Assembly Law and Public Safety

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee is responsible for reviewing legislation dealing with police, fire and emergency management services, public safety regulations, criminalization of activities and legal ramifications of crimes.
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Benson, Mukherji, Muoio, Holley, Sumter, Downey, Lampitt, Oliver, Danielsen & Wimberly Bill to Protect NJ Public Safety Officers Gains Assembly OK

Asm. Daniel Benson Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson, Raj Mukherji, Elizabeth Muoio, Jamel Holley, Shavonda Sumter, Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Sheila Oliver, Joe Danielsen and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to support workers who are attacked while supervising inmates or detainees received Assembly approval on Wednesday.

"These officers assume a significant deal of risk every day on the job, yet they're excluded from provisions that make compensation available to other public safety officers," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex), chair of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. "This legislation is about taking action to eliminate that inconsistency so that people who put their lives on the line aren't left helpless in the event of an attack."

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Video: Chaparro on Assembly Approving Zackhary’s Law

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-Hudson) discusses her legislation (A-4184) to establish a statewide hit-and-run-advisory program to facilitate the apprehension of persons fleeing motor vehicle accidents.

The bill is known as Zackhary's Law in remembrance of Zackhary Simmons, who was killed in Hoboken by a driver who fled the scene and was later arrested in New York. His family was in attendance to watch Wednesday’s Assembly vote on the bill. It was approved 71-0.

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Sumter, Holley, Oliver, Jones & Wimberly Bill Aimed at Improving Rehabilitation, Reducing Recidivism Rate Passes Assembly, Heads to Gov

Measure Would Require Individualized Re-Entry Plan for Each Inmate
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Jamel Holley, Sheila Oliver, Patricia Egan Jones and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to reform the prison system in New Jersey and reduce the likelihood that former inmates will return to prison cleared the full Assembly, 46-23, on Wednesday.

"The majority of the more than 10,000 inmates who are released from prison each year in New Jersey will be re-arrested, and two in five will return to prison. In addition to the direct impact this has on their own lives, it also affects their families, their communities and the entire state," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "It's critical that we stop this woeful pattern by making sure that these men and women have the education, job skills and other resources they need in order to be productive members of society after leaving prison."

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Video: Sumter on her Earn Your Way Out Act

Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Passaic/Bergen) discusses her Earn Your Way Out Act (A-2182), which was approved 46-23 Wednesday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

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Chaparro, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Jimenez, Mukherji & Downey Bill to Establish Alert System for Hit-and-Runs Passes Assembly

Legislation Honors Zackhary Simmons, 21-Year-Old Man Killed In June Accident
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Chaparro, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson, Angelica Jimenez, Raj Mukherji and Joann Downey sponsored to establish an emergency alert system to help more quickly apprehend drivers responsible for fatal hit-and-run accidents was approved by the full Assembly, 71-0, on Wednesday.

The legislation commemorates the life of Zackhary Simmons, a 21-year-old man who died in Hoboken in June after being hit by a vehicle that subsequently left the scene.

"I hope this bill reminds drivers thinking of fleeing an accident that the whole state will be looking for you, and you will be caught," said Chaparro (D-Hudson). "I want to thank the Simmons family for working so hard on this bill and sharing their time and inspiring this legislation to honor Zack and encourage other drivers to stop and help an injured person instead of cowardly fleeing a scene."

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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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