New Jersey

Environment - January 18 2016 | 01-15-2016

The NEW JERSEY Senate approves SB 2617, legislation that would allow environmental and research groups to establish oyster colonies in polluted waters as long as the colonies are invisible to and not easily accessible by the public. It moves to Gov. Chris...

Potpourri - January 18 2016 | 01-15-2016

The NEW JERSEY Assembly approves SB 3249, which would require Garden State gun shop owners to stock so-called “smart guns” that can only be fired by their owners. The measure moves to Gov. Chris Christie (R), who has indicated he will likely...

New State Laws Diverge on Guns and Voting Rights | 01-08-2016

Among the state laws taking effect this year are new gun restrictions in California tightening that state’s existing ban on firearms on school grounds and allowing individuals to request the temporary seizure of weapons from relatives who may pose...

Only A Handful of States Considering "Assault Weapon" Bills | 12-11-2015

Eight states introduced legislation this year aimed at imposing or tightening restrictions on “assault weapons” specifically, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative database. Four of those states also introduced legislation...

Environment - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approves HR 1321, a bill that would ban the use of microbeads, small bits of plastic found in a variety of personal products like soap and toothpaste. At least eight states, including ILLINOIS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT,...

Health & Science - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

Health & Science In NJ The NEW JERSEY Assembly fails to override Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) veto of SB 2360, a bill that would have required local police to be notified if a person who had once been involuntarily committed for psychiatric...

Potpourri - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a challenge to an ILLINOIS city’s ban on semiautomatic, high-capacity assault weapons. The city, Highland Park, is a suburb of Chicago. Seven states — MARYLAND, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, HAWAII, MASSACHUSETTS...

Business - December 7 2015 | 12-04-2015

Business in TX The United State Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge to a TEXAS law that requires veterinarians to examine an animal before offering advice or suggesting treatment. The law bars vets from giving advice online without first seeing...

Education - December 7 2015 | 12-04-2015

Education in MA The University of MASSACHUSETTS Foundation, which manages charitable giving for the five-university UMASS system, announces it will divest itself of direct investments of its $770 million endowment in coal companies. The Foundation...

Business - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

Business In New Jersey NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 3580, which bans the sale, possession and distribution of powdered or crystalline alcohol in the Garden State (NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). Also in NEW JERSEY , Gov. Christie...

Flurry of Statehouse Action On Daily Fantasy Sports | 11-13-2015

Legislation related to daily fantasy sports (DFS) has been drafted or introduced this year in 16 states, according to LegalSportsReport.com, which covers the legal online sports wagering industry. The bills generally seek to legalize DFS in states that...

Crime - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

Crime In CA Prison officials in CALIFORNIA unveil a new lethal injection method that for the first time in state history calls for the use of only one drug to execute condemned inmates. The new method must still undergo a public comment period and...

Education - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

MI Signs SB 103 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs SB 103, which requires school districts to set in place performance evaluation systems for all teachers and administrators that take into account student growth and assessment data (MICHIGAN GOVERNOR’S...

Health & Science - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

Health & Science In NJ NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 4587, legislation that allows parents or educators to administer edible medical marijuana products to sick and disabled children on school grounds without fear of arrest [JURIST...

NJ Gov Vetoes Election Reform | 11-13-2015

New Jersey governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie has vetoed election reform legislation passed by his state’s Democrat-controlled Legislature that would have expanded early voting, allowed online voter registration, and...

Legislative Races Preserve Partisan Status Quo | 11-06-2015

On Nov. 3, legislative seats were contested in three states, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In Mississippi, Republicans increased their majority in the House from 67 to 73, just...

Business - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

Business In MA The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2033, legislation that would expand the scope of workplace disfigurement injuries covered under workers' compensation policies to include injuries anywhere on a person's body. The measure...

Environment - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

The NEW JERSEY Senate approves SCR 180, which would override a proposed new rule by the state Department of Environmental Protection that is viewed by critics as impairing the Garden State’s water quality and increasing flooding. The resolution...

NJ Considering Tax Break for Entertainers | 10-09-2015

New Jersey lawmakers are getting creative in their efforts to rescue struggling Atlantic City. A bill (SB 2721) approved by the Senate’s State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee last week would exempt “A-list...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

Governors In Brief - September 21 2015 | 09-18-2015

TX-Mexico Border Deal TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an agreement with Mexico that, among several things, promotes bilateral collaboration on motor vehicle border land crossings and future border infrastructure projects (LANDLINE MAGAZINE). ...

Majority of Drone Encounters Happening in Five States | 09-10-2015

A little over half (51.6 percent) of the 952 encounters between drones and manned aircraft reported to the FAA since the beginning of 2014 originated from five states, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. More than 20 percent, or 196...

Business - September 7 2015 | 09-04-2015

NJ Upholds Sports Gambling Law A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upholds a lower-court ruling that voided a NEW JERSEY law legalizing sports gambling. The panel ruled that allowing casinos and racetracks...

Feds Say NJ Must Repay $32M in Medicaid Claims | 09-04-2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said last month that New Jersey owes the federal government $32.2 million for improper Medicaid reimbursement claims filed for home care services by officials in the state. An audit found that 17 claims...

Education - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

NJ Signs SB 2484, SB 2377 Vetoes SB 1857 Amidst reports that student achievement is being harmed by a lack of sleep, NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 2484, which directs education officials to review the impact of delaying school starting...

Social Policy - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

OH Gay Marriage The OHIO Supreme Court's Board for Professional Conduct rules that judges who perform civil marriages may not refuse to conduct a ceremony for a gay couple, nor may they refuse to do all marriages based on personal beliefs opposing...

There's A New Boss Now | 07-31-2015

After decades of unabashed and yet unrequited love, Chris Christie is finally moving on. Yes, as NJ.com reports, Christie has finally conceded that his longtime fanboy crush on Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen is never going to be reciprocated, and so...

Crime & Law Enforcement - August 3 2015 | 07-31-2015

NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) announces that the Garden State will furnish 1,000 State Police officers with body cameras. The governor also unveiled new guidelines that require county prosecutors’ offices to disclose the findings of a use-of...

Business - July 20 2015 | 07-17-2015

States Allowed to Require Employee Retirement Savings President Barack Obama announces the U.S. Department of Labor will develop new rules that allow states to require some employers to offer a retirement savings plan or automatically enroll workers...

And Here In FantasyLand | 07-10-2015

Speaking of head-shakers, word comes from New Jersey that a pair of lawmakers are crafting a bill that would force any Garden State governor wishing to run for president – Chris Christie comes to mind - to step down from the governor’s office...

Education - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

DE Approves SB 79 The DELAWARE House approves SB 79, which among several thing bars education technology service providers from selling student data or using that data to market to students or their families. The measure also bars them from building...

Governors In Brief - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

New Gun Permit Regulation for NJ Reacting to the death of a NEW JERSEY woman stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend, Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced a new state regulation to require applications for gun permits for victims of domestic violence, other...

Politics In Brief - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

The head of the Orlando-based group People United for Medical Marijuana announced a “massive, statewide paid petition effort” to get a constitutional amendment allowing medical pot on FLORIDA’s 2016 ballot. A medical pot amendment fell...

We Hope He At Least Shared The Nachos | 05-15-2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s ample girth has been the subject of more than a few jokes over the years, including by the governor himself. But we never knew just how much the governor likes food and drink...until now. As New Jersey Watchdog reports...

Business - March 23 2015 | 03-20-2015

Tennessee Approves SB 374 The TENNESSEE Senate approves SB 374, which would ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol drinks, products only recently approved by the federal government. The measure is now in the House (NEWSCHANNEL9.COM [CHATTANOOGA...

Christie Signs Military Surplus Bill | 03-20-2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed legislation last week (SB 2364) that requires Garden State police agencies seeking to obtain surplus military hardware to first obtain the permission of local government. But Christie rejected a companion bill...

Christie Defends Exxon Settlement | 03-13-2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) defended a recent $225 million settlement made with Exxon Mobile to settle a 10-year legal fight with the oil company over environmental damages caused by its refineries in the Garden State. The state had sought $8.9...