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Rooney proposal expands student tax deduction program

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney introduced legislation that would raise the age limit for students to be claimed as dependents on their parent’s state income taxes. “Paying college tuition isn’t cheap,” said Rooney (R-Bergen).  “It takes many students more than four years to finish, and time is money – especially for parents who are […]

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District 40 Legislators Commend Actions to Help North Jersey Flooding Survivors

State of Emergency Declared in Flood-Ravaged Areas, Delivering Aid to Passaic, Bergen & Essex Counties Senator Kristin Corrado and Assemblymen Christopher DePhillips and Kevin Rooney, (all R-40) thanked Governor Murphy for taking action to ensure that storm survivors have the resources they need to address last weekend’s torrential rain fall.   Pictured: the aftermath of […]

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Rooney issues statement on Turnpike Authority’s excessive and unfair fees

Assemblyman Rooney issued the following statement in response to reports of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s fee structure for E-ZPass drivers which was discussed in the Observer article from August 8, 2018: Recently, the news has highlighted the excessive and outrageous administrative fees the Turnpike Authority is charging drivers for missing an E-ZPass toll. If […]

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Rooney bill creates recycling program for plastic bags

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has introduced legislation requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to establish a recycling program for plastic bags and plastic film. “We know how bad plastic bags are for the environment,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “They constantly litter highways, parks and street corners, clog sewage systems, and easily damage marine […]

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Rooney: Murphy backpedaling on pension divestment legislation very disappointing

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s conditional veto of legislation (S1208/A997) prohibiting the state from investing in companies that shirk their environmental cleanup obligations. As a candidate Murphy said he supported pension divestment for similar causes. “It’s very disappointing that Gov. Murphy is […]

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Rooney bill puts tramadol in same category as other addictive opioids

TRENTON, NJ – To help combat New Jersey’s opioid crisis, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has introduced legislation reclassifying tramadol as a drug with the same addictive qualities as oxycodone and fentanyl. The upgrade limits initial prescriptions to a five-day supply. The federal government classifies prescription drugs and narcotics based on their acceptable medical use and potential […]

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Rooney bill ensures Narcan use for first responders

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney introduced legislation today allowinglaw enforcement officers obtain, administer and dispense opioid antidotes without a prescription. “State law isn’t clear if the police need a prescription to possess and administer Narcan,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “Their job is difficult enough. The police shouldn’t have to work under a cloud of […]

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Rooney bill holding Superfund polluters accountable heads to governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly today approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney preventing the state from investing in companies that shirk their environmental cleanup obligations. Companies that intentionally file for bankruptcy to avoid paying for environmental remediation are targeted by the bill (S1208/A997), which passed the Senate in February and now awaits now […]

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Rooney and DePhillips commend legislation increasing school aid to Legislative District 40

TRENTON, N.J. – The school funding formula is being reformed to provide more aid to school districts that have increased enrollment over the past decade, and the formula will be annually adjusted to reflect student enrollment.  Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney and Christopher P. DePhillips represent some of the most underfunded school districts in the state […]

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