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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Vainieri Huttle, Prieto & Downey Bill to Crackdown on Child Pornographers, Stiffen Penalties Now Law

Legislation is Designed to Address Technological Advances which have Made Mass Distribution Easier
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywoman Joann Downey to broaden the state's child pornography laws and substantially boost penalties in order to keep pace with changes in technology has been signed into law.

The law (A-4859) establishes additional penalties for child pornography crimes by expanding the definition of child pornography to include the portrayal of a child in a sexual manner; establishing the crime of "leader of child pornography network"; and enhancing penalties and revising the sentencing provisions for these crimes.

"This law is designed to address the disturbing changes in the child pornography industry that have unfortunately been aided by technology, but are not adequately addressed by our current laws..," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen).

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Vainieri Huttle & Jimenez Bill to Modify Law on Certain Heinous Crimes against Minors Now Law

'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 has been signed into law.

The newly signed law (A-373) requires 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.

"The crimes covered in this legislation are atrocious regardless of the victim's age," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "The pain, suffering and anger would continue to manifest every time there is a new parole hearing. No family member should ever be subjected to the painful reminders of such horrifying events. A minor is a minor in all aspects of the law, and this law eliminates an irrational discrepancy in New Jersey."
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Prieto & Giblin Bill to Crack Down on Plumbing, HVACR Contractors Practicing Without a License Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblyman Thomas Giblin that would make it a fourth degree crime to advertise or perform plumbing or heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration services without proper credentials has been signed into law.

"Through increased penalties, we aim to better protect the public interest and safety by deterring unscrupulous and unqualified contractors from swindling residents out of time and money," said Prieto (D-Hudson).

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