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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Boosting Programs to Help Residents with Disabilities Advances

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Measure 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 endorsed by the Senate today.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would strengthen access to medical and support services for working residents with disabilities was endorsed by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco’s bill, S-3455, would enable more people to qualify for assistance, revising eligibility requirements for both the NJ Workability Program and the Personal Assistance Services Program.

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Bucco: Murphy Must Stop Hiding Costs from New Jersey and Disclose Financial Implications of Impractical Energy Master Plan

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Governor Phil Murphy and his appointees to the Board of Public Utilities have yet to disclose the price tag on his far-reaching energy master plan announced nearly two years ago, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco today chided the front office for its lack of transparency with New Jersey families. At an NJBIA meeting in February 2020, administration officials shared the BPU was conducting a cost study that would likely be released the following month. Over a year and a half later, no cost analysis has been shared with the public, yet the Administration continues to move forward on its implementation.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco criticized Gov. Murphy for withholding the financial impact of his Energy Master Plan will have on New Jersey families and businesses. The plan is expected to cost a family of four more than $210,000. (SenateNJ.com)

“J.P. Morgan is often quoted as saying ‘if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it,’ and that is certainly the case with this sweeping energy plan that could upend the economy and devastate state residents,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m calling on the legislature to do its job, begin oversight of the Administration’s plan and request the BPU finally disclose all outside experts cost analyses immediately. The election showed this Administration must stop placating the far-left wing of his party and instead focus on affordability for residents.”

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Bucco Sponsors Bill Bolstering NJ Savings Plan for Disability-Related Expenses

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation that would help families provide financial support for family members with disabilities.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation that would make it easier and more advantageous for individuals with disabilities and their families to save money for disability-related expenses. (Pixabay)

Known as the New Jersey Disability Savings Act, Bucco’s bill expands the New Jersey Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (ABLE), adding benefits that would make it easier and more advantageous for individuals with disabilities and their families to save money for disability-related expenses.

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Bucco Bill Acknowledging Role of 9-1-1 Dispatchers Advances

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When a call for help comes in to 9-1-1, the dispatcher becomes the lifeline between those in distress and the first responders who will answer the call.

A Senate panel approved Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s bipartisan legislation designating emergency dispatchers as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers. (Flickr)

Bipartisan legislation (S-1590) sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee would reclassify those critical professionals as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers.

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Bucco Honored with “Legislative Champion Award” by NJ Commission on Cancer Research

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NJCCR Highlighted Bucco’s Efforts to Secure Millions in Funding for Pediatric Cancer Research

Senator Anthony M. Bucco was honored this morning with the “Legislative Champion Award” by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (NJCCR).

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)

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the commission for our legislative efforts to ensure the proper funding of cancer research in New Jersey, but the recognition should not be mine alone,” said Bucco (R-25). “It was a team effort that succeeded due to the bipartisan support of my colleagues and the strong advocacy of Grace Eline, a pediatric cancer survivor whose testimony was compelling.”

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Signed into Law: Bucco Bill Requires Dental Insurers to Issue Refund for Reduced Usage During Pandemic

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would require dental insurers to provide refunds to individuals for reduced usage during the pandemic was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would require dental insurers to provide refunds to individuals for reduced usage during the pandemic has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“I am extremely pleased that this bill was signed into law today. 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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Bucco’s Bill Allowing Vehicle Registration to be Displayed on Smartphones Becomes Law 

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco which allows drivers to electronically display their vehicle registration on smartphones and tablets was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco which allows drivers to electronically display their vehicle registration on smartphones and tablets was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy. (©iStock)

“During the stress of a traffic stop, drivers often struggle to locate their paper registration card in a cluttered glove box,” said Bucco (R-25). “Knowing they will be able to use their phone to prove their car is properly registered may provide a bit of relief. This will also save drivers from the hassle and costs of responding to unnecessary tickets for failing to provide proof of registration.”

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Bucco Hopeful Murphy Pressed Biden to Restore SALT Deduction

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Governor Murphy spent Monday morning with President Joe Biden at the groundbreaking for the Portal North Bridge, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco said he hoped the two discussed the urgent need to repeal the federal cap on state and local tax deductions.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said the Governor should have taken the opportunity to encourage President Biden to repeal the cap on the state and local tax deduction. (Flickr)

“The Portal Bridge is a crucial component to the Gateway transportation project and restoring the full SALT deduction is crucial to the fiscal stability of families all across our high-tax state,” said Bucco (R-25). “New Jersey taxpayers are crushed with some of the most aggressive property taxes in the nation, and the SALT deduction allowed people to recoup some of the money. The cap adds insult to injury to hard-working taxpayers who are severely limited in how much they can deduct at tax time.”

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Bucco: Despite Murphy’s Denials, Administration CTO Confirms Unemployment & MVC Computer System Upgrades Are “Critical Needs”

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While Unemployment Claims Go Unpaid and Drivers Can’t Get Licenses, Murphy Says Fixing the Systems a “Waste” of Money

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are “top tier IT critical needs” that must be addressed.

Sen. Tony Bucco said the Murphy administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that the modernization of New Jersey’s unemployment and motor vehicle computer systems are ‘top tier IT critical needs’ that must be addressed. (Pixabay)

“Despite Governor Murphy’s continued refusal to replace the State’s ancient computer systems, his administration’s Chief Technology Officer has confirmed that modernization programs are critical needs,” said Bucco (R-25). “It looks like Governor Murphy might be the only person left in New Jersey who thinks our broken unemployment and MVC systems are working just fine. He clearly hasn’t talked to the thousands of New Jerseyans who are going in circles on the unemployment website trying to get their claims approved, or to drivers who can’t schedule appointments online to get their licenses. We hear these complaints repeated by frustrated New Jerseyans every single day.”

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Pennacchio, Bucco Call for Preserving Columbus Day Legacy

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Urge Senate Support of Resolution Securing Annual Holiday Cherished by Italian Americans

Columbus Day is a federal and state holiday marked on Oct. 11 this year and an annual celebration of Italian American heritage.

Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony M. Bucco are fighting to ensure the long-standing Columbus Day legacy is continued and sponsor a resolution supporting the preservation of the annual federal and state holiday. (Wikimedia)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco are dedicated to ensuring the long-standing legacy is continued and sponsor a resolution (SR-50) supporting the preservation of Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday.

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