Health

Bills to expand harm reduction programs and decriminalize syringes advance

BY: - November 16, 2021

Two bills that would expand New Jerseyans’ access to safe-needle sites and decriminalize syringes advanced Monday in the Legislature, despite opposition from Republicans. The first bill would allow entities like nonprofits and health care providers to open harm reduction centers, with approval from the state health commissioner — and allow only the commissioner to close […]

N.J. bill would add safe-syringe sites statewide

BY: - November 15, 2021

When Domenick Scrivanich was homeless and addicted to heroin, he could think only of his next fix. “The number one goal was to get drugs and to be as high as often as possible,” Scrivanich said. “It didn’t matter if we had clean needles or dirty needles, we were going to get them into our […]

Americans in climate-threatened regions anxious for solutions from world summit

BY: - November 1, 2021

Flooded beach towns will be abandoned along millions of miles of coastlines. Islands will be inundated. It has already begun. Heat will become so oppressive that field workers can’t endure it and crops fail. It’s already happening. Huge wildfires will scorch millions of acres and spew toxic smoke plumes across swaths of the planet. Astronauts […]

Kids age 5 to 11 next in line for COVID-19 vaccines as White House rolls out plans

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Smaller needles. Redesigned shipments to ease the storage needs in pediatricians’ offices. And enough vials of the COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate the 28 million U.S. children between ages 5 and 11. Those are among the plans announced by the White House on Wednesday as federal and state officials prepare for a regulatory decision […]

N.J. finalizes expanded protections under paid-leave law

BY: - October 19, 2021

More New Jersey workers will be protected for taking time off for family leave due to COVID-19 under new rules related to the state’s Family Leave Act, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Monday. The rules expand the law’s job protections to people who, during a state of emergency, need to care for a family […]

Lawsuit alleges N.J. vaccine mandate violates constitutional rights

BY: - October 18, 2021

A group of New Jersey public workers allege in a new federal lawsuit that Gov. Phil Murphy’s mandate that they and other public employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing violates their constitutional rights. The seven-count complaint, filed the same day as the deadline for state and school workers to be vaccinated, […]

Community investment would protect public more than over-policing, report says

BY: - October 14, 2021

New Jersey communities spend far more on policing than on health and human services, an imbalance that has increased rates of police use of force and incarceration while widening racial disparities in the criminal justice system, according to a new report by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a progressive think tank. Community-based crisis-response and prevention strategies […]

State board expands access to abortion in N.J. through regulation changes

BY: - October 13, 2021

The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners unanimously agreed Wednesday to repeal several restrictions on abortion, effectively expanding access by allowing medical providers other than physicians to terminate pregnancies. The move comes six weeks after Texas lawmakers enacted a controversial abortion ban that drove abortion-rights advocates across the country to rally to preserve women’s […]

Acting A.G. takes aim at law criminalizing sexual activity by people with HIV

BY: - October 7, 2021

Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck told county prosecutors Wednesday they should exercise caution before using a decades-old state law that criminalizes certain sexual activity by people living with HIV. The 1997 law makes it a third-degree crime for someone living with HIV to engage in an “act of sexual penetration” without the informed […]

Governor Phil Murphy signing a bill

Employees over 70 can’t be forced to retire under new N.J. law

BY: - October 5, 2021

Workers who are 70 and older can no longer be forced out of a job just because of their age under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Tuesday. The new law (A681) expands New Jersey’s existing anti-discrimination statute to protect older employees and closes what Murphy called a loophole that pushed some workers […]

Passaic River cleanup timeline accelerated after new agreement, officials say

BY: - October 4, 2021

Federal and state environmental protection officials announced a plan to clean superfund contaminants from a nine-mile portion of the polluted Passaic River in what is expected to be the costliest remediation effort in the program’s history. The actual cleanup of the Diamond Alkali superfund site is still likely years away, but members of the state’s congressional […]

Lawsuit seeks to block tax breaks for nonprofit hospitals

BY: - September 30, 2021

A progressive group and a teacher’s union have lodged a lawsuit seeking to strike a recent law that exempts nonprofit hospitals from taxation regardless of whether they host for-profit activities. The suit filed by New Jersey Citizen Action, the American Federation of Teachers, their leaders, and two New Jersey residents Tuesday seeks to undo a […]