04.13.2023The Glass is Half Full: An Update on Governor Murphy's Proposal Regarding Liquor Law Reform In New JerseyGovernor Murphy recently held a roundtable discussion with restaurant owners and fellow government officials, where he discussed his proposal to modernize the state’s liquor license laws. The proposal was teased in Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address earlier in the year, though details of the plan were formerly unknown. We now know that Governor Murphy’s goal is to create equity in the liquor license industry by expanding the number of licenses available and lowering the costs of those licenses, allowing for local small businesses to participate in this seemingly exclusive industry and boost the economy.
01.19.2023Governor Murphy’s Call for Liquor License Law ReformOn January 10, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy delivered his State of the State Address, announcing long-awaited liquor license law reforms. Gov. Murphy named liquor law reform as a top priority and provided some insights into his reform plan. Specifically, Gov. Murphy aims to make the laws more fair by expanding availability and lowering costs.
10.29.2021Governor Murphy Requires Vaccination or Testing for All State ContractorsOn October 20, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 271, which requires that New Jersey state contractors mandate vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing for all their employees. This follows several other vaccine mandates that have been imposed by the State of New Jersey and the federal government. As these mandates go into effect, public and private employers need to be aware of their obligations under state and federal law to vaccinate and/or test their employees for COVID-19.
02.22.2021Governor Murphy Gives Cannabis the Green LightNew Jersey wait no longer – recreational use of cannabis is finally here. Earlier today, Governor Murphy signed the enabling legislation for recreational use into law. What does this mean? Adults 21 and over will be permitted to consume recreational cannabis legally within the state, and the industry is soon poised to expand exponentially.
03.05.2020New Jersey’s “Dark Money” Law is Effectively DeadFor more than a year now, New Jersey non-profits and politically active groups have been following the saga of S150, the so-called Dark Money law. This law would have dramatically increased the reporting obligations of 501(c)(4) social-welfare organizations and political organizations operating under Section 527 of Internal Revenue Code that engaged in a wide range of New Jersey political activity and advocacy.
02.20.2020Ethics Reform is Coming to Trenton: Is Your Company Ready?It has been a little over a month since Governor Murphy delivered his State of the State address in Trenton. In that speech, the Governor promised to deliver sweeping ethics reform to Trenton. Last night, in a live address, the Governor unveiled a comprehensive plan which promises to be the most sweeping changes to ethics reform in Trenton in more than a decade.
01.16.2020Governor Murphy, in State of the State Address, Focuses on Ethics and Pay-to-Play ReformIn Governor Murphy’s January 14, 2020 State of the State address, the first-term governor promised to propose, in the coming weeks, reforms to the State’s ethics laws, financial disclosures, and pay-to-play laws. The Governor highlighted that it has been more than a decade since the Executive and Legislative branches “undertook comprehensive ethics reform.”