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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Morris County Mayors Are Right to Be Upset About Spiking Health Care Premiums

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Murphy Administration Didn’t Share Information During Budget Process to Help Prevent Massive 23% Premium Increase

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Morris County mayors are right to be upset about the looming impact of massive health insurance premium increases imposed on local governments that will squeeze budgets and drive up property taxes.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said Morris County mayors are right to be upset about the looming impact of massive health insurance premium increases imposed on local governments that will squeeze budgets and drive up property taxes. (©iStock.com)

“The Murphy administration never hinted to mayors, legislators, or public employees that health care premiums for those enrolled in the State Health Benefits Plan would rise by more than 20% this year,” said Bucco (R-25). “It’s clear, however, that Governor Murphy knew this was coming as early as February, months before the increases were announced. Had the governor shared that knowledge with the rest of us this spring, we could have worked on a solution with mayors, local governments, and the administration as part of the State Budget adopted in June. Unfortunately, that never happened because the administration wasn’t transparent about what it knew.”

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Senate Approves Bucco Bill Keeping Federal Aid in School Districts that Educate Military Students

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help school districts better utilize state military impact aid for the benefit of students was approved today by the Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco that would help school districts better utilize state military impact aid for the benefit of students was approved today by the Senate. (Pixabay)

The bipartisan bill, S-3089, would allow a board of education of a school district that received unanticipated State military impact aid in the 2021-2022 school year to establish a military impact aid reserve account in its annual budget.

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Bucco Dismayed Morris Co. Won’t Benefit from New Funding for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

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$2M Program to Help Increase Services in 10 Counties

Outpatient treatment services for substance use disorder will be expanded across much of New Jersey under a new $2 million program announced by the State, but Senator Anthony M. Bucco worries that some critical areas, including Morris County, have been forgotten.

Outpatient treatment services for substance use disorder will be expanded across much of NJ under a new $2 million program announced by the State, but Sen. Anthony M. Bucco worries that some critical areas, including Morris County, have been forgotten. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Addiction is a crucial problem across the state, and residents struggling to break free from the clutches of drugs will benefit from better, more accessible services in 10 counties,” said Bucco (R-25). “I am disappointed and frustrated that Morris County is absent from the list. The scourge of narcotics is no less entrenched, no less threatening, and no less lethal in this part of the state.”

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Bucco Reiterates Concern that Parents Wouldn’t Be Notified of Hormonal Contraceptives Provided to Children Under Advancing Bill

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco reiterated his concerns with legislation advanced by the Assembly Health Committee today that would authorize pharmacists to provide minors with hormonal contraceptives without a doctor’s prescription and without notifying the child’s parents.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco reiterated his concerns with legislation that would authorize pharmacists to provide minors with hormonal contraceptives without a doctor’s prescription and without notifying the child’s parents. (©iStock)

“I am deeply concerned that this bill would allow children to be given hormonal contraceptives without the input of a doctor and without the notification or consent of parents,” said Bucco (R-25). “Parents are responsible for the safety and well-being of their children and they deserve to be part of the process when important medical decisions are made.”

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Bucco Optimistic for Bipartisan Resolution to Car Theft Crisis

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After Governor Murphy announced support for legislation to fight the burgeoning auto theft crisis across the state, Senator Anthony M. Bucco welcomed his help in the battle.

After Gov. Murphy announced support for legislation to fight the burgeoning auto theft crisis across the state, Sen. Anthony M. Bucco welcomed his help in the battle. (Pixabay)

“I’m happy to see the Governor’s office is beginning to focus on this crisis,” said Bucco (R-25). “I look forward to working with them on a bipartisan basis.

“Car theft has become a major threat to the quality of life in communities across our state. When a family’s vehicle is stolen, they not only lose their transportation to and from work and school, but they feel violated, vulnerable and at risk.”

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Bucco Bill to Aid Veterans with Service-Related Brain Injuries Clears Committee

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Military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or traumatic brain injury (TBI) would benefit from Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today.

Military veterans suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injury would benefit from Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (Flickr)

Bucco’s bill, S-1871, would increase the services available to qualifying veterans, requiring the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to develop a program to help vets access evaluation and treatment for potentially devastating brain conditions related to military service.

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Bucco Set to Rally Support in Randolph for “Veterans Build Week”

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To raise awareness for veterans in need of affordable homes, Senator Anthony M. Bucco is set to rally support for the Veterans Build Week kick-off on Friday, November 4 in Randolph, New Jersey.

To raise awareness for veterans in need of affordable homes, Sen. Tony Bucco is set to rally support for the Veterans Build Week kick-off on Friday, Nov. 4 in Randolph, NJ. (Pixabay)

“There are more than 400,000 veterans living in New Jersey, and too many of them are unable to access safe and affordable housing,” said Bucco (R-25). “To help rectify this, I am proud to partner with Morris Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness for Veterans Build Week—a critical initiative that helps provide quality homes for veterans in need. I encourage anyone who is able to volunteer to do so. Together, we can help improve the lives of veterans and bring some joy to their families during this season of giving.”

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Bucco Bill Would Force MVC to Improve Customer Service

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Requires a Telephone Call Center to Assist Drivers with Online Transactions

Help would be a phone call away for state residents who struggle to complete New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission transactions online under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and endorsed today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Help would be a phone call away for state residents who struggle to complete New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission transactions online under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and endorsed by the Senate Transportation Committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“In an effort to re-establish credibility with New Jersey drivers, MVC has transitioned many of its services to the internet,” said Bucco (R-25). “Unfortunately, many residents have found the process confusing and annoying.

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Bucco Bill Allowing Local Governments to Help Struggling Veterans Advances

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Nonprofit organizations that provide help for military veterans could receive more money to do their work under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Nonprofit organizations that provide help for veterans could receive more money to do their work under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (©iStock)

“New Jersey is home to more than 400,000 veterans, and too many are unable to access the help they need,” said Bucco (R-25). “In towns or counties where there is a definite need for more services for veterans who are struggling, this bill provides an opportunity for local governments to pitch in to help.”

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After NY Supreme Court Decision, Bucco Calls on Murphy to Reinstate Workers Fired for Refusing COVID Vaccine

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco released the following statement in reaction to the New York Supreme Court ruling reinstating more than 1,400 New York City employees fired for being unvaccinated, including police, firefighters, and other New York City workers:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco lauded the New York Supreme Court ruling reinstating New York City employees fired for being unvaccinated, and urged New Jersey to follow suit. (Pixabay)

“I applaud the New York court for getting it 100 percent right. Now New Jersey should learn from the decision on employee vaccine mandates, and anyone who was fired because of Murphy’s unjust mandates should get their jobs back.

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