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

The Assembly on Monday approved 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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Allowing Youth Soccer in Pinelands, Hospital Caregivers, Combating Metal Theft & Override of Christie Veto on Debt Report Requirements Top Monday Assembly Voting Session

Combating Lead Hazard & Auto Insurance Fraud, Improving School Bus Driver Training, Banning Microbeads and Requiring DCA Post Complete Property Tax Information Also on Tap

Allowing youth soccer on Pinelands areas, requiring hospitals to provide patients and their guardians with opportunities to designate a caregiver, combating the ongoing scourge of metal theft, targeting lead hazards and auto insurance fraud and overriding the governor's veto of a bill to require an annual state debt affordability analysis be included in the State Debt Report highlight Monday's Assembly voting session.

Improving school bus driver training, improving higher education police standards, protecting the environment by banning microbeads and requiring the Division of Local Government Services to include complete property tax information on its web page are also on tap...

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McKeon: Gun Buyback Program Should be Expanded

Assemblyman John F. McKeon Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex) had the following published recently in the Asbury Park Press:

"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 we are one of 11 states to require a seven-day waiting period before one can purchase a legal gun. 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.

"Last week, the Assembly took the first big step to change that. Legislation that would double the number of buyback programs that were undertaken over the past two years was approved in a bipartisan vote by my colleagues, 55-22-5..."


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Burzichelli Asks State and Federal Prosecutors for Criminal Investigation into Conrail in Wake of 2012 Bridge Derailment

Lawmaker Cites Potential Negligence by Conrail in Derailment that Forced Evacuation of Paulsboro & Led to Health Worries
Assembly Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli on Wednesday announced he's asked federal and state prosecutors to investigate whether criminal charges against Conrail are appropriate for failing to maintain the Mantua Creek bridge that was the site of a 2012 derailment that forced the evacuation of Paulsboro.

In a letter sent to both the U.S. Attorney's Office and the state Attorney General, Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) noted a recent report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that Conrail's failure to repair a defective locking mechanism on the bridge, coupled with its failure to properly train rail crews to inspect the bridge, likely caused the accident.

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