New Jersey

Governors In Brief - April 10 2017 | 04-07-2017

Baker Tries Again on MA Police Assault Bill After lawmakers killed a similar proposal last session, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) refiled legislation last week that would make it a felony to assault and cause serious bodily harm to a police...

Hello Chris, This Is God | 03-31-2017

And speaking of motions not of this realm, the Asbury Park Press reports that last week lightning struck the New Jersey governor’s mansion. The governor wasn’t there and nobody was hurt, but you have to wonder just how many signals from on...

Social Policy - March 20 2017 | 03-17-2017

New Jersey Approves AB 3091 The NEW JERSEY Senate approves AB 3091 , which would set the legal age for marriage at 18. The measure, which is intended to prevent forced arranged marriages, moves to Gov. Chris Christie (R) for consideration (NJ.COM)...

Budgets In Brief - March 20 2017 | 03-17-2017

WV SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES TAX REFORM PLAN WEST VIRGINIA’s Select Senate Committee on Reform approved a bill ( SB 335 ) last week that would replace the state’s current 6-percent sales tax with an 8-percent general consumption tax and...

Governors in Brief - March 13 2017 | 03-10-2017

Malloy Pitches Justice System Reform for CT Young Offenders : Saying we need “a society where young people who make mistakes don’t pay a price forever,” CONNECTICUT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) proposed creating a new category of “young...

Budgets In Brief - March 6 2017 | 03-03-2017

Tax Collections From Wealthy Down in CT Estimated quarterly tax payments in January were down 9 percent from last year in CONNECTICUT , with 90 percent of that decline due to lower collections from the state’s wealthiest taxpayers, according...

Business - February 20 2017 | 02-17-2017

Indiana Approves HB 1133 The INDIANA House approves HB 1133 , which bars local governments from banning Airbnb and similar short-term rental services. The bill moves to the Senate (INDIANAPOLIS STAR). New Jersey Signs AB 3695 NEW JERSEY Gov....

Health & Science - February 20 2017 | 02-17-2017

North Dakota Approves HB 1434 The NORTH DAKOTA House approves HB 1434 , which would require health insurers to provide coverage for applied behavioral analysis, a therapy method widely used for autistic children. It moves to the Senate (GRAND FORKS...

Governors In Brief - February 20 2017 | 02-17-2017

Hickenlooper Offers CA Pot Advice Saying his state “made an awful lot of mistakes,” COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) shared some insights into regulating legal marijuana with a CALIFORNIA legislative committee last week, telling lawmakers...

Business - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

North Dakota Rejects HB 1263 The NORTH DAKOTA House rejects HB 1263 , which would have raised the Flickertail State minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.25 an hour, starting in 2018 with annual adjustments for cost of living increases beginning a year later...

Crime & Punishment - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

Crime In Maryland The MARYLAND Court of Appeals unanimously rules that Old Line State judges and court commissioners should look first to ways other than bail to ensure a defendant appears for trial. The seven-member court’s ruling was a compromise...

Education - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

Education In South Dakota The SOUTH DAKOTA House Education Committee rejects a bill that would have required insurance companies to disclose how much money they donate to the state’s fledgling private-school scholarship fund in exchange for tax...

Health & Science - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

Health In West Virginia The WEST VIRGINIA Department of Health announces it will distribute more than 8,000 two-dose naloxone opioid antidote kits to new and existing opioid addiction treatment programs around the Mountain State. Naloxone is used to...

Governors In Brief - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

LA Seeking Private Help for Roads Transportation officials in LOUSIANA said last week they will for the first time seek help from private firms in fast tracking road congestion mitigation projects in the Pelican State. The work would take place along...

Crime & Punishment - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

New Jersey Signs SB 2483 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 2483 , which restricts access to firearms for people who have been convicted of a domestic violence crime or who are subject to a domestic violence restraining order (NJ.COM)

Potpourri - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

Potpourri In New Jersey The NEW JERSEY Supreme Court rules that municipalities must allow the development of affordable housing for poor and middle-class families whose needs were ignored for more than 16 years. The court rejected claims from several...

Governors In Brief - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

Christie Signs Opioid EO Sticking to his vow to address the state’s rising opioid abuse epidemic, NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) issued Executive Order No. 219, which declares opioid abuse to be a public health crisis and creates a state...

Christie Turns Focus to Drug Addiction: | 01-13-2017

Saying “Our children are dying,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vowed during his last State of the State speech to focus his attention this year on battling drug addiction in the Garden State. Christie unveiled a number of proposals...

Governors In Brief - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Board Denies Funds for OR Women’s Prison The OREGON Emergency Board rejected a plea by state correction officials for $3.8 million to help re-open the Oregon State Penitentiary Minimum in Salem to augment the state’s only current women’s...

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Sounds Like A Wild Time | 12-09-2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a slew of bills last week. As is usually the case with such mass signings, the bills address a wide range of serious issues like the use of solitary confinement in prisons and economic development. Perhaps less notable...

Nearing Blagojevich Territory | 12-09-2016

Speaking of Chris Christie, the approval rating of the man formerly known as a viable presidential candidate has dropped into the teens. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, just 19 percent of New Jersey residents approve of his job performance, making...

Crime & Punishment - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Crime in Michigan The MICHIGAN House approves SB 291 , which would provide financial compensation and reentry services for people who were wrongly convicted and incarcerated in the Wolverine State. It moves to Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for consideration...

Governors in Brief - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Gov. Mead Says No Medicaid Expansion in WY Citing the uncertainty of America’s health care system under the new administration, WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead (R) said he will not push Equality State lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage this session...

Politics in Brief - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

CO Ballot Measure Raises Bar for Future Initiatives Last month COLORADO voters approved Amendment 71 , raising the bar for passage of constitutional amendments from a simple majority to a vote of at least 55 percent, and requiring signatures from 2...

Business - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Business In Michigan The MICHIGAN Legislature gives final approval to a four-bill package – SBs 995 , 996 , 997 and 998 – that collectively approve testing of autonomous vehicles on a 122-mile stretch of Wolverine State highways. The package...

NJ Takes Over Atlantic City | 11-11-2016

A week after deeming Atlantic City’s proposed five-year turnaround plan insufficient to return the struggling resort city to financial stability, the state of New Jersey took over control of the city’s main governmental functions. The state...

Potpourri - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

Potpourri In New Jersey A NEW JERSEY appellate court upholds the legal use of enclosed foothold animal traps. The court rejected a claim made by animal rights groups that the devices, generally used by some Garden State residents to trap opossums and...

Politics In Brief - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

Atlantic City Recovery Plan Rejected by State The state of NEW JERSEY has rejected Atlantic City’s recovery plan, setting up a possible takeover of that city by the state. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Charles Richman...

NJ Passes Gas Tax Hike | 10-14-2016

This month New Jersey’s Democrat-led General Assembly passed, and Republican Gov. Chris Christie pledged to sign, legislation increasing the state’s 14.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax - the second lowest rate in the country and one that hasn’t...

Governors In Brief - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Baker Starts MA Justice Selection Process MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced last Tuesday that the 12-member state Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission will start screening applicants to replace soon-retiring Justices Margot Botsford...

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”...