Senator Bucco and Son Honored for Commitment to Improve Social, Cultural Welfare of New Jersey Citizens & Institutions
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) and his son, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, have been chosen as the recipients of a prominent Italian-American organization’s humanitarian award honoring their generosity and commitment to improving the welfare of citizens and institutions across New Jersey. The two legislators are the first-ever father-son duo to receive the Columbian Foundation’s prestigious award.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Columbian Foundation, a vital organization that has worked for nearly 75 years to champion a wide variety of causes – from helping impoverished patients afford medical care, to promoting the study of Italian language and culture,” Senator Bucco said. “It was truly a privilege to share this moment with my son, Assemblyman Bucco, a dedicated community volunteer and public servant, who shares my passion for serving the people of New Jersey.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole that would hold drunken drivers more accountable if they cause serious injuries was approved by a Senate committee. The bill, S-3143, would remove the presumption of non-imprisonment now given to first-time offenders convicted of causing serious bodily injury while driving while intoxicated.
“By raising the penalties to fit the crime on a person’s first offense, this legislation will help deter drunken driving, which caused 32 percent of New Jersey’s fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2013, according to the latest available state police data,” O’Toole said. “Since 1995, the recidivism rate among drivers arrested for DWI is 25 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This bill will also directly prevent repeat DWI incidents during the time offenders are incarcerated, and we hope that while they are in jail, first-time offenders will realize that drinking and driving is never worth the risk.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following in response to today’s Senate Democrat announcement about their plans to introduce plans:
“In late April, after touring the state for months to meet with stakeholders, educators, employers and people in the workforce, the Senate Republican caucus culminated the rollout of a 36-bill jobs package to grow the economy without costing overtaxed residents any more money. Legislative Democrats have signed onto and voted to help us advance 15 of these bills so far.
Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss the importance of using bear resistant trash cans in areas where black bears are present:
Senate Committee Clears Bipartisan Allen Bill Designating Saturday After Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday”
The Senate Commerce Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) designating the Saturday following Thanksgiving of each year as “Small Business Saturday.” Senator Allen’s bipartisan bill (SJR-90) urges New Jersey residents to continue to observe Small Business Saturday by shopping at the more than 800,000 brick-and-mortar shops around the State.
“New Jersey’s small businesses are truly the backbone of our State’s economy – employing more than 1.7 million people who work in a wide variety of industries such as retail, the arts and health care,” Senator Allen said. “It is our hope that officially recognizing Small Business Saturday will encourage more shoppers to frequent local stores in their hometown, helping our business community continue to grow and thrive.”
The Senate Commerce Committee Senator advanced Senator Anthony Bucco’s (R-Morris) bipartisan legislation, SR-103, urging all New Jersey residents to continue to observe “Small Business Saturday” by shopping at the more than 800,000 brick-and-mortar shops around the State.
“Thanksgiving weekend is arguably the busiest segment of the holiday shopping season, but many small businesses are often left behind simply because they are unable to compete with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion efforts advertised by big box stores,” Senator Bucco said.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement in advance of the public hearings of the Port Ambrose LNG facility, being held on November 4th and November 5th starting from 6PM at the Eatontown Sheraton (6 Industrial Way E, Eatontown, NJ 07724).
“The Port Ambrose LNG is a project that could have a devastating impact for our ocean, beaches, and coastal communities,” said Beck. “This project has no benefit for the State of New Jersey, and I urge all of my constituents to let their views be heard on this matter at the public hearings on November 4th and November 5th.”
Singer Editorial On Innovative Ways to Cut Health Care Costs, Offer More Affordable Care for New Jersey Families
The following editorial by Senator Robert Singer addressing innovative ways to cut health care costs and offer higher-quality, more affordable care for consumers was published by the Asbury Park Press on Oct. 16, 2015. Senator Singer serves on the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Rapidly escalating health care costs have left families and businesses across New Jersey struggling to find high quality care they can afford. Consumers in New Jersey now pay the second-highest health care premiums in the country and those costs continue to rise faster than the national average.
The cost of health care for public workers now consumes nearly 10 percent of the state budget and the federal surcharge, which can be as much as $750 million to the state, is looming.
The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on his bipartisan legislation to bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market was published in the Star Ledger on Oct. 13, 2015.
In 2014, four casinos in Atlantic City were shuttered and 8,000 workers left out of a job. Revenue in the once thriving resort town now besieged with competing interests in neighboring states was more than cut in half from 2006 to 2013.
Atlantic City does not operate in a vacuum. The city’s success and failures directly and substantially affect the entire state, particularly in terms of jobs and sales tax revenues. Declining revenue and jobs in Atlantic City mean less state revenue to pay for things like transportation, education and public worker pensions.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for action on their legislative initiative to update, modernize and bring in line with existing federal law the benefits and protections afforded to military servicemembers and their dependents.
The 9th District delegation’s initiative, S-210 and A-743, entitled the “New Jersey Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act,” would replace the New Jersey Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1979 to expand the definition of those who are protected under state law by reconciling differences between State and federal law.