New Jersey

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...

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...