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Singleton to introduce second bill that would OK early vote counting

BY: - December 8, 2021

A proposal from a Democratic lawmaker would allow election officials to tally mail-in ballots and early in-person votes before polls close on Election Day. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), would allow county election boards to begin canvassing vote-by-mail ballots starting 10 days before Election Day and count early in-person votes starting […]

Bill would require language translations for some private contracts

BY: - December 8, 2021

A new bill approved by a Senate committee would require certain contracts to be translated into the language they were negotiated in. The bill, S4238, would extend to some motor vehicle contracts, consumer loans, rental contracts and leases, foreclosures, and contracts for legal services. Under the legislation, if two people negotiated the sale of a […]

Lawmakers make bipartisan push on tenant tax relief

BY: - December 7, 2021

Lawmakers are making a bipartisan push to amp up a tax deduction for renters. The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on Monday unanimously approved a bill increasing the amount of rent residents can deduct from their taxes. “Everyone focuses on property tax relief for homeowners,” said Assemblyman Chris DePhillips (R-Bergen), the bill’s chief Assembly […]

Bill advances that would punish discriminatory real estate appraisers

BY: - December 7, 2021

A New Jersey Senate committee advanced a bill Monday that would penalize real estate professionals who make discriminatory residential appraisals based race, creed, color, or national origin. The bill would also require appraisers to provide property sellers with information about how to report suspected discrimination to the state Division of Consumer Affairs. Offenders face fines […]

Legislature approves bill expanding child tax credit

BY: - December 3, 2021

A fracas over Statehouse vaccine rules waylaid much of the Assembly’s legislative agenda for Thursday, but the chamber did clear a handful of bills. Lawmakers in both chambers unanimously approved a bill expanding New Jersey’s child tax credit. Residents with annual taxable income of $150,000 or less will be eligible for the tax credit. The […]

Journalism teachers urge lawmakers to pass bill protecting freedom of speech for students

BY: - December 2, 2021

After Gov. Phil Murphy issued a conditional veto on a bill aimed at protecting student journalists, supporters of the law are making another push for it. The measure (S108) unanimously passed both houses of the Legislature before landing on the governor’s desk in June. In his veto, Murphy said while he applauds efforts to protect […]

Newark mayor, ex-campaign treasurer fined $30K over election law violations

BY: - December 1, 2021

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and a former campaign staffer who in 2018 pleaded guilty to embezzling over $220,000 in campaign funds were fined more than $30,000 for the finance violations, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced Wednesday. The commission found 264 reporting violations in disclosures submitted by Frederick Murphy, who served as treasurer […]

Groups push for N.J. lawmakers to create reparations task force

BY: - December 1, 2021

As lawmakers prepare to vote on a slew of bills during the first voting sessions since Election Day, several advocacy groups are pushing them to support a bill that would create a task force to explore reparations over slavery. The bill, A711/S322, hasn’t received a vote since it was introduced in January 2020. Activists say reparations […]

N.J. bill would make false public alarms a form of bias intimidation

BY: - November 30, 2021

A bill that would upgrade penalties for creating a false public alarm is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. The measure (A724) would also add creating a false public alarm to the list of bias intimidation crimes, making it a third-degree crime punishable by up to five years in jail and […]

Murphy submits $263M spending proposal for federal funds

BY: - November 25, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration outlined more than a quarter billion dollars in federally funded spending in a proposal shared with a legislative panel Tuesday. The governor’s proposal includes nearly $263 million in spending priorities that range from additional hospital funding, rental assistance, and money for school construction projects to items apparently unrelated to the pandemic, […]

State program to tackle labor shortage has helped 60 N.J. businesses

BY: - November 24, 2021

About 3,700 businesses have reached out to the state about the “Return and Earn” program, which offers subsidies for businesses to train new workers and award them signing bonuses, according to the Department of Labor. Sixty contracts have been signed, committing nearly $500,000 to those businesses, the Labor Department said in a statement. Labor spokeswoman […]

SCOTUS won’t hear Waterfront Commission’s appeal of N.J. withdrawal

BY: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case lodged by the Waterfront Commission of the New York Harbor in an attempt to keep New Jersey in the bistate compact. The body was tasked with combatting organized crime and ensuring  fair hiring practices in ports on both sides of the Hudson River, […]