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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Date Violence Education Bill Gets A Hearing

Health teachers in public schools would be required to give age-appropriate instruction.

01/31/2011

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NJ Democrats: Reverse Rail Tunnel Toll Increase

The Democrats said Governor Chris Christie’s plan to use the toll money to fund other highway, rail and bridge projects is “disingenuous.”

01/12/2011

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NY Lotto: MasterCard Users Paying Illegal Fees

Spokeswoman Jennifer Givner said that since June 1, MasterCard users have been billed as if they were taking cash advances.

09/18/2010

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Gov. Paterson Signs No-Fault Divorce Bill

Gov. David Paterson has signed a bill that makes New York the 50th state to enact some version of no-fault divorce.

08/15/2010

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