Sweeney Says Murphy is Playing Politics with Critical School Funding
Avalon Man Indicted on Charges of Sexual Assault and Witness Tampering

NJ News Commons: LAW TO HELP CHILD VICTIMS SEEK JUSTICE IN EFFECT SOON

 

On December 1, an important new law will go into effect — it will lift the statue of limitations on certain crimes so that childhood victims of intimate violence will have a chance to bring their abusers to justice. This law is why one attorney will be filing lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America, coach Tony Sagona, and the Newark Archdiocese — and many other suits will likely follow. (NJ.com)

MURPHY: LET'S DECRIMINALIZE CANNABIS ALREADY

Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy called the vision to decriminalize recreational cannabis for adults "critical short-term relief" in the months leading up to next year, when lawmakers will place the decision to legalize recreational marijuana on the ballot. In November 2020, voters will decide — but that's too long of a wait, the governor said. The state must decriminalize weed "as soon as possible," Murphy argued, because in our state, the reality that about 600 people a day are arrested for "low-level drug offenses is wholly unacceptable." (Asbury Park Press)

WHAT THE HORIZON BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD BILL MEANS

On Monday, lawmakers introduced a draft bill that would "represent a sea change" for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, which covers about 3.4 million New Jerseyans. It would allow the company — which is the state's biggest health insurer — to become a mutual holding company, which would enable it to profit in even more ways through various investments. Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney supports the idea. Gov. Phil Murphy hasn't commented yet. (Politico)

NJ COULD SOON REGULATE EMBRYO STORAGE FACILITIES

Our state could be the first in the nation to place restrictions on the facilities that store human embryos for people who are trying to get pregnant. On Monday, the state Assembly approved a bill that would regulate the 19 fertility clinics statewide with a new system — it will go into effect by 2021. (NJ Spotlight)

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