NJ bill becomes first-in-the-nation opioid warning label law

NJ bill becomes first-in-the-nation opioid warning label law

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to adopt a permanent law mandating warning labels for prescription opioids. Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Vince Mazzeo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle requiring all prescription opioid medications to have a warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and […]

Governor signs bill to expand sexual abuse, assault awareness education

Governor signs bill to expand sexual abuse, assault awareness education

TRENTON, NJ — Every New Jersey school district will be required to incorporate age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention instruction from preschool through 12th grade under legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on July 19. The new law, A-769, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, […]

NJ Dept. of Health encourages residents to avoid dangers of extreme heat

NJ Dept. of Health encourages residents to avoid dangers of extreme heat

TRENTON, NJ — With temperatures in New Jersey hitting triple digits, the New Jersey Department of Health is urging residents to take steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. “There were 176 emergency department visits between May 29 and July 8 due to heat-related illness,” state epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan said. “It is critical […]

NJ Transit adopts fiscal year 2020 operating, capital budgets

NJ Transit adopts fiscal year 2020 operating, capital budgets

NEWARK, NJ — On July 17, NJ Transit’s board of directors adopted a fiscal year 2020 operating budget and capital program that supports continued investments in personnel, infrastructure and equipment to maintain the system in a state of good repair and enhance the overall customer experience.  “Gov. Murphy’s steadfast commitment to improving NJ Transit is […]

Federal lawmakers seek to emulate New Jersey’s ‘Alyssa’s Law’

Federal lawmakers seek to emulate New Jersey’s ‘Alyssa’s Law’

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to expand a New Jersey law under which public schools are required to install silent panic alarms to protect students during emergency situations. The law, formerly A-764, is known as “Alyssa’s Law,” after former New Jersey resident Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old student […]

Sheriff’s Dept. promotes and swears in new officers

Sheriff’s Dept. promotes and swears in new officers

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced promotions and the hiring of several sheriff’s officers during a swearing-in ceremony held at the Leroy Smith Public Safety Building on July 8. Among those promoted were Chief James Spango, who previously served as a deputy chief; Undersheriff Fitzgerald Figliuolo, who also served as a […]

NJDOT receives federal grant to help reduce crashes, pedestrian fatalities

TRENTON, NJ — On July 11, New Jersey Department of Transportation announced receiving a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to develop a statewide “Proven Safety Countermeasures” workshop focusing on reducing intersection and pedestrian fatalities and serious crashes.  The approximately $16,000 grant, which is funded through FHWA’s Accelerating Safety Activities Program, will provide for three […]

NJ Dept. of Human Services names new Medicaid director

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced July 9 that Jennifer Langer Jacobs will lead New Jersey Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs, which together are known as NJ FamilyCare and provide affordable health care coverage to 1.7 million New Jersey residents, according to a press release.  Jacobs […]