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Assembly approves bill creating penalties for bias-based false public alarms

TRENTON, N.J. – Jewish centers and synagogues have experienced bomb threats as the number of bias incidents in the state significantly increased. On Monday, the Assembly unanimously passed a bill (A724), co-sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, allowing the crime of creating a false public alarm to be charged as bias intimidation. Criminals who make hate-filled […]

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Assembly passes bipartisan bill recognizing out-of-state EMT certifications

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill (A516) sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney that allows emergency medical technicians from other states to work in New Jersey unanimously passed the Assembly on Monday 24th 2020. It is important that we make it easy for out-of-state professionals to get jobs they are already qualified for. EMTs provide a vital […]

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Rooney praises Assembly for advancing bill to improve “Move Over” law compliance

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, co-sponsor of A3890, said the Assembly took an important step yesterday to protect emergency responders on New Jersey’s busy roads. The bill imposes two motor vehicle points for drivers who violate the state’s move over law three times in a year and requires the Motor Vehicle Commission to establish a […]

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Rooney Bill Creating Horse License Plates to Support Riding Therapy for Veterans and People with Special Needs Clears Committee

TRENTON, N.J. – In the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee today, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney spoke on behalf of his bill (A4800) commemorating New Jersey’s state animal on a special license plate to support the health and well-being of horses as well as therapeutic riding programs for veterans and individuals with special needs. “The monies […]

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Rooney sends letter to BPU to extend public comment of the new Energy Master Plan

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney sent a letter to the Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso about extending the public comment period of the energy master plan.  The comment period is schedule to close today but Rooney stressed the importance of extending it for at least a month after the release of […]

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Rooney introduces measure permanently eliminating online convenience fees for motorists

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney aims to eliminate the Motor Vehicle Commission’s online convenience fees with legislation he introduced last week.  “When we start issuing REAL IDs, the waiting rooms will be inundated with motorists seeking to update their licenses,” said Rooney. “It doesn’t help that the roll out has lagged here in New […]

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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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