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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Gusciora to Discuss Police Oversight Bill with Wisconsin Activist who Inspired LegislationDeputy Assembly Majority Leader Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) will meet with Wisconsin police oversight activist Michael Bell on Friday to discuss legislation Gusciora has introduced that is modeled after similar Wisconsin legislation inspired by the death of Bell's son.
Bell's son was killed in an unwarranted police shooting over ten years ago, motivating Bell to lobby the Wisconsin legislature for laws that would require independent investigators to investigate deaths involving a police officer. The passage of the Wisconsin legislation earlier this year motivated Gusciora to introduce similar legislation in New Jersey (A-3756).
Caride, Eustace, Lagana, Andrzejczak & Mukherji Bill to Toughen Penalties for Heroin Related Crimes & Combat Rising Use in N.J. Clears Assembly(TRENTON) - The General Assembly approved on Thursday legislation Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Timothy Eustace, Joseph Lagana, Robert Andrzejczak and Raj Mukherji sponsored to revise penalties for heroin offenses.
The bill (A-783/2831) increases penalties for certain heroin offenses by revising the threshold amounts for first, second and third degree crimes involving manufacturing, distributing and dispensing heroin or having the drug under one's control with the intent to do so. The bill would incorporate the threshold adjustments according to recommendations in a 2013 report by the State Commission of Investigation of Prescription Pill and Heroin Abuse.
"This is a critical time for New Jersey, as heroin use continues to rise and reach dangerous levels. What makes heroin so dangerous is that it is cheap, easily available and users are getting younger and younger," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Heroin related deaths and overdoses in New Jersey have increased, and not just in areas deemed problematic, but all over the state. We must take action before we have a full-blown epidemic that cannot be controlled."