Will state lawmakers be able to take action this lame-duck session?

BY David Cruz, Senior Correspondent |

Lawmakers are back at work on some weighty issues that had been put on hold in the run-up to the election and must be approved before the lame-duck session that started Thursday ends in January. Among them, letting unauthorized immigrants obtain drivers licenses and the issue that Gov. Murphy promised to enact during his first hundred days in office: legalizing recreational marijuana.

During the lame-duck session, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin expects tax incentive reform, water infrastructure and vaping may also be addressed.

“Because as you know, if bills don’t get passed they die and they start all over again in the new term, and it could take an awful lot of work to get to the point where a bill is ready to be considered to be placed on the board,” said Coughlin.