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New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

State Proposal Would Require Background Checks For Senior Care Workers

A new New York state proposal would require criminal background checks to keep sex offenders from acquiring jobs at senior care facilities.

01/06/2013

New Jersey Natural Gas technician Carlos Rojas inspects a leaking gas main that is under water at a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Congress’ Inaction On Sandy Relief Infuriates Storm-Devastated Residents

The debate over federal aid for Superstorm Sandy has infuriated many elected officials, but it is more than a war of words for those still struggling in the aftermath of the devastating storm.

01/02/2013

New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton (file)

New Jersey Legislature Sends Minimum Wage Hike To Christie’s Desk

The New Jersey Legislature on Monday sent a bill to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie that would raise the state’s minimum wage by $1.25, to $8.50 per hour.

12/03/2012

Bogus Verizon Bill

Ask Asa: Solving Payment Problems With Verizon

Donald Seeley wanted to become one of Fios Video’s 4.4-million customers. But when he tried to sign up nothing was done, no service, no installation, not a single screw or nail.

05/30/2012

Council Speaker Christine Quinn (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

NYC Lawmakers Compromise On Living Wage Bill

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the deal Friday along with political officials and union and business representatives.

01/13/2012

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Report: NJ Democrats To Bring Gay Marriage Bill To Legislature

New Jersey recognizes civil unions, but marriage equality advocates argue that they don’t offer the legal protections of marriage as intended.

01/07/2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Report: Gov. Christie To Talk Civil Service Reform Thursday

Christie plans to take the Democratic-controlled Legislature to task during a keynote address in Atlantic City for not reconsidering two bills he conditionally vetoed.

11/17/2011

Classroom (credit: CBS 2)

Sen. Schumer Pushes Funding Bill To Rehire Laid Off Teachers

The democrat says the $1.7 billion bill would also preserve more than 16,000 more jobs in New York.

10/20/2011

Passengers wait to check in with their baggage at a United Airlines counter. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Sen. Schumer To Airlines: Refund Baggage Fees When Bags Are Lost

Sen. Charles Schumer said if airlines don’t start reimbursing their rising fees when passengers’ bags are lost, he’ll introduce a bill to force the issue.

07/18/2011

New York Senate (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

NY Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Birth Certificates For Stillborn Children

The Certificate of Still Birth Bill was first introduced in New York in 2003, but failed to pass because opponents feared it would impinge on abortion rights. The language of the bill has since been rewritten to address those concerns.

06/29/2011

Democrat Lawmaker David Weprin Wants Ban On Smoking In Cars With Children

Assemblyman David Weprin said he wants to reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke. The bill would apply even when the windows are rolled down.

06/13/2011

New York Senate (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

NY Senate Democrats Push Funding For Jobs Program

The Democrats will need to persuade the Senate’s Republican majority that the proposals will work if they are to become law. The jobs bill is being introduced with just nine days left in the scheduled legislative session.

06/02/2011

Tax Forms (file / credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NJ Senate Considers Bill To Shrink Unemployment Tax Hike For Businesses

A bill co-sponsored by Republicans and Democrats would spread the $300 per employee tax increase over several years rather than require full payment starting in July. It would reduce this year’s tax increase to $130 per employee.

05/12/2011

Doctor (file/credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Aetna Sues 6 NJ Doctors For Overbilling

The lawsuits stem from hospital care where patients were referred to in-network hospitals but received care from out-of-network physicians. The doctors don’t have contracts and set their own fees.

03/25/2011

Vaccine

NJ Committee Rejects Vaccination Exemption Bill

Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee chairman Herb Conway said the bill was a “recipe for disaster.” The Burlington County Democrat, who also is a physician, said it could lead to outbreaks of preventable diseases.

03/08/2011

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