Bill to ease sex abuse statute of limitations nears vote
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Victims of childhood sexual abuse in New Jersey could soon join those in other states who have benefited from legislation that loosens restrictions on when they can seek damages in court.
State Sen. Joseph Vitale and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, both Democrats, announced Thursday that a bill extending the statute of limitations on civil claims is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate judiciary committee early next month.
New Jersey lawmaker seeks grand jury to investigate church
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker is calling on the state's attorney general to form a grand jury to investigate potential sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Democratic state Sen. Joseph Vitale said Thursday he wants Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to confirm whether "generations of hidden sexual abuse" that came out in a Pennsylvania grand jury report occurred in New Jersey.
Grewal spokeswoman Sharon says the report is being reviewed to determine if action is needed.
New Jersey law raising smoking age to 21 takes effect
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Starting Wednesday, New Jersey will raise its smoking age to 21.
The restriction applies to tobacco products and electronic smoking devices. Previously, the age was 19.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law in July. Christie cited the strain on the health care system caused by tobacco-related illnesses when he made his decision. Reports show smoking causes about $4 billion in health care costs to New Jersey each year.
Christie’s anti-addiction agenda advances in New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democrat-led Legislature on Monday advanced bills sought by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to address the state's opioid epidemic.
Assembly and Senate committees approved legislation to require that health insurers regulated by the state cover inpatient and outpatient treatment for opioid addiction for up to six months.
"We can save lives by removing the barriers to treatment that exist today," Democratic state Sen. Joseph Vitale said.