Archive for Tag: Hal Wirths

Wirths goes after Murphy administration’s spending plan for lacking transparency during Joint Budget Oversight Committee

TRENTON, N.J. – At a hearing Tuesday approving a list of spending items from federal funds and a debt prevention program popped by the Murphy administration the day before Thanksgiving, Assemblyman Hal Wirths blasted the lack of explanation as too little to justify the spending. Unexpectedly and unusually, representatives...

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Illegal immigrants, convicted criminals to get pandemic relief funds under Murphy’s $40 million program

TRENTON, N.J. – Undocumented residents and recently released criminals will get up to $2,000 in pandemic relief funds under a Department of Human Services program announced Wednesday. Sympathetically dubbed “Excluded New Jerseyans Fund,” this $40 million taxpayer-funded kitty will give payments to eligible persons – “undocumented individuals, residents re-entering...

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Now law: Police prohibited from considering citation and arrest data in performance evaluations

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space’s bill that prohibits police departments from using the number of tickets issued or arrests made by officers in their performance evaluations was signed into law on Thursday. State law bans police departments from establishing arrest and ticket quotas, but agencies...

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Lakes to receive funding to combat harmful algal blooms and aid conservation efforts, under new law

TRENTON, N.J. – The governor signed legislation Friday appropriating $10 million in grants for lake conservation and management efforts, including the mitigation of the notorious harmful algal blooms, which have been responsible for beach closures issued by the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. The bill (A5778/S3618), sponsored by Assemblyman...

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Wirths’ bill encouraging NJ tourist brewery hopping now law

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Hal Wirth’s bill seeking to give New Jersey’s craft breweries a tourism boost was signed into law today. Gov. Phil Murphy signed A-1091/S-2056, which directs the state Division of Travel and Tourism to establish and market brewery trails in relation to other vacation destinations or...

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Assembly approves funding to combat harmful algal blooms, lake conservation

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly passed a bill Thursday to appropriate $10 million for lake conservation and management efforts, including the mitigation of harmful algal blooms. Qualified entities like the Greenwood Lake Commission, the Lake Hopatcong Commission, the Deal Lake Commission and the Lake Topanemus Park Commission, may apply...

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Assembly passes Wirths bill that protects student journalists, addresses administrative censorship

TRENTON, N.J. – Student journalists working for school-sponsored media, like newspapers or blogs, could soon be guaranteed freedom of expression rights and protected from administrative censorship under a bill passed by the Assembly Thursday. The bill (A169/S108), sponsored by Assemblyman Hal Wirths, gives students in public schools, as well...

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Wirths, Space bill prohibiting police from considering citation and arrest data in performance evaluations passes

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill that would end police departments from using the number of tickets issued or arrests made in an officer’s performance evaluation passed the Assembly Monday. Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space sponsored the bill (A4058). Currently, agencies can use such data when evaluating officer performance....

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Funding to combat harmful algal blooms, lake conservation advanced by committee

TRENTON, N.J. – As lake communities look to rebound from state shutdowns in 2019 and 2020, the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved a measure providing $10 million for lake conservation and management efforts, including the mitigation of harmful algal blooms. Under the bill (A5778/S3618), qualified entities like the Greenwood Lake...

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