The new laws in NJ that went into effect Jan. 1, 2021

Briana Vannozzi, Anchor | January 4, 2021 | Politics

The new year brings with it a slate of new laws.

Among them, top elected county officials will no longer go by the title “freeholder” — a centuries-old term with ties to racism. Instead, the term county commissioner will take its place.

Law enforcement agencies will begin changes to officer recruitment, analyzing arrest data, implicit bias training and more options for parole and compassionate release of inmates.

Minimum ratios for nurse staffing at long-term care facilities also go into effect.

So does a new 2.5% tax on insurance companies.

Licenses for undocumented immigrants and a recreational marijuana program are technically legal, but the rollout for both has been delayed.