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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THURSDAY - Expanded Tuition Equality, Veterans Tuition Assistance, UEZ Boost, Meadowlands Reform, Atlantic City Help & Rutgers Reform Top Assembly Session

Bills to expand tuition equality, provide tuition help for veterans, send more money back to Urban Enterprise Zones, reform Meadowlands tax sharing and governance, help Atlantic City's economy and reform the Rutgers board of trustees top Thursday's Assembly voting session.

Bills to reform New Jersey's expungement laws, create Gold Alerts for missing people with developmental disabilities, establish a motor vehicle surcharge payment plan, ban unsolicited text ads and checks, require ATM operators to disclose balance inquiry fees, expand use of DNA as crime evidence, eliminate consumer data collection requirements for gift cards and limit access to motor vehicle recording data are also to be considered...

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McKeon & Lagana Bill to Establish Crime-Fraud Exception to Marital Privilege Approved by Assembly

Asm. John McKeon Legislation Assemblymen John McKeon and Joe Lagana sponsored to establish a crime-fraud exception to marital and civil union partnership privileges was approved Monday by the Assembly. The bill (A-3636) stems from, State v. Terry, 218 N.J. 224 (2014), by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which proposed an amendment to the New Jersey Rules of Evidence to include a crime-fraud exception to the communications privilege.

"The 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..."

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Reform NJ's Expungement Laws Released by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, Grace L. Spencer, Reed Gusciora, Gordon Johnson, John F. McKeon, Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly, Charles Mainor, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Annette Quijano to reform New Jersey's expungement laws was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Expungement offers an incentive against recidivism. It gives people who currently have little chance of finding legal employment the opportunity to leave past mistakes behind them, find a job and be productive," said Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). "The fact of the matter is, the system is working against those individuals who have served their time and want to change and do better."

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MONDAY - Fining Colleges that Fail to Respond to Sexual Assault Allegations, Military Dependent Scholarship Act, E-Insurance for Drivers, Gold Alert System & Online Security Breach Notice Top Assembly Session

Truth in Caller ID, Combating Animal Cruelty, Easing Generators for Gas Stations & Health Care Facilities, Improved School Bus Driver Training & Youth Cardiac Exams Also on Tap

Bills to authorize the Attorney General to fine an institution of higher education that fails to appropriately respond to a student's allegation of sexual assault by another student, create the Military Dependents Scholarship Fund Act, allow drivers to use electronic proof of insurance, establish a Gold Alert system for missing persons with developmental disabilities and require consumer notice of online security breaches top Monday's Assembly voting session...

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MONDAY - Assembly Panel to Consider 5-Bill Package to Help Atlantic City & Measures to Reduce Rutgers Board of Trustees & Allow More Use of DNA as Crime Evidence

The Assembly Appropriations Committee will meet Monday morning to consider, among other bills, legislation to help Atlantic City's struggling economy, reduce membership of the Rutgers board of trustees and allow more use of DNA as crime evidence...


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Gusciora, Singleton & Lagana Bill to Toughen Penalty for Crimes of Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon), Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic) to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"This is a violent tactic often used against domestic violence victims by their abusers. It can have a debilitating psychological effect on the victim, and at worse, lead to her death," said Gusciora. "The fact that the harshest punishment for this crime is up to six months in jail and a fine is ludicrous. The risk of serious injury or worse from a strangulation assault warrants a higher penalty."

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Benson, Conaway & Eustace Resolution to Call on Congress for Limited Constitutional Convention on Corporate Involvement in Elections Advances

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel advanced on Thursday legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Herb Conaway and Tim Eustace sponsored to apply to Congress for limited constitutional convention to limit corrupting influence of money in politics and overturn Citizens United decision and related cases.

"A constitutional convention is clearly needed to correct the disastrous impact of recent Court decisions on the integrity of elections in New Jersey and throughout the nation," said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) "Citizens United opened the door to unlimited spending by shadowy, well-funded groups with no transparency or accountability - spending that drowns out the voice of the American voter and threatens the fundamental fairness of our democracy."

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Assembly Democratic Legislative Package to Reform NJ's Expungement Laws Released by Assembly Panel

Legislative package would allow for automatic expungement of certain criminal records, reduce waiting periods for expungement application & create commission to study whether expungement of criminal records should be automatic
A three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, Grace L. Spencer, Reed Gusciora, Gordon Johnson, John F. McKeon, Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly, Charles Mainor, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Annette Quijano, Joseph Lagana, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Cleopatra Tucker to reform New Jersey's expungement laws was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The bills (A-206-471-1663-2879-3060-3108), (A-1662) and (A-1815) would allow for the automatic expungement of criminal records under certain circumstances, reduce the waiting period required for expungement applications, and create a commission to study whether expungements of convictions should be automatic and whether the expungement of multiple offenses should be allowed.

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Gusciora Bill to Improve Protections for Stalking Victims Released by Assembly Committee

Legislation Assemblyman Reed Gusciora sponsored to improve protections for stalking victims by allowing for electronic monitoring was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-3841) authorizes the court to order electronic monitoring of a defendant convicted of a second or subsequent offense of stalking against the same victim.

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Singleton & Mosquera Sponsored 'Lisa's Law' to Electronically Monitor Domestic Violence Offenders Advances out of Committee

Pilot Program Named for Letizia Zindell,A Domestic Violence Victim Murdered by her Former Fiancée
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Gabriela M. Mosquera that would establish a pilot program for the electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders in New Jersey was released Thursday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

"Under our current system, it is far too easy for domestic violence offenders to get close to their victims again after an initial attack has occurred," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "It is a recipe for tragedy and is, frankly, unacceptable…"

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Expanded Tuition Equality, Regulating Uber-type Companies, Expungement Reform, E-Monitoring of Domestic Violence Offenders, Fair Disaster Relief Distribution & Veterans Tuition Help Top Thursday Assembly Committees

Combating Sexual Assault on Campuses, State Investment Council Reform, Graduated Driver Safety, Clean Vehicle & Buildings, Improving SNAP program, Tax Relief for Caregivers, Combating Animal Fighting, Child Suicide Prevention & Whistleblower Protections for Public Workers Also on Tap

Expanded tuition equality, regulating transportation companies such as Uber, reforming criminal record expungement, monitoring domestic violence offenders, ensuring fair disaster relief funding and tuition help for veterans highlight Thursday's Assembly committee meetings...

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