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Kerry Higgins of McKenna, DuPont, Higgins & Stone nominated to New Jersey Superior Court..She was approved by Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 16..Credit: McKenna, DuPont, Higgins & Stone Courtesy photo Credit: McKenna; DuPont; Higgins & Stone Kerry Higgins of McKenna, DuPont, Higgins & Stone. Courtesy photo

A new version of a bill that would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for all nonviolent offenses was unanimously approved by a Republican-less Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, while a new measure to again “clean up” the adult cannabis recreational bill to make it more palatable for the governor was held.

The committee passed S-3456 by a 7-0 vote during Tuesday’s two-and-a-half-hour in-person hearing in Trenton. No Republicans attended the hearing, which made it a seven-person committee instead of the usual 11-member committee.

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Suzette Parmley

Trenton Correspondent who covers the N.J. Supreme Court, Governor, Legislature. She also contributes to The Legal Intelligencer and law.com. Suzette joined New Jersey Law Journal in Jan. 2019 from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she was a former Trenton Statehouse Correspondent and Business Reporter/Columnist. Awards: 1st Place for 2020 coverage of NJ Supreme Court; 2019 Specialized Writing Category, 5-time winner of the Business Financial Writing Portfolio Award from the New Jersey Press Association. Graduate of the Fels Center of Government/University of Pennsylvania. Email: [email protected] or follow on Twitter: @SuzParmley

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