Gov + Legislature
New bill would limit police use of DNA collected from newborn blood screening
Civil rights advocates sounded the alarm when state police used an infant’s years-old blood sample to link the father to an old rape case
Cannabis workplace guidance creates more confusion
Attorneys say new workplace guidance from the Cannabis Regulatory Commission has left employers confused on how to handle impairment on the job.
Assembly panel to hear fix to child tax credit bill
Lawmakers are poised to fix a drafting error that would've delayed payments under the state child tax credit until 2024.
Final deadline looming for applications for immigrant workers fund
Nearly 17,000 applications to the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund are still pending, and people have until Sept. 30 to submit necessary documents
Former governor, congressman Jim Florio dies at 85
Jim Florio, the 49th governor of New Jersey who championed the superfund cleanup and state's assault weapons ban, died Sunday. He was 85.
Bill requiring timely unemployment payouts must be revised, Governor Murphy says
Gov. Phil Murphy said the bill does not conform with federal labor standards and must be revised.
N.J. legislators haven’t acted on ‘gun-free zones,’ three months after high court ruling on guns
New York acted swiftly to create gun-free zones this summer after a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Where are New Jersey's?
New Jersey’s voting systems see repeated reforms since 2020
From early voting to new election result reporting rules, New Jersey's voting systems have undergone a transformation in the last two years.
Lawmakers advance bill to study energy from waves and tides
The bill would require wave and tidal energy to be part of New Jersey's energy master plan.
Governor Murphy boots bill on temp workers’ rights back to lawmakers for changes
Gov. Phil Murphy said a bill intended to strengthen worker protections should give the state more time to implement its provisions.
Information literacy curriculum bill clears Assembly panel
Advocates say information literacy curriculum is sorely needed as more Americans, including children, turn to social media for news.
Bill barring controversial teaching test gets conditional veto from governor
Gov. Phil Murphy's veto pen left intact provisions removing edTPA as a requirement for teaching certificates, but Murphy wants other tests to take its place.