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Bail Reform to Begin Despite Cost Concerns

12-29-16
Changes to New Jersey's bail system go into effect Jan. 1, even after the New Jersey Association of Counties asked for the law to be halted. It says the reforms will cost $50 million statewide.

Home Affordable Mortgage Program to Expire at End of 2016

12-28-16
The Obama Administration's Home Affordable Mortgage Program, or HAMP, will be replaced by a new federal assistance program called Flex Modification in 2017.

Opioid Disclosure Legislation Awaits Governor’s Signature

12-28-16
Proposed legislation would require doctors to disclose the dangers of prescription opiates to patients under 18 and their parents or guardians before prescribing them.

Concern Over Public’s Right to Access Emergency Response Plans

12-28-16
If there's an accidental release of toxins, a plant explosion or chemical fire, federal law requires states to publicly issue emergency plans, including evacuation plans.

Google and PSE&G Team Up to Find Methane Leaks

12-28-16
Using the same cars that take pictures for Google Maps, Google and PSE&G are able to detect methane leaks caused by aging infrastructure.

Rep. Pascrell Talks Affordable Care Act and Syria

12-27-16
Congressman Bill Pascrell wrote Gov. Christie warning of the dangers of repealing the Affordable Care Act and making changes to Medicaid.

The Impacts of NJ’s Six Cent Minimum Wage Increase

12-27-16
The Jan. 1 minimum wage increase to $8.44 an hour amounts to an extra $402 for workers in 2017.

Regulations for Ride-Hailing Services Await Gov. Christie’s Approval

12-27-16
New Jersey lawmakers overwhelmingly approved requiring ride-hail drivers to have insurance to cover passengers and have permits to drive them, but they left it up to the state attorney general to decide how to do background checks.

Ramapough Lenape Nation, Mahwah at Odds Over Teepees

12-26-16
Members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation erected teepees on land the tribe owns, but Mahwah officials say they needed zoning permits and issued them summonses for the structures.

Can Newark Improve Relationship Between Police and Community?

12-26-16
Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and a member of the federal monitoring team overseeing the Newark Police Department, says he believes positive changes can be made to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community in the city.