State lawmakers unveil updated COVID-19 regulations to enter state Assembly
New Jersey lawmakers have unveiled a new plan seemingly designed to avoid another showdown at the State House between Republican lawmakers and state troopers regarding a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
A policy in place required everyone entering the State House, including lawmakers, to have the vaccine or proof of a negative test. But some Republican lawmakers did not agree with the mandate and tried to force their way in without showing documentation.
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But a new policy ordered by state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced on Friday would demand proof of a negative COVID test rather than vaccination status to get into the Assembly. Testing facilities will be on-site on Monday for lawmakers, staff and the media.
It appears that the state Senate will be sticking with the old policy and allowing proof of vaccination or an up-to-date test.