Earlier this month, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring helmets for skiers under 18 years old. The landmark legislation had been kicking around in the Legislature for 15 years, but when State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25), the law’s most recent sponsor, dropped a substitute version of the bill in May, a simple line was added.
“Nothing in this act shall be construed to extend liability to the ski area operator.” The line effectively exempted resort operators from liability, a key sticking point for the industry in the past.Read More >
Transportation advocates criticized plans Thursday to cut the Transit Village programs run by NJ Transit.Read More >
Although the housing market struggled mightily the past couple of years, Office of Legislative Sesrvices director David Rosen predicts there will be some increases in realty tax transfers.Read More >
TRENTON - While members of the Assembly Budget Committee said payments should be made into the state pension system, and both parties are to blame for not doing so in the past, there was disagreement Tuesday on whether Gov. Chris Christie was doing enough to address the problem.Read More >
A trio of Republican senators will try and force a vote Monday on anti-gang legislation.Read More >
BLACKWOOD - The head of a popular afterschool programs group requested the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee restore the $3 million in state funds it’s slated to lose for the next fiscal year, calling the program “a cost effective school reform strategy.”Read More >
TRENTON – A bill allowing counties to eliminate the superintendent of elections, their deputy, or both was downgraded to a pilot program that will most likely have only two entrants, Camden and Morris counties.Read More >
On Thursday, the Senate Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee will handle S2455, which allows for county governments to abolish of offices of superintendent of elections, deputy superintendent, or both. It transfers the powers and duties of the positions to the commissioner of registration or county board of elections.
Although the law is permissible – that is, it allows, but does not require, the abolishment of the positions – many election officials are of the opinion that the bill would diminish election oversight.
UPDATE: State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2), committee chairman, said the bill will be amended to limit the proposed change to a pilot program. Two counties will have the option of actively opting-in to the position elimination proposal.
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TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee approved S2609, which “provides for annual adjustments in worker taxes paid into the state disability benefits fund.”
According to the Senate labor Committee’s review of the bill, it is designed to relieve the employees of some of their contribution responsibilities, “designed to prevent excessive accumulations in the State disability benefits fund.”Read More >
TRENTON - They take turns on their feet, by turns defending and bashing the budget.
State Sandra Cunnigham (D-Jersey City) makes her case for it, signalling that she will be one of four Democrats voting in favor of the dominant Republican document.
"We might not agree with all of the choices," says Cunningham. "But what choice do we have at this point? Vote for this budget or shut down government."
Cunningham reminds fellow Democrats that this budget, which includes $180 million in restorations, is not the same as the first draft.Read More >
Zhifei Li, the owner of an antique business in China, pleaded guilty today to organizing an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which 30 rhinoceros horns and numerous objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million were smuggled from the United States to China.Read More >
Christie on bridge controversy: ‘I know you guys are obsessed with this, I’m not’ TRENTON – There’s “no doubt” in Gov. Chris Christie’s mind that the controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is being used by New Jersey Democrats as partisan game. “Inside the Statehouse there’s...
By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"I know you guys are obsessed with this. I'm not." - Gov. Chris Christie on the George Washington Bridge story.- PolitickerNJ.com
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