NJ Senate Panel Approves Job Protection for Medical Marijuana Patients

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December 22, 2015


SENATE PANEL APPROVES JOB PROTECTION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS

According to a new bill approved by a state Senate committee Monday, NJ employers would be prohibited from firing people because they participate in the state medical marijuana program unless they can show these employees are impaired and unable to do their jobs. NJ.com says the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee voted 6-0 with one abstention to release the bill to the full 40-member Senate.
REPORT: REVISE NJ'S 'STRICT' GUN LAWS
The Christie administration has commissioned a report calling for loosening New Jersey's gun control laws. Philly.com says Christie released the report six months after he announced he had created the commission to review the state's gun laws, claiming that the current regulations had placed unfair burdens on law-abiding residents who want to obtain, carry, and transport firearms. 
NJ FUNDING MORE BODY CAMERAS FOR LOCAL POLICE
Fifteen police departments in Passaic and Bergen counties are among those receiving state grants for the purchase of police body cameras. The Record says body camera technology is likely to become standard within the next few years, according the state's top law enforcement official. More than 5,000 of the body cameras will be bought by 176 police departments across the state with $2.5 million in awards made from forfeiture funds. 
NEW JERSEY TRANSIT COMMUTER TAX BREAK ANNOUNCED
Senator Menendez, Booker, and Congressman Payne were in Montclair yesterday to announce the federal tax benefits signed into law last week as part of an omnibus legislation. WBGO says one of the benefits will help commuters deal with rising bus and train fairs in New Jersey. Starting in January, commuters will be able to set aside $225 per month in pre-tax earnings for public transit expenses. 
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We've extended the deadline for submissions to our statewide undergraduate reporting contest, which boasts a grand price of $650. We will now be accepting submissions until April 1, 2016. The best submissions will be included and published as part of our Dirty Little Secrets project with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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