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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THURSDAY - Assembly to Consider Affordable Housing for Veterans, Workforce Development, Amber & Silver Alert, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and Permanent Needle Exchange Program Legislation

The Assembly will meet Thursday to cosnider affordable housing for veterans, workforce development, Amber & Silver Alert, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and permanent needle exchange program legislation…

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Assembly Dems' Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Approved by Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Elizabeth Muoio, Marlene Caride, L. Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera and Cleopatra Tucker to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases cleared the Assembly on Monday, 77-0.

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Schaer, Danielsen & Sumter Cost-Saving Measure to Expand Medical Parole for Those Posing No Public Safety Threat Gains Assembly Approval

Asm. Gary Schaer Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Joseph Danielsen and Shavonda Sumter that would expand eligibility for medical parole for inmates who are physically incapacitated and do not pose a public safety threat gained approval from the General Assembly on Monday.

"This is both a humane and cost-effective approach to incarceration," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Those who would be eligible for parole under this bill are physically incapacitated and do not pose a threat to public safety. Releasing them from the confines of our prison system would save the state money by shifting the costs to Medicaid, which is funded in part by the federal government, and in turn enable them to get treatment in a more humane setting."

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Transportation Funding & State Budget Bills, Pension Payment Ballot Question, Personalized Handguns, Women's Health Care & Permanent Needle Exchange Program Top Monday Assembly Session

Transportation Trust Fund and state budget legislation, along with measures to ask voters to require annual state pension payments, require firearms retailers to sell personalized handguns, fund women's health care, extend Urban Enterprise Zones and make the needle exchange program permanent top Monday's Assembly voting session...

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Wimberly: We Cannot Afford to Sit Idle

Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Passaic) had the following published recently on Politicker NJ:

"Charleston, Columbine, Newtown, Aurora, Tucson and more recently the 42 shootings in Chicago and the deadliest mass shooting on record in Orlando underscores the need for gun reform across the country. Mass violence is a threat to everyone everywhere.

"The state legislature has made repeated attempts to take meaningful action on gun reform. For each measure, the Governor has either vetoed the bill or let the bill expire by not signing it.

"We cannot continue to avoid making the harder decisions. Acts of terrorism, whether by illegal guns in our communities or by mentally ill perpetrators with a vendetta, the threat to our safety and way of life is unquestionable..."

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