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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senate Passes Pennacchio/Bucco Bill to Benefit Local Farmers

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Measure Will Create Entrepreneurship at Local Farm Markets

The State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would support the growth of local farm markets and enhance their offerings to customers by removing regulatory hurdles when vendors sell baked goods.

Legislation by Senators Pennacchio and Bucco would support the growth of local farm markets and inspire entrepreneurship. (WikiCommons)

“New Jersey’s current law requiring vendors at local farm markets to individually weigh and wrap items, such as cookies and muffins, puts our farmers at a disadvantage,” Pennacchio stated. “These requirements often cause our farmers to second guess whether to sell baked goods at their locations, possibly deterring local business. It is time to place our farm markets on the same playing field as bakeries which aren’t subject to this unreasonable restriction.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill Honoring New Jersey Residents Entering Service Academies

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The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset) which would require New Jersey’s Adjutant General to issue the State flag to residents enrolled in a federal service academy.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill would require the Adjutant General to issue the State flag to residents enrolled in a federal service academy. (©iStock)

“It’s no small thing to make a commitment to enter one of our nation’s esteemed service academies,” Bucco stated. “It’s fitting for us to recognize the accomplished young men and women who dedicate themselves to careers serving and protecting our state and nation.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Bucco /Corrado Bill to Protect Students by Expanding Background Checks for All School Employees Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) that would require all public school employees to undergo a Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) background check has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bucco and Senator Corrado would require CARI background checks for all public school employees. (©iStock)

“How many of our teachers, camp counselors, cafeteria workers, and school employees have histories of child abuse?” Senator Bucco asked. “The scary truth is that under New Jersey’s current laws, we just don’t know. We should learn the answer to that question before something bad happens. We must require all school employees who have regular contact with students to undergo CARI checks.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Mike Doherty

Bucco/Doherty Bill to Heighten Teen Awareness of Safe Haven Act Passes Senate

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Program Permits Newborns and Infants to Be Surrendered Safely, Anonymously & Legally

Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Michael Doherty’s legislation ensuring high school students are taught about the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco & Sen. Michael Doherty’s legislation ensuring high school students are taught about the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate. (NJDCF)

“Teenage parents often hide pregnancies to avoid punishment from parents, and they’re among the most likely to abandon a newborn baby in an unsafe manner,” Bucco (R-25) said. “New Jersey’s Safe Haven Act has proven to saves lives by giving parents who may not want a child a safe, anonymous, and legal way to surrender a baby. We need to make sure that all of our students understand this option, which can protect a baby from harm and prevent teen parents from making extremely bad choices that may send them to jail.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Help Small Businesses Cut Through Government Red Tape Passes Committee

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Senator Anthony Bucco’s (R-25) legislation to help small businesses cut through government red tape has passed Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s (R-25) legislation to help small businesses cut through government red tape has passed Senate Economic Growth Committee. (©iStock.com)

“As a small business owner, I’ve dealt with unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles that prevent New Jersey’s ‘mom and pop shops’ from flourishing,” Bucco said. “Onerous rules and regulations that violate our state’s ‘Regulatory Flexibility Act’ should rightly be disputed by small business owners. Empowering our state’s entrepreneurs and job creators will incentivize local economies and revitalize Main Streets in every corner of New Jersey.”

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Bucco’s Bill to Improve Teens’ Awareness of ‘Safe Haven Act’ Passes Committee

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Program Allows Newborns and Infants to Be Surrendered Safely, Anonymously & Legally

Senator Anthony Bucco’s (S-25) legislation to ensure that high school students are aware of the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” has unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s (S-25) legislation to ensure that high school students are aware of the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee. (NJDCF)

“Teenage parents often hide pregnancies to avoid punishment from parents, and they’re among the most likely to abandon a newborn baby in an unsafe manner,” Bucco said. “New Jersey’s Safe Haven Act has proven to saves lives by giving parents who may not want a child a safe, anonymous, and legal way to surrender a baby. We need to make sure that all of our students understand this option, which can protect a baby from harm and prevent teen parents from making extremely bad choices that may send them to jail.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco Call on NJEA to Offer Solutions to Prevent Disturbing Conduct Seen in Hidden-Camera Videos

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Encourage Teachers’ Union to Take Active Role in Upcoming Legislative Hearings

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony Bucco urged the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) to offer solutions during upcoming legislative hearings to prevent the types of reprehensible conduct that was captured on hidden-camera videos of local union leaders.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco urged the NJEA to offer solutions to prevent the reprehensible conduct captured on hidden-camera videos of local union leaders. (SenateNJ.com)

“I truly believe that most teachers are horrified by the hidden camera footage and don’t want their profession tarnished by the refusal of their own union to do what’s right,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “I hope those good teachers will urge the NJEA to accept a seat at the table to engage productively in the upcoming legislative hearings. They should see this as an opportunity to excise this cancer that exists among them that has led to the NJEA’s horrific policy that every teacher should be protected at any cost.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco Commend Hearings to Investigate Alarming Teacher Union Videos

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony Bucco applauded the announcement of joint hearings of the Senate Education and Labor committees to investigate alarming undercover videos in which top teacher union representatives are filmed revealing that they “bend the truth” to “defend the worst people” and boast of covering up a sex scandal with a teenage girl.

Senators Pennacchio and Bucco applauded the announcement of joint hearings to investigate alarming undercover videos in which top teacher union representatives are filmed revealing that they “bend the truth” to “defend the worst people” and boast of covering up a sex scandal with a teenage girl. (Flickr)

“The direct confirmation by teachers’ union reps that they’re willing to cover up horrendous accusations, such as sex with a student, is deeply disturbing and illegal,” said Pennacchio. “We all know the overwhelming majority of New Jersey teachers want what’s best for our students. It’s sad that these representatives are willing to sacrifice the safety of our children and tarnish the entire education profession to protect dangerous and predatory teachers.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Blasts Gov. Murphy for Giving 20% Raises to Unions

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Murphy Secured No Concessions from CWA While Asking for $1.7 Billion in Tax Increases from NJ Residents

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25), the Senate Republican Budget Officer, blasted a contract negotiated by the Murphy Administration with the New Jersey CWA, which represents approximately 40,000 taxpayer funded union members employed by the State:

Sen. Anthony Bucco blasted a contract negotiated by Gov. Phil Murphy that would give tens of thousands of union members raises that could top 20 percent at the expense of New Jersey taxpayers. (Pixabay)

“It’s outrageous that Governor Murphy would give massive salary increases that could top 20 percent to union members without demanding anything in return for taxpayers, like concessions on expensive health benefits. It’s especially egregious considering the $1.7 billion in tax increases the Governor has proposed to fund his generosity with other people’s money. This wasn’t as much a contract negotiation as it was a pure giveaway.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sweeney/Oroho/Bucco Bill Would Boost Vo-Tech Education, Fund School Security

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Measure Would Provide $1 Billion for Job Training, School Security

The Senate today voted to approve legislation that would seek voter approval for a plan to make significant investments in the vocational-technical education programs that meet critical job training needs and provide grants to improve school security across the state. The vote was 36-1.

The bipartsian legislation would seek voter approval for a plan to invest in New Jersey’s VoTech programs and improve school security. (Flickr)

Sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) the Career and Technical Education and Security Bond Act (S-2293) would provide $450 million in grants to county vocational-technical school districts, $500 million for school security grants, and $50 million for county college career and technical education grants. The bill was revised today to increase school security funds from $250 to $500 million. Continue Reading…

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