Archive for Tag: Kevin 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 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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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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Permanent poll worker pay increase passed by Assembly and Senate

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin Rooney’s bill addressing poll worker shortages by increasing their pay to $300 a day passed both houses of the Legislature on Thursday. Election worker pay has remained stagnant since 2001 when it was raised to $200 per day, up from a $75 daily rate....

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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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GOP Assemblymen condemn Murphy’s latest Covid order

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen John DiMaio and Kevin Rooney have condemned Gov. Phil Murphy’s most recent decree to some workers: Get vaccinated or get fired. The governor’s latest executive order 283 issued Jan. 11 mandates that health care workers, corrections officers and others in “high-risk congregate settings” receive their first mRNA shot...

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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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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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