Assembly Judiciary

The Assembly Judiciary Committee oversees legislation dealing with capital punishment, civil justice, civil rights, court administration, crime and punishment, juvenile justice, criminal justice and the overall judicial system.
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Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Land, Tucker & Benson Bill to Create Veterans Diversion Program to Divert Eligible Servicemembers Away from Criminal Justice System and Into Appropriate Care Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, Bruce R. Land, Cleopatra Tucker and Dan Benson create a Veterans Diversion Program to divert eligible servicemembers away from criminal justice system and into appropriate case management and mental health services was approved 69-0 Wednesday by the Assembly.

"The wounds of war are not just physical. Many soldiers return home with mental trauma that, when untreated, puts them and others at risk," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "These veterans need mental health services, not jail. We owe it to them, and the public to ensure that we are treating those veterans with mental health issues so that they are not a danger to themselves or others..."

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Vainieri Huttle & Jimenez Bill to Modify Law on Certain Heinous Crimes against Minors Clears Full Assembly

'Joan's Law' Honors Girl Scout Who Was Raped, Murdered by Neighbor
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Angelica Jimenez to amend a state law expanding the penalties for murdering a minor while in the act of committing a sex crime was unanimously approved by the full Assembly on Wednesday.

The bill (A-373) would require life imprisonment without parole for persons convicted of the murder of a minor under the age of 18 during the commission of a sex crime. Current law requires such a penalty only when the victim is under age 14.

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Drug Addiction Insurance Coverage, Opioid Addiction Public Awareness Campaign, Gender Pay Equity at Biz that Get NJ Help, Gold Star Family Assistance & Life in Prison for Murdering Minor in Sex Crime Highlight Wednesday Assembly Session

Several Bills Opposing Trump Actions Also Set for Votes

Also on Tap: Veterans Diversion Program, Student Opioid Abuse Education, Expanded Infertility Coverage, Earn Your Way Out Act, Task Force on Adults with Autism, Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System & Reader Privacy Act

Legislation to require health insurance coverage for substance abuse addiction treatment and place restrictions on opioid prescriptions, establish a public awareness campaign to educate about the dangers of opioid and heroin addiction, ensure gender pay equity for businesses receiving state financial assistance, help Gold Star families and require life imprisonment without parole for persons convicted of the murder of a minor under the age of 18 in the commission of a sex crime highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session.

Several resolutions opposing President Trump's policies are also set for votes...

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Video: McKeon on His Bill Requiring Candidates for President and Vice-President to Disclose Federal Income Tax Returns to Appear on NJ Ballot

Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) discusses his legislation (A-4520) to require presidential and vice presidential candidates to submit their income tax returns to run on New Jersey’s ballot. The bill was advanced Monday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Watch the video here.

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McKeon Bill to Replace Costly Paper Poll Books with E-Books at Election Sites Approved by Assembly Panel

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon to test the feasibility of replacing expensive paper poll books at voting sites with electronic "books" to save money in the long-term.

"The purpose of this voluntary project is to allow county commissioners of registration to test the feasibility of replacing the paper polling record used at a polling place on election day with an electronic version of that record," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "In the long run, our goal is to reduce costs and improve accessibility by not having to reprint these books every year."

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Assembly Panel Advances McKeon, Singleton & Moriarty Bill Requiring Presidential & Vice Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns in Order to be Placed on NJ Ballot

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Troy Singleton and Paul Moriarty to restore the tradition of transparency typically honored by presidential candidates by requiring any future presidential and vice presidential candidates to submit their tax returns to the State Division of Elections in order to run on New Jersey's ballot.

"Donald Trump has eschewed at least 40 years of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns, raising an untold number of questions and possible ethical dilemmas," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "Making the returns public would clear up any questions about whether a candidate is indebted to any foreign states or accepting any emoluments from them. This is an issue of national security as well as transparency. If Congress is unwilling to address this, hopefully other states will follow our lead."

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Johnson & Benson Bill Requiring Disclosure of Money Spent by State & Local Governments on Lobbying Activities Advances

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Daniel Benson to improve transparency by requiring lobbyists to disclose the money they receive from state and local government entities to lobby any government agency.

The sponsors noted that a 2009 Comptroller report found that state government entities spent close to $4 million on lobbying firms to lobby state government.

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