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NJ News Commons: LEGAL CANNABIS DEAL REACHED — HISTORIC VOTE SOON

 

Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers reached a deal on the long-debated legal cannabis legislation on Monday night, according to reporting by NJ Advance Media via two sources with "direct knowledge of the talks." The goal is a March 25 vote in the state Senate and Assembly, the sources said, but in an unrelated press conference, Gov. Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin wouldn't confirm it. Coughlin said March 25 is "a good target date." Gov. Murphy said the vote should be “sooner rather than later,” but only if "it's done right." (NJ.com)

NJ TRYING TO WRITE PUBLIC WATERWAYS ACCESS INTO LAW

On Monday, a state Assembly committee approved bills that would require New Jersey's Public Trust Doctrine to cover coastal development and protection issues. The Doctrine is based on a common law rule that entrusts public access to and use of waterways. It's rooted in Roman law (page 9). (Associated Press)

IMPROVING CRISIS RESPONSE FOR DISABLED RESIDENTS

After nearly eight years, a "bill of rights" for "authorized family members" of developmentally disabled residents in New Jersey has reached a crucial step: approval by the state Assembly Human Services committee. Another bill would require the state to formalize crisis plans and develop a uniform public health response for emergencies involving people with disabilities. (NJ Spotlight)

BILL: LAW ENFORCEMENT SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING

The state Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee has approved a billdesigned to help law enforcement officers in crisis — and to prevent suicide. “An estimated 159 officers took their own lives last year, compared to the 145 who died in the line of duty," Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) said. The legislation proposes a statewide curriculum for all officers, from state and county police to campus law enforcement. Officers would be required to complete in-service training when they were hired, and every five years. (TAPinto East Brunswick)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Education Environment Health
  • Stable state funding, but new requirements for NJ hospitals (NJ Spotlight)
  • Cops seize 1.6 tons of cocaine in largest bust in 25 years (The Record)
Transportation
  • Trump to NJ, NY: Build the Hudson rail tunnel yourselves (The Record)
  • Public transit is failing seniors, disabled, advocates testify (NJTV News)
  • Newark's development big-wigs call for better transit (TAPinto Newark)
  • More than 30 mayors discuss Raritan Valley Line (TAPinto Scotch Plains)
 

😜 Not everything is terrible...

🎤 ‘Be More Chill’ transitions to Broadway after rocking Red Bank (NJ Arts)
🌱 After nearly 20 years, Gateway Park opens to the public (TAPinto Camden)
💓 Community supports brothers facing heart surgeries (TAPinto Summit)
🎭 New Jersey Repertory Company presents "The Source" (New Jersey Stage)
🤓 Students run the borough in Youth in Government night (TAPinto Hawthorne)
📙 Rotary Club provides dictionaries to third graders (TAPinto Passaic Valley)
 
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SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR COLLABORATIVE JOURNALISM SUMMIT
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These awards provide stipends of up to $500 for New Jersey journalists to attend eligible events. The funding is made possible thanks to the New Jersey Local News Lab Fund, the Democracy Fund, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Apply today!
 

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