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Andrzejczak, Benson & Wilson Bill to Promote Home Accessibility for Disabled Vets Clears Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation introduced by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Daniel Benson, and Gilbert L "Whip" Wilson that would exempt veterans with disabilities from certain fees for home adaptations that would facilitate mobility in their residences passed the full Assembly, 68-0, on Thursday.
The bill (A-2299) would require municipalities to exempt veterans with service-related disabilities or their caretakers from the entire cost of construction permit surcharge fees or enforcing agency fees for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement done in an effort to increase the home's accessibility.
"To show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in defending our nation's freedom, we ought to do whatever we can to ease New Jersey veterans' transitions to civilian life," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland), a disabled veteran who lost a leg during a grenade attack in Iraq. "By alleviating some of the financial hardship that comes with home modification, this bill will allow our state to express appreciation for those who gave so much of themselves for the sake of this country."
Gusciora, Wimberly & Wilson Bill to Require MVC to Allow Payment Plans for Motor Vehicle Surcharges Approved by AssemblyLegislation Assemblymen Reed Gusciora, Benjie Wimberly and Whip Wilson sponsored to make it more convenient for drivers to pay motor vehicle fines was approved Thursday by the Assembly.
"A driver who prefers to pay his or her fines in installments may not be able to under current law," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "A driver's ability to pay fines should be taken into consideration by the MVC. What matters most is that the fines get paid, not how long it takes someone to pay."
Assembly Democratic Legislative Package to Reform NJ's Expungement Laws Clears AssemblyA two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, Grace L. Spencer, Reed Gusciora, Gordon Johnson, John F. McKeon, Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly, Charles Mainor, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Annette Quijano, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Cleopatra Tucker to reform New Jersey's expungement laws was approved Thursday by the Assembly.
"Expungement offers an incentive against recidivism. It gives people who currently have little chance of finding legal employment the opportunity to leave past mistakes behind them, find a job and be productive," said Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). "The fact of the matter is, the system is working against those individuals who have served their time and want to change and do better."
Assembly Approves Gusciora, Benson, Wilson, Andrzejczak, Pinkin & Lampitt 4-Bill Package to Crack Down on Animal CrueltyThe full Assembly on Monday approved a comprehensive four-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Daniel Benson, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, Bob Andrzejczak, Nancy Pinkin and Pamela Lampitt to crack down on animal cruelty.
A-201, sponsored by Gusciora, Benson and Wilson, would authorize the courts to issue an animal protection order against any person found guilty of abusing an animal or otherwise violating the state animal cruelty laws. The animal protection order would require the person to refrain from interacting with an animal permanently or for a period of time specified by the court. The bill was approved by a vote of 76-0.
Assembly Panel Releases Johnson, Mainor & Wilson Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing & Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) and Whip Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) to help clear the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone who convicted of a crime to request DNA testing was released Monday by an Assembly committee.
New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion.
"Thanks to DNA testing, we have seen a number of individuals exonerated after years, sometimes decades spent behind bars for crimes they did not commit," said Johnson. "Sadly, under current state law, an innocent person who is on probation or parole does not have the same access to the technology that can help clear their name and restore their dignity. This bill would open access to DNA testing to these individuals, so they can stop living under the shadow of guilt and finally be free."
Assembly Democratic Legislative Package to Reform NJ's Expungement Laws Released by Assembly Panel
Legislative package would allow for automatic expungement of certain criminal records, reduce waiting periods for expungement application & create commission to study whether expungement of criminal records should be automaticA three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, Grace L. Spencer, Reed Gusciora, Gordon Johnson, John F. McKeon, Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly, Charles Mainor, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Annette Quijano, Joseph Lagana, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Cleopatra Tucker to reform New Jersey's expungement laws was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The bills (A-206-471-1663-2879-3060-3108), (A-1662) and (A-1815) would allow for the automatic expungement of criminal records under certain circumstances, reduce the waiting period required for expungement applications, and create a commission to study whether expungements of convictions should be automatic and whether the expungement of multiple offenses should be allowed.