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Wimberly, Sumter Introduce Legislation to Reinforce Anonymity Protection on Criminal Tip Lines(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrats Benjie E. Wimberly and Shavonda Sumter (Both D- Bergen, Passaic) have introduced legislation to strengthen the anonymity protection of residents who provide information on criminal activity via law enforcement tools such as tip hotlines and websites.
The sponsors said the impetus for this legislation was the numerous concerns raised in Paterson about the lack of enforcement of protection of the tip line caller's identity and personal information.
"Crime in our communities has escalated exponentially and, unfortunately, so has the fear of families' who are willing to help but need to do it anonymously," Wimberly said. "To effectively reduce crime in our communities, everyone - police, residents and businesses--must work together."
Eustace & Sumter Introduce Bill to Keep Guns from Serious Criminal OffendersAssembly Democrats Tim Eustace and Shavonda Sumter (both D-Bergen/Passaic) have introduced legislation to prohibit individuals convicted of carjacking, gang criminality, racketeering and terroristic threat from purchasing or owning a firearm in New Jersey.
"Guns are fatal when in the wrong hands," said Eustace. "This bill can help keep guns away from individuals who have shown a clear disregard for their fellow man and the law."
Vainieri Huttle, Mosquera, McKeon, Benson & Sumter Bill to Protect Sexual Assault Victims Clears Full Assembly
Legislation Would Permit Victims without Ties to Offenders to Seek Protective OrdersLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gabriela Mosquera, John McKeon, Daniel Benson and Shavonda Sumter to allow more victims of sexual assault to seek protective orders against their perpetrators was unanimously approved by the full Assembly on Monday.
"Simply seeing an abuser - whether he or she is a new acquaintance or an old friend - forces many sexual assault survivors to relive the trauma of having been violated, and current law says they have no option but to suffer in silence," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Every person in this state has a right to feel safe while going about his or her daily life. With this bill, we reaffirm our commitment to the notion that all residents of New Jersey should be able to seek the protection they need to live in peace."