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NEW PROGRAMS WILL FOCUS ON TEENS' MENTAL HEALTH

On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled two public health initiatives to help teenagers — and the educators and professionals tasked with keeping them safe — know what good mental health looks like, and what to do when it veers off course. The Mental Health 4ef2ddad-68fe-4367-af9d-5f794a541b69 First Aid Training program will train at least one person in every school district. The idea is to create a credentialing system to embed certified Mental Health First Aid instructors across the state. Additionally, the Department of Education will create a Mental Health Working Group to support school districts and share resources. (NJTV News)

CASE VS. MURPHY ADMINISTRATION COULD GO TO TRIAL

Attorneys representing Katie Brennan, who heads the state's Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, are now ready to move onto the discovery phase of a lawsuit that has put a spotlight on potential mishandling of sexual assault and harassment during Gov. Phil Murphy's campaign and his first months in office. If the case goes to trial, it will be in civil court. (USA Today Network NJ)

ATLANTIC CITY DEMOCRATS WANT TO BLOCK CHANGES

The Atlantic City Democratic Party has filed a temporary injunction, alleging its opponents fraudulently collected signatures. The referendum is a petition launched by a group called Atlantic City Residents For Good Government. They're calling for a change in how the city is governed and operated, from its current mayor-council format to a new, municipal manager system. (NJ.com)

NJ STREAMLINES GENDER CHANGES ON DRIVER'S LICENSES

Changing your gender on your driver's license just got a bit easier in New Jersey, thanks to transgender activist Babs Siperstein, who inspired a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in 2018. Under the policy announced by the Motor Vehicle Commission, a doctor's note is no longer required. An option to indicate a non-binary gender (via an "X") will be rolled out soon, too. (NorthJersey.com)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • NJ Senate president apologizes for verbal threat against activist (NJ.com)
  • Toms River teacher defends slavery lesson (Asbury Park Press)
  • White supremacist propaganda tripled in NJ last year (NorthJersey.com)
  • Trump budget would slash EPA spending (NJ Spotlight)
  • NJ Supreme Court to hear Newark charter schools case (NJ Spotlight)
  • Jackson Hewitt, 2 other firms agree to forfeit tax breaks (Politico)
  • Questioning recent wage changes on NJ nursing homes (NJ Spotlight)
  • Amy Kennedy: ‘I have no illusion how dirty this could get’ (Politico)
PLUS:
  • Bill to replace Kearny statue passes NJ Senate (Jersey Journal)
  • Assistant prosecutors question promotions, raises (NJ.com)
  • Camden mayor drafts budget restructuring plan: firefighter jobs (WHYY)

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