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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 […]

Nine-bill gun-safety package advances in Assembly

BY: - December 14, 2021

A package of bills intended to strengthen the state’s gun laws advanced in the New Jersey Assembly on Monday, including one that would punish gun owners for not locking away their firearms and ammunition separately and another that would allow the state Attorney General to pursue public nuisance violations against gun dealers and manufacturers. The […]

Golf caddies could get independent contractor status under new measure

BY: - December 14, 2021

A measure that would protect golf caddies’ employment status as independent contractors is swiftly making its way through the state New Jersey Legislature. The bill, A6033, would exempt golf caddies from certain employment laws and some taxes as well as make them ineligible for benefits like unemployment. It advanced the Assembly Labor Committee Monday, and […]

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 […]

N.J. Assembly to consider gun violence prevention bills

BY: - December 13, 2021

Lawmakers in the New Jersey Assembly’s Judiciary Committee will discuss a package of gun-safety bills Monday, including measures that would set penalties for unsafe firearm storage and require dealers to keep detailed electronic records of ammunition sales. The most sweeping bill — the New Jersey Safe Storage of Firearms Act — would establish requirements and penalties for […]

Bill would bar reductions to civil damages based on race, gender in some cases

BY: - December 13, 2021

Lawmakers appear poised to dramatically shift how damages are awarded in certain civil cases by ending a practice critics say leads to legal settlements driven by bias. Assembly and Senate panels this month advanced a bill that would bar reductions in damages paid for lost earnings based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender […]

CDC: 25 states report omicron strain of COVID-19, but delta remains biggest threat

BY: - December 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases. Of those initial, confirmed cases, more than half were among people between the ages of 18 and 39, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of […]

N.J. audit slams Norcross-headed insurance broker for school contract

BY: - December 10, 2021

The insurance brokerage helmed by Democratic power broker George Norcross erred in its analysis of health insurance plans for Pennsauken Public Schools employees, costing the district $1.6 million in potential savings, according to an audit released Friday by the New Jersey State Comptroller’s Office. The 4,700-student school district in Camden County relied on an analysis done […]

Republican suit over Statehouse vaccine rules won’t be heard until April

BY: - December 10, 2021

A Republican lawsuit against the Statehouse’s new vaccine rules won’t be heard until next year, according to a scheduling order filed Friday. Incoming minority leaders Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-Warren) and Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) last week filed a suit against rules requiring legislators, staff, and visitors be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit proof of a […]

Undocumented immigrants say they still need more pandemic aid from N.J.

BY: - December 10, 2021

New Jersey has doubled the amount applicants can receive from a fund intended for workers who were ineligible for pandemic-related stimulus checks and jobless benefits, a move that comes after complaints from the workers that the application process is too cumbersome and the aid not generous enough. Applicants can now receive $2,000 each, double the […]

Lawmakers may weaken ratepayer advocate’s focus on affordability

BY: - December 10, 2021

New Jersey is taking the first steps in a potential overhaul of the state’s lone utility consumer advocate that would see the Division of the Rate Counsel give greater weight to environmental and equity issues, a move detractors warn could lead to larger rate hikes. The Senate Environment and Energy Committee heard testimony Thursday on a […]