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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Committee Approves Bucco Bill Recognizing “The Growing Stage” as the New Jersey State Children’s Theatre

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A joint resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would designate The Growing Stage Children’s Theatre as the New Jersey State children’s theatre cleared the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

A joint resolution sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would designate The Growing Stage Children’s Theatre as the NJ State children’s theatre cleared the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee. (Pixabay)

“The Growing Stage plays a unique role in New Jersey because it introduces children and families to the performing arts in creative and engaging ways,” said Bucco (R-25). “The theatre has also had a long history of enriching the community by presenting a variety of productions to thousands of people in the Garden State and beyond. My legislation will formally recognize The Growing Stage’s long history of engaging communities of all economic and social backgrounds to be a part of the performing arts.”

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Panel Advances Bucco Measure Bolstering New Jersey’s Savings Plan for Families Saving for Disability-Related Expenses

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would help families provide financial support for family members with disabilities was endorsed by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco that would help families provide financial support for family members with disabilities was endorsed by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)

Bucco’s bill, S-690, titled the New Jersey Disability Savings Act, would expand the New Jersey Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (ABLE) with the addition of benefits that would make it easier and more attractive for individuals with disabilities and their families to save money for disability-related expenses.

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Bucco Bill Would Require All Services at All MVC Agencies for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco is introducing legislation that would end some of the confusing, inconvenient policies that have plagued New Jersey motorists conducting business at Motor Vehicle Commission locations.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco is introducing legislation that would end some of the confusing, inconvenient policies that have plagued New Jersey motorists conducting business at Motor Vehicle Commission locations. (SenateNJ.com)

The measure would require every NJMVC agency to provide in-person vehicle and licensing services for senior citizens and those with disabilities.

“All New Jersey residents should have convenient access to all Motor Vehicle Commission services, including those who have disabilities or lack access to reliable high-speed internet,” said Bucco (R-25). “If the MVC and the Administration won’t open all agencies for all services, the very least we can do is accommodate our seniors and the disabled.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado/Bucco Introduce Legislation to End Testing Mandate for Teachers and Support Staff

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Senators Kristin M. Corrado and Anthony M. Bucco have introduced legislation calling for an end to weekly testing for New Jersey public school teachers, support staff, and bus drivers who did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sens. Kristin Corrado and Anthony Bucco introduced legislation calling for an end to weekly testing for New Jersey public school teachers, support staff, and bus drivers who did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey’s public health emergency ended more than two months ago on March 4 and yet public schools are still testing teachers, bus drivers, and other K-12 school employees for COVID-19 on a weekly basis,” said Corrado (R-40). “This absurd and unnecessary policy not only imposes restrictions and undue burdens on educators, but it undermines the guidelines of the CDC itself. There is no rational explanation for this policy whatsoever.”

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Bucco Bill that Increases Funding for Volunteer Rescue Squads Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco that would allow New Jersey towns to increase funding for volunteer first aid and rescue squads was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco that would allow New Jersey towns to increase funding for volunteer first aid and rescue squads was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

“I am extremely pleased that the Governor signed this bill into law. As a 40+ year member and former captain of the Salvage and Rescue Company of the Boonton Volunteer Fire Department, I am well aware of the shoestring budgets that volunteer first aid and rescue squads struggle with each year,” said Bucco (R-25). “These organizations are essential assets for our communities, especially in suburban and rural areas. Unfortunately, many squads continue to experience a shortage of basic first aid equipment, and some cannot even maintain their ambulances. My legislation will help alleviate these issues by allowing towns and counties to increase the annual funding for these life-saving services so that they can properly protect the people they are sworn to serve in their communities.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Bucco Introduce “Parents Bill of Rights Act” for Education

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“Three Rs” Plan Legislation Provides Parents More Information, Expands Ability to Opt-Out to All Parts of Curriculum

Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Anthony M. Bucco have introduced the “Parents Bill of Rights Act” to provide parents substantially more information about what their children will be taught in school and to expand their ability to opt-out of concerning lessons to the entire curriculum.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Tony Bucco have introduced the Parents Bill of Rights Act to provide parents substantially more information about what their children will be taught in school and to expand their ability to opt-out of concerning lessons to the entire curriculum. The bill is part of the ‘Three Rs’ plan proposed by Senate Republicans. (©iStock)

“The recent controversy over new sex education mandates from Trenton has really opened the eyes of parents to the fact that portions of their children’s curriculum are inappropriate and extreme,” said Senator Corrado (R-40). “Parents are calling us nonstop to say they want to review what their kids are being taught and they want the right to exclude their children from lessons that conflict with their values. They’re absolutely shocked to learn how little power they have when it comes to overseeing their children’s education. Our new bill resets the balance of power in favor of parents where it belongs.”

Corrado and Bucco’s new legislation is part of the “Three Rs” plan proposed by New Jersey Senate Republicans to repeal, replace, and restore to fix New Jersey’s broken curriculum and give back parental rights that have been eroded by Governor Murphy and Democrats in the Legislature.

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Bucco: As Parents React, More School Districts Will Look to Temper Dubious Sex Education Standards

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At least one public school district has already announced plans to proceed with caution with New Jersey’s controversial new sex education standards, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco said he expects more schools to resist changes that have sparked a firestorm across the state.

At least one public school district has already announced plans to proceed with caution with NJ’s controversial new sex education standards, and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said he expects more schools to resist changes that have sparked a firestorm across the state. (©iStock)

“The Murphy Administration hoped to slip these new standards under the door without public scrutiny, but that plan backfired,” said Bucco (R-25). “The indefensible revisions go too far, following a progressive agenda that has been simmering not only in this state but across the nation.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Bucco Say BPU Cost Study of Murphy’s Energy Master Plan is Two Years Too Late

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Senators Steven Oroho and Anthony Bucco welcomed the Board of Public Utilities’ cost study of Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan but chastised the Administration for the unexplained two year delay.

Senators Steve Oroho and Tony Bucco welcomed the Board of Public Utilities’ cost study of Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan but chastised the Administration for the unexplained two year delay. (Pixabay)

Ratepayer cost estimates for the Energy Master Plan (EMP) were scheduled to be released by the end of 2019. After a two year delay, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) finally held its initial hearing today, March 25, 2022.

“Recognizing the impracticality of the governor’s proposed Energy Master Plan since it was first announced, I have been calling on the Administration to formally investigate and quantify its real cost to New Jersey families and businesses. Although I am pleased the BPU is finally looking into this, I’m astounded that it took more than two years to do so,” said Oroho (R-24). “Anyone who has actually studied this plan with rational thought knows it is not a feasible plan at all; it is an environmental manifest as unworkable as national Democrats’ ‘Green New Deal.’ Every realistic analysis concludes it will create more problems than solutions, more questions than answers, and more burdensome costs than benefits.”

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Senator Jon Bramnick

Bramnick/Bucco Want to Know If Government Picks Up the Phone When People Call for Help

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Senator Jon Bramnick and Senator Anthony M. Bucco want to know if New Jerseyans can get anyone to pick up the phone when they call government agencies for help.

Sen. Jon Bramnick and Sen. Anthony M. Bucco want to know if New Jerseyans can get anyone to pick up the phone when they call government agencies for help. (©iStock)

“It’s time that we have a Consumer Czar to call government entities at the State, county, and local levels to determine whether they respond,” said Bramnick (R-21). “The job of the czar is to let the Legislature know if you can get anyone to pick up the phone when you call for help.”

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Senate Approves Bucco Bill Ensuring Students Will Never Forget 9/11

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The Senate today approved Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation requiring schools to include instruction on the events of September 11, 2001, in the curriculum.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation requiring schools to include instruction on the events of September 11, 2001, in the curriculum was advanced by the Senate. (WikiMedia)

“After we were attacked on 9/11, ‘We will never forget’ became the rallying cry for a shaken nation,” said Bucco (R-25). “Now, 21 years later, we must educate a new generation not only of the horrible losses and psychological damages of that day, but also the emotional strength we all shared as Americans came together like no other time since World War II.”

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