June 25, 2014 |
TRENTON - New Jersey Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' attempt to override Gov. Christie's conditional veto of proposed Hurricane Sandy "Bill of Rights" legislation Monday, a move Senate President Stephen Sweeney denounced as "sickening. " The bill passed both houses of the Democrat-controlled Legislature in March without a single "no" vote, but Christie, a Republican, conditionally vetoed it in May and sent revisions back to lawmakers. The governor said parts of the bill violated federal law and had "unquantifiable administrative costs.
June 24, 2014
SIGNE WILKINSON'S cartoon (June 17) illustrates the situation in the entire Middle East. I hope President Obama is smart enough to get us out of their problems. We didn't break it in the first place, as many of those who advocate American participation claim. Middle Eastern society has been broken for longer than the United States has existed. In the history of that region, peace has been a rare situation, always imposed by a government strong enough to prevent people who would otherwise be shooting each other from doing so. It can't be any different when the majority of people would shoot each other over religious differences that would be considered trivial by anyone who had any education that involved more than one book.
June 20, 2014
IN A RARE victory for common sense in the gun debate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal ban on "straw" purchases can be enforced even if the person who eventually gets the gun is legally allowed to have one. The 5-4 decision was written by Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote, voted with the majority. Kagan found that any other reading of the statute, which prevents someone from buying a gun for someone else, would gut the federal law. The case involved a Virginia man who bought a Glock handgun for his uncle who lived in Pennsylvania.
June 12, 2014 |
A YEAR AGO, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a scathing report, accusing the food-safety division of the agency of not fulfilling, or even understanding, its legal obligations where humane slaughter enforcement is concerned. Specifically, the OIG found that the USDA does not meaningfully attempt to stop repeat violations of the Humane Slaughter Act and that many USDA inspectors do not even understand what is required of them. Even when OIG inspectors monitored their actions openly, inspectors still did not understand or carry out their slaughter-oversight mandate.
January 10, 2014
SO, THAT'S what they mean by Miller High Life . With this month's ballyhooed legalization of marijuana in Colorado, some beer makers are adding playful drug references to their brand names and labels, and regulators can do little to censor them. Label oversight, a quirky if contentious area of federal alcohol law, has confounded breweries for years with often capricious standards that bear little on consumer protection. Federal law, for example, oddly prohibits the use of coats of arms or wording that promises "pre-war strength," whatever that means.
December 29, 2013 |
Gov. Christie on Friday signed into law a bill increasing compensation for people who are wrongfully imprisoned, from $20,000 per year of incarceration to $50,000. The increase in the cap on statutory damages to $50,000 per year - or twice the claimant's income in the year before incarceration, whichever is greater - puts New Jersey in line with what federal law provides, according to the nonprofit Innocence Project. New Jersey is among 29 states and the District of Columbia providing some form of compensation to victims.
September 19, 2013 |
New Jersey lost another round to legalize sports betting in the state Tuesday when a federal appeals court decided the state law allowing it is trumped by federal law. Gov. Christie and lawmakers have been pushing for legalized sports gambling to revive the struggling casino industry. Legalized sports betting would allow betting on professional and college sporting events. In 2011, voters approved the New Jersey Sports Wagering Law, which was signed into law last year, but not implemented.
June 28, 2013 |
In a landmark case being watched closely by other states, New Jersey made a final appeal Wednesday to be able to offer wagering on pro and college sports. And lawyers for the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA reiterated their position why New Jersey should be forbidden to do so. The two sides appeared in a packed courtroom for a 11/2-hour session before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. The three-member panel hearing arguments consisted of Judges Julio Fuentes, D. Michael Fisher, and Thomas Vanaskie.
June 27, 2013
"I believe the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA was a critical step in strengthening equal rights for all. " - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D. Pa.) "Every American should have equal rights under the law, including the legal right to marry who they love and are committed to. " - U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor "The . . . ruling is now the law of the land. While the national debate over marriage will continue, it is appropriate that legally married same-sex couples receive equal treatment and benefits under the law. " - U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.)
May 29, 2013
THE OBAMA administration's invasive search of Associated Press reporters' phone records offers another sharp reminder of why the nation needs a federal shield law to protect journalists' confidential sources: Government can't be trusted to always tell the truth or to always do what's right. Government officials often will have interests and agendas they want to protect from view. That's one reason the Founding Fathers created three branches of government to balance those interests and why they put press and speech protection in the First Amendment.