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Melissa Koscielniak wears syringes all over her body during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote Monday on legislation to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren, as opponents crowd the statehouse grounds with flags and banners, including some reading

Vote on NJ bill to bar certain vaccine exemptions stalled

Jan. 13, 2020 6:53 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers postponed an expected vote on a bill to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren saying they lacked the votes, and leading to raucous cheers from opponents who had encircled the Statehouse with flags, bullhorns and banners. Democratic...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, walks after a conference with interior ministers of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in Guatemala City. Wolf is taking aim at new laws in New York and New Jersey that allow immigrants to get driver's licenses without proof they are in the U.S. legally, and restrict data sharing with federal authorities. (AP Photo/ Oliver de Ros, File)

US seeks review of state DMV laws on immigration enforcement

Dec. 31, 2019 5:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of Homeland Security is taking aim Tuesday at new laws in New York, New Jersey and other states that allow immigrants to get driver's licenses without proof they are in the U.S. legally, and restrict data sharing with federal authorities. Chad Wolf sent a memo to all...

Protesters opposed to a bill that would eliminate a religious exemption for vaccines for schoolchildren gather outside the New Jersey state Senate chanting slogans, Monday Dec. 16, 2019, in Trenton, N.J. New Jersey would join California, New York and a handful of other states if the bill becomes law. (AP Photo/Mike Catalini)

NJ Assembly passes bill to bar religious exemption for shots

Dec. 17, 2019 10:41 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Assembly on Monday passed a measure to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren, but the bill stalled in the state Senate as opponents shouted so loudly they drowned out the session. The Democrat-led Assembly passed the bill 45-25, with six...

FILE - This photo from Friday March 22, 2019, shows marijuana buds being sorted into a prescription jar at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 on a proposed referendum aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NJ lawmakers pass marijuana referendum for 2020 ballot

Dec. 16, 2019 7:39 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A super-majority of New Jersey lawmakers on Monday passed a proposed ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana, putting the referendum before voters on the 2020 ballot. The Democrat-led Assembly passed the measure 49-24, with one abstention, while the Senate passed the...

NJ passes bill letting those without documents get licenses

Dec. 16, 2019 4:48 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation Monday to allow immigrants who cannot prove they're in the country legally get driver's licenses. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate passed the measure after lawmakers delayed considering the bill until after last month's election. Democratic...