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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Assembly Approves McKeon, Jasey & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Stiff Penalties for Vehicular Homicide while Drunk Driving

"Ralph & David's Law" is Named in Honor of Morris County Man & Sussex County Boy Killed by Drunk Drivers
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure stiff penalties for anyone who commits vehicular homicide while driving drunk was approved 68-0-1 by the full Assembly on Thursday.

The bill (A-3686), known as "Ralph and David's Law," would establish a new crime of "strict liability vehicular homicide" for killing a person while drunk driving. The bill is named in honor of Ralph Politi, Jr. and David Heim who were both tragically killed by drunk drivers.

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Expand Primary Voting Rights, Encourage Youth Participation in Elections Clears Assembly

Asm. Andrew Zwicker Legislation Would Allow Certain 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Jamel Holley, Elizabeth Muoio, Tim Eustace, Arthur Barclay, Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji that would allow more young New Jersey residents to participate in elections gained Assembly approval on Thursday.

The bill (A-3591), the "New Voter Empowerment Act," would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election provided they will turn 18 on or before the next succeeding general election.

"Young people in New Jersey are eager to raise their voices and make a difference," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "More than 23,000 of them will have a birthday after the primary but before the general election. Under my legislation, they would be able to vote in both elections. It's an important step forward to fully empower thousands of new voters every year."

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Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace & Downey Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Gains Assembly Approval

By a vote of 52-21-1, the full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation (A-1944) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Tim Eustace and Joann Downey that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of the process of applying for or renewing a driver's license.

"This bill is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully encourage more young people to register to vote and make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty."

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Prieto Statement on Advancing of new Atlantic City Economic Recovery Legislation

'This is legislation devised with the Assembly sitting at the table'
23 Pages of Amendments to Initial Legislation
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Monday after the Assembly Judiciary Committee advanced economic recovery legislation (A-2569 and A-2570) for Atlantic City:

"I'm clearly pleased we've been able to come together to advance this legislation and its 23 total pages of amendments.

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Coughlin, Schaer & Eustace Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Gains Assembly Panel Approval

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation (A-1944) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer and Tim Eustace that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of the process of applying for or renewing a driver's license.

"This bill is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty."

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Assembly Democratic Legislation to Expand Primary Voting Rights, Encourage Youth Participation in Elections Clears Committee

Asm. Andrew Zwicker Bill Would Allow Certain 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Jamel Holley, Elizabeth Muoio, Tim Eustace, Arthur Barclay, Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji that would allow more young New Jersey residents to participate in elections was advanced by an Assembly committee on Monday.

The bill (A-3591), the "New Voter Empowerment Act," would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election provided they will turn 18 on or before the next succeeding general election.

"Young people in New Jersey are eager to raise their voices and make a difference," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "Barring voters who will be able to participate in a general election from taking part in the primary beforehand unjustifiably dampers that enthusiasm. We can't have two categories of voters in our state. If you can vote in a general election, you should be eligible to vote in the primary."

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