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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: Missed Opportunities in Murphy’s Budget

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said the Democratic budget proposal approved by the Senate today represents missed opportunities for New Jerseyans:

Sen. Tony Bucco speaking during the Senate floor debate on the FY 2022 State Budget. (SenateNJ.com)

“With more than $46 billion to spend, we can all find some good things in the budget. The problem, however, is with what’s not in the budget.

“There’s no meaningful long-term tax relief for our residents who face the highest property taxes in the nation.

“There’s no meaningful investment to revitalize our economy. Those aren’t my words, they are the words of the head of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce.

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Bucco Legislation to Fund Pediatric Cancer Research Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco to fund pediatric cancer research in New Jersey has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Tony Bucco and Grace Eline, both pediatric cancer survivors, vote YES to fund vital pediatric cancer research in New Jersey. (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 Bill Supporting the Needs of Individuals with Disabilities in the Workforce Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help ensure state residents with disabilities have adequate access to employment opportunities as required by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed the Senate today.

State residents with disabilities would have better access to adequate employment opportunities under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and approved by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-995, would establish a process for assessing the employment opportunities available to individuals with disabilities provided by community rehabilitation programs and businesses.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Allowing Veterans Homes Residents to have Four-Legged Visitors Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco that would allow individuals with dogs, especially therapy dogs, to visit residents in State-run veterans homes was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would allow individuals with dogs, especially therapy dogs, to visit residents in State-run veterans homes was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (Flickr)

“Family pets, particularly dogs, have been shown in multiple studies to reduce anxiety, loneliness, and depression. The simple act of petting a dog can reduce stress,” said Bucco (R-25). “My legislation will finally permit dogs, especially therapy dogs, to visit State-run veterans homes so that the men and women who served this country, and have sacrificed so much, can experience the joy and comfort of these lovable animals.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco Call for Gov. Murphy to Sign Special Education Extension Bill

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Senators Ready to Lead Charge to Override a Veto

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco called for Governor Phil Murphy to sign a bill into law that would allow students with disabilities whose education has been impacted by the pandemic to stay in school for an extra year.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Tony Bucco called for Gov. Phil Murphy to sign a bill into law that would allow students with disabilities whose education has been impacted by the pandemic to stay in school for an extra year. (Pixabay)

The Morris County senators said they were ready to lead the charge to override should Governor Murphy veto the legislation.

“Parents of students with disabilities are extremely concerned that the pandemic stole a critical year of education from their children,” said Bucco (R-25). “For these extremely vulnerable students, getting that year back would be nothing less than life-changing. Families are telling us they need more than Governor Murphy’s sympathy, they need his signature on the bill. His lack of action is leaving families in limbo and prohibiting their ability to plan for their children.”

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Bucco: Gov. Murphy Must Invest in Fixing Broken Unemployment & MVC Computer Systems While State Has the Money

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) transactions.

Sen. Tony Bucco said there will never be a better time than right now for the State to invest in a modernization program to replace the decades-old computer systems that power unemployment and Motor Vehicle Commission transactions. (Pixabay)

“The State is awash in cash like never before and we have a clear memory of the unemployment system failures and long lines at the MVC that plagued New Jerseyans during the pandemic,” said Bucco (R-25). “There will never be a better time than right now to invest in a technology modernization program to address these significant challenges. If we continue to kick the can down the road, the money will disappear and people will forget until the next emergency reminds us that these systems are still broken.”

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Bucco Bill Providing No-Cost State Identification Cards for Homeless and Residents with Disabilities Advances

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New Jersey residents who have disabilities or are homeless would be excused from paying fees for state identification cards under Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s bill approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

State residents who have disabilities or are homeless would be excused from paying fees for state identification cards under Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s bill approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Identification Cards are required to open bank accounts, cash checks, travel, and access services,” said Bucco (R-25). “It is important to ensure that the cost of identification cards will not be an obstacle for those with limited funds.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Bucco & Doherty’s Bill Supporting Firefighters Awaits Governor’s Consideration

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Mike Doherty supporting essential volunteer and professional firefighters in the state cleared the Senate today and now moves to the Governor’s desk for review.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Mike Doherty’s bill supporting firefighters and allowing more of them to qualify for membership in the NJ State Firemen’s Association passed the Senate. (Pixabay)

The bill, A-4745/S-3277, would allow more firefighters to qualify for membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association (NJSFA) and earn exempt firefighter certificates.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Approves Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes

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Measure Would Help Fund Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This appropriation represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this funding permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

The legislation, S-3618, makes a supplemental appropriation of $10 million for grants for certain lake management activities for recreation and conservation purposes.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Legislation Allowing New Jerseyans to Donate Part of Tax Refund to Cancer Research Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward cancer research and/or pediatric cancer research has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Tony Bucco that allows New Jerseyans to donate a portion of their tax refund toward cancer research has been approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

“The voluntary contributions from New Jerseyans under this bill will provide support for approved scientific research projects that focus on the numerous different causes of cancer,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This additional funding and support will allow researchers to investigate new cancer treatments and new ways of preventing this insidious disease that has affected millions of people.”

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