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Explainer: Christie’s New Anti-Addiction Efforts Taking Shape in a Hurry
Lilo H. Stainton | February 9, 2016 | Healthcare, Explainer
Several programs outlined in governor’s State of the State are already underway
Explainer: Tough Anti-Bullying Law Guides Schools in Dealing with Harassment
John Mooney | February 2, 2016 | Explainer
Legislation enacted after Rutgers student’s suicide later spurred probe of violent hazing involving Sayerville football team
Explainer: The Split Over Making Quarterly Payments to Employee-Pension System
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2016 | Explainer
Democrats want to bring the pension payments issue directly to the people with a constitutional ballot question, while Republicans argue more payments would force state to borrow
Explainer: Changing Nature of New Jersey’s Electric Utility Sector
Tom Johnson | January 19, 2016 | Explainer
We’re witnessing the transformation of a century-old industry sector, most likely to the benefit of customers
Explainer: Port Authority Oversees Region’s Trade and Key Transportation Links
Lilo H. Stainton | January 5, 2016 | Explainer
In addition to airports and passenger rail, agency is responsible for billions in revenues, millions of tons of freight, and hundreds of thousands of jobs
Explainer: Certificate of Need Determines Fate of Healthcare Facilities in NJ
Andrew Kitchenman | December 15, 2015 | Explainer
State has overseen healthcare regulation since 1971, but long process can leave hospital officials, local residents frustrated
Explainer: Advocates Argue for Full-Day Kindergarten in New Jersey
Meir Rinde | December 8, 2015 | Explainer
Does the Garden State suffer from a ‘kindergarten gap’ that could hold back the state’s youngest students?
Explainer: Managing Growth While Protecting Garden State’s Water Quality
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
The DEP claims its new sewer-planning proposal gives local authorities more say in the process, but environmentalists call it another rollback
Explainer: Looking at PARCC, As Much-Debated Testing Enters Second Year
John Mooney | November 24, 2015 | Explainer
NJ students taking the online exams this year will do it in single testing period, rather than two separate sessions
Explainer: What It Takes to Secure Rare Gubernatorial Veto Override In NJ …
John Reitmeyer | November 17, 2015 | Explainer
… and why lawmakers are on the verge of doing it for the first time in nearly 20 years
Explainer: Crime Victims in New Jersey Have Strong Legal Protections
Colleen O'Dea | November 10, 2015 | Explainer
Far-reaching legislation and a constitutional amendment guarantee array of rights and provide support during criminal-justice process
Explainer: What’s a Freeholder? NJ’s Unusual County Government System
Meir Rinde | October 27, 2015 | Explainer
With roots stretching at least to the 17th century, the Garden State’s unique system of freeholders, sheriffs, and surrogates can be a challenge
Explainer: What You Should Know About Health Insurer Networks, Tiered Coverage
Andrew Kitchenman | October 20, 2015 | Explainer
Horizon’s new OMNIA insurance plan spurs healthcare policy debates and legislative action
Explainer: What Will It Take to Clean Up New Jersey’s Air?
Tom Johnson | October 13, 2015 | Explainer
The state has made significant progress in the push to clean up air pollution, but much more remains to be done
Explainer: Christie Pushes Pension Alternative, But Option Already Exists
John Reitmeyer | October 6, 2015 | Explainer
Taking a look at New Jersey’s 401(k)-type public-employee deferred compensation plan
Explainer: Monitoring the Impact of the Highlands Regional Master Plan
Colleen O'Dea | September 29, 2015 | Explainer
The NJ Highlands Council is supposed to issue a monitoring report every six years. Is it living up to its responsibilities?
Explainer: American Dream Starting to Come True in the Meadowlands?
Lilo H. Stainton | September 22, 2015 | Explainer
With nearly $1 billion in public funding on the way -- making it the largest taxpayer-backed project in state history -- can the former Xanadu overcome its troubled past?
Explainer: Taking the Mystery Out of Hurricanes that Hit New Jersey
Scott Gurian | September 15, 2015 | Explainer
It’s not possible to prevent severe storms like Sandy, but knowing what to expect is a strong safeguard
Explainer: Patchwork of Laws Keep Coastal Development in Check
Scott Gurian | September 8, 2015 | Explainer
The goal is to rein in too much construction, but critics say regulations don’t go far enough
Explainer: How Transit Villages Help NJ Combat Sprawl, Car Culture
Meir Rinde | September 1, 2015 | Explainer
Built around transit hubs, these developments encourage people to walk, bike, jog, and skate to work and play, and to rely on mass transit for longer journeys
Explainer: Drug Court Offers Substance Abusers Treatment Over Jail Time
Lilo H. Stainton | August 11, 2015 | Explainer
Nonviolent criminals given a way to clean up and learn life skills -- at one-fourth the cost of incarceration for a year
Explainer: What Happens When Police Are Involved in a Shooting in NJ?
Hank Kalet | August 4, 2015 | Explainer
Whether or not anyone is hurt or killed, the attorney general’s Shooting Response Team steps in and conducts a probe
Explainer: The How and Why of NJ’s Ban on Investments in Firms with Ties to Iran
John Reitmeyer | July 28, 2015 | Explainer
Boycott became law in 2008 in response to threatening anti-Israel rhetoric by nation’s then-leader, restarting of country’s nuclear program
Explainer: Coming to Terms With the Intricacies of Fair Housing -- After COAH
Meir Rinde | July 21, 2015 | Housing, Explainer
From builder's remedy and growth share to rehabilitation and vacant land
Explainer: Looking Into the Emergency Services Length of Service Award Program
Marc Pfeiffer | July 14, 2015 | Explainer
LOSAPs are used to reward volunteer fire companies and EMT squads, but the best way to keep them out of trouble is to ensure adequate oversight
Explainer: Control of Local School Districts Comes Under Fire in Third Decade
John Mooney | July 7, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Once viewed as a pioneering initiative, the latest drama in Newark's takeover saga brings state law to the center of debate
Explainer: 1999 Ruling Still Shapes NJ Policies for People with Disabilities
Andrew Kitchenman | June 30, 2015 | Explainer
In Olmstead case, U.S. Supreme Court required that patients live in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting
Explainer: Nailing Down the Definition of Natural-Resource Damages
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2015 | Explainer
The proposed Exxon Mobil settlement has made this term part of the conversation
Explainer: How Do State Budgets Manage to Avoid Spending Required By Law?
John Reitmeyer | June 16, 2015 | Budget, Explainer
Two provisions of NJ constitution provide loopholes that allow – and actually ‘require’ -- lawmakers to circumvent mandates
Explainer: Common Core State Standards -- What Is Christie Walking Away From?
John Mooney | June 2, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Much of the backlash from parents and teachers over Common Core has really been over the PARCC assessments linked to the academic guideposts
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