New Jersey

Crime & Punishment - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

New Mexico Approves HB 5 The NEW MEXICO House approves HB 5 , which would double the number of crimes covered under the state’s three strikes law. It is now in the Senate (SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN). Crime In New Jersey NEW JERSEY Attorney General...

NJ Intros New Opioid Measures | 09-30-2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) joined with former Gov. Jim McGreevey (D) to announce a series of new or expanded programs designed to help ease the Garden State’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis. Those measures include an emergency order issued...

Health & Science - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Health In Michigan The MICHIGAN House and Senate approve a package of bills to regulate the medical marijuana industry: HB 4209 , which would impose a 3 percent tax on dispensaries as well as creating a licensing system for growers, dispensaries, patients...

Social Policy - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

New Jersey Signs SB 1266 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1266 , which allows any Garden State municipality to operate its own needle exchange program (NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). Social Policy In New York NEW YORK Attorney...

Potpourri - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

New Jersey Signs AB 3682 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 3682 , which allows animal facilities to use artificial turf in outdoor enclosures (NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). -- Compiled by RICH EHISEN

Business - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves SB 1063 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 1063 , which bars employers from paying workers based on race or ethnicity. The bill moves to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Gives Endorsement...

Business - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

New Jersey Signs SB 1923 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1923 , legislation that bars the state’s public worker pension fund from investing in companies that refuse to do business with Israel. The Garden State becomes the third state...

Governors In Brief - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

Christie Denies Role in Trump Tax Deal NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) denied any involvement in a 2011 tax settlement deal between Garden State officials and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump that allowed his Atlantic City casino to pay only...

Potpourri - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 1062 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 1062 , which would ban the use of bull hooks, baseball bats and other instruments meant to cause pain in the training of elephants. Violators face fines up to $10,000. The...

Business - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Business In NJ The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that a 2014 NEW JERSEY law allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal law prohibiting the practice in all...

Road Enraged | 08-12-2016

If, like many of us, you don’t really function well without at least one and probably two large cups of coffee in the morning – one at breakfast and one more in the car on the way in to the office – then you may want to steer clear of...

Value Of $1 Relative In States | 08-12-2016

The value of a dollar varies by 30 percent between some states, according to the Regional Price Parities (RPPs) - measures of how much the price of goods and services in states and metropolitan areas differs from the national average in a given year ...

Taxing TNCs | 08-05-2016

Thirty-four states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft, according to Bloomberg BNA . The laws, which Bloomberg said are generally aimed at bringing TNCs into “competitive parity” with the...

Budgets In Brief - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

OR Pension Costs Going Up Public employers across OREGON will have to pay $885 million more than expected in the next biennium to support the state's public pension system. The 10-percent increase over the previous forecast and 44-percent jump...

NJ Gov Considering Ending Tax Pact With PA | 07-29-2016

On June 30, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced that he is considering pulling his state out of the Reciprocal Personal Income Tax Agreement with Pennsylvania, which since the 1970s has allowed individuals who live in one of those states and...

NJ Transportation Funding Stalemate Continues | 07-29-2016

New Jersey legislative leaders announced this month that they’ve agreed on a new plan to generate revenue for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, which is expected to run out of money this month. The plan calls for a 23-cent increase in...

Environment - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

New Jersey Signs AB 2949 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 2949 , which bars the harvesting of diamondback terrapins in the Garden State. The law also requires state environmental officials to develop a management plan for terrapins (NJTODAY...

Business - July 18 2016 | 07-15-2016

MA Approves SB 2394, SB 2409 and SB 2119 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2394 , which would bar Bay State employers from running credit checks on job applicants. The measure, which makes exceptions for positions where the employee would handle...

Always A Bridesmaid | 07-15-2016

It just never gets better for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Although he pretty much surrendered his dignity to become Donald Trump’s vacant-eyed errand boy, he could at least hold on to the belief that his newfound loyalty to “The Donald”...

Little Correlation Between Gun Laws and Worst Mass Shootings | 07-08-2016

Three of the eight states where the deadliest mass shootings since 1984 have occurred - California, Connecticut and New York - are among those with the strictest gun laws, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. None of those shootings took...

Business - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

Business In NJ The NEW JERSEY Supreme Court rules that employers may not terminate or discriminate against workers simply for getting divorced or separated from their spouse. The suit stemmed from the case of an employee who was terminated after revealing...

Governor Jeeves | 06-17-2016

Okay, now it’s just getting downright embarrassing for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. We’ve chronicled the general downfall of the once-prominent Garden State gov a lot of late, but this is too much. As the New Yorker reports , the gov who...

NJ Lawmakers Propose Transportation Funding Plan | 06-17-2016

With their state’s transportation trust fund projected to run dry by July 1, a bipartisan group of New Jersey senators unveiled a plan last week to pay for $20 billion in transportation projects over the next decade by making sweeping changes to...

Health & Science - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

NJ Assemble Approves AB 457 The NEW JERSEY Assembly approves AB 457 , which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible to be treated with marijuana. It moves to the Senate (NORTHJERSEY.COM). CO Gov Signs HB 1436 ...

The Trump Effect | 06-10-2016

These continue to be dark days for New Jersey’s one-time political superstar Gov. Chris Christie. First there was Bridgegate. Then there was his long-anticipated but hardly notable presidential campaign, which went over like a pin in a balloon factory...

NJ High Court Rules in State’s Favor on Pension Case | 06-10-2016

The New Jersey Supreme Court sided with the state last week in ruling that retired public workers have no contractual right to cost-of-living increases. “The ramifications of a contract of that sort are harsh” because it “surrenders...

Business - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

LA Approves HB 266 The LOUISIANA Senate approves HB 266 , so-called “ban the box” legislation that would ban government agencies from asking job applicants about their criminal history until they have been granted an interview for an open...

Environment - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

No Smoking on NJ & CA Beaches The NEW JERSEY Assembly and Senate endorse AB 893 , which would ban smoking at all Garden State public parks and beaches. It is now with Gov. Chris Christie (R), who vetoed similar legislation in 2014 (NJ.COM). The...

Budgets In Brief - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

AK Gov Signs Highway Funding Bill ARKANSAS Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a bill that will tap the state’s budget surplus, investment returns and other funds to provide nearly $50 million for highway projects in the coming fiscal year (ARKANSAS...

Majority of States Have Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal Standard | 05-20-2016

As of last month, 29 states had a minimum wage that was higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two of those states, California and New York, have also passed laws that will gradually...

Budgets In Brief - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

$1B Budget Shortfall in NJ NEW JERSEY Treasurer Ford Scudder announced last week that the state is facing a budget deficit of close to $1 billion for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 combined. But he said the state would be able to manage the shortfall with...

Majority of States Looking at Daily Fantasy Sports | 05-13-2016

Thirty-three states have considered legislation related to daily fantasy sports this year, according to LegalSportsReport.com and LexisNexis State Net legislative data. DFS bills have been passed in four states, including Virginia, which enacted two....

Count Your Blessings | 05-13-2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t had the best last few years. Once considered a favorite for the GOP presidential nomination, Bridgegate, poor home approval ratings and an epic beatdown by and subsequent capitulation to presumptive nominee...

Govs in WA, NJ Order More Lead Testing | 05-06-2016

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) have each announced plans for greater efforts to combat lead poisoning in their states. Reacting to recent testing that shows elevated levels of lead in water supplies for some...

States Consider Raising Legal Age For Tobacco | 04-29-2016

At least 11 states have considered measures this session mimicking Hawaii’s newly implemented law that raises the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, according to LexisNexis State Net ’s legislative database. California’s...

Crime & Punishment - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

CA Fails SB 966 A sufficient majority of the CALIFORNIA Senate fails to endorse SB 966 , which would have repealed mandatory sentencing enhancements for someone convicted of the sale, possession for sale, distribution or transportation of drugs such...

Lawmakers Mull Raising Legal Smoking Age | 04-29-2016

Sometime in the next week – maybe by the time you are reading this – California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) will weigh in on legislation to raise his state’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21. If he signs it, the Golden State would become only...

Energy & Environment - April 11 2016 | 04-08-2016

Energy In NJ The NEW JERSEY Senate approves SB 1707 , which would require Garden State utility companies to source at least 80 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2050. It moves to the House (CLEANTECHNICA.COM). ...

Business - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Business In NJ The NEW JERSEY House gives final approval to AB 2750, a bill that will make it illegal for employers to pay workers of different genders different wages for doing “substantially similar work.” It is now with Gov. Chris Christie...

With Friends Like These | 03-18-2016

Okay, now this is just getting sad. We don’t know if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie regrets his surprising decision to endorse Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, but we could understand if he does. After making headlines for his zombie...

Crime & Punishment - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Crime In NJ The NEW JERSEY Senate endorses AB 156, legislation that would prohibit secretly photographing or recording underneath another person’s clothing, commonly referred to as “upskirting.” Violators would face up to 18 months...

Potpourri - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Potpourri In NY & NJ The NEW YORK Assembly approves AB 2510, which would bar the transport of game trophies of threatened or endangered species through airports and facilities controlled by the Port Authority of New York and NEW JERSEY. It moves...

Few States Focusing On Self-Driving Vehicles | 03-11-2016

Since 2011, when Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of self-driving cars, five other states -- California, Florida, Michigan, North Dakota and Tennessee -- have enacted legislation, and Arizona’s governor has issued an executive...

NJ AG Hoffman Stepping Down for Academia | 03-04-2016

Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman resigned this week to take a job at Rutgers University. The school announced Hoffman’s hiring on Thursday. Hoffman, 50, said he would step down in six weeks and would become the New Jersey flagship state...

Governors In Brief - March 7 2016 | 03-04-2016

Wolf Battling Cancer PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) revealed last month he is suffering from prostate cancer. Wolf, 67, did not specify what his treatment plan would be but said it would not include chemotherapy. “What I’m going through...

Business - February 22 2016 | 02-19-2016

Business In NJ The NEW JERSEY Senate approves SB 992, which would bar employers from paying one gender less than the other for “substantially similar” work. The measure moves to the Assembly (NEWARK STAR-LEDGER). Business In RI RHODE...

Budgets In Brief - February 22 2016 | 02-19-2016

Christie Rolls Out Budget Proposal Gov. Chris Christie (R) returned to NEW JERSEY from the presidential campaign trail on Wednesday to propose a $34.8 billion budget for the coming fiscal year. That marks a $1 billion, or 3.1 percent, increase in spending...

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

Business - January 18 2016 | 01-15-2016

Business in CA The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board rejects a proposal from Volkswagen AG for how it plans to fix over 480,000 diesel-engine cars the company is accused of engineering to skirt U.S. air pollution control laws. Regulators deemed the proposed...

Atlantic City Facing Drastic Fiscal Measures | 01-15-2016

Atlantic City was once the nation’s second-largest gambling market. But that industry and the city’s financial health have crumbled in recent years as newer casinos in New York and Pennsylvania have lured daytrip gamblers away. In 2011...