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Net neutrality will be requirement to provide internet service in New Jersey

New Jersey will become the third state to mandate all Internet Service Providers follow net neutrality if they want to do business here. The Federal Communications Commission recently rescind net neutrality, which potentially limits access to the Internet, allows companies to pay more to have their content treated favorably, or can force consumers to pay more to access websites. “We may not agree with everything we see online, but that does not give us a justifiable
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Hearing looks at antiquated way state investigates deaths

Propelled by reports of medical examiner backlogs, screw-ups at death scenes and blown calls on causes of death, the New Jersey Senate Health Committee heard testimony Monday in Trenton about the state’s antiquated death investigation system. The hearing comes on the heels of a new governor, Phil Murphy, taking office and vowing to support reforms. One of the recurrent themes was the need for an independent system, free of oversight from the state Attorney General’s Office, which
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New governor, new attitude concerning Atlantic City

Phil Murphy made promises of tackling big issues like women’s health and the minimum wage as he became New Jersey’s 56th governor. His first act would be to sign an executive order to promote equal pay for women Tuesday afternoon. He also called on the Legislature to send him bill including those that reaffirm support for women’s health and Planned Parenthood, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour,  and that tear down voting barriers.
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State Senate hearing set on New Jersey’s dysfunctional medical examiner system

New Jersey state Sen. Joe Vitale, responding to media reports about failings in the state’s medical examiner system and a pledge to support reforms by incoming-Gov. Phil Murphy, is planning a lame-duck session hearing on the dysfunctional system. Vitale, a prominent Democratic senator who chairs the Health Committee, plans the session for Jan. 4 as a prelude to attempts to legislate sweeping reforms, especially increasing oversight over the patchwork of medical examiners offices throughout the state. He
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Opioid-fentanyl maker used every trick in the book’ to illegally push drug, N.J. suit alleges

The state filed a lawsuit Thursday against the maker of an opioid-fentanyl drug, calling the company’s conduct “nothing short of evil.” The four-count lawsuit filed in Middlesex County Superior Court charges that Insys Therapeutics Inc. engaged in a greed-driven campaign of consumer  fraud and submission of false claims to health insurers to increase the market share for its drug Subsys. Subsys was given narrow FDA approval to treat cancer pain in opioid-toleratn people, but instead
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State sells $68.3M in bonds to pay for Atlantic City casino tax settlements

The state has sold $68.3 million in bonds to pay for property tax settlements with seven Atlantic City casinos. The quick sale at a 4.1 interest rate shows “that investors view the state’s involvement in Atlantic City as having a stabilizing influence on the city’s finances,” the the Christie administration said in a release. “Atlantic City is now getting excellent access to the bond market, which is amazing for a city that was contemplating bankruptcy
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Changing ACFD work schedule outside scope of takeover bill, co-sponsors say in court filings

Two Democratic sponsors of the bill that created the state’s takeover of Atlantic City allege Jeffrey Chiesa has overstepped his powers and is endangering public safety. The Municipal Stabilization and Recovery Act “was designed to save money by careful planning, not by cutting public services to unsafe levels and endangering the safety of public employees, which I believe the designee (Chiesa) is now doing,” state Sen. Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo wrote in Superior
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State calling for major cuts to Atlantic City’s public safety as negotiations begin

The state put major cuts to public safety on the table in its initial negotiations with the police and fire unions, Mayor Don Guardian has confirmed. Police and fire union representatives met separately with state representatives in Trenton this week, and were taken back  by the initial requests. Suggestions include nearly halving the Fire Department and taking police levels below pre-casino numbers. The proposed cuts would make nearly impossible to maintain six firehouses, and would
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