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EDISON – At a news conference at Edison High School last week, State Senator Barbara Buono unveiled legislation she is sponsoring with Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., to stop children from purchasing some cough and cold remedies.

The bill will require customers to be at least 18 years old to purchase over-the-counter cough and cold remedies containing dextromethorphan (DXM), an ingredient which, when abused by teenagers seeking to get high, can have potentially lethal consequences.

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TRENTON – Last week, Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) vowed to intervene legislatively to block an Edison special election on a $57.8 million bond issue because the Sept. 30 date for the vote falls on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

“It would be unconscionable for anyone to push ahead with the bond vote once they realized it would fall on Rosh Hashanah,” said Buono, who represents Edison.

The Democratic lawmaker said she would seek emergency legislative approval of a bill she is drafting to authorize the state to change the four possible dates for special school board elections if it is discovered they fall on religious holidays.

“I called Governor Corzine and he agreed to meet with Jewish leaders from the Edison area to realize the extent of their concerns about this use of the electoral process,” said Buono.

Next, she said she would seek authorization from Senate President Richard J. Codey to call the Senate into session to pass the bill in time to block the Sept. 30 election.

“I am confident the leaders of both the Senate and the Assembly will do whatever is necessary to expedite passage of this legislation,” said Buono, chair of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.

Though there is no date for the Senate to return for a voting session, Buono said she would seek permission for special legislative action.

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TRENTON – On Monday, the state Senate approved a bill which would provide paid family leave benefits for workers caring for sick family members and newborn or newly adopted children. The measure passed by a vote of 21 to 15, and now heads to the governor, who has said he will sign it into law.

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TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney and Senator Barbara Buono which would provide paid family leave benefits for workers caring for sick family members and newborn or newly adopted children was approved Monday by the full Senate by a vote of 22 to 16.

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