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Mapping Out Alternative Ways for NJ to Redraw Legislative Districts
Colleen O'Dea | July 16, 2019 | Politics
Greater public involvement, increased transparency, and larger redistricting commission could be written into state constitution
New Foreclosure Law Aims to Inhibit Loss of Affordable Homes in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | July 15, 2019 | Housing
At start of proceedings, measure would give municipalities option to buy homes that are deed-restricted for low- and moderate-income purchasers
Audit: New Jersey Police Agencies Need Uniform Policies For Rape Kits
Colleen O'Dea | July 12, 2019 | More Issues
No backlog, but questions persist about why results of some exams were never processed at state forensic labs
NJ Goes After Employers Who Misclassify Workers as Independent Contractors
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2019 | More Issues
Governor says misclassification is ‘an unfair business practice and it is illegal,’ as new report proposes remedies for growing problem
The List: Ranking New Jersey’s Highest Paid Executives
Colleen O'Dea | July 8, 2019 | The List
New report says state’s average corporate CEO made about $13.4 million in 2018, while the average worker made $58,210
Plans To Maximize Census Count Coalesce In Wake Of High-court Decision
Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2019 | Politics
Feds abandon citizenship question, but Murphy agrees to spend $7M extra on statewide outreach effort anyway
Profile: First Latina Takes Key Role in NJ Law, Finds Time to Juggle Plenty More
Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2019 | Profiles
Evelyn Padin, new president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, runs a private practice and a real-estate business; she’s also a restaurant owner
Legal Challenge to NJ’s Contentious New Dark-Money Law
Colleen O'Dea | July 2, 2019 | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy reluctantly signed legislation that would require certain groups to disclose political spending. A conservative group is seeking an injunction to prevent the law from taking effect
NJ’s Minimum Wages Rises to $10 Today in First Step Toward $15
Colleen O'Dea | July 1, 2019 | Budget
The law increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage from the current $8.85 bears first fruit today
Officials, Advocates In NJ Hail High-court Ruling On Census Citizen Question
Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2019 | More Issues
Many say Trump administration lacks sufficient time to restate case before the national nose count must start
Expansion Of Veterans Tax Break To Go Before Voters In November
Colleen O'Dea | June 26, 2019 | More Issues
Legislature approves ballot question that would extend the existing $250 deduction to those living in continuing-care retirement communities
Lawmakers Say $40M Boost to State Budget if Prisons Were Consolidated
Colleen O'Dea | June 25, 2019 | Politics
Pointing to empty beds and cells, underused jails, legislators argue they can balance budget without new taxes. Murphy dismisses scheme as ‘magic math’
Lawmakers act to ensure continuation of net neutrality in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | June 21, 2019 | More Issues
Federal agency had rolled back Obama-era rules mandating equal access to internet content as of last June
Interactive Map: New Jersey, Flush with Baby Boomers
Colleen O'Dea | June 20, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
New census data show increase in older population, influx of young families in Hudson River communities but declining population in farthest suburbs
Sweeping Changes to NJ’s Rules on Affordable Housing Proposed
Colleen O'Dea | June 18, 2019 | Housing
Housing advocates cheer controversial bill as builders decry proposed new requirements for high-density developments and question constitutionality
Gov Signs Dark-Money Bill, Expects Lawmakers to Roll Back Problem Parts
Colleen O'Dea | June 18, 2019 | Politics
Murphy puts his signature to a measure he doesn’t really like in anticipation that legislators will eliminate its less palatable aspects with a “cleanup” bill
NJ Kids Rank Well in Health and Education, Less Well in Economic Security
Colleen O'Dea | June 17, 2019 | Social
New report rates state fifth in nation for how its children are faring overall, but New Jersey does not do well in key area; racial gap remains a concern
Tightening Gun-Control Laws and Making NJ Smarter About Smart Guns
Colleen O'Dea | June 14, 2019 | Politics
Assembly committee debates eight-bill package meant to further lock down laws concerning firearms, hears opinions from gun owners and those in favor of more restrictions
Census 2020: Innovation Could Boost Participation — But It Won’t Come Cheap
Colleen O'Dea | June 12, 2019 | Social
A census coloring book for kids, tablets and laptops loaded with surveys, websites and social media: It’s no wonder census champions are turning to New Jersey’s philanthropic organizations
Republicans Say Senate Bill to End Rent Discrimination Unfair to Landlords
Colleen O'Dea | June 11, 2019 | Housing
Ending discrimination is goal of measure voted out in Senate, but critics say it forces landlords to accept renters into their own houses — even if they are uncomfortable with their presence
Booker’s Affordable-Housing Plan Features Tax Credit for Renters
Colleen O'Dea | June 7, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
The costs of national program, estimated at $134B, would be borne by changes in estate-tax rules
The Big Bump: Accounting for Higher Voter Turnout in NJ’s Primary Election
Colleen O'Dea | June 6, 2019 | 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?
‘MAGA’ Assemblyman Loses in Otherwise Uneventful Night of Election Results
Colleen O'Dea | June 5, 2019 | 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
Despite Low-Key Run-Up to Primaries, There Are Still Contests to Keep Tabs On
Colleen O'Dea | June 4, 2019 | Politics, Primary 2019
Residents tend to stay home when the Assembly is at the top of the ticket, but that can limit their say when legislators are determining public policy
Affordable Housing in New Jersey: No Turning Back from Court Control?
Colleen O'Dea | June 3, 2019 | Roundtables
At NJ Spotlight roundtable, assemblywoman makes case for resurrecting Council on Affordable Housing, but advocates say current court-controlled process must continue
Teaching the young how to recognize and report sexual abuse
Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2019 | Education
Lawmakers approve bill requiring development of curriculum for all public school students in New Jersey, including pre-K
Murphy’s Appearance in ‘Let’s Talk’ Internet Ad Has Top Dems Seeing Red
Colleen O'Dea | May 29, 2019 | Politics
Governor’s star turn after conditionally vetoing dark money disclosure bill has party leaders in both houses arguing ad ventures into questionable territory
Mixed Reaction to Rabner’s New Rules on Immigrant Courthouse Arrests by ICE
Colleen O'Dea | May 28, 2019 | Immigration
While praising aspects of New Jersey Supreme Court chief justice’s directive, immigrants’ rights organization says it does not go far enough
In Struggling AC, A Special Focus On Problems Faced By The Young
Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2019 | Social
Survey: 14% of city youngsters are thriving, 39% have the tools needed to succeed, 37% are vulnerable and 10% are challenged or fragile
Lawmakers Seek to Curb Time Inmates Spend in Solitary Confinement
Colleen O'Dea | May 23, 2019 | Social
Advocates hope bill will fare better under Murphy administration, given governor’s professed progressive opinions
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