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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Holly Schepisi
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Bucco/Pennacchio/Schepisi Legislation Supporting Pediatric Cancer Research Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Joseph Pennacchio, and Holly Schepisi that would support funding for pediatric cancer research has been signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Tony Bucco, Joe Pennacchio, and Holly Schepisi that would support funding for pediatric cancer research has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed both of these bills into law today. As a survivor of pediatric cancer, I know there are few things that can make a child feel so scared or parents so helpless,” said Bucco (R-25). “I am thankful every day that I was one of the lucky ones who survived. With better-funded research, we can improve treatments and survival rates to ensure that luck is no longer a factor in deciding which children with cancer will have an opportunity to grow up and live full lives.”

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Bucco Bills to Fund Pediatric Cancer Research Signed Into Law

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A pair of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco to fund pediatric cancer research in New Jersey have been signed into law.

Sen. Tony Bucco and Grace Eline, both pediatric cancer survivors, vote YES to fund vital pediatric cancer research in New Jersey during a Senate session on June 21, 2021. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a survivor of pediatric cancer, I know there are few things that can make a child feel so scared or parents so helpless,” said Bucco (R-25). “I am thankful every day that I was one of the lucky ones who survived. With better-funded research, we can improve treatments and survival rates to ensure that luck is no longer a factor in deciding which children with cancer will have an opportunity to grow up and live full lives.”

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Bucco: Murphy Shouldn’t Stop New Homes & Businesses from Having Access to Affordable, Reliable Natural Gas

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Senator Anthony Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy should rethink his plan to prohibit newly constructed homes and businesses from having access to affordable and reliable natural gas.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy should rethink his plan to prohibit newly constructed homes and businesses from having access to affordable and reliable natural gas. (Flickr)

“Governor Murphy’s new Energy Master Plan acknowledges that 75% of existing residences in the state are heated with natural gas,” said Bucco (R-25). “That so many New Jersey families currently depend on natural gas is not a coincidence. It’s affordable, reliable for heating and cooking, and dependable for emergency standby power generation when electric lines are knocked out during storms like Sandy.”

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Bucco Fighting for Constituent Who is Paying for Labor Department Mistake

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Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s district office staff has assisted thousands of constituents struggling to receive unemployment benefits. One particularly troubling case, however, has occupied and frustrated the Senator and his team since June.

A resident from his district who must repay more money to the Department of Labor than she received is one many months-old constituent cases that have frustrated Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and his staff. (SenateNJ.com)

A Morristown resident and employee at a state university was one of thousands of state workers subject to one-week furloughs during the pandemic and eligible for unemployment compensation for the time off.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senators Bucco & Oroho React to Murphy’s Surprise Payroll Tax Increase

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Steve Oroho issued statements responding to the Murphy Administration’s devastating tax increase on state employers:

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and Sen. Steve Oroho blasted the Murphy Administration for a massive increase in the payroll tax on employers already struggling from the impact of the pandemic and lockdown. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Bucco: “After promising no new tax increases this year and watching other states use federal funds to avert massive tax increases on struggling employers, the Governor put through a stealth tax increase at the close of business on a hot Summer Friday.  He didn’t want anybody to notice a destructive increase that will hit hard in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.”

Senator Oroho: “New Jersey has a 7.3 percent unemployment rate, and this unnecessary tax increase on employers will kill more jobs. This was avoidable by using federal funds from the American Recovery Plan. We should have used COVID relief money that the state already has in its possession instead of adding burdens to job creators.  Even while he is vacationing in Italy, the Governor is showing no respect for the employers crushed by his excessing closures.”

The $250 million payroll tax increase on businesses and some nonprofits and local governments was coyly unveiled with a vague update on the labor department’s web site. CLICK HERE to view.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco’s Letter to Labor Commissioner Seeking Solution to Unemployment Frustrations Yields No Response

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Says Hundreds of People in District Are Still Being Denied Benefits They Deserve

Exasperated by almost-constant pleas from constituents who are unable to get help with unemployment benefits from the Department of Labor, Senator Anthony M. Bucco last week wrote to Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo seeking a solution.

Too many New Jersey residents still can’t get the help they need from unemployment, but Senator Bucco’s letter seeking assistance from the labor commissioner went unanswered. (SenateNJ.com)

In his letter dated August 2, Bucco requested “a meeting at my legislative office with you and any other member of your staff to review the current process and develop a procedure so that we can quickly and effectively resolve these outstanding unemployment issues that my constituents continue to endure.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho Legislation that Increases Motor Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety Signed into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho that would impose certain safety requirements on motorists when overtaking pedestrians and bicyclists was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Tony Bucco and Steve Oroho that would make New Jersey roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists was signed into law today by Governor Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed this into law today. As we all know, New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, and as a result, pedestrians face a greater risk of injury or death on our roads,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “We all know that pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists need to exercise caution when sharing our roadways, but more needs to be done to prevent fatalities. This legislation will provide additional protections for all New Jerseyans by requiring drivers to be more aware of their surroundings and to be more mindful of the responsibility they have behind the wheel.”

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Bipartisan Disability Caucus and Advocates Discuss Housing Accessibility

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Members of the bipartisan New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus today joined members of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, and intellectual and developmental disabilities advocates to discuss housing accessibility for individuals in the I/DD community.

Members of the NJ Legislative Disability Caucus today joined members of the Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Supportive Housing Association, and intellectual and developmental disabilities advocates to discuss housing accessibility for individuals in the I/DD community. (©iStock)

“The need for safe, affordable housing options for residents with disabilities far exceeds the supply, and the housing shortage will continue to grow if we fail to effectively address the issue,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris). “The exchange during the virtual roundtable will help the caucus devise an effective strategy, including potential legislative solutions, to ensure more vulnerable residents have a roof over their heads and a safe place to call home. We all share responsibility for the state’s special needs community.”

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Bucco: Stories of Summer Shore Mayhem Prove Murphy Went Overboard with Police Restrictions

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Calls for Legislature to Return to Trenton to Fix the Mess

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said a slew of stories of teenagers causing mayhem up and down the Jersey Shore this summer demonstrate that Governor Phil Murphy went overboard with new restrictions on police that deter and prevent them from taking action to enforce the law and keep neighborhoods safe.

Sen. Tony Bucco said a slew of stories of teenagers causing mayhem up and down the Jersey Shore this summer demonstrate that Gov. Phil Murphy went overboard with new restrictions on police that deter and prevent them from taking action to enforce the law and keep neighborhoods safe. (Flickr)

“From Monmouth to Cape May, we’ve seen what happens when you strip police of the power to hold teenagers and young adults accountable for breaking the law,” said Bucco (R-25). “Kids have no fear of smoking pot, drinking, or breaking other laws in public when they know police can do little more than issue toothless warnings. It’s only going to get worse as more kids realize that Governor Murphy has given them a free pass until they turn 21.”

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Bucco to Governor: Sign Bill Now to Put Opioid Settlement Money to Work Saving Lives

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A $4.5 billion multi-state legal settlement with the pharmaceutical company responsible for producing and promoting the addictive painkiller that helped fuel the rampant opioid epidemic will bring more than $110 million to New Jersey, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco is calling on the Governor to ensure the money is used to fight addiction and save lives.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco is calling on the Governor to sign legislation that would ensure money the state receives from a settlement with Purdue Pharma is used to fight addiction and overdose in New Jersey. (Pixabay)

“In anticipation of this settlement which has been years in the making, both houses of the Legislature unanimously passed a bill establishing a framework for the use of opioid settlement funds to support addiction prevention and treatment programs,” said Bucco (R-25). “That bill is sitting on the Governor’s desk, and I am hopeful he will not waste any time signing it so we can get the money out on the street, helping people and saving lives as soon as possible.”

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