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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco/Ruiz Legislation to Protect Students from Chronically Abusive Teachers Heads to Governor’s Desk

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Seeks to End Process of “Passing the Trash”

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26), Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25), and Senate Education Committee Chair M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) to help flag teachers with allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct during a school’s hiring process has received final legislative approval and heads to Governor Murphy for his signature.

The bipartisan legislation will help to flag teachers with allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct during a school’s hiring process. (Flickr)

“It’s been a long road, but I’m glad to see that our effort to protect students from chronically abusive teachers is finally heading to the Governor’s desk,” said Pennacchio. “Parents need to trust that schools are able to screen out teachers with histories of sexual abuse before they ever get into a new classroom. That’s what our bill will ensure.”

The legislation, S-414, seeks to end the practice of “passing the trash,” a process through which teachers under investigation or subject to allegations of abusive behavior or sexual misconduct move from one school to the next to avoid being held accountable for their actions.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

PASSED: Bucco Bill Recognizes “Rare Disease Awareness Day”

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A joint resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) to build awareness and educate New Jerseyans on rare diseases that affect the public by designating the last day of February of each year as “Rare Disease Awareness Day” has passed the Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution promotes awareness of rare diseases such as ALS and cystic fibrosis. (Pixabay)

“Families battling rare diseases often face significant challenges, including misdiagnosis, underinvestment in related research, and a lack of support networks,” said Bucco. “By spreading awareness of the many challenges affecting those with rare diseases, we can help recognize the hardships of they face and encourage the development of better treatment options and systems of support.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Legislation to Assist Low-Income Families with Energy Bills Approved by Senate

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Allows New Jerseyans to Donate to NJ SHARES Through Tax Returns

Senator Anthony Bucco’s (R-Morris and Somerset) legislation to help those who have fallen on hard times to pay their energy bills has passed unanimously by the New Jersey Senate. The measure lets New Jersey taxpayers make donations to families and individuals encountering economic difficulty, assisting them in affording their gas and/or electric bills.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s (R-Morris and Somerset) legislation to help those who have fallen on hard times to pay their energy bills passed the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“I am pleased this crucial legislation helping New Jerseyans who have hit an unexpected financial rough patch unanimously passed the Senate,” said Bucco. “It’s our moral obligation to make sure families can keep their heat on, especially during this brutal winter. My legislation gives New Jerseyans the opportunity to donate to such households in need. Let’s help families stay warm and safe in their homes this season.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Legislation to Help Local Farm Markets Succeed Advances

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Will Help Farm Markets to Compete, Enhance Economic Growth

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) to provide economic growth and variety to local farm markets by removing regulatory hurdles when their sell baked goods has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Senator Pennacchio and Bucco’s legislation to provide economic growth for New Jersey farm markets (Wikimedia Commons)

“By making it easier for farm markets to compete, we can encourage small business and help our farms to remain financially viable,” said Pennacchio. “We sell baked goods by the dozen and pies individually, not by weight. Farm markets should be placed on the same playing field as bakeries and other retail shops, allowing entrepreneurship to flourish.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado & Bucco Bills Providing Tax Relief to Military Members Advance

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A pair of legislative initiatives sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Anthony Bucco to lower the tax burden for members of our Armed Forces were approved by the Senate Military and Veterans Committee.

A pair of legislative initiatives sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Anthony Bucco to lower the tax burden for members of our Armed Forces were approved by the Senate Military and Veterans Committee. (Flickr)

The first bill, S-129 (Corrado), would exclude combat zone pay from taxation under New Jersey’s gross income tax.

“Members of our Armed Forces heroically serving in combat zones place their lives on the line every day,” said Corrado (R- Bergen, Essex, Morris, and Passaic). “They shouldn’t owe taxes to the State for the pay they earn while sacrificing so much. This is a small way New Jersey can thank them for answering the call to serve.”

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Bucco Announces $5.18 Million in Local Transportation Infrastructure Projects

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Senator Anthony Bucco announced $5.18 million in awards for District 25 transportation projects from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

Senator Bucco announced $5.18 million in funding for District 25’s road and bridge infrastructures. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey relies on stable and well-maintained infrastructure to keep our economy thriving,” said Bucco. “These grants will help us to get to work on important local road projects creation without burdening property taxpayers.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Bucco and Singer Legislation Encouraging Shared Services Passes Committee

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Legislation co-sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Robert Singer (R-30) encouraging shared services passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. This bill eases the red tape local governments face when looking to consolidate or share services.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Sen. Robert Singer (R-30) encouraging shared services passed the Senate Budget Committee.(SenateNJ.com)

“New Jerseyans suffer from the highest property tax burden in the nation,” said Bucco. “Sharing services cuts the cost of doing business for government, which translates into financial savings for New Jersey taxpayers. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
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Senator Dawn Addiego
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republicans on Senate Budget Committee Blast Murphy Tax Evasion Scheme

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Say Governor Should Focus on Real Solutions to Lower the Cost of Government and Taxes – Not Gimmicks

Senate Republicans serving on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee blasted a tax evasion scheme proposed by Governor Phil Murphy that fails to address the underlying problem of expensive government that drives high property taxes in New Jersey.

Senate Republicans on the Budget Committee blasted a tax evasion scheme proposed by Gov. Murphy that fails to address the underlying problem of expensive government in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s plan to mask property tax payments as charitable contributions is a thinly veiled tax evasion scheme,” said Bucco (R-25), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Anyone who thinks the IRS won’t tear this plan apart is kidding themselves. New Jersey taxpayers need real solutions that won’t put them on the wrong side of the law.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Legislation Helping Low-Income Families Pay for Energy Bills Passes Committee

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Would Allow New Jerseyans to Donate to NJ SHARES Through Tax Returns

Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation helping families who have fallen on hard times to pay for their energy bills has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. The measure allows New Jersey taxpayers to make a donation to those facing financial hardship, assisting them in paying their gas and/or electric bills.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would help families who have fallen on hard times to pay their energy bills. (©iStock)

“This year’s brutal winter highlights the importance of helping families to keep their heat on,” said Senator Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset). “A basic necessity is being able to keep warm on frigid nights, especially for children and seniors who are most vulnerable. My legislation gives New Jerseyans the opportunity to donate to households in need, helping families to stay warm and safe in their homes.”
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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Stops Chronic Child Abusers Access to Students Passes Senate

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Will End Schools from “Passing the Trash” to Other Districts

Legislation led by Senators Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Anthony Bucco (R-25) that will end the practice of “Passing the Trash,” preventing teachers who have abused children from moving from school to school unnoticed, was approved by the State Senate unanimously.

“Pass the Trash” legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco. (©iStock)

“It is time to put the welfare of our students before union self-interest. The reckless behavior of underhandedly passing child abusers from school-to-school must end, ” said Pennacchio. “The Legislature and my Democratic colleges must see that continuing patterns of covering for a predator like Morris County teacher Jason Fennes, who confessed to sexually assaulting six young girls, snaked through school systems while teaching for five years after his first documented complaint must end. The structure for reporting and hiring teachers must be reformed!”

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