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VOTE ON $15 MINIMUM WAGE WILL NOT HAPPEN THIS YEAR


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Lawmakers said their two-hour session in Trenton on Thursday over the minimum wage bill was productive: the Democratic-led legislature is inching closer to a compromise with Gov. Phil Murphy. According to anonymous sources familiar with the positions of Sen. President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, the vote on the bill will happen soon, but not this year. The final full session of the year is on Monday. (NJ Advance Media)

NJ SUPREME COURT GREEN-LIGHTS HIGHLANDS PROJECT
On Thursday, the New Jersey Supreme Court approved a controversial development project in the Highlands. The Court agreed with former Christie administration officials, who in 2015 approved building permits for over 200 homes in the area. The legal battle began in 1987. (North Jersey Record)

GERRYMANDERING? DEMS WANT TO RE-DRAW VOTING MAPS
Democrats are attempting to push through a legislative map redistricting amendment (SCR-152) to the state's constitution. The next step is deciding whether it can be put on the Nov. 2019 ballot as a referendum for voters. One report from an independent group found the proposal has "fatal flaws" and will likely have a negative impact on communities of color. (Asbury Park Press)

LEGAL MARIJUANA VOTE WILL NOT HAPPEN THIS YEAR
State Sen. President Stephen Sweeney confirmed Thursday that though his meeting with state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Gov. Phil Murphy was productive, lawmakers will not take a vote on the legal marijuana bill this year. One remaining roadblock: after the meeting, the lawmakers still disagreed on how much marijuana should be taxed, a source said. (Paterson Press)

ADVOCATES DEMAND CHANGE IN NJ FOR ASSET FORFEITURE
A new report released by the ACLU detailed the state of asset forfeiture in the state, which some advocates call 'policing for profit.' The report found that the state captured $5.5 million through civil asset forfeiture during the first half of 2016, and 50 out of 1,800 cases were contested by the public. (NJ Spotlight)

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