Statehouse News

October 2, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Former Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton has been named deputy chief counsel for authorities in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration. In his new role as director of authorities, Wilton will oversee and monitor the operations of more than 50 independent state and bistate agencies on behalf ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would appropriate $20 million to boost horse racing in New Jersey has been introduced in the state Legislature. Sponsored by Sen. Vin Gopal of District 11 in Monmouth County, home to Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway, and Sen. Paul A. Sarlo, District 36, which ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided. State Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey education commissioner withdrew a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before the state Board of Education was set to vote on the plan yesterday, September 12. The decision by Education Commissioner ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A new state program offers mediation counseling services to New Jersey residents facing foreclosure. The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) is using $1 million to fund the program to help up to 2,000 homeowners facing foreclosure.  “When people who have had ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Individuals with disabilities can now save tax-free for eligible expenses, such as education, housing and transportation, without losing eligibility for Medicaid and other benefits. N.J. Department of Human Services recently launched NJ ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience), ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Human Services is expanding hepatitis C treatments for all Medicaid enrollees in the state, a policy facilitated by increased funding in the fiscal year 2019 budget. The improvement comes amid ongoing concern about increased infections due to the opioid ...

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TRENTON, NJ — While New Jersey anglers began the fluke season last month with strict federal catch limits still in place, state legislators are pushing to have those regulations lifted until there is better data available on the popular fish’s offshore stock. The State Assembly is asking the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Taking an inventory of projects that protect New Jersey's shoreline is a major goal of measure proposed in the state Legislature. Assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) have sponsored a bill that has been passed in the Assembly requiring the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — All three state legislators who represent Belmar and Lake Como are calling for an overhaul of New Jersey’s affordable housing laws, which they claim are causing irreparable harm to  towns that are forced to construct hundreds of these units. District 30’s Assemblymen Sean Kean ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling off the immediate coast of New Jersey. The law, which drew nearly unanimous support from the New Jersey Legislature, counters the Trump administration’s plan to extend its offshore reach for ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Legislation that would prohibit children under age 12 from participating in organized tackle football programs has been introduced in the state Assembly. Bill  (A-3760) is sponsored by Valerie Vainieri-Huttle (D-Bergen), deputy speaker of the Assembly, and is similar to legislation ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — The Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018, which authorizes new protective orders against those who pose a significant danger by either possessing or purchasing a firearm, was one of several gun control measures passed by state legislators yesterday. The Assembly bill was ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Assemblyman Edward Thomson (R-Monmouth/Ocean) is criticizing the Murphy administration’s decision to make an accounting change that he says will lower the state’s pension payments by more the $235 million for the upcoming fiscal year. Thomson voiced his opposition to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty will not be joining Gov. Phil Murphy in Trenton as chief administrator of the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission. After several weeks of speculation that he would be filling the position, Doherty, a Democrat, announced at the borough council's February 6 ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Assemblyman Sean T. Kean introduced on February 2 a resolution opposing the federal government’s proposal to permit oil and gas drilling in the waters off New Jersey. “We need the federal government to know that New Jersey is vehemently opposed to any oil or gas drilling off of our ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The 120 members of the 218th New Jersey Legislature took their seats yesterday, January 9, including the three lawmakers who will represent Belmar and Lake Como in District 30. State Assemblymen Sean T. Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson, both Republicans of Wall, were sworn in during ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Legislation to create a special “Support Recovery” license plate to provide housing assistance to individuals who have completed substance abuse treatment has been approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee. Under the bill introduced by Assemblyman Sean T. Kean ...

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TRENTON, NJ — American shad appear to be making a strong comeback in the Delaware River, historically famous for a once-prodigious population of this important fish species, according to the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. Net surveys conducted this spring resulted in the ninth ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to set stringent standards for two chemicals that are found in the public water supply and have been linked to various health concerns. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on November 1 that the state has ...

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