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June 11, 2019

For State Officials, There’s Nothing Funny About Deadly Threat of Toy Guns
Michael Hill | NJTV News | Social
Sen. Menendez, others call on Consumer Product Safety Commission to formulate and enforce stricter rules to ensure toy guns look like toys

June 10, 2019

Raft of Bills Advance to Ease Way for State Health Insurance Exchange
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Democratic-led effort to replace federal exchange; insurance and business interests, although generally supportive, have questions
NJ, NY Try to Get Hudson Rail Tunnel Going by Boosting Key Agency’s Role
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Lawmakers in both states hope new legislation would enable Gateway Development Corporation to receive government grants, loans to finance rail tunnel
Naturalists Renew Calls to Halt Horseshoe Crab Harvest in Delaware Bay
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Despite a New Jersey moratorium, quota system has failed to restore numbers of migratory shorebirds, advocates say
Wrestling with Devilish Details of How to Curb Energy Use in NJ
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
A year-old law could save gas and electric customers a lot of money, but it’s apparent at an NJ Spotlight roundtable there’s no consensus on how to implement the law
Faith-Based Leaders Campaign for Murphy’s Millionaires Tax
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Budget
‘To whom much is given, much is required,’ says one pastor, as coalition urges legislators to row in behind governor
Immigrant Rights Groups Push Lawmakers to Deliver on Driver’s Licenses
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | Immigration
With their patience wearing thin, activists want movement on a bill that would create a license for immigrants without legal status and other unauthorized residents

June 7, 2019

Lawmakers approve oversight for companies servicing student loans
Carly Sitrin | Education
Retracing a step to help state residents get out from under a mountain of debt, now estimated at $43B
As Atlantic City Casinos Rise Again, Trying to Ensure Community Also Benefits
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Senate hearing learns of a resurgent casino industry. Now the focus is on ensuring the locality — hard-hit by the Great Recession — also reaps rewards
DEP Denies Permits for Natural Gas Pipeline Under Raritan Bay
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Dredging of contaminated sediments and construction of compressor station near habitat for barred owl cited; company is expected to resubmit application
State Seeks New Infection Protections at Some Long-Term Care Facilities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
After tragic results of viral outbreak at pediatric center last year, Department of Health outlines measures to prevent a repeat
How Is Climate Change Affecting New Jersey?
Mary Alice Williams | NJTV News | Energy & Environment
Count the ways: Warmer air temperatures, shortened seasons, and increased rainfall are already taking a toll
Murphy takes questions on Brennan, budget while pushing pre-K funding
Brenda Flanagan | njtv news | Politics
Governor defends front office’s handling of claim by former campaign official that she had been assaulted by another staffer
Booker’s Affordable-Housing Plan Features Tax Credit for Renters
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, The Booker Beat
The costs of national program, estimated at $134B, would be borne by changes in estate-tax rules

June 6, 2019

The Big Bump: Accounting for Higher Voter Turnout in NJ’s Primary Election
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Primary 2019
Mail-in ballots, increased enthusiasm for political process — what’s behind unexpected uptick in a year when state Assembly topped the ticket?
Booker Brother Takes on Senior Role in New Jersey Education
John Mooney | Education
Six positions in state Department of Education are filled; Cary Booker takes on responsibility in Division of Early Childhood Education
State Lawmakers Seek to Improve Drug-Pricing Transparency
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Public website listing wholesale costs for specific meds, as well as dose, brand, and generics, could transform prescribers into savvy shoppers
Governor and Lawmakers Diverge over Medical Marijuana Expansion
Carly Sitrin | Healthcare
Legislators are working on a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, but the Murphy administration already is a step ahead and has announced its own expansion plan
Report: Murphy’s Team Failed Katie Brennan ‘Every Step of the Way’
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Politics
Special legislative committee rips governor’s inner circle for handling of sexual assault case
As June 30 Deadline Looms, Murphy Releases Plan to Reform EDA Tax Incentives
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Facing time crunch, top Democratic lawmakers would rather extend current incentive programs offered by beleaguered agency
Sussex County Just Says ‘No’ to State’s ‘Sanctuary’ Directive
Briana Vannozzi | Immigration
Freeholders draft ballot question allowing county to follow federal guidelines for undocumented immigrants rather than Garden State scheme
Op-Ed: Under 10 Years of Site Remediation Reform, Cleanups Move Forward
Caryn L. Barnes | Opinion
On-point legislation and a professional association for licensed site remediation professionals have increased the pace of projects statewide

June 5, 2019

‘MAGA’ Assemblyman Loses in Otherwise Uneventful Night of Election Results
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Primary 2019
Yesterday’s primary elections in New Jersey delivered few surprises; the most notable result was the failure of South Jersey GOP incumbent Joe Howarth to win re-election
Controversial Proposal Advances to Ease Restrictions on APN Practice
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Senate committee approves bill allowing specially trained nurses to write prescriptions for medications and devices
Improving Energy Efficiency in New Jersey
Roundtables
It’s proving a challenge to increase energy efficiency in New Jersey. Watch a livestream of today’s NJ Spotlight roundtable on the issue, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Critics Up in Arms as DEP Permits Sewage Treatment Plant in Highlands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Decision by Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit for a controversial development in Tewksbury may end up in the courts
Oversight Committee Members Discuss Brennan Report On Eve Of Release
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Politics
Lawmaker: Panel finds that major errors were made by members of the governor’s inner circle
Pew Study: Echoes of Great Recession Still Heard In Trenton, Other States
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Analysis of government spending shows that, in many categories, New Jersey and other states have yet to attain pre-downturn levels
Holtec’s $260 Million Tax Break Frozen by EDA
Nancy Solomon | WNYC and Jeff Pillets | Budget
Action taken after report of inaccuracy in nuclear company’s application for tax break related to its Camden headquarters
Naming New Drugs: It’s Serious Business, Particularly in NJ
Caren Chesler | More Issues
With two-thirds of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies based in New Jersey, agencies spend a lot of time here working out what to name drugs
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