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New Jersey becomes sixth state to ban pet leasing

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation today making New Jersey the sixth state in the nation to ban pet leasing. As pet stores and breeders scramble to sell expensive puppies while they are young and most attractive to buyers, some resort to leasing contracts to place animals. The measure (A4552), sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin […]

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Governor signs Rooney bill reimbursing county prosecutors for oversight of state law enforcement

TRENTON, N.J. – After passing the legislature unanimously, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill reimbursing county prosecutors overseeing state and interstate law enforcement agencies. The law, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, was drafted after the Bergen County Prosecutors Office had to investigate the Palisades Parkway Police Department over eight months. “Local taxpayers cannot afford to fund […]

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Rooney bills fighting opioid epidemic become law

TRENTON, N.J. – Two bills sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney to combat the destructive opioid crisis in New Jersey were signed Monday by Gov. Phil Murphy. “Drug addiction and overdose has become a life-and-death problem in every community in the state,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “The Legislature unanimously approved these measures, and the governor’s signature demonstrates […]

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Assembly passes Rooney bills fighting opioid epidemic

TRENTON, N.J. – Rampant opioid abuse has become a major health crisis in New Jersey and across the nation. The link between prescription painkillers, heroin use, and overdose deaths is conclusive.  To combat the growing epidemic, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney sponsors two bills that were passed by the Assembly this month.  “This is a life-and-death issue,” said […]

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Assembly approves Rooney bills backing clean water projects

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney sponsored two bills recently approved by the Assembly authorizing more than $655 million for environmental infrastructure projects next year. The funding will provide low interest loans for clean water and drinking water improvements, including $22 million for four projects in the Assemblyman’s legislative district.  “The low interest loans available […]

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Assembly passes bill abolishing pet leasing

TRENTON, N.J. – For the second time in a month, the Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to ban the leasing of dogs and cats. With today’s vote, the Assembly accepted Senate amendments exempting purebred cats and dogs leased for breeding and animals trained as police K-9s and guide dogs. Sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, the legislation […]

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Assembly passes bill allowing counties to be reimbursed for oversight of state police departments

TRENTON, N.J. – County prosecutors who are required to oversee state or interstate law enforcement agencies are eligible for reimbursement under a bill approved today by the Assembly. Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney sponsors the legislation (A4223) requiring the state to pay for investigations or other expenses incurred by counties like Bergen for oversight of the Palisades […]

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Legislation creates commission to get Hudson tunnel project rolling

TRENTON, N.J. – A massive infrastructure project that would relieve rail congestion between Newark and New York City has been sidetracked for almost a decade by funding uncertainties and political posturing. But legislation passed Tuesday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee may be crucial to finally advancing the long-awaited Gateway tunnel construction.  The bill (A5570) creates the […]

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