school employees to a Child Abuse Record Information background check.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill requires all public school employees, including contract workers such as bus drivers, to undergo a Child Abuse Record Information background check. (©iStock)

“It is appalling that New Jersey does not require background checks that red flag employees with substantiated claims of child abuse,” Senator Bucco said. “A standard criminal background check is simply not enough. Unless we mandate CARI checks for all job candidates and current employees at New Jersey’s public schools, we will fail to protect a number of innocent children from the horrors of child abuse. This dangerous oversight in state law must be corrected immediately.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senate Passes Bucco/Pennacchio Bill Expanding Access to Veteran ID Cards

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joseph Pennacchio allowing veterans to use alternative forms to apply for a county veteran identification card. The bill also expands access to members of the National Guard who have served outside of New Jersey.

Senators’ Anthony Bucco and Joseph Pennacchio’s bill simplifies the process of accessing a county veteran ID card; expands access for National Guard members.

“All veterans, including those who have served nationwide in the National Guard, should be able to easily access the benefits they have earned,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Thousands have already gone through the process of receiving a veteran ID card from their county. Allowing service members to supply approved separation forms other than a DD-214 will encourage more veterans to participate in programs for the military throughout the state.”

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Passed: 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 passed the New Jersey Senate by a vote of 38-0.

Sen. Bucco’s bill 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 legislation will keep them together without putting the person’s access to housing in jeopardy.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Advanced: Bucco/Pennacchio Bill Easing Access to Veteran Identification Cards

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Joe Pennacchio simplifying the process to obtain a county veteran identification card has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. S-1771 also expands access to veterans who have served in the National Guard in other states.

Senators Anthony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio’s bill simplifies the process to obtain a county veteran identification card; expands access to National Guard members who have served in any state. (DVIDS)

“Simplifying this process will ensure more veterans have access to the discounts and services provided to veterans returning home to New Jersey,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Having a 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.”

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Bucco Resolution to Establish “Constitution Week” Passes Senate Panel

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to establish “Constitution Week” passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee

Sen. Anthony Bucco is sponsoring a resolution that establishes “Constitution Week” in New Jersey. (Wikimedia Commons)

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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