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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Legislation that Will Help Prevent Overdose Deaths Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help save lives from opioid overdose was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would help save lives from opioid overdose was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (Adapt Pharma)

“I am pleased that this legislation was signed today. The opioid crisis continues to claim lives and tear families apart at a mind-numbing rate,” said Bucco (R-25). “Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the nation, and the pandemic has only increased the problem in the Garden State.”

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Bucco/Dunn Bill Helping Small Towns Hire Emergency Management Coordinators Becomes Law

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Measure Waives Residency Requirement for Some Municipalities

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn helping ensure small municipalities are well-prepared to cope with local emergencies was signed into law today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Asw. Aura Dunn helping ensure small municipalities are well-prepared to cope with local emergencies was signed into law. (Flickr)

The new law, S-551/A-1057, makes it easier for towns with less than 5,000 residents to hire emergency management coordinators who play crucial roles in preparing for and reacting to local disasters and crises.

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Bucco: Murphy Should Eliminate Outdoor Gathering Restrictions in Advance of Graduations

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco called on Governor Phil Murphy to eliminate inconsistent outdoor gathering restrictions in advance of upcoming high school and college graduations.

Sen. Tony Bucco called on Gov. Phil Murphy to eliminate inconsistent outdoor gathering restrictions in advance of upcoming high school and college graduations. (©iStock)

“It makes no sense that many outdoor events continue to be limited to 200 people while a few select others have no limits at all,” said Bucco (R-25). “If Governor Murphy thinks the science supports not having gathering limits for weddings or funerals, the same science should apply to all types of outdoor events, including graduations. The coronavirus doesn’t know the difference.”

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Bucco Calls on Governor Murphy to Reopen Congregate Day Programs

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco sent Governor Phil Murphy a letter (click here for PDF) calling on the Governor to reopen congregate day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

Sen. Tony Bucco sent Gov. Phil Murphy a letter calling on the Governor to reopen congregate day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. (SenateNJ.com)

“Congregate day programs provide critical services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, due to Governor Murphy’s inconsistent COVID-19 policies, these facilities have been unable to reopen. This is in direct contrast to other neighboring states, such as New York, where adult day care facilities remain open,” said Bucco (R-25). “Over the last several days, I have met with countless parents who are worried that their adult children with disabilities are being left behind by the Murphy Administration. This is unacceptable. I urge the Governor to reopen these facilities immediately so that individuals who need these programs can receive the support they deserve.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Bucco & O’Scanlon: Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk is a Band-Aid that Fails to Address More Serious Problems with New Marijuana Laws

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If juveniles are caught with marijuana or alcohol, parents would be notified in writing by the police under A-5472/S-3565, a bipartisan bill approved by the Senate today and destined for the Governor’s desk for consideration. The measure would remedy a portion of the statute preventing law enforcement officers from informing parents when a minor child is caught unlawfully using or possessing alcohol or a marijuana product, allowing parents to be notified in writing upon the first violation and each subsequent violation.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said legislation restoring parental notifications for a child’s marijuana violations fails to address complications in cannabis laws which could brand law enforcement officers as criminals for minor procedural gaffes committed during interactions with minors. (Pixabay)

While Republican sponsors of the legislation, Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Declan O’Scanlon support the change, they say it fails to address impractical complications in the laws which could brand law enforcement officers as criminals for minor procedural gaffes committed during interactions with minors.

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Bucco Bill Designating May 27 of Each Year as ‘Richard Rescorla Day’ Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would designate May 27 of each year as “Richard Rescorla Day” was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would designate May 27 of each year as “Richard Rescorla Day” was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“On September 11, 2001, Richard Rescorla made the ultimate sacrifice while leading a massive evacuation of 2,700 individuals from the World Trade Center’s South Tower,” said Bucco (R-25). “By designating May 27 as ‘Richard Rescorla Day,’ we will help bring awareness to this courageous individual, and honor him for his service and sacrifice on one of our nation’s darkest days.”

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Bucco Bill Establishing Task Force to Protect New Jerseyans from Telemarketer Harassment Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would establish a task force to protect New Jerseyans from telemarketer harassment and intimidation was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would establish a task force to protect New Jerseyans from telemarketer harassment was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“In order to reduce the harassment and intimidation carried out by some telemarketers, we need to modernize consumer protections to keep up with advancing technology,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will establish a task force, consisting of experts and individuals who have experienced telemarketing harassment, to develop strategies to combat this awful behavior.”

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Bucco Bill Accommodating Service Members with Expiring MVC Paperwork Clears Senate

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Active military members serving outside of the state and their families would no longer have to stress over expiring New Jersey driver’s licenses under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and passed today by the Senate.

Under Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill approved by the Senate, active military members serving outside of the state and their families would no longer have to stress over expiring New Jersey driver’s licenses. (©iStock)

The legislation, S-1882, clarifies that the license of any active duty member of the Armed Forces of the Unites States or an immediate family member would remain valid for up to 90 days after the person returns to New Jersey.

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Senate Approves Bucco Bill Requiring Dental Insurers to Issue Refund for Reduced Usage During Pandemic

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would require dental insurers to provide refunds to individuals for reduced usage during the pandemic was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would require dental insurers to provide refunds to individuals for reduced usage during the pandemic was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“From March to May of 2020, many dental offices were forced to close due to the Governor’s executive order, which shuttered many businesses and stopped non-essential medical care,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will make sure that New Jerseyans who were prevented from receiving routine dental care during those two months get properly reimbursed.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon/Bucco Bill Would Protect Police from New Marijuana Law

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Legislation introduced today by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Anthony M. Bucco would protect officers from unfair criminal prosecutions when they encounter underage individuals in possession of marijuana or alcohol.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco introduced a bill that would protect officers from unfair criminal prosecutions when they encounter underage individuals in possession of marijuana or alcohol. (Flickr)

“We want to ensure bad cops are held accountable while permitting good cops to do their jobs,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “This bill strikes that balance and cleans up some of the mess created by the haphazard process used to legalize cannabis in New Jersey. The people of New Jersey overwhelmingly voted last year to legalize adult use of cannabis, and Trenton Democrats inexcusably used it as an opportunity to brand all police officers as criminals and make them fearful of doing their job. Under our measure, law enforcement will not unfairly bear the brunt of an unreasonable law that has nothing to do with decriminalizing pot.”

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