News Roundup & Open Thread – Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Featured Image: Activists Tammi Bathke (L), co-chair of Action Together Burlington County, and adolescent pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Chuang, former Assembly candidate, celebrate the passage of gun safety legislation in Trenton. (photo courtesy Tammi Bathke)

Celebrating the End of the Christie Era – Part 1 – The Assembly passed six bills that make modest changes that strengthen New Jersey’s gun safety laws. Now they go to the Senate. Unanswered questions: How proactive will the Senate President be in getting these bills to the Governor’s desk? Will Senator Jeff Van Drew, who is running for Congress, retain his A rating with the NRA? Here’s what passed yesterday in the Assembly.

  • A1181 Requires firearms seizure when a certain health care professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others.
  • A1217 Extreme Risk Protection Order.
  • A2757 Requires background check for private gun sales.
  • A2758 Codifies regulations defining the justifiable need to carry handgun
  • A2759 Prohibits possession of armor piercing ammunition.
  • A2761 Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; exempts firearms with .22 caliber tubular magazines from 10 round limitation.

Celebrating the End of the Christie Era – Part 2Equal Pay bill goes to Governor Murphy. The only dissenters were Jay Webber and Michael Patrick Carroll.

Celebrating the End of the Christie Era – Part 3 – State Senate passes bills to make higher education more accessible for immigrants.

Celebrating the End of the Christie Era – Part 4Fisherman’s Energy offshore wind project advances in the Assembly.

Making Voting More Inclusive – Senators Vitale and Weinberg introduce legislation to simplify the voter registration process.

Hungry Kids Can’t Learn – Legislative initiatives to mitigate hunger as a detriment to learning.

Stopping the Spread of Germs in the WorkplaceAssembly committee passes paid sick leave bill

Preserving the Environment – Attorney General Grewal files a lawsuit to stop the unnecessary PennEast Pipeline. And the State Senate unanimously passed a bill to ban offshore drilling is state waters.

New Jersey is not immune from hate crimes. Anti-Semitic graffiti left on a Holocaust memorial and synagogue.

Governor Murphy still does not have a confirmed State Treasurer, but his nominee Elizabeth Maher Muoio moves to Senate confirmation next month.

Amazon to open a huge distribution center in the middle of Sweeney territory.

Finally – New Jersey is on a path to designate a state amphibian and state reptile.

Rolling back criminal justice changes. Assemblyman McKeon proposes reversing the judicial discretion initiative on bail, enacted last year.

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