STATE — The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which provides Medicare beneficiaries free, unbiased and accurate information on their coverage options, today marked its 25th anniversary by honoring the program’s 400 trained counselors, including 200 who are volunteers.
TRENTON – Five members of a Newark family have been indicted for rolls in alleged schemes to defraud the state of more than $2 million by filing false claims for unemployment benefits, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths announced today.
TRENTON – Legislation intended to help reduce the shortage of teachers in science and mathematics was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday. The measure comes on the heels of a similar, successful pilot program, known as “Traders to Teachers.”
TRENTON— One day after earning Gov. Chris Christie’s support, legislation aimed at saving New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
TRENTON – An appellate court determined that Gov. Chris Christie exceeded his authority when he abolished the Council on Affordable Housing last year and transferred the council’s functions to the Department of Community Affairs.
TRENTON – The state Department of Environmental Protection has adopted a new rule that gives it flexibility to modify compliance with rules in certain limited circumstances. According to the agency, all waiver applications and actions will be posted prominently on the DEP’s website. Requests for waivers will be accepted beginning Aug. 1.
TRENTON – The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously advanced a bill to increase fines on drivers who illegally pass school buses.
TRENTON – February’s income, sales and business tax collections were 9.5 percent above fiscal 2012 budget forecasts, according to state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff. February 2012 revenue improved 20 percent above February 2011 figures, according to the treasurer.
TRENTON – A jury convicted a Holmdel man of distributing child pornography over the internet, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced today. The defendant was among more than three dozen people arrested in 2007 as part of “Operation Silent Shield,” an investigation by the New Jersey State Police that targeted offenders who distributed child pornography online.
TRENTON – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner James Simpson today announced the start of a major rehabilitation project involving three linear miles of eastbound and westbound travel lanes of Interstate 78 in Essex and Union counties.