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May 20, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-05-22T15:40:13-04:00

Cannabis Bill Advances to Regulate Sale of Hemp Products - The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced S3235 on May 16. This bill would regulate the sale of certain intoxicating hemp products with low levels (below 0.5 milligrams) of THC, the chemical which causes intoxication. Federal legislation passed in 2018 enabled the sale of hemp products such as [...]

May 20, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-05-22T15:40:13-04:00

May 13, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-05-14T10:44:44-04:00

Education Snowballing Effects of FAFSA Processing Delays - The problematic rollout of a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form – Better FAFSA – has caused a snowball effect on higher education enrollment. The simplified form is intended to improve completion rates, yet a delayed start, slow processing, and lingering errors have had the opposite [...]

May 13, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-05-14T10:44:44-04:00

May 6, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-05-07T10:52:11-04:00

Cannabis Appellate Court Affirms NJ Recreational Cannabis Law May Coexist with Federal Law - A New Jersey Appellate Court ruled on May 1 that state laws enabling recreational cannabis sales may coexist with federal law. Residents of Highland Park, NJ, challenged two 2021 ordinances allowing cannabis retail, lounges, and delivery services in the borough, arguing the [...]

May 6, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-05-07T10:52:11-04:00

April 29, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-04-30T13:51:30-04:00

Cannabis On Two-Year Anniversary of Legal Cannabis Sales, Lawmakers Push for Home Cultivation - Sen. Vin Gopal introduced in January S1393/A846, which would authorize home cultivation of medical cannabis, and S1985/A3867, which would allow medical users to possess up to ten plants and recreational users to possess up to six. In the two years since commercial [...]

April 29, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-04-30T13:51:30-04:00

April 22, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-04-24T11:18:09-04:00

Education Assembly Passes Bill to Keep Afloat Schools Facing Steep Cuts in State Aid - On April 15, the state Assembly passed A4161, a bill which would allow school districts to fill budget gaps created through steep reductions in aid from the state. The bill would enable specific districts to raise their levies by up to [...]

April 22, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-04-24T11:18:09-04:00

April 15, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-04-17T10:40:26-04:00

Education Judge Orders Department of Education to Comply with Timeline for Special Education Hearings - U.S. District Court Judge Edward S. Kiel approved a settlement which will assign a federal monitor to ensure the NJ Department of Education complies with federal law regarding special education hearings. Under the law, if a family disagrees with the special [...]

April 15, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-04-17T10:40:26-04:00

April 8, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-04-10T15:09:08-04:00

Education Assembly Committee Advances Bills to Support Schools Facing Aid Cuts - The Assembly Education Committee advanced on April 5 two bills which aim to support school districts facing state aid cuts following revised school funding formulas, rising property valuations, and inflation. A4161 would appropriate $71.4 million in grant funds for schools facing significant aid cuts, [...]

April 8, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-04-10T15:09:08-04:00

April 1, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-04-02T12:10:35-04:00

Environment State Regulators Commit $3.7 Million to Research Effects of Offshore Wind Development - State regulators from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities announced on March 25 the commitment of $3.7 million for research on the effects of offshore wind development on marine life. Offshore wind development forms a significant [...]

April 1, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-04-02T12:10:35-04:00

March 25, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-03-26T09:30:40-04:00

Economics Legislature Passes Law Codifying Certification Process for LGBTQ-Owned Businesses - S1313/A3330, which would codify an existing certification process for LGBTQ-owned businesses, passed both houses on March 18, despite debate between Republican lawmakers on the Assembly floor. Gov. Murphy issued an executive order in May 2022 establishing a process for businesses to certify that they are [...]

March 25, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-03-26T09:30:40-04:00

March 18, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates

2024-03-19T13:54:26-04:00

Economics Legislation for Heat-Related Workplace Protections Faces Opposition - Lawmakers introduced in February A3521/S2422, a bill which would immediately require employers to offer protections to workers who face extreme heat, including providing cold water, paid rest breaks with access to shade or climate-controlled spaces, and an emergency response to heat-related employee illnesses, as well as limiting [...]

March 18, 2024 – New Jersey State Policy Updates2024-03-19T13:54:26-04:00
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