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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco Bill Would Name The Seeing Eye® Dog as State Dog of NJ

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Bill Honors Service Animals Trained by New Jersey Non-Profit

Senator Anthony Bucco’s legislation to designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official State Dog of New Jersey has passed the Senate.

The Seeing Eye, Inc. headquarters, the oldest guide dog school in the United States, is located in Morristown, New Jersey. They have trained and paired more than 17,000 guide dogs with owners who are blind.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation to designate the Seeing Eye® dog as the official State Dog has passed the Senate. (SenateNJ)

“Seeing Eye dogs are the eyes of individuals who are visually impaired,” said Bucco (R-25). “Since 1929, these dogs have been trained to enhance the ability of those in the blindness community to live more independently. Enacting this legislation will help our great state pay tribute to these intelligent canines and better inform the public about the wonderful work these dogs do on a daily basis for people with impairments.”

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Now Law: Bucco Bill Honoring New Jerseyans Entering U.S. Service Academies

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco which would require New Jersey’s Adjutant General to issue the State flag to residents enrolled in federal military service academies was signed into law.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation which would require NJ’s Adjutant General to issue the State flag to residents enrolled in service academies was signed into law. (©iStock)

“Distinguished New Jersey residents who are enrolled in a service academy have demonstrated exceptional academic ability and integrity,” said Bucco (R-25). “It is fitting for New Jersey to recognize these accomplished young men and women who have dedicated themselves to careers serving and protecting our state and our nation.”

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Bucco: Murphy Should “Pound Away” on Cutting Taxes & Making NJ More Affordable

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Says Murphy Tax Plan Would Cement NJ’s Place as Highest Taxed State in the Nation

Senator Anthony M. Bucco responded to comments by Governor Murphy today on his plans to “continue to pound away” for an income tax increase in the coming year.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco responded to comments by Gov. Murphy on his plans to ‘continue to pound away’ for an income tax increase, saying he should ‘pound away’ on lowering the sky-high property, income, and business taxes that are driving New Jerseyans to leave the Garden State. (Pixabay)

“When New Jersey leads the nation in the outmigration of residents to more affordable states, Governor Murphy’s pursuit of higher income taxes is insanity,” said Bucco (R-25). “His plans would cement New Jersey’s place as the highest taxed state in the nation. Instead, the Governor should ‘pound away’ on lowering the sky-high property, income, and business taxes that are driving New Jerseyans to leave the Garden State.”

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Editorial: Without Reforms, State-Supported Residential Drug Treatment for Kids Will Vanish

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The following editorial by Anthony M. Bucco and James P. Curtin was published by NJ.com on December 19, 2019:

New Jersey is ground zero for an opioid epidemic that is taking the lives of our children and young adults at a furious pace. Last year, more than 3,100 lives were lost to this crisis, which did not discriminate by race, wealth, or zip code. It’s hitting communities and children in every corner of the Garden State.

In this NJ.com editorial, Sen. Tony Bucco and James Curtin call for action by lawmakers to prevent the loss of New Jersey’s remaining state-funded residential treatment facilities for children with substance use disorders. (©iStock)

Given the toll this epidemic has already taken, you might think the state would be working quickly to expand in-patient, residential treatment programs that have proven to be effective in helping to address addiction in our youth, where substance use often begins.

Unfortunately, the opposite is the case, as recent reports by The Star-Ledger have shown. Instead of adding beds and expanding access to residential facilities that are licensed, funded, and regulated by the state for the treatment of adolescents suffering from substance use disorders, these dedicated treatment centers for children are rapidly going out of business across New Jersey.

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Bucco Bill Promoting Insurance Jobs for Veterans Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris) to help honorably discharged veterans pursue career opportunities in the insurance industry was approved by the Senate.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s legislation to help honorably discharged veterans pursue career opportunities in the insurance industry was approved by the Senate. (©iStock)

The bill, S2930 would waive the initial insurance producer-licensing fee for veterans who have passed the licensing exam.

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Bucco Derides Democrats for Forgetting About the Plight of New Jersey Families

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) criticized Trenton Democrats for advancing a political agenda that abandons taxpaying residents desperate for relief.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco criticized Trenton Democrats for advancing a political agenda that abandons taxpaying residents desperate for relief. (SenateNJ.com)

“Today’s board list makes it crystal clear. Democrats have abandoned their responsibility to New Jersey’s over-burdened taxpayers. The emphasis in the Senate today makes it more costly to live here, makes the state more accommodating to law-breakers, and robs citizens of their religious freedom.

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Bucco Measure Strengthens Historic Washington Association of NJ

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco’s bill to revitalize the Washington Association of New Jersey (“WANJ”) with additional board members has cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

The measure (A4370/S2919) allows the board of the association, chartered in 1874, to expand to 18 members.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco’s bill would bolster one of the oldest historic organizations in the nation, the Washington Association of New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The addition of new leadership voices to this important association will help preserve the legacy of George Washington and the significant role New Jersey played in the Revolutionary War,” said Bucco (R-25). “The future of this association and its treasured historic sites rests on the shoulders of its dedicated volunteers. The effectiveness of WANJ’s mission can be broadened with new ideas and new talent to complement its existing core of committed members.”

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Bucco Vows to Fight for Independent Contractors

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) released the following statement on the contentious independent contractor legislation (S4204) and proposed amendments.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said he will continue to fight for the interests of freelance workers who would be negatively impacted by legislation that is under discussion. (SenateNJ.com)

“This bill could have disastrous implications for many thousands of independent contractors who deserve the right to choose their own opportunities to earn money and support their families. I’m pleased the concerns voiced by so many independent workers appears to be having an impact on the legislative process.

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Bucco Looking Forward to Serving with Aura Dunn in Legislature

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Says Another Conservative, Female Voice Will Prevent Trenton from Becoming an Echo Chamber

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said he’s looking forward to serving with Aura Dunn in the New Jersey Legislature following her swearing-in today as an Assemblywoman for the 25th Legislative District.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco said he’s looking forward to serving with Aura Dunn in the New Jersey Legislature following her swearing-in as an Assemblywoman for the 25th Legislative District. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m excited to be joined by Aura Dunn in representing the 25th Legislative District in Trenton,” said Bucco (R-25). “With her years of hands-on experience in public policy and as Congressman Frelinghuysen’s district director, Aura knows the issues that matter most to the people we serve in Morris County and beyond. I have no doubt she’ll hit the ground running after her swearing-in today.”

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Panel Clears Bucco Bill Absolving Businesses from Costly Fines for Minor Mistakes

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Small businesses in New Jersey would be spared costly fines for innocuous paperwork filing errors under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and advanced today by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Sen. Bucco’s legislation would suspend fines for paperwork filing violations by small businesses. (©iStock)

Bucco’s bill (S2347) provides forgiveness of penalties for first-time filing violations by small companies, including administrative or civil fines from State agencies or regulatory authorities.

“Red tape and cumbersome regulation make it difficult to run a business in New Jersey,” said Bucco (R-25). “If a business makes an honest mistake with paperwork, there’s no need to drop a heavy fine on them. The State shouldn’t burden them for petty oversights.”

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