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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Group Home Residents Face New Crisis Under Murphy Executive Order

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said group homes and long-term care facilities are almost certain to face a staffing crisis resulting from a new executive order by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said group homes and long-term care facilities are almost certain to face a staffing crisis resulting from a new executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

“Nursing homes, group homes, and veterans homes are already struggling to find enough skilled staff to care for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents,” said Bucco (R-25). “By eliminating the testing alternative to vaccination for workers in these settings, Governor Murphy is virtually guaranteeing that residents will face a shortage of caregivers. That will lead to unnecessary tragedies in facilities that have already sustained thousands of deaths during the pandemic.”

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Governor Signs Bucco Bill Acknowledging Role of 9-1-1 First Responder Dispatchers

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation retitling emergency operators as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers was signed by Governor Murphy today.

The life saving role of 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers is recognized in legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and signed by Governor Murphy. (Flickr)

“In an emergency, the dispatcher becomes the lifeline between those in distress and the first responders answering the call,” said Bucco (R-25). “These hard-working, highly trained individuals dedicate their lives to helping others, but their heroics are unseen and seldom acknowledged.

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Bucco: Murphy Taking NJ Backwards by Declaring New Public Health Emergency

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy has taken New Jersey backward by declaring a new “Public Health Emergency” related to COVID-19:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy has taken New Jersey backward by declaring a new ‘Public Health Emergency’ related to COVID-19. (Pixabay)

“While Governor Murphy always talks about moving New Jersey ‘forward,’ he’s taking a giant leap backward by reinstating a new public health emergency,” said Bucco (R-25). “Despite what the governor has said, his action was not taken ‘in consultation with the Legislature.’ His own party said they weren’t consulted, and neither were Republicans. In fact, the Legislature chose to not extend his emergency powers when given the opportunity yesterday. Governor Murphy’s decision both circumvents legislative oversight and breaks his deal with his own party’s leadership. We need to give people hope that life is returning to normal, not returning to one man’s rule by executive order.”

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Bucco Bill Rolling Back Unnecessary MVC Requirements Signed by Governor

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco eliminating the Motor Vehicle Commission’s requirement for a written power of attorney to complete some transactions is now law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco eliminating the Motor Vehicle Commission’s requirement for a written power of attorney to complete some transactions is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco’s measure, A-4521/S-2882, prevents MVC from requiring a motor vehicle insurer that settles a total loss claim with the owner of a vehicle to include a written power of attorney with documents. It also stops MVC from requiring a notarized signature on a motor vehicle certificate of ownership surrender statement from a person who received a loss settlement from an insurer.

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Gov. Signs Bucco Bill Boosting Programs to Help Residents with Disabilities

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The Legislation Expands Eligibility for NJ Workability and Personal Assistance Services Programs

Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would strengthen access to medical and support services for working residents with disabilities was signed into law today.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would strengthen access to medical and support services for working residents with disabilities was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

The Measure, S-3455/A-2562, would enable more people to qualify for assistance, revising eligibility requirements for both the NJ Workability Program and the Personal Assistance Services Program.

“This new law eliminates some of the obstacles to career development and advancement for individuals with disabilities,” said Bucco (R-25). “These effective programs can change lives for individuals who will benefit from a little help. More people will have access to programs that will open doors to more productive and rewarding lives and careers.”

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Bucco Bill Allowing Nonprofits to Hold Remote Board Meetings Becomes Law

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation allowing nonprofit corporations to hold remote board meetings was signed today by the Governor.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation allowing nonprofit corporations to hold remote board meetings was signed by the Governor. (©iStock)

“The new law makes it easier for organizations to conduct meetings, discuss priorities and take action when they don’t have to convene face to face,” said Bucco (R-25). “During the pandemic, remote meetings worked well and this measure extends that option at the discretion and authority of nonprofit boards.”

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Corrado/Bucco/O’Scanlon Bill Protecting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Kristin Corrado, Anthony Bucco, and Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate that status on their driver’s license was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Kristin Corrado, Anthony Bucco, and Declan O’Scanlon that would allow individuals diagnosed with a communication disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to indicate that status on their driver’s license was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last several months, I have been contacted by constituents with autism spectrum disorder that say they have difficulty explaining their condition to law enforcement during vehicle traffic stops,” said Corrado (R-40). “This legislation will help alleviate that issue by allowing people with special needs to have that designation printed directly onto their license. This important information will assist law enforcement officials in identifying, and effectively communicating with, individuals with autism or autism spectrum disorder during vehicle stops.”

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Bucco Bill Saluting Role of 9-1-1 First Responder Dispatchers Clears Senate

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The Senate today advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would retitle emergency operators as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers.

The Senate advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco that would retitle emergency operators as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers. (Flickr)

“In an emergency, the dispatcher becomes the lifeline between those in distress and the first responders answering the call,” said Bucco (R-25). “These hard-working, highly trained individuals dedicate their lives to helping others, but their heroics are unseen and seldom acknowledged.”

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Senate Approves Bucco Bill Allowing Nonprofits to Hold Board Meetings Remotely

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would allow nonprofit corporations to hold remote board meetings was endorsed by the Senate today.

Sen. Tony Bucco’s legislation allowing nonprofit corporations to hold remote board meetings was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“There’s no need to restrict nonprofits from benefiting from technology that can make it more convenient to bring members together and increase productivity,” said Bucco (R-25). “They should have the right to utilize the same advances that businesses have adopted.”

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Bucco to Help Counties Fill Entry-Level Sheriff and Correction Officer Openings with Diverse, Trained Candidates

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would allow the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry-level sheriff’s and correctional officers positions from civil service examinations was approved by the Senate today.

Sen. Tony Bucco’s legislation that would allow the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry-level sheriff’s and correctional officers positions from civil service examinations was approved by the Senate. (Flickr)

Under the bipartisan bill, S-4099, a candidate who has successfully completed a full Basic Course for Police Officers training at a school authorized by the New Jersey Police Training Commission would be exempt from testing.

“Our county sheriff’s and correction officers should reflect the communities they serve. This bill will help fill vacancies with qualified officers of various backgrounds and cultures without the long delays associated with civil service testing,” said Bucco (R-25). “If enacted, counties will find it easier and faster to fill these career-oriented positions with well-trained, prepared and diverse officers.”

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