U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is a big supporter of reforming the criminal justice system. He says health care and drug treatment should be available to people with mental illness and addiction issues and sentences should be proportional to the infractions.
Instead of making one payment into the public worker pension funds at the end of the fiscal year, lawmakers unanimously approved a bill to have the state make four payments: at the end of September, December, March and June.
The Assembly has voted to extend Urban Enterprise Zone designation in five cities where it's set to expire Dec. 31. The UEZ businesses charge half of the 7 percent sales tax and use that money to bolster economic development.
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