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Bramnick critical of Democrat bill to control Exxon settlement funds

Source: NJ 101.5 – If the lawsuit settlement is a approved by a judge, New Jersey only has to use $50 million of the $225 million Exxon Mobil would have to pay the state to clean up land contamination. The state will also have to deal with the inability to use of more than 1,500 …

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Casagrande cool on bill mandating ice skating helmets

Source: NJ Spotlight – High-school football players and their parents know that adolescent athletes who sustain a concussion need professional attention and time to recover before returning to the field. Now, a new bill being considered by the Assembly would require any student who suffers a concussion to be evaluated by a doctor or other …

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Carroll raises issues on Exxon

Asbury Park Press – Lawmakers scrutinizing New Jersey’s controversial ExxonMobil lawsuit settlement advanced a plan Thursday to give the public more time to comment on results of such environmental lawsuit settlements. After the first of what’s likely to be a series of hearings on the $225 million settlement of a lawsuit fought with ExxonMobil since …

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Webber warns about towns setting their own minimum wage

Star Ledger – New Jersey’s minimum wage workers would earn different amounts depending on which town they work in under a proposal that has begun advancing in the state Legislature. The state Assembly Labor Committee today voted 6-3 along party lines to approve the bill (A3912), which would allow counties and municipalities to decide if …

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Assembly Republicans speak about Exxon issue in committee hearing

Bergen Record – Seeking details on the controversial $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil with the aim of potentially blocking it, the Assembly Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the deal Thursday morning – but not from anyone actually involved in the decade-old case. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob …

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Gov. Signs Dancer Excess Military Equipment Bill

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Ron Dancer increasing controls on the acquisition and deployment of military surplus equipment by law enforcement agencies has been signed into law by Gov. Christie. The bill, A-3901/S-2364, requires local government approval prior to application for enrollment in the federal 1033 program. The 1033 …

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Rible Voices Concerns With PARCC Monitoring of Students’ Social Media

Source: The Star-Ledger – The state Assembly Education Committee on Thursday heard testimony from state Department of Education staff about the controversial online searching, which can find posts made to students’ public social media pages. The state explained that Caveon Test Security, a subcontractor of testing company Pearson, is searching for test breaches. So far …

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Munoz bill expands helmet laws for kids

Bergen Record – Helmet laws for children would expand to include younger kids and more activities under a bill that cleared an Assembly panel Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Nancy Munoz, R-Union, would require anyone under the age of 17 wear a helmet while ice skating and while riding a non-motorized scooter. Figure skaters in …

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Muñoz Bill to Prevent Scooter, Biking and Skating Head Injuries Clears Committee

Press Release – Legislation Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors that requires children ages 17 and younger to wear helmets when riding non-motorized scooters and ice skating, today cleared the Assembly Women and Children Committee. The bill also increases the age for mandatory helmet use for bicycling, skateboarding and roller skating from 16 …

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Angelini Bill Approved by Panel Will Upgrade Standards for Substance Abuse Education in Schools

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Mary Pat Angelini, approved today by the Education Committee, increases the effectiveness of substance abuse instruction in public schools. The bill, A-3713, requires the review of Core Curriculum Content Standards to ensure instruction relies on the most up-to-date evidence-based standards and practices. “The heroin …

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