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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Stender & Scutari Introduce Bill to Prohibit Sale of Pure Caffeine Powder to Minors

Asw. Linda Stender Follows Overdose Death of 18-Year-Old In Ohio

Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Senator Nicholas Scutari (both D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union) today introduced legislation to prohibit the sale of pure, 100 percent caffeine powder to minors.

"Ingesting pure caffeine is dangerous and potentially lethal," said Assemblywoman Stender. "The sale of this drug to children should be treated like the hazardous substance that it is. By outlawing its sale to minors and establishing penalties and fines for violating the prohibition, we will send a message that we are serious about cracking down on offenders that engage in this activity and about keeping our children safe..."

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Lampitt Bill Bolstering Car Safety for Young Children Continues Advancing

Asw. Pam Lampitt Assembly approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Pamela Lampitt to bolster car safety for young children was released Thursday by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

"With advances in research and car safety technology, recommendations to protect children in motor vehicles are always changing. Just look how different things were just a decade or two ago," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington), chairwoman of the Assembly Women and Children Committee. "Incorporating the latest recommendations will help ensure that we're doing all we can to protect young children in automobiles..."

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Mainor & Mukherji Bill to Test Effectiveness of State's Probation & Rehabilitation Programs Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Charles Mainor and Raj Mukherji (both D-Hudson) to measure the effectiveness of the state's probation and rehabilitation programs was released Thursday by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

The bill (A-2417) requires the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts to establish a program to record and analyze recidivism rates for adults sentenced to a period of probation.

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Johnson & Mainor Bill Requiring Higher Ed. Police Departments to Adopt Policing Procedures Used by All Law Enforcement in NJ Advanced by Assembly Panel

An Assembly committee on Thursday released legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Charles Mainor requiring college and university police departments to adopt the Attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs policies and procedures.

"Having uniformity across the board can help avoid potential confusion and mistakes," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Rather than have these departments operating under different guidelines, this bill would require them to use the same guidelines as every other law enforcement agency in the state."

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Assembly Panel Releases Johnson & Mainor Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing, Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) and Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) to help exonerate the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone who has been convicted of a crime to request DNA testing was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.

New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion.

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Tuition Freeze & More Higher Education Reform, 911 Texting & New Consumer Protections Top Thursday Assembly Committee Meetings

Combating Metal Theft, Expanded Use of DNA Evidence, Lead Hazard Control & Job Training Also Among Bills on Tap

Prohibiting colleges and universities from hiking tuition and fees for nine continuous semesters following a student's initial enrollment and other higher education reform bills, requiring 911 facilities to handle text messages and new consumer protections top Thursday's Assembly committee meetings.

Combating the scourge of metal theft, authorizing courts to order law enforcement to submit DNA evidence to national databases to determine whether the evidence matches a known individual or a profile from an unsolved crime and lead hazard control are among the bills also on tap…

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Assembly Approves Mainor, Sumter, Wilson & Riley Bill to Create Task Force to Review, Make Safety Recommendations for NJ Halfway Houses

Asm. Charles Mainor Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Charles Mainor, Shavonda Sumter, Whip Wilson and Celeste Riley to create a task force charged with reviewing the state's privately run halfway houses and making recommendations to enhance oversight and security was approved Monday by the General Assembly.

"It is mind-boggling that facilities tasked with protecting the public against criminals would make it so easy for these very same individuals to get out and commit more crimes," said Mainor (D-Hudson). "Thousands have escaped from the state's privately run halfway houses since 2005. We owe it to our residents to spend state funds wisely, but certainly not by jeopardizing their safety..."

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McKeon: Buying Back Our Safety

Assemblyman John F. McKeon Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex) had the following published recently in the Newark Star-Ledger:

"...why is it that three out of every 100,000 Americans will die of a gun-related act each year, when 0.2 per every 100,000 citizens of the remaining 22 industrialized nations will have a similar fate? Why is it that the rate of American gun-related homicides are 15 times higher than any large wealthy nation?

"New Jersey is a progressive state as it relates to regulating weapons that are most likely to inflict mass casualties. We are one of seven States to ban assault weapons and limit ammunition clips, and one of 11 States that mandate a seven-day waiting period before making legal firearm purchases. Yet, recently outlawing 50-caliber rifles capable of shooting a helicopter out of the sky could not escape a veto or muster any votes for an override.

"We know from experience that amnesty -- the return of illegal guns and buyback programs -- is effective at taking thousands of weapons off our streets. In the period between December 2012 and April 2013, State officials and local authorities collected a record 9,000 firearms, including rocket launchers, assault weapons, and submachine guns.

"However, the frequency and scope of these programs are neither mandated nor permanently funded. Legislation which would substantially increase these buyback programs was unanimously approved in a bipartisan vote by the Assembly Judiciary Committee earlier this year..."


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McKeon, Prieto, Greenwald, Mainor, Jasey & Schaer Bill to Create Statewide Gun Buyback Program Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Charles Mainor, Mila Jasey and Gary Schaer to create a statewide gun buyback program to cut back on the number of firearms out in communities throughout the state was approved 53-22-5 Monday by the Assembly.

"Gun violence claims lives every day. In some communities, it is an-all too common reality," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "We realize a gun buyback program alone will not eliminate gun violence, but it can help enhance public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation."

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Mainor, Johnson, Wimberly & Mukherji "Marc Anthony's Law" Bill to Protect Police Officers Approved by Assembly

(TRENTON) - The Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Charles Mainor, Gordon Johnson, Benjie Wimberly and Raj Mukherji to make the use of a defaced or stolen firearm to injure a police officer a crime, and toughen the penalties for defacing a firearm.

The bill, designated Marc Anthony's Law, is named after Jersey City Police Detective Marc Anthony DiNardo who died from injuries sustained during a shootout with suspected robbers in 2009.

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6-bill Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Package, Gun Safety Bills & Halfway House Reform Top Monday Assembly Voting Session

Dam Restoration, Public School Defibrillator Usage & Parkinson's Disease Awareness Also on Tap

Six bills to improve domestic violence victim protections and legislation to criminalize use of a defaced firearm to injure a police officer, establish a statewide gun buyback program and create a task force to study halfway house reform top Monday's Assembly voting session.

Dam restoration, public school policies for defibrillator usage and Parkinson's disease awareness are also on tap…

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