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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Panel Advances Bucco Bill Helping Counties Fill Sheriff and Correction Officer Openings with Diverse, Trained Candidates

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would allow the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry-level sheriff’s officer and correctional police officer positions from civil service examinations was cleared by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation that would allow the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry-level sheriff’s officer and correctional police officer positions from civil service examinations was cleared by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Under the bill, S-4099, a candidate who has successfully completed a full Basic Course for Police Officers training at a school authorized by the New Jersey Police Training Commission would be exempt from testing.

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Bucco: New Jersey’s Stealth Tax Increase Must Be Stopped

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The following editorial by Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) on efforts to stop tax increases due to tax bracket creep was published by NJ.com on December 15, 2021:

There’s a stealth income tax increase that will hit many New Jerseyans next year as a result of high inflation that many people don’t know about. It’s called tax bracket creep, and it needs to be stopped.

In this NJ.com editorial, Sen. Tony Bucco discusses efforts to stop tax increases due to tax bracket creep. (Pixabay)

With New Jersey’s progressive tax rates, workers have to pay increasingly higher percentages of their income to the state as their earnings rise. As their income enters the next tax bracket, they pay more in taxes on each dollar they earn.

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Bucco: Democrats Trying to Hide the Cost of Murphy’s Massive Energy Tax

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Legislation Would Prevent Ratepayer Advocate from Focusing on Rates

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said Governor Phil Murphy and Democrats in the Legislature are colluding on an effort to reduce scrutiny of the administration’s absurdly expensive green energy plans that would result in huge costs for New Jerseyans.

Sen. Tony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrats in the Legislature are colluding on an effort to reduce scrutiny of the administration’s absurdly expensive green energy plans that would result in huge costs for New Jerseyans. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy’s proposed Energy Master Plan would cost New Jerseyans hundreds of billions of dollars, but he doesn’t want anyone to know that,” said Bucco (R-25). “The governor and Democrats in the Legislature have concocted a new scheme to hide the cost of their massive energy tax by cooking the books to prevent effective opposition by the public advocate who is responsible for protecting ratepayers.”

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Bucco Legislation Allowing Remote Meetings for Nonprofits Passes Committee

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Nonprofit corporations would be allowed to hold Board meetings remotely under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and approved today by the Commerce Committee.

Nonprofit corporations would be allowed to hold Board meetings remotely under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco and approved by the Commerce Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“It will be easier for organizations to conduct meetings, discuss priorities and take action if they don’t have to convene in person,” said Bucco (R-25). “It worked well during the pandemic, when virtual meetings were permitted. This bill would extend the option at the discretion and authority of nonprofit boards.”

During the pandemic, nonprofits could hold remote meetings. Under current law, the virtual alternative is only applicable during a state of emergency declared by the Governor.

Bucco’s bill, S-4112, eliminates the emergency requirement.

“There’s no need to restrict nonprofits from benefiting from technology that can make it more convenient to bring members together and increase productivity,” Bucco noted. “They should have the right to utilize the same advances that businesses have adopted.”

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Helping Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries Clears Committee

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Individuals with traumatic brain injuries may soon be able to receive help in covering transportation costs to support group meetings thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would allow individuals with traumatic brain injuries to receive help in covering transportation costs to support group meetings cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (NJ Division of Disability Services)

“The Traumatic Brain Injury Fund is an incredibly beneficial program that has provided support and services to New Jerseyans of all ages who have survived a serious brain injury,” said Bucco (R-25). “It is important that our society do everything it can to care for these individuals during their time of need. My legislation will make sure that transportation costs incurred while traveling to vital support group meetings are covered by the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund. No person who has survived such a life changing event should be concerned about these expenses.”

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Panel Approves Bucco Bill Allowing Car Buyers to Skip Trip and Register at Licensed Dealerships

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Measure Would Help Reduce Long Lines at MVC Agencies

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco to help reduce long lines and wait times at NJ Motor Vehicle Commission locations was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco to help reduce long lines and wait times at NJ Motor Vehicle Commission locations was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Bucco’s bill, S-2756, would allow licensed motor vehicle dealers to facilitate the issuance of certificates of ownership and registration of cars purchased through private sellers.

“Residents who buy a used car would no longer be required to wait online at the MVC to complete the paperwork transaction,” said Bucco (R-25), the sponsor of a series of bills to ease congestion at the state’s motor vehicle agencies.

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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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