TRENTON – Despite massive protests by unions, the state Assembly passed a controversial bill to reduce future costs by changing the pension and health care benefits offered to public workers. The vote was 46-32, with 14 Democrats joining 28 Republicans to vote for passage.
TRENTON – The full Assembly voted for a Democratic-sponsored measure that would void the contract recently negotiated by the Christie administration to give control of the state’s public broadcasting to a New York broadcaster while leaving taxpayers on the hook for remaining costs.
TRENTON – One hundred inmates assigned to Department of Corrections work crews are helping the state’s Department of Transportation keep state highways clean as part of the Clean Up NJ campaign.
WEST ORANGE—The Saint Barnabas Health Care System is hosting two veterans health care job fairs on Tuesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 14. The events are exclusively for veterans.
TRENTON – New Jersey and 37 other states have entered a settlement agreement with GlaxoSmithKline and a subsidiary, SB Pharmco Puerto Rico, Inc., that resolves allegations the companies sold drugs that were adulterated during faulty manufacturing processes, state Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill passed by the Legislature in May that would have given adopted people access to their medical history and birth records. Under Christie’s revised version, adopted individuals will still be able to get the information but may have to wait up to a year.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation enhancing penalties for intentionally killing an on-duty police or search and rescue dog on Wednesday. The measure is named “Schultz’s Law” in honor of a Gloucester Township police dog killed by a crime suspect last year.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation intended to help New Jersey address the long-term needs of residents with Alzheimer’s disease on Wednesday.
TRENTON – The Assembly is expected to vote on the controversial public worker pension and health benefit reform bill today. A handful of state Senate Democrats joined with the Republican minority to approve the legislation on Monday, so if the Assembly passes the bill it will head to the governor’s desk.
TRENTON – Legislation to include cheerleading in the student-athlete head injury safety training program has been released by the Assembly Education Committee.