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McKeon, Lagana & Spencer Bill to Establish Crime-Fraud Exception to Marital Privilege Gains Final Legislative ApprovalLegislation Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Joseph Lagana and L. Grace Spencer sponsored to establish a crime-fraud exception to marital and civil union partnership privileges recently received final legislative approval and now heads to the governor's desk.
"This proposed change would strike an appropriate balance between marital and civil union privacy and the public's interest in attaining justice," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "It's a common sense change that continues to respect marital privileges while also keeping the need for justice in mind."
Moriarty, Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Mosquera & Quijano Bill to Crack Down on Swatting Heads to Gov’s Desk
Lawmakers Cite Recent Incidents in New Jersey as Need for Harsher PenaltiesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, Gabriela Mosquera and Annette Quijano to crack down on the dangerous trend known as "swatting" received final legislative approval from the Senate on Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.
The FBI describes "swatting" as making a hoax call to 9-1-1 to draw a response from law enforcement, usually a SWAT team. The individuals who engage in this activity, many of whom are teens and twenty-somethings with ties to the online gaming community, use technology to make it appear that the emergency call is coming from the victim's phone. The FBI notes that sometimes swatting is done for revenge, sometimes as a prank, but either way, it is a serious crime that has potentially dangerous consequences.
Speaker Prieto Praises Historic Supreme Court RulingAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson) praised the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Friday in favor of marriage equality:
"The President got it right today when he said 'we have made our union a little more perfect.'
Greenwald on Supreme Court's Historic Marriage Equality RulingAssembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald issued the following statement Friday on the United States Supreme Court's historic ruling in favor of marriage equality:
"Love is love..."
Singleton Statement on SCOTUS Marriage Equality RulingAssemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) on Friday released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's historic marriage equality ruling:
"This Supreme Court decision is a historic moment in our never-ending fight for civil rights and justice.
"I'm proud that the court extended nationwide the same protection for marriage equality that New Jersey has enjoyed for the past few years in their recognition that love is love."
Conaway Praises Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage EqualityAssemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. (D-Burlington) praised the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Friday in favor of marriage equality across the nation:
"Today's Supreme Court's ruling favor of marriage equality is on the right side of the law, and history.
Gusciora Hails Historic Supreme Court Decision on Marriage EqualityAssemblyman Reed Gusciora on Friday hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of marriage equality:
"This is an historic day for our nation. In ruling on the right side of history, the Supreme Court upheld the underlying principles of our democracy - that everyone is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Assembly OKs Fuentes, Taliaferro & Garcia Bill to Expedite Marriage Applications When One Partner is Terminally Ill
Legislation Named "Linette Lebron's Law" in Honor of Camden Woman Who Married Fiancé One Day Before PassingLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes, Adam Taliaferro and Carmelo G. Garcia to reduce the waiting period and requirements for couples wishing to enter into a marriage or civil union when one is terminally ill was unanimously approved by the full Assembly on Thursday.
The bill (A-4426) is known as "Linette Lebron's Law" in honor of a young woman from Camden whose story inspired Fuentes to introduce the legislation. While battling stage four stomach cancer, Linette and her fiancé Omar Estevez decided to wait on marriage while they focused on her treatment. However, when she was given only days to live, Estevez left her bedside and wasted precious moments traveling between city hall, the hospital, and the courts to seek a waiver to the three-day waiting period for marriage licenses required by law. The couple, with some help from Fuentes, was finally able to secure a license and marry one day prior to Linette's passing.