Statehouse News

July 29, 2018

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 — 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 — 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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TRENTON, NJ — Property owners have until November 30 to submit their 2015 Homestead Benefit Application, which they should have received in the mail several weeks ago. The program is open to New Jersey residents who have lived in and owned their home since October 1, 2015 and have paid their ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Edward H. “Ned” Thomson took his seat on August 24 as the new assemblyman for the 30th Legislative District, which includes Belmar and Lake Como. The former Wall mayor replaced David Rible, who left the post to become director of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The Christie administration has gone on the federal record opposing plans that would permit natural gas and oil exploration off the coast of New Jersey. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin submitted formal comments on August 16 to federal officials ...

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