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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Armato & Mazzeo Introduce Bill to Protect Hotel Employees from Unsafe Working Conditions

Assemblyman John Armato and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo introduced legislation recently requiring hotels to provide panic buttons to hotel employees for protection against unsafe working conditions while performing housekeeping duties.

“In our district, our hotel staff are a significant part of our community,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “Their safety is our priority. When they are working at all hours of the night, it is simply unacceptable for them to feel unsafe at any moment. These panic buttons will give hotel employees an extra layer of protection while they work.”

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Sumter, Holley & Wimberly Bill Aimed at Improving Rehabilitation, Reducing Recidivism Rate Clears Assembly Panel

“Earn Your Way Out” Measure Would Require Individualized Re-Entry Plan for Each Inmate

Taking a bold step toward criminal justice reform, Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Jamel Holley and Benjie Wimberly are sponsors of the “Earn Your Way Out Act,” which aims to end the school-to-prison pipeline, assist those individuals in recovery and rehabilitation, reduce the number of repeat offenders and provide savings by eliminating the $50,000 a year it costs to incarcerate a prisoner. This bill was advanced Monday by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

“The majority of the more than 10,000 inmates who are released from prison each year in New Jersey will be re-arrested, and two in five will return to prison. In addition to the direct impact this has on their own lives, it also affects their families, their communities and the entire state,” said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). “It’s critical that we stop this woeful pattern by making sure that these men and women have the education, job skills and other resources they need in order to be productive members of society after leaving prison.”

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Andrzejczak and Land Bill Allowing County Fire Coordinators to Display Emergency Warning Lights on Vehicles Clears Assembly Panel

In an effort to further recognize the importance of county and deputy county fire coordinators, Assemblymen Bob Andrzejcak and Bruce Land have sponsored legislation authorizing these individuals to operate emergency warning lights if certain conditions are met. This bill was advanced through the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.

“It is incredibly important to give these courageous people the credit and recognition they deserve,” said Andrzejcak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland.) “County and deputy county fire coordinators are often some of the first responders to a fire and providing them with lights will allow them to better do their jobs and respond even more quickly than they currently do.”

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