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Rooney measure broadening background checks for caregivers at residential homes on Governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation protecting disabled residents, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, was approved today by the Assembly and moves to Gov. Christie’s desk. The bill (S3554/A5210) expands background checks on workers and agencies hired to care for disabled residents. It passed the Senate in December. “For the safety and well-being of our most […]

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Rooney bill holding polluters accountable approved by Assembly and Senate

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney’s legislation protecting taxpayers and New Jersey’s environment cleared the Assembly and Senate today. The bill (A4814), prohibits the state from investing pension funds in entities that use bankruptcy to manipulate the system and dodge their Superfund obligations. For several decades, the Diamond Alkali Company, now known as Maxus […]

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Russo and Rooney bill banning smokeless tobacco from schools advances to Governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – The use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited on public school grounds by legislation approved today by the General Assembly. Assemblymen David C. Russo and Kevin J. Rooney sponsor the bill (S293/A493) establishing escalating fines for violation of the prohibition. It passed the Senate in May 2016 and moves to the Gov. Christie’s […]

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Rooney bill broadening background checks for caregivers at residential homes advances

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney’s legislation protecting disabled residents by expanding background checks on workers and agencies hired to care for them cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday. The bill (A5210) passed by an 11-0 vote. “For the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable residents, we must ensure that care providers are […]

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Committee approves Rooney bill withholding state investment from polluters who evade Superfund cleanup responsibilities

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Appropriations Committee today approved Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney’s legislation prohibiting state public pension funds from investing in companies or countries that avoid their responsibility for environmental cleanups. Rooney drafted the legislation (A4814) after an Argentina-owned chemical company filed for bankruptcy protection months after the EPA announced a $1.38 billion cleanup […]

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Rooney Pro-Consumer Resolution Calls For Maintaining Net Neutrality

TRENTON, N.J. – To ensure consumers have equal access to the internet, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has introduced a resolution supporting net neutrality. The measure urges the Federal Communications Commission to oppose a proposal repealing regulations enacted in 2015 to maintain net neutrality. “Net neutrality levels the playing field. Repealing it will allow a handful […]

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Rooney E-ZPass bills protecting New Jersey drivers clear committee

A package of pro-commuter bills sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick protecting New Jersey’s E-ZPass customers who use New York’s bridges and tunnels from being overcharged, cleared an Assembly panel today. The Assembly Transportation Committee unanimously approved the bills. The legislation is in response to an AAA study that […]

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Rooney Blasts FCC Proposal To Wipe Out Net Neutrality

WYCKOFF, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen) issued the following statement today in response to the FCC proposal for its December 14 public meeting that overturns the 2015 open internet order, commonly known as net neutrality. “Opening the door to partitioned access to the internet and faster content to customers for companies that pay […]

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