Archive for Tag: Kevin J. Rooney

Bill banning body armor possession could have consequences for veterans and schoolchildren

TRENTON, N.J. – Republican members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee slammed Democrats for moving a bill banning body armor possession that could carry criminal consequences for veterans and prohibit parents from buying bulletproof backpacks. Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Morris), holding up his U.S. Army-issued body armor he wore as an...

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Assembly passes bill making it easier for out-of-state EMTs to work in N.J.

TRENTON N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney says his bill making it easier for volunteer emergency medical technicians from other states to work in New Jersey will help address the Garden State’s shortage of first responders, which is especially important given the impact Covid-19 had on the industry. His...

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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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Assembly panel passes bill improving process to recognize out-of-state EMT certifications

TRENTON N.J. – Making it easier for volunteer emergency medical technicians from other states to work in New Jersey will help address the Garden State’s shortage of first responders, which is especially important given the impact Covid-19 had on the industry, says Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney. His bill (A831)...

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Poll worker pay increase passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin Rooney’s bill addressing poll worker shortages by increasing their pay to $300 a day passed the full Assembly on Thursday. Election worker pay has remained stagnant since 2001 when it was raised to $200 from $75. “Poll workers are important to the integrity of...

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Bramnick appoints DePhillips, Rooney to caucus leadership roles

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced the appointment of two members to GOP caucus leadership Thursday. Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips was named deputy Republican leader. He takes over for Holly Schepisi, who moved up to the state Senate in March. DePhillips has served in the Assembly since...

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Lawmakers to Murphy: Stick to your promise and follow the science on masks

TRENTON, N.J. – North Jersey lawmakers are questioning Gov. Phil Murphy’s hesitation to follow recommendations by federal health officials to lift mask requirements in most instances. “For a guy who claimed early on that he’d be guided at every step by science, Governor Murphy seems more driven by politics,”...

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Rooney spotlights New Jersey’s small business health insurance crisis induced by the coronavirus

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s struggling small businesses have prioritized paying for employee health insurance premiums as the country faced its biggest public health crisis in modern history. Now small employers who purchase insurance through Members Health Plan NJ are looking at a 5.5 percent monthly Covid surcharge –...

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Horse power: Committee advances Rooney legislation creating license plates to support riding therapy

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s state animal, the horse, is trotting towards its own license plate to support therapeutic riding programs for veterans and individuals with special needs. The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee passed the legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney today. “The monies generated from...

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Rooney calls on Murphy to extend county and municipal budget deadlines

WAYNE, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin Rooney is calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to direct the Dept. of Community Affairs to extend budget deadlines for local government. While the state has extended its own budget deadline, it has not permitted the same extension for counties and municipalities. “Local governments are...

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