New Jersey’s State Commission of Investigation found that unlicensed construction recyclers dumped contaminated debris in the state after Superstorm Sandy hit. Since then, municipalities have had to foot the bill for cleanup.
The recently passed International Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation Act treats mediated settlements as if they were court judgments, meaning they’re binding. That's welcome news for business owners looking to avoid drawn out legal battles.
Police and fire representatives don't agree on a bill meant to transform the retirement system. The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved a plan to transfer management of the pension fund away from the state to a separately run board of trustees.
FBI Director James Comey confirmed an investigation into the relationship between Russia and the Trump campaign and said there was no evidence President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neal Gorsuch, started a four-day hearing.
Several measures passed through the Assembly, including one that gives first responders more leeway in administering an opioid antidote, one that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns and another to make pet shops post USDA inspection records for all animals sold as consumer protection.
A bill unanimously passed the Senate transferring management of the police and firemen's retirement system from the state back to its roughly 85,000 current and retired members by creating a board of trustees.
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