State lawmakers are proposing that elected officials and public workers lose their public pensions if they use their official positions to commit a sexual assault or related offense, NJ Spotlight reports. The Assembly State and Local Government Committee approved legislation that would use an approach to sexual assault that is similar to the one currently used to discourage acts of public corruption. The measure is inspired by the #MeToo movement, which has shined a spotlight on sexual assault and harassment.
DEVELOPER BANS GUNS IN NEWARK APARTMENT BUILDING
RPM Development Group, a real estate company that owns thousands of apartment units in the state, is trying to create a building in Newark that is “firearms free,” Patch.com writes. Citing a blog post by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, Patch says the company will evict tenants who refuse to comply with the gun ban at Richardson Lofts, 50 Columbia Street.
NJ’S QUICK RELEASE OF GUN DATA ACCLAIMED, CRITICIZED
Gov. Phil Murphy’s policy of quickly releasing data on firearms trafficking drew praise and criticism last week, The Associated Press reports. Gun control advocates praised the governor’s release of a report last week that uses federal data to show that 77 percent of guns used in crimes in New Jersey come from out of state. Second Amendment advocates say the state is using the report as a way around limits on the release of some federal data. The state says it will post monthly and quarterly data based on reports from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
NJ CONSIDERS MAKING BEACHES NO-SMOKING ZONES
Smokers who light up on public beaches would be subject to $250 fines if the Legislature passes a measure that is currently making its way through the State Senate, the Courier-Post writes. The bill is intended to protect beach-goers from secondhand smoke and to reduce the amount of litter. The bill would still allow smoking in beach parking lots.
RICH NEW JERSEYANS LIVE LONGER THAN POOR RESIDENTS
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that rich New Jerseyans outlive poor residents by as much as 10 years, the Asbury Park Press reports. The study’s authors emphasize that money may not be the only factor involved in the difference in lifespans. Education and health behaviors may also affect the disparity shown in the data for 2001 to 2014.