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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Singleton Bill to Give Small Business Owners the Power to Cut Red Tape Passes Committee

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Bipartisan bill would allow employers to challenge State Regulations that make it difficult to run a business in NJ

The Senate Budget Committee has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, and Troy Singleton that would cut red tape for small businesses.

S-2345 would expand the scope of the existing New Jersey Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Bipartisan bill would allow employers to challenge State Regulations that make it difficult to run a business in New Jersey. (SenateNJ)

“Statewide small business owners face so many unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. There is no denying that red tape is forcing job creators to leave New Jersey,” Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset) said. “This legislation would allow employers to have greater control of their destiny, making government less burdensome, and the economy more competitive.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco: NJ Lost Honeywell’s HQ Because of Murphy’s Anti-Business Agenda

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Senators Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Anthony Bucco (R-25) released the following statement in regards to today’s reports that Honeywell, a Morris Plains-based company, is moving its global headquarters to North Carolina.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco said Gov. Murphy’s bad-for-business policies are driving companies like Honeywell out of state. (Wikimedia)

Morris Plains is a municipality within Senator Pennacchio’s Legislative District.

“Governor Murphy’s anti-business agenda means we are always at risk of companies like Honeywell leaving for greener pastures,” Pennacchio said. “The Governor must focus more on New Jersey workers, and less on his expensive liberal wish list. Bad-for-business policies like the recent CBT increase and Murphy’s endless tax hikes force high-paying jobs out of state. We can’t afford it.”

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Bucco & Advocates Fight for ‘Erin’s Law’ to Require NJ Schools to Teach Kids about Sexual Assault

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After Years of Advocacy, Senate Committee Passes Erin’s Law to Require ‘Safe Touch’ Education in NJ School Districts

The Senate Education Committee has passed “Erin’s Law” legislation long-sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to require school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into the NJ Student Learning Standards, formerly known as the core curriculum.

Senator Bucco is working with local advocates and child sexual abuse survivor Erin Merryn, for whom the law is named, to swiftly advance the measure. Merryn has successfully advocated to enact Erin’s Law in more than two dozen other states.

A copy of Erin’s testimony, as submitted to the Senate Committee, can be found here.

Erin’s Law, legislation long-sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, would require NJ schools to teach kids about sexual assault. The bill is named for Erin Merryn, (pictured above) a survivor who has become a national advocate. (Photo courtesy of Erin Merryn)

“93 percent of kids who are sexually abused know their attacker – it could be family-friend, a sibling, or even a parent. Teaching our children not to talk to strangers just isn’t enough when their abuser could be hiding in plain sight,” Senator Bucco said. “The ‘safe touch’ education that Erin’s Law will require can empower kids to recognize the signs of abuse and speak out the moment it occurs.”

“We have spent years fighting for Erin’s Law and we will not stop until every child, in every New Jersey classroom, has access to this education,” Senator Bucco added. “No child should feel ashamed or suffer in silence. As a father, a grandfather, and a longtime advocate for all kids in my state, I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this law passed this session. For the sake of our children, we simply cannot afford to let this bill die again.”

“Without Erin’s Law kids are often only going to be educated to be quiet on this matter and those are the kids that are being abused,” Erin Merryn said. “Had this law existed when I was a child, I could have spoken up. Instead I stayed silent. I am thrilled that Senator Bucco is sponsoring this bill and understands the importance of protecting kids from abuse. 35 states have already passed Erin’s Law. New Jersey should be next.”

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Bucco Bill Designating NJ State Dog Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) that would designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official New Jersey State Dog has passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

The Seeing Eye® headquarters is located in Morristown. The organization has trained and matched more than 17,000 visually-impaired individuals with service animals.

Senator Anthony Bucco’s bill would designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official New Jersey State Dog. (SenateNJ.com)

“For decades now, Seeing Eye has been placing loving service dogs into homes all around the country,” Bucco said. “It is an honor to be able to sponsor a bill that pays tribute to this organization’s legacy of uplifting our visually-impaired residents, by allowing them to live as independently as possible. These dogs are miracle-workers, plain and simple, and we are so grateful to have a group like Seeing Eye making a difference in our community, day in and day out.”

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Bucco Bill to Improve Access to Emergency Prescriptions Passes Committee

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The Senate Health and Human Services Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would provide a pharmacist the ability to dispense medication in an emergency without a prescription.

Senator Anthony Bucco’s bill would provide a pharmacist the ability to dispense medication in an emergency without a prescription. (WikiMedia)

“In the time it takes to refill a prescription, people with serious medical conditions, such as allergies, can lose their lives,” Senator Bucco said. “Current law legally bars pharmacies from dispensing 30-day supplies of certain lifesaving drugs.

“When a woman reached out to my office to share how her son almost died because of this dangerous over regulation, I knew we had to push for this bill. By easing access to emergency medications, we can ensure that no mother ever has to go through the fear of losing her child like that ever again.”

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Bucco Intros Constitutional Amendment to Support Disabled Law Enforcement Officers

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) has introduced a constitutional amendment that would create an annual $500 property tax deduction for permanently disabled law enforcement officers.

Sen. Anthony Bucco has introduced a constitutional amendment that would create an annual $500 property tax deduction for permanently disabled law enforcement officers. (Flickr)

“We must do more to support police officers who are injured in the line of duty,” Bucco said. “These men and women swore to protect us, at all costs. We cannot take away their pain, but we can express our gratitude for their service by easing the financial burden of living with a permanent disability. Providing an annual $500 property tax deduction so they can continue to get great care in their home state is a good start.”

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Bucco Bill Would Create Tax Credit to Help Disabled Veterans Pay Rent

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would create a gross income tax credit to help disabled veterans cover the cost of rent has passed the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would create a gross income tax credit to help disabled veterans cover the cost of rent. (Dvidshub)

“Disabled veterans who rent, as opposed to own a home, are missing out on critical tax deductions. This is incredibly unfair. Every man or woman who has honorably served our country should have equal access to these programs,” Bucco said. “This legislation will extend our gratitude to all wounded heroes, by providing them with a $1,000 tax credit – regardless of where they live. Our veterans work hard to their pay rent. They deserve this opportunity.”

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Bucco Bill to Give Research Animals a New ‘Leash’ On Life Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would give cats and dogs serving as research animals a second chance has passed the Senate Environment Committee. The bill would require New Jersey’s higher education institutions to offer laboratory animals to rescue organizations for purposes of adoption.

New Jersey uses more research animals than any other state in the country, according to the USDA. In 2017 alone, more than 5,000 cats and dogs were serving as research animals.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill would give cats and dogs serving as research animals a second chance, by requiring institutions of higher education to offer them up for adoption. (©iStock)

“When a dog or cat is used for research, far too often their life is unnecessarily cut short,” Bucco said. “It is heartbreaking to see countless animals denied the right to a long life, when they could be given to a loving home. By creating a pathway to adoption, we can ensure our furry friends get a new ‘leash’ on life.”

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Bucco Bill to Discover Why Businesses Leave NJ Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco that would require the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) to conduct exit interviews with companies that close their doors or relocate to another state has passed the Senate Labor Committee.

“When companies in New Jersey close their doors, or move to a more business-friendly state, the effects of layoffs are felt Statewide,” Bucco said. “Our mom-and-pop businesses help millions of families put food on the table. That is why it is critical that we discover the real reasons why so many job creators are fleeing New Jersey. This data will help us implement policies that draw innovators to our state, instead of driving them away.”

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would require the NJLWD to conduct exit interviews with companies that close, or relocate to another state. (WikiCommons)

Sen. Bucco’s bill, S-2356, aims to discover the tangible reasons why local companies are exiting the Garden State. More than 2,000 New Jersey jobs were placed at-risk this year, due to employers closing their stores or moving to a new state, according to a report by NJ Advance Media.

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Editorial: State must be aggressive with fiscal reforms

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The following editorial by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) addressing the fiscal reforms proposed by the bipartisan Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup was published in The Daily Record on August 26, 2018:

I’ve spent the past decade as the Senate Republican Budget Officer trying to balance the growing cost of state and local governments with our need to provide affordable services to New Jersey taxpayers.

The Daily Record published an editorial by Sen. Anthony Bucco addressing the fiscal reforms proposed by the bipartisan Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup ,of which he is a member. (SenateNJ.com)

I fought against unnecessary new taxes and spending, and worked to restore funding that was reduced by others to safety net programs for children, seniors, and the disabled.

Unfortunately, protecting those programs and the real people they serve is becoming harder each year as state spending on public employee benefits has exploded.

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