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Steep hikes for natural gas rates launch Saturday
Natural gas rates for most New Jerseyans will jump by up to 25% Saturday in a climb fueled by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Bill would ‘give teeth’ to ignored laws banning sick leave jackpots for public workers
Legislators advanced a bill to make sure local governments control extravagant sick leave payouts to public employees.
Senate confirms Matt Platkin as attorney general, despite GOP outcry
Platkin vowed to end the scourge of gun violence, strengthen trust between police and the public, and protect the rights of N.J. residents.
Lawmakers advance bills to expand menstrual equity and health
Legislators advanced menstrual equity bills, including measures to provide period products in homeless shelters and food pantries.
Tax credits could replace senior freeze rebates
Sponsors say a shift to tax credits would get aid to elderly and disabled New Jerseyans sooner while cutting postage costs for government.
Lawmakers want to study goal of zero traffic deaths by 2035
The task force of 21 people would advise state officials and help municipalities and counties implement their own Vision Zero policies.
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.