An 8-year-old transgender boy from Secaucus who was kicked out of the Cub Scouts because he was born a girl has been asked to rejoin the Scouts. The Record says the move represents a major shift in policy for the Boy Scouts of America, which released a statement Monday night indicating that its membership will now be open to transgender children.
NEW JERSEY OFFICIALS REACT TO TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER
President Donald Trump's immigration executive order created quite a stir over the weekend, and lawmakers' reactions are largely split down party lines. NJTV says that among New Jersey officials most Republicans support what the president is trying to do, while most Democrats say it violates the Constitution or is at least un-American.
CHRISTIE'S RX ON ADDICTION: INSURANCE COVERAGE MANDATE ADVANCES
Part of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to tackle drug addiction in New Jersey involves a push to mandate insurance coverage for substance-abuse treatment. But Philly.com says the plan is raising concerns over cost and availability of treatment beds. A bill advanced on Monday "would require that people with insurance be covered for 180 days of inpatient and outpatient substance-abuse treatment without needing prior authorization."
BILL WOULD REGULATE FANTASY SPORTS IN NEW JERSEY
A new measure advanced Monday by an Assembly committee would allow and regulate daily fantasy sports games in New Jersey if it becomes law. WBGO says former New Jersey Casino Control Commission chairman Steven Perskie argued that fantasy sports are games of skill and should not be considered gambling.
NJ OFFICIALS, COMMUTERS SAY NEW BUS TERMINAL VITAL; WILL PORT AUTHORITY ACT IN TIME?
A group of daily commuters, transportation advocates and elected officials from New Jersey got a jump on the public hearing process yesterday for the Port Authority's $32 billion capital plan. NJ Spotlight says they were part of a meeting in Bergen County organized by state lawmakers worried that the Port Authority’s current 10-year capital plan doesn’t set aside enough funding for the long-planned replacement of the agency’s aging, flagship bus terminal.