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Legislators: Marijuana decriminalization is long overdue. Here’s what the bill says. | Opinion

Senator M. Teresa Ruiz and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly | November 15, 2020 | The Star-Ledger | If we want to…

NJ Reproductive Freedom Act will provide vital safeguard for women | Opinion

Senator Loretta Weinberg & Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle | November 13, 2020 | NorthJersey.com | For nearly half a century,…

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Stacey Barchenger | October 29, 2020 | NorthJersey.com | Top New Jersey lawmakers have pledged to put up the money…

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SENATE ADVANCES MOST PROGRESSIVE DECRIMINALIZATION BILL IN THE COUNTRY

Trenton – In an effort to stem the tide of the “War on Drugs,” the Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore M. Teresa Ruiz and Senators Ronald Rice, Sandra B. Cunningham and Nicholas Scutari, which would reduce the criminal penalties associated with certain cannabis and hashish-related offenses.

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SENATE APPROVES ‘DANIEL’S LAW’ TO BETTER PROTECT JUDGES, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS

Trenton – To help protect the safety and security of judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, the Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Joe Cryan, Senator Nick Scutari, Senator Nellie Pou and Senator Bob Smith that would keep their home addresses and phone numbers from public disclosure.

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RUIZ BILL TO EXPAND SUBSIDIZED CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ADVANCES

Trenton – In response to COVID-19 safety measures in New Jersey schools and an increase in the need for childcare in low-income families, the Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore M. Teresa Ruiz that would expand reimbursement for licensed childcare providers during the 2020-2021 school year.

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