Archive for Tag: public health emergency

Assembly passes DeCroce bill addressing state PPE shortage

TRENTON, N.J. – A shortage of personal protective equipment at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic proved to be one of the state’s biggest public health challenges. A bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, to prevent such a crisis was back in the Assembly today to concur with the...

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GOP lawmakers blast new pandemic powers granted to Murphy under Democrat bill

TRENTON, N.J. – Republicans on the Assembly Appropriations Committee blasted a bill (A5777) advanced Tuesday that would allow Gov. Phil Murphy to continue issuing directives and orders related to the pandemic after he rescinds the state’s public health emergency next month. “Giving the governor new statutory powers to handle...

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Still time to cash that winning horse racing ticket thanks to Dancer bill signed into law

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a bill into law, sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, to extend the time to cash in winning parimutuel tickets to a year, rather than six months. “Horse racing, like New Jersey’s other industries, has been affected by the pandemic and...

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GOP lawmakers push for review of Murphy’s executive orders at Legislative session

TRENTON, N.J. – Republican lawmakers in the Assembly and state Senate Thursday again pushed to move forward legislation putting a 14-day cap on any rule Gov. Phil Murphy issues, citing the Civil Defense and Disaster Control Act, unless it receives legislative approval. Murphy declared both a state of emergency...

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Assembly advances Dunn’s legislation moving driver’s license exams online

TRENTON, N.J. – In an effort to address the massive backlog at New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission agencies and hours-long wait times, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn to make the written portion of the driver’s license exam available online during the Covid-19 public...

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DiMaio and Wirths introduce legislation prohibiting reusable bags during coronavirus health emergency

TRENTON, N.J. – To further protect the public’s health and prevent the spread of germs during the coronavirus outbreak, Assemblymen John DiMaio and Hal Wirths are introducing legislation (A3931) to prohibit reusable carryout bags in grocery stores during the COVID-19 state of emergency. “Reusable bags, just like any purchases...

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