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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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Response to Hurricane Harvey

It has been heartbreaking to watch the devastation of Hurricane Harvey unfold in Houston. 30 trillion gallons of water have fallen so far, leaving more 33% of Houston County submerged, and more rain is expected to come. The damage is sure to be expensive and far reaching, while the recovery will be complex and challenging. […]

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Rooney appointed to Homeland Security’s Public Safety Communications Commission

TRENTON, NJ – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has been appointed to the statewide Public Safety Communications Commission which oversees the Office of Information Technology in the Department of Homeland Security and State Preparedness. As a member, he will work to implement legislation to assist first responders when needed. I’m grateful for this opportunity to help […]

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62 State Lawmakers Join Rooney Urging VP Pence to Get Argentine Company to Pay for $1.3 Billion Passaic River Cleanup

TRENTON, NJ. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney is asking Vice President Michael Pence and President Mauricio Macri of Argentina to work together to urge Argentinian oil company YPF SA to honor its Superfund obligation to remediate the Passaic River. Rooney sent separate letters to Pence and Macri, which were signed by 62 additional Republican and […]

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