Archive for Tag: Hal Wirths

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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Budget surplus should be returned to taxpayers, Wirths chides Murphy administration for dodging questions

TRENTON, N.J. – The Murphy administration is projecting a $7.9 billion surplus this year outside of rainy day fund deposits. That would be whittled down to $4.7 billion after it is used to cover the $3 billion deficit from spending more than revenue next year. The deficit may be...

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Murphy, Muoio put on the clock in letter by Assembly budget members

TRENTON, N.J. – It is unclear why legislative hearings with Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio were cancelled in the Assembly. Republican members of the budget committee sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy and Muoio, giving them 24 hours to answer a dozen questions that would have been asked had the...

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NJ tourists encouraged to brewery hop under Wirths bill going to the governor

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s craft breweries could see a tourism boost from a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Hal Wirths and passed by the Assembly and Senate Thursday. The bill (A1091) directs the state Division of Travel and Tourism to establish and market brewery trails in relation to other...

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

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee released a bill, sponsored by Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space, prohibiting police departments from using the number of tickets issued or arrests made in an officer’s performance evaluation. Although state law currently bans police departments from establishing policies...

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