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GOP lawmaker: 3 weeks away from budget deadline, Murphy’s not in tune with taxpayers

Find the Op-Ed feature in the June 10, 2018 edition of the Star Ledger or online at NJ.com By Kevin J. Rooney Will somebody please get serious about lowering taxes? A Monmouth University poll recently found the unsurprising fact that New Jerseyans are more concerned about their nation-high property taxes than any other issue in the state.  […]

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Governor signs Dancer, Rooney bill allowing special events at wineries

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Kevin J. Rooney that allows wineries to hold special events such as weddings, retirement and birthday parties on certain days. “We haven’t gathered enough information during the current pilot program on how important this program is to the […]

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Sudden deaths of dogs at groomers prompts Rooney bill

TRENTON, N.J. – In response to the recent deaths of three dogs that died at routine grooming appointments in New Jersey, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney introduced legislation today requiring pet groomers who have three or more complaints filed against them to register with the state Division of Consumer Affairs. “Many pet owners consider their pets […]

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Rooney bill enlists medical marijuana to combat heroin addiction

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney introduced legislation authorizing medical marijuana to treat opioid and heroin addiction. The bill (A4015) adds substance use disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify a patient to use medical marijuana. “The treatment community is excited by recent studies showing the effectiveness of medical marijuana in […]

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Panel approves Rooney bill holding Superfund polluters accountable

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Environment committee passed legislation today preventing public pension funds from investing in companies that are not meeting Superfund cleanup obligations. Corporations that file bankruptcy to avoid paying for environmental remediation are targeted by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney’s bill (A997). “We cannot allow companies to benefit from state investment while they are […]

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Rooney bill stops unfair liability transfer from property owners to snow contractors

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney sponsors legislation that will help reign in escalating insurance costs for snow contractors who service high-traffic commercial and retail properties, such as shopping centers and big-box stores throughout the winter months. “With contractors holding the liability, there is little incentive for property owners to have the job done […]

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