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When New Jersey redraws its congressional districts, jail inmates will likely be thought of as residents of their hometowns — not the place they’re incarcerated.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed a invoice on Friday that modifications how inmates are counted, in response to my colleague Matt Friedman. That features for congressional, county, municipal and college board redistricting. Beneath a separate regulation, New Jersey will rely inmates as residents of their hometowns.
Why does this matter? Beforehand, counting inmates within the city the place they’re incarcerated boosts these cities’ populations for redistricting. These legal guidelines change that.
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WHERE’S MURPHY? — In Trenton for a 1 p.m. COVID-19 press convention.
VIDEO OF THE DAY — “Helmetta, NJ is at the moment underwater.” — @byMikeDavis
ALRIGHT STOP, DON’T COLLABORATE OR LISTEN — Murphy signs bill banning immigration detention contracts with ICE, by POLITICO’s Katherine Landergan: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed into regulation a invoice that prohibits immigration detention agreements with the federal authorities. What the invoice does: The invoice, NJ S3361 (20R), prohibits personal, state and native entities from getting into, renewing or extending agreements and contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Whereas three jails run by Democrat-controlled counties — Essex, Hudson and Bergen — have lately stopped accepting ICE detainees, a personal detention facility in Elizabeth quietly renewed its contract with ICE after the invoice’s passage, drawing additional protests from immigration activists.
HEALTHCARE COSTS — N.J.’s big deal with teachers to cut healthcare costs is backfiring in 130 school districts, by NJ Advance Media’s Samantha Marcus: “In March 2020, the state’s prime lawmaker brokered a cope with New Jersey’s highly effective academics union to finish a years-long battle over healthcare prices. They referred to as it a “win-win.” Lecturers would have the possibility to pay decrease premiums and, in trade, taxpayers would spend much less on educators’ beneficiant advantages plans by offering new alternate options. Projected complete financial savings: Greater than $1 billion yearly. However greater than a 12 months after Gov. Phil Murphy signed the compromise into regulation, greater than 130 college districts say they’re not successful in any respect, in response to one survey. As an alternative, their well being care bills are rising at the same time as academics reap financial savings.”
DON’T GET BAKED — Brownies, cookies verboten in New Jersey’s legal cannabis market, by POLITICO’s Sam Sutton: New Jerseyans will quickly be capable of buy leisure hashish merchandise starting from flower and vapes to lozenges and syrups, however brownies, cookies and different standard edibles gained’t be amongst them. The brand new guidelines accepted by the Hashish Regulatory Fee on Thursday give grownup use companies the power to supply solely a slim vary of merchandise, limiting edibles to syrups, drugs, tablets, capsules and “chewable varieties” that may’t resemble meals gadgets. Gummies have turn into an more and more standard methodology for ingesting hashish, and whereas lots of these merchandise fall into the “chewable” class, producers and retailers must guarantee they don’t intentionally attraction to kids, CRC spokesperson Toni-Anne Blake stated in an e-mail Friday. The 160-page rulebook adopted by the fee additionally specifies that edibles have to be packaged and labeled in a way that gained’t be mistaken for a much less potent product.
— “Will your town sell legal weed? More than half likely to say no as deadline hits,” by NJ Advance Media’s Amanda Hoover: “Authorized marijuana gross sales will begin in New Jersey throughout the subsequent six months — however a majority of cities are prone to simply say no to weed for now. The authorized hashish regulation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this 12 months gave municipalities the facility to resolve if they might enable, prohibit or altogether ban the sale of hashish of their borders. However with no blueprint to observe, many cities and cities have determined to decide out of permitting hashish companies, a minimum of for now. NJ Advance Media has spent the previous few months monitoring ordinances handed by municipalities throughout the Backyard State. We now have monitored press releases, municipal ordinances, information tales and cross-referenced the record with others to compile a full report.”
— NJ Advance Media: “Newark says yes to recreational cannabis, will allow dozens of licenses.”
— NJ Highlight Information: “Businesses face challenges to get into NJ’s marijuana market.”
— NJ Advance Media: “N.J. legal weed rules are here. So when can I buy it?”
CONGESTION PRICING — MTA to release long-awaited process for congestion pricing, by POLITICO’s Danielle Muoio: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is predicted to announce Friday that it has reached an settlement with the Biden administration on conduct the environmental evaluation of congestion pricing, three sources conversant in the matter instructed POLITICO. Particulars: The MTA is predicted to formally announce a 16-month timeline to conduct the environmental evaluation. After that, a vendor would have as much as 310 days to put in scanners and do different technical work to get the system operational, in response to one of many sources conversant in the discussions. The MTA had no rapid remark. The MTA was instructed in March it might conduct an environmental evaluation, as an alternative of a prolonged environmental affect assertion, for the congestion pricing plan, which might toll drivers getting into Manhattan south of sixtieth Road.
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION — “We just ranked N.J.’s members of Congress from poorest to richest. Here’s the full list.” by NJ Advance Media’s Jonathan D. Salant: “Six of New Jersey’s 14-member congressional delegation — the 12 Home members and two U.S. Senators — are millionaires. That’s in response to their annual private monetary disclosure statements lately launched. Their internet price was compiled by NJ Advance Media from annual Senate and Home filings and displays the minimal worth of shares, properties and different holdings. The disclosures coated the 2020 calendar 12 months, and most had been filed late as a result of coronavirus pandemic.”
MORRIS COUNTY — “’Interwoven tapestry’: Growing Morris County population is more diverse,” by The Morristown Each day Report’s William Westhoven: “Whereas half of all United States counties skilled a inhabitants decline over the previous decade, Morris County went the opposite means, reveals knowledge lately revealed within the 2020 U.S. Census. For the primary time, Morris County is residence to greater than half 1,000,000 people who find themselves more and more numerous, with important will increase in residents who establish as Asian or Hispanic/Latino. Morris County additionally noticed a 12.8% decline in its white inhabitants. The county’s rising variety is mirrored in one other important statistical rise: 9.2% of residents, or 46,739 people, establish their ethnicity as “two or extra,” a 351.9% enhance between 2010 and 2020, the census reveals.”
OUCH — Woman says marinara from Bergen pizzeria caused second-degree burns, by The Report’s Tom Nobile: “There’s no use crying over spilled marinara, until you are from New Jersey and the beloved sauce offers you second-degree burns. That’s what occurred to a Bergen County lady, who claims she dropped a cup of the scalding-hot sauce on her lap whereas driving residence from Brooklyn’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Hackensack. As of final week, her ongoing lawsuit towards the restaurant was all however cooked. However a state appellate courtroom has dominated for the case to proceed, regardless of the pizzeria’s competition that she threw out many of the proof, together with her garments after the spill, footage of the burns, and the smoking gun — the marinara sauce container — in response to courtroom paperwork.”
HUNGER CRISIS — “Hunger crisis may loom as emergency food assistance ends,” by the New Jersey Monitor’s Dana DiFilippo: “As pandemic protections like eviction and foreclosures moratoriums close to their finish, pundits and policymakers have warned in regards to the anticipated affect on homelessness. However advocates for New Jersey’s poorest residents warn that federal emergency meals help offered in the course of the pandemic will go away quickly too, and a current bump in meals stamp advantages gained’t assist sufficient to keep away from a starvation disaster the state is ill-equipped to deal with. ‘It is a storm coming, and nobody is speaking about it,’ stated Yoni Yares, founding father of Feed All of the Youngsters, an advocacy group primarily based in Cherry Hill that helps meals distribution in South Jersey. To assist these hardest hit by the pandemic, federal policymakers in January raised Supplemental Vitamin Help Program (SNAP) advantages by 15%. In New Jersey, that bump translated into an additional $30 a month for every of the virtually 850,000 New Jerseyans enrolled in SNAP, generally often called meals stamps, in response to the N.J. Division of Human Companies. The feds additionally allowed all recipients to ‘maximize’ advantages by figuring out what they need to get solely by family dimension and revenue, as an alternative of weighing different components like childcare, utilities, and housing as they did earlier than the pandemic to find out profit quantities.”
MON DIEU! — “N.J. weather: Henri dumps up to 8 inches of rain on state. Latest town-by-town rainfall totals,” by NJ Advance Media’s Joe Atmonavage: “Bands of heavy rainfall from Hurricane Henri, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm, pounded components of New Jersey in a single day into Sunday morning with greater than 6 inches of rain in some spots, prompting highway closures, evacuations and water rescues. The Nationwide Climate Service’s workplace in New Jersey stated it has obtained some experiences of as much as 8 inches of rain, as of 9:12 a.m. Preliminary town-by-town rainfall totals from CoCoRaHS, a group reporting community, reveals Hopewell in Mercer County with the best rainfall complete to this point with 6.69 inches as of 8:45 a.m. Lengthy Seaside Township in Ocean Township ranks second with 6.45 inches and Helmetta in Middlesex County rounds out the highest three with 6.17 inches, although that report was submitted at 6 a.m. when rain was nonetheless falling in that space.”
EDUCATION — “NJ parent group asks Murphy to permit students to go to school virtually from now on,” by The Report’s Mary Ann Koruth: “A gaggle of fogeys needs Gov. Phil Murphy to take away the ban on digital studying for the 2021-22 college 12 months and supply a everlasting distant studying possibility for Okay-12 faculties. A change.org petition began by New Jersey Dad and mom for Digital Selection has garnered greater than 12,000 signatures. The dad and mom are pushed by a wide range of causes, some associated to well being and security issues as a consequence of COVID and the extremely transmissible delta variant, stated group spokesperson Karen Strauss. Some dad and mom need to retain the digital studying possibility from final 12 months as a result of their kids excelled, she stated.”
— “This Newark charter is offering tutoring to kids, even if they go to district public schools,” by NJ Advance Media’s Rebecca Panico: “Borne out of that convention was a plan to fight studying loss. Nice Oaks Legacy Constitution Faculty is piloting a tutoring program utilizing AmeriCorps members — and it’s open to all ninth and tenth graders within the metropolis, even those that attend Newark Public Colleges or different constitution faculties. ‘We see a duty that we’ve at all times needed to serve the Newark group, even outdoors of our 4 partitions,’ stated Nice Oaks Legacy Constitution Faculty Government Director Jared Taillefer. Nice Oaks Legacy Constitution Faculty, which serves 2,000 pre-Okay to Twelfth-grade college students, already has a mannequin utilizing one-on-one tutors with each scholar in grades 3 to 10. Every single day, college students meet with the identical tutor for a complete 12 months. That creates a bond and assist system for each youngster, Taillefer stated.”