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Officials push for New Jersey health insurance enrollment

New Jersey and federal officials called on uninsured residents to enroll in a health care plan before the end of an Affordable Care Act open enrollment period.

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N.J. wants to adopt more rigorous standards for teacher candidates

Becoming a teacher in New Jersey would require additional training time for student teachers and higher standards for substitutes under revised rules proposed today by the state Department of Education.

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Bill would strengthen NJ’s animal cruelty laws

Legislation aimed at strengthening New Jersey’s animal cruelty laws is headed for the State Senate, after approval by the full Assembly last week.

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Thumbs-up for Feb. 1

Legislation that would allow judges to prohibit convicted animal abusers from adopting a pet or working in the pet care industry, and would create an online cruelty registry awaits Senate confirmation.

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NJ lawmakers approve Moose's Law, more oversight over police equipment

Two bills to increase oversight over police acquisitions of military equipment were sent to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk Thursday during a busy Assembly voting session that also featured a vote to approve animal-cruelty legislation inspired by a Burlington County dog’s death.

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Assembly to consider Moose's Law during makeup voting session

New Jersey lawmakers are expected to vote on legislation to allow judges to bar some people convicted of animal cruelty from owning pets during a makeup voting session scheduled in place of one canceled earlier this week because of an impending snowstorm.

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Editorial: More teacher training for teen suicide prevention

Using the power of law to prevent tragedy should be every state legislature’s goal. New Jersey lawmakers are doing just that by working to better train school teachers in suicide prevention. 

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The List: Top 10 Lawmakers Influencing Education Policy in New Jersey

With the governor preoccupied with a potential run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, the state's lawmakers may play a greater in role in education legislation

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Teachers would get more training on suicide under bill

Public school teachers would undergo more suicide prevention education under a proposal from a bipartisan group of New Jersey lawmakers.

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ASSEMBLY BILL WOULD INCREASE SUICIDE-AWARENESS TRAINING FOR NEW JERSEY EDUCATORS

An estimated 70 young people in New Jersey kill themselves each year, almost half of them school-aged. A bill now being negotiated in the Statehouse aims to address how public schools can help preventing such tragedies.

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