Bill to abolish some juvenile offenders’ fines awaiting governor’s OK

BY: - December 29, 2021

A bill that would eliminate many fines and costs imposed on juvenile offenders now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy after passing in the Legislature. The measure would excuse youthful offenders from having to pay: certain testing and laboratory fees; a penalty for false public alarms; a monthly penalty imposed on juvenile sex offenders; and the cost of […]

Eviction moratorium to lapse with year’s end

BY: - December 28, 2021

New Jersey’s eviction moratorium is set to expire with the start of the new year, ending protections for roughly 350,000 middle and low-income households that have been in place since March 2020. Though a broader ban that barred removals for all New Jerseyans regardless of income level expired in August, a bill Murphy signed early […]

Bill would increase penalties, require reporting on school bullying

BY: - December 27, 2021

A bipartisan bill to toughen New Jersey’s anti-bullying law has won final legislative approval and awaits Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature. The bill would require school superintendents to report bullying incidents to school boards and direct school districts to spell out in anti-bullying policies the consequences a student faces for harassing, intimidating, or bullying a classmate. It would also […]

Judge won’t immediately block Atlantic City casino aid law

BY: - December 22, 2021

A Superior Court judge in Atlantic County Wednesday declined to temporarily block new changes to tax agreements between Atlantic City and the gambling mecca’s casinos, changes forecasted to cost the city and county tens of millions of dollars annually. Judge Joseph Marczyk denied temporary restraints sought by Atlantic County, saying he did not want to […]

Minimum hourly wage in N.J. to jump to $13 for most workers

BY: - December 22, 2021

Some New Jersey workers will start the new year by taking more money home as the minimum hourly wage increases to $13 starting Jan. 1. The statewide, $1 increase is mandated under a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy that will bring the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 for most employees. […]

New program intended to curb rising health care costs in New Jersey

BY: - December 22, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy announced a new program Tuesday intended to study how much and why health care costs rise in New Jersey, with the goal of identifying ways to contain those costs. Health care providers, insurers, and governmental officials will collaborate under the new Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark Program to quantify increases and identify […]

Lawmakers approve writing same-sex marriage into N.J. law

BY: - December 20, 2021

Same-sex marriage is one step closer to being codified into New Jersey law. A bill approved by both chambers of the Legislature Monday, S3416, would enshrine gay couples’ right to marry into law. Same-sex marriages were legalized by a New Jersey court decision in 2013, and the U.S. Supreme Court did the same for the […]

N.J. public school teachers would no longer have to live in state under new bill

BY: - December 20, 2021

The New Jersey Legislature is one step closer to eliminating the in-state residency requirement for public school teachers. A Senate bill (S4203) would make teachers and other district employees exempt from the controversial 2011 law known as the “New Jersey First Act,” which bars nearly all public employees from living out of state unless they […]

Legislation creating school bus safety watchdog advances

BY: - December 17, 2021

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would create a school bus safety watchdog to ensure drivers are qualified and buses are safe. The legislation is the last of several measures — already enacted into law — that lawmakers introduced in response to the 2018 crash of a Paramus school bus that killed a […]

Bill requiring baby changing stations in N.J. restrooms advances

BY: - December 15, 2021

Any new bathrooms in rest stops, gas stations, and county buildings would be required to install baby diaper changing stations under a bill the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced Monday. The measure, A857, requires certain buildings to include at least one diaper changing station in at least one women’s restroom and one men’s restroom each, or […]

Supporters demand action on bill to end discriminatory car insurance rates

BY: - December 15, 2021

A coalition of business leaders, racial justice groups, and consumer advocates are calling on the New Jersey Assembly and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to advance a bill intended to root out racism in auto insurance rates. The Fair Auto Insurance Rates Act would prohibit insurers from using factors like education, occupation, credit score, marital status, and homeownership status in setting car insurance […]

Bill expanding SNAP to more college students advances

BY: - December 14, 2021

Assembly lawmakers took another step toward loosening work requirements for college students in need of nutritional assistance Monday. In a near unanimous vote Monday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced a bill that would allow students at higher education institutions, including community colleges, to qualify for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) without meeting a 20-hour […]