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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy restores voting rights for 80,000 on probation or parole

"I am proud to sign one of the most progressive expungement laws in the nation, which will allow more New Jerseyans the opportunity to fully engage in our society," Murphy said.

New Jersey becomes first state in the U.S. to provide universal access to arts education

Universal access means all public schools provide some form of arts education and every student has the opportunity to participate in arts education programs as part of the regular school day.

New Jersey legalizes medically assisted suicide for the terminally ill

The bill allows adults with a prognosis of six months or less to live to get a prescription for life-ending medication. Currently, California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Hawaii, Montana and the District of Columbia allow physician-assisted suicide.

New Jersey will now require LGBTQ history to be taught in schools

Governor Phil Murphy signed a measure that would require all public schools to teach LGBTQ history, making New Jersey only the second state in the U.S. to do so, after California in 2017.

New Jersey to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

The new plan would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour on July 1, $11 an hour in 2020, $12 an hour in 2021, $13 in 2022, $14 in 2023 and $15 in 2024.

$19 per hour minimum wage approved for New York and New Jersey airport workers

This policy is said to bring the wages of thousands of workers, approximately 40,000, to $19 per hour by 2023.

N.J. governor signs law requiring paid employee sick leave

New Jersey becomes the 10th state to enact sick-leave legislation. Under the law, employers are required to provide one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked.