WASHINGTON, D.C. – While California got top marks with 81 points (out of a possible 100) on the 2011 Brady State Scorecard rankings, New Jersey came in second with a score of 72.
NEWARK– This week, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg announced that his office recently recorded the stories of four LGBT military veterans from New Jersey for submission to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.
MANVILLE–The New Jersey Council on Special Transportation (NJ COST), a statewide advocacy association that for over 31 years has provided information and support for community-based transit services, has published a report detailing a serious financial crisis that is affecting New Jersey’s community transportation and paratransit services for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, US veterans and the economically disadvantaged.
TRENTON – A bill sponsored by state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, which would expand employment opportunities for certain ex-offenders, was approved by the Senate Monday by a vote of 36-0.
EDISON – About 20 veterans have applied for a new training program jointly launched by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) Manufacturers Network.
STATE – More than half of New Jersey’s 538 districts with elected school boards have taken advantage of a new law that allows them to switch from April to November elections, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.
TRENTON – At a news conference at the Statehouse today, Senator Raymond J. Lesniak announced the introduction of legislation sponsored by himself and Senator Barbara Buono which would begin to address the foreclosure and affordable housing crises facing New Jersey.
TRENTON – Senators Barbara Buono and Sandra Bolden Cunningham and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle introduced a joint resolution on Monday that would designate January of each year as “Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”
TRENTON – The Democrat-controlled Assembly is expected to pass the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act on Thursday, which would allow same-sex couples to marry. The state Senate approved the bill by a 24-16 vote Monday, but Gov. Chris Christie has said he will veto the legislation.
TRENTON – An auditor employed by the New Jersey Division of Taxation has been charged with demanding a bribe from the owner of a convenience store in Gloucester County in return for not initiating an audit of the store, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.