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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Caputo, Giblin, Tucker, Johnson, Mainor & Sumter Bill to Make it Easier for Law Enforcement to Use Outdoor Video Footage to Investigate Crimes Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin, Cleopatra Tucker, Gordon Johnson, Charles Mainor and Shavonda Sumter to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to use outdoor video cameras to investigate crimes was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

The bill (A-3843) would allow a municipality to enact an ordinance establishing a private outdoor video surveillance camera registry, and would allow any owner of a private outdoor video surveillance camera to voluntarily register the camera with the municipal police department or force.

"This will help law enforcement officials with investigations of criminal activity and save valuable time and resources by providing them with a registry to determine whether a camera is located near where criminal activity occurred,.." said Caputo (D-Essex).

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Johnson & DeAngelo Legislative Package to Enhance Oversight of Military Equipment Issued to Local Law Enforcement Agencies by Fed Govt Heads to Gov's Desk

A two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Wayne DeAngelo to create greater oversight of military equipment distributed to local law enforcement agencies by the federal government received final legislative approval on Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

The first bill (A-3754) requires the Attorney General to direct the Office of Emergency Management to review the transfer of surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies in New Jersey under the federal Department of Defense program commonly referred to as the "1033 program."

"The images of police officers using military equipment in response to protests in Ferguson have raised serious concerns about the use of weapons meant for the battlefield in our communities," said Johnson. "Considering the dangerous potential of these weapons, it is wise to have the Attorney General, as the chief law enforcement officer of the state, directly oversee how the program operates in the state to ensure that these weapons are indeed needed and being used appropriately."

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Caride to Introduce Bill to Re-Criminalize Incest in New Jersey after New York Magazine Story

Assemblywoman Marlene Caride is introducing legislation this week to re-criminalize incest in New Jersey in light of a recent New York Magazine interview with an 18-year old woman from the Great Lakes region who plans on marrying her long-estranged father and moving to New Jersey since incest is not illegal under state law.

"This bill will update our criminal codes to bring them in line, not only with most other states, but with widely accepted-moral codes," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "To be honest, I was shocked to learn that incest is not currently illegal in New Jersey. Whether this was intentional or an oversight when our criminal codes were rewritten, I think we will have widespread support for rewriting it into our books."

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RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY - Regulating Military Equipment Given to Police, Overriding Christie Heating & Food Aid Veto, Equitable Disaster Aid, Domestic Violence Protections, Moose's Law & E-Insurance Top Thursday Assembly Session

Safe Vehicle Rentals, Teen-age Mental Health Care, Storm Protections, Combating Invasive Plants & Volunteer Camera Registry Also on Tap

Regulating military equipment given to police departments, overriding Gov. Christie's veto of legislation increasing heating and food assistance to low-income families, ensuring disaster aid is allocated in proportion to actual damage, modernizing protections against domestic violence, banning people convicted of animal cruelty from working at animal-related jobs and allowing drivers to display electronic proof of insurance highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session…

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