Gov + Legislature

Senate will meet in summer to confirm judges as vacancies remain stubbornly high

BY: - June 20, 2022

Sen. Brian Stack said the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet at least once during the Legislature's customary summer recess.

Assembly panel will weigh most of Murphy’s gun control package

BY: - June 17, 2022

An Assembly panel will weigh most bills included in Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest gun control package next week, but it’s still not clear when — or if — those measures will be heard in the Senate. The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is scheduled to consider five of the bills the governor first announced in April 2021. […]

Assembly passes bill to offset unemployment tax hike for businesses

BY: - June 17, 2022

New Jersey businesses would be spared two upcoming unemployment insurance tax hikes under legislation passed unanimously by the Assembly Thursday. The bill (A3683) would award corporate business tax and gross income tax credits to businesses that haven’t used other grants to offset the tax increases. It would also expand eligibility to employers not typically recognized […]

Senate clears bill enacting stricter bail rules for some gun offenses

BY: - June 16, 2022

The bill would permit court officials to detain more people suspected of committing gun crimes before trial.

Bill advances that would allow commercial development at Liberty State Park

BY: - June 16, 2022

A state Senate panel unanimously advanced a $250 million plan Thursday to open Liberty State Park to commercial development, despite opposition from preservationists who have spent years fighting efforts to privatize New Jersey’s most popular state park. More than 100 people packed a public hearing held by the Senate’s environment committee in Trenton on a bill Sen. […]

Sentencing guideline for young offenders not retroactive, N.J. Supreme Court rules

BY: - June 16, 2022

A 2020 law allowing judges to reduce the criminal sentences of defendants under the age of 26 does not apply to those sentenced before its enactment, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The high court rejected an appeal from Rahee Lane, who asked the court to retroactively apply the rule intended to cut short […]

Democratic leaders bolster proposed property tax relief program

BY: - June 15, 2022

New Jersey Democrats will use a swell of unexpected revenue to expand a new property tax rebate program planned for the coming fiscal year, Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders from both chambers announced Wednesday. The proposed changes will more than double the amount of money set aside in the first year for what Murphy […]

Governor Murphy faces Democratic roadblocks to passing new abortion measures

BY: - June 15, 2022

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s renewed push to increase abortion access in New Jersey faces a roadblock that may surprise casual observers of our nation’s abortion politics. His own party. After legislative losses last November that thinned the Democratic majority in the Legislature to its narrowest in years, Murphy has to wrangle a caucus that is […]

Voting reform package steams toward full Assembly vote

BY: - June 15, 2022

A series of voting reforms, including provisions on early counting and tweaks to the state’s mail-in voting system, is headed to the Assembly floor after a voting reform legislative package won approval from the chamber’s appropriations committee Tuesday. The five voting bills, championed by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex), are pitched as a response to moves […]

Protesters demand state Senate president advance gun bills

BY: - June 14, 2022

About a dozen moms and children protested near Senate President Nicholas Scutari’s office in Clark Tuesday demanding the senate leader support the new push for Gov. Phil Murphy’s package of gun control bills. Though New Jersey is already home to some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, the protesters, dressed in red “Moms Demand Action” shirts […]

Remove term ‘illegal alien’ from N.J. statutes, lawmaker says

BY: - June 14, 2022

In New Jersey statutes about education, taxes, and even lottery prizes, undocumented immigrants are referred to as “illegal aliens” more than 80 times.  That term may not remain there too long under a new bill that would change the outdated term to a more humanizing one. “When I hear alien, I think of another planet […]

Advocates urge more recycling, manufacturer responsibility to reduce plastic waste

BY: - June 14, 2022

Six weeks after New Jersey’s plastic bag ban started, those worried about plastic piling up in landfills or polluting waterways are already plotting what’s next to reduce or recycle an immortal material once hailed as a scientific wonder. Some are counting the days until a new state law takes effect in January 2024 that bans […]