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Oliver, Johnson & Jasey Bill to Prohibit Sale of Realistic Toy Guns Clears Assembly CommitteeLegislation sponsored by Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver and Assembly Democrats Gordon M. Johnson and Mila Jasey to prohibit the sale of toy guns that resemble real firearms was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.
"Unfortunately, when a law enforcement officer is called to a scene and has to make a split-second decision, it can be difficult to differentiate between a real weapon and an imitation," said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). "If the officer is wrong in assuming that a toy is a real weapon, it can result in tragedy for a child at play. If the officer hesitates, believing that a real weapon is a toy, it can result in tragedy for the officer. By putting restrictions on the sale of replica weapons, we can get to the root of this disturbing problem."
Gusciora, Oliver, Lagana & Lampitt Bill to Ban Marriage for Anyone under 18 Advances
Legislation is Designed to Combat Forced Child MarriagesBipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Sheila Oliver, Joseph Lagana and Pamela Lampitt to combat forced child marriages was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.
Specifically, the bill (A-3091) would bar the issuance of marriage or civil union licenses to all persons under the age of 18, regardless of parental or judicial consent. Under current law, marriage or civil union licenses may not be issued to minors under the age of 18 unless the parents or guardian, if any, consent. If the minor is under the age of 16, a judge of the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part must also consent to the marriage or civil union.
Assembly Panel OKs Oliver, Conaway, Tucker, Sumter & Holley Bill Requiring Attorney Generalís Office to Handle Investigation of Police-Related Homicides
Bill is Designed to Bring Fairness & Impartiality to the Process after High-Profile Acquittals Across the CountryLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Cleopatra Tucker, Shavonda Sumter and Jamel Holley to help ensure impartiality when a law enforcement officer kills someone in the line of duty was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
The bill (A-1115) provides that, whenever a person's death occurred during an encounter with a police officer or other law enforcement officer acting in the officer's official capacity or while the decedent was in custody, the state Attorney General would supersede the local county prosecutor, utilizing existing supersession authority, and conduct, personally or by a designated deputy or assistant attorney general, any investigation, criminal action or proceeding concerning the incident.