Archive for Tag: District 40

Assembly passes Rooney bill that requires public hearings for utility rate hikes

TRENTON, N.J. – The General Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that requires public utilities that are requesting rate hikes to hold public hearings in every county impacted by that increase. That bill (A184) is sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Rooney. “Residents who are likely facing a utility rate increase should...

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Affordable housing bills advanced yesterday ignore renters, says DePhillips. ‘There’s a better way.’

TRENTON, N.J. – While rent is increasing at record paces in New Jersey and far above the national average, the state Assembly isn’t taking action to provide more relief for renters, despite considering a slate of bills intended to make housing more affordable Thursday. Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips says helping renters...

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Assembly committee releases bill that requires public hearings for utility rate hikes

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee on Thursday released a bill that requires public utilities that are requesting rate hikes to hold public hearings in every county impacted by that increase. That bill (A184), sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, now goes to the speaker for further consideration....

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Unexpected revenue windfall must benefit New Jerseyans now, DePhillips says

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is in even better financial shape than first thought, with billions more in surplus than anticipated in Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed FY2023 budget. As such, Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips is calling for the governor and legislature to provide New Jerseyans tax relief in this year’s budget....

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DePhillips questions AG for ignoring calls to protect children on social media platforms

TRENTON, N.J. – Forty-four states’ and territories’ Attorneys General recently called on social media giants TikTok and Snapchat to collaborate with parental control applications so fathers, mothers and guardians can monitor their children’s social media usage on those platforms. Conspicuously missing from that March 29 letter is the signature of...

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Rooney bill would excuse student absences for civics events attendance

TRENTON, N.J. – Students who miss class to attend a civics event should be allowed one excused absence per school year, says Assemblyman Kevin Rooney. Rooney’s bill (A1271) would allow students in grades 6-12 at least one such excused absence, with more at the school district’s discretion. Parents or guardians must...

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DePhillips, Corrado named to Legislature’s transportation committees

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher P. DePhillips, who is starting his third term serving New Jersey’s 40th Legislative District, has been appointed to sit on the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee. Sen. Kristin Corrado, who also serves the same district, was named to the Senate Transportation Committee. “All...

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Rooney introduces bill recognizing ‘Veterans Suicide Awareness & Remembrance Day’

TRENTON, N.J. – Since 2010, the United States has lost more military members to suicide than deaths from the Vietnam War and post-9/11 combat deaths combined. An average of 22 active troops and veterans take their own lives daily. The continued stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide prevents many...

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DePhillips asks speaker to support bill helping renters make ends meet

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin yesterday asking him to post a bill that increases the property tax deduction for tenants to 30% of rent from 18%. “Helping renters, often among the working poor and middle class, is a bipartisan initiative,” wrote...

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