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New Jersey Assembly Committees Advance Breach, Health Security Bills

Oct. 27 — Bills aimed at addressing the privacy and security of online accounts (A. 3146) and personal health information (A. 3322) were released by New Jersey Assembly committees Oct. 23.

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee reported A. 3146, which would amend the New Jersey statute that requires businesses and public entities that compile or maintain computerized records containing information that permits access to an online account to disclose any breach of the security of the information.

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Kinsley Landfill in Deptford to become solar field

Sen. Donald Norcross, D-Camden, joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester; Ralph LaRossa of PSE&G; Commissioner Bob Martin of the Department of Environmental Protection; and other dignitaries on Tuesday to kick off the Kinsley Solar Farm project in Deptford.

The solar farm is PSE&G’s third landfill project under their Solar 4 All program, and at 35 acres is the largest project to date. When completed, the Kinsley Solar Farm will produce enough energy to power 2,000 homes annually, with 36,841 solar panels.

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Moorestown water contamination spurs more debate, state legislation

MOORESTOWN — As a toxin infiltrated the water supply, the township knew about it, but apparently missed out on an opportunity for state funds to help pay for the cleanup.

“I’m just stunned,” Councilman Greg Newcomer said of not being alerted of the situation surrounding the discovery of 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) and the actions that followed by local officials.

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Local bigwigs step up to help ShopRite raise money for food banks

Local celebrities, including government officials and rescue workers, were among the people seen bagging groceries recently at ShopRites in Evesham and Medford.

Medford’s Deputy Mayor Frank Czekay, Tabernacle Mayor Joseph Barton, and Medford Police Chief Richard Meder, were among the volunteers at the Medford ShopRite who were helping bag hunger by raising awareness and funds for food banks in the community. In Evesham, Sen. Diane Allen and Assemblyman Troy Singleton, among others, rolled up their sleeves to help out.

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Bill requires more suicide prevention training for teachers

The latest statistics compiled by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2010 indicated New Jersey had the third lowest suicide rate in the country, but that doesn’t mean suicide isn’t a serious issue.

The same data revealed there were 719 suicides in the Garden State that year, a rate of 8.2 per 100,000 people, which is the highest New Jersey has seen since at least 1999. A bill (A-3224) approved Monday by the Assembly Education Committee is designed to improve suicide prevention training in public schools.

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Bill to protect consumers against data breaches advances

A group of New Jersey lawmakers said recent data breaches at Staples, Home Depot, Target and more have exposed a glaring loophole in the state’s identify theft laws that they want to close.

On Thursday, the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee approved a measure to help ensure that consumers are informed of security breaches made to their account.

 

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Assembly bills to help female veterans

Following a special joint hearing, the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee approved legislation Wednesday designed to help New Jersey’s female veterans get the help and services they need when they return home from the front lines.

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Governor O’Malley and Senator Begich Announce NewDEAL Leaders and Honorary Regional Chair

Today, NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chairs Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that eleven state and local elected leaders from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL Leaders and that California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has been named as one of the NewDEAL’s Honorary Regional Chairs.

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Amick: Christie administration fiscal transparency clouding up over time

Chris Christie couldn’t have made it clearer.

“New Jersey has for too long engaged in a practice of disjointed financial reporting and inadequate fiscal transparency,” he proclaimed in an executive order. However, he continued, “fiscal transparency is an important priority of this administration.”

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Democrat bill outfits police with body cameras

State Sen. Donald Norcross, D-Camden, and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, introduced new legislation Thursday to outfit all patrol officers with body cameras.

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