Bill to measure students’ pandemic learning loss advances in N.J. Legislature

BY: - December 10, 2021

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would require the state Department of Education to measure any learning loss during the pandemic and report its findings by the end of May. The bill, introduced last December by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Hudson), requires state education officials to examine student achievement from March 2020 through June […]

Bill protecting same-sex marriage moves forward in Assembly

BY: - December 10, 2021

New Jersey is one step closer to codifying same-sex marriage, nearly a decade after a judge made it legal in the state. The Assembly Judiciary Committee Thursday unaninmously advanced a bill, A5367, that would write same-sex marriage protections into New Jersey law. The move comes as some LGBTQ leaders fear a U.S. Supreme Court that […]

Infrastructure law fixes Amtrak funding woes, House panel hears

BY: - December 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The leader of Amtrak told a U.S. House panel Thursday that the recently enacted infrastructure law made great strides to solving the passenger rail system’s financial woes and placed it on equal footing with other modes of transportation. Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s rail subcommittee and Amtrak Executive Director Stephen […]

Kansas’ Bob Dole remembered at U.S. Capitol ceremony for public service, sense of humor

BY: - December 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Robert J. Dole arrived at the U.S. Capitol for the final time on Thursday, for a Rotunda ceremony in which former colleagues and congressional leaders from both parties honored the life and career of the late Kansas political icon.  President Joe Biden and others remembered Dole — who died Sunday at […]

Bill aims to protect public transit workers from attacks

BY: - December 9, 2021

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday intended to protect bus drivers, train engineers, and other public transit employees from assault, a measure supporters say is critical as threats and attacks on transit workers have skyrocketed during the pandemic. Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer), a prime sponsor of the bill, said the “alarming rise” in attacks […]

As fatal police encounters rise, reformers demand change

BY: - December 9, 2021

In Newark, Damian Dymka was walking on a roadside last month when authorities say an off-duty cop veered off the highway and mowed him down. Instead of calling 911, prosecutors say the cop loaded the body into his car and drove home to ask his mother what to do. In Newton, a military veteran who […]

27 dead in fatal encounters with N.J. law enforcement so far this year

BY: - December 9, 2021

New Jersey’s first fatal police encounter of 2021 happened just a few minutes into the new year. Since then, 26 others have died while interacting with law enforcement officers here. That’s up from 19 fatal police encounters in New Jersey last year and 21 in 2019. A law that went into effect in 2019 requires […]

After brutal attack at N.J. prison, protesters demand answers and reform

BY: - December 9, 2021

Nafeesah Goldsmith asked protesters standing in front of the Essex County Hall of Records to remain silent for two minutes and 23 seconds. “How many of you think that was a long time?” Goldsmith said into the microphone, her voice breaking. The moment of silence lasted the same amount of time Jayshawn Boyd, a 22-year-old […]

U.S. Senate rejects Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night to block President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private employers, with every Republican and two Democrats casting votes aimed at preventing that pending requirement.  Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia joined with the GOP in backing the […]

Congress gives up on attempt to make women register for the draft after GOP outcry

BY: - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan provision in an annual defense measure that would have required all young Americans to register for the military draft has been cut following a Republican backlash. Lawmakers tried to include the provision in the $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, to require all Americans — including women […]

Singleton to introduce second bill that would OK early vote counting

BY: - December 8, 2021

A proposal from a Democratic lawmaker would allow election officials to tally mail-in ballots and early in-person votes before polls close on Election Day. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), would allow county election boards to begin canvassing vote-by-mail ballots starting 10 days before Election Day and count early in-person votes starting […]

U.S. House progressives file resolution yanking Boebert committee assignments

BY: and - December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House progressives are pushing to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert of her committee assignments after the Colorado Republican suggested Minnesota’s Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of only three Muslims in Congress, was a terrorist.  Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-Mass.), introduced a resolution Wednesday to remove Boebert from the Natural Resources Committee and Budget Committee for […]