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Legislation

This Page will be updated to a new format in the near future.

Our Executive Secretary, Pat Minutillo keeps us up to date with legislation that affects all our members as well as law enforcement throughout our state.  Listed below are some of the current issues with descriptions and links to further information.  The purpose of this page is to point you to the current informational links that we find.  If you have any requests,  email Pat. You may also find updates in our quarterly newsletter.  If you are not receiving it, Let Pat know as well.
To check for the date of each update, see right column belowLinks to Legislators Bios at bottom of page 

Latest update(s) -  A2655 S3136 AJR97
Breaking News

Read this interview with John Sierchio regarding the PFRS

AJR97 Designates month of October of every year as Italian-American Heritage Month. Passed both Houses


SUBJECT: Policy on the Use of Conducted Energy Devices by Law Enforcement Personnel              10-11-2009

The Attorney General’s Office has issued a newly approved policy on the use of conducted energy devices (stun guns) by law enforcement personnel. This supplemental policy is based on the recommendations of the Attorney General’s Advisory Group to Study the Use of Less-lethal Force.

Conducted energy devices provide a valuable tool to be used in limited circumstances by law enforcement personnel where significant force is required. The policy permits the use of conducted energy devices by a limited number of specially trained officers. These officers may use the devices when confronted by an emotionally disturbed person conducting himself in a manner that the officer reasonably believes is likely to result in serious bodily injury to himself, the officer, or others. Use of the devices in conformance with these guidelines will assist law enforcement personnel by providing a significant addition to their continuum of force.

The policy specifically prohibits use of the devices: as “pain compliance devices,” to prevent a person from committing property damage, to prevent a person from fleeing the scene, on persons restrained by handcuffs, and on persons in a motor vehicle. The policy requires semiannual retraining by officers authorized to deploy the devices. It additionally requires the procurement of only those devices that store critical data, such as a digital video recording and a time/date stamp, on every instance in which the device is discharged.

Implementation of this policy provides greater safety to the public as well as law

enforcement personnel, and ensures accountability for the use of these devices.

Any questions concerning the implementation of this new policy should be addressed to Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni, or her designee.

For a copy of the A.G. Policy go to:
http://njfop.org/pdf/ag_policy_conducted_energy-devices.pdf


Latest update on IRS “Normal Retirement Age”-Extension of Application

Extension of Effective Date of Normal Retirement Age Regulations for Governmental Plans

Notice 2008-98

I. Purpose
The Service and Treasury intend to extend the date by which a governmental plan must comply with final regulations on distributions from a pension plan upon attainment of normal retirement age, which were published in the Federal Register as T.D. 9325 (72

FR 28604) on May 22, 2007 (“the 2007 final regulations”). Under the extension, the 2007 final regulations will be effective for a governmental plan (as defined in § 414(d) of the Internal Revenue Code) for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2011. This notice does not change the effective date of the 2007 final regulations for a plan that is not a governmental plan or modify the relief previously provided in Notice 2007-69,

2007- 2 C.B. 468.  Full Rule, Click Here


The New Jersey Civil Service commission (now that the Department of Personnel ahs been disbanded) has issued a rule change to N.J.A.C. 4A (SEE BELOW).  This change was issued on an emergency basis under a “STATEMENT OF IMMINENT PERIL” and therefore must be formally adopted within 60 days.   Obviously, the state is using our current economic crisis as a justification to furlough public employees.  This change gives significant authority to State and Local Governments which could prove very detrimental to public employees.
“PROPOSED NEW RULE UNDER N.J.A.C. 4A:8-1.1 GENERAL”

OLD RULE

4A:8-1.1 General

( c )     At no time shall any employee be subject to any layoff action if the employee is on a military leave or absence for active service in the Armed Forces of the United States in time of war or emergency.

NEW RULE
4A: 8-1.1 A Temporary layoffs
(a)       An appointing authority in State or local service may institute a temporary layoff for economy, efficiency, or other related reasons.  A temporary layoff shall be defined as: (1) the closure of an entire layoff unit for one or more work days over a defined period; or (2) a staggered layoff of each employee in a layoff unit for one or more work days over a defined period.  A temporary layoff shall be considered a single layoff action even though the layoff or individual employees take place on different days during the defined period.  The defined period shall be set forth by the appointing authority in its temporary layoff plan; however, in a staggered layoff, the maximum period to stagger one day off shall not exceed 45 days.
(b)       A temporary layoff pursuant to subsection (a) of this section may, with the approval of the Chairperson or a designee, be subject to limited exceptions when necessary to ensure continued public health and safety, including but not limited to child welfare, law enforcement, and care for prisoners, patients, and other residents in the care or custody of the state.
(c)       In a temporary layoff, no employee in the layoff unit, whether career, senior executive, or unclassified, shall be paid for any work day that is designated as exempt from a temporary layoff day pursuant to subsection (b) of this section shall be paid his or her regular wages for working on that day.
(c)       A temporary layoff plan shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Civil service Commission or a designee in accordance with N.J.A.C. 4A:8-1.4 at least 15 days prior to the issuance of temporary layoff notices, or such other period as permitted by the Chairperson or a designee.  The temporary layoff plan shall describe the implementation of the temporary layoff, including the specific day(s) on which the layoff unit will be closed, any exceptions pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and, if staggered, the reasons for not closing the entire layoff unit on a specific day, and the staffing plan for implementing a staggered temporary layoff.  Part time employees shall be designated for a proportional amount of temporary layoff time, consistent with the ration of hours worked to full-time employment.  In a staggered temporary layoff, the appointing authority shall be permitted, in its sole discretion, to designate as unpaid temporary layoff time any planned or unplanned leave time taken by an employee during the defined layoff period, up to the maximum temporary layoff time for that defined layoff period.  Employees shall not be permitted to substitute any paid leave for an unpaid temporary layoff day.
(d)       For purposes of accrual of leave time, anniversary dates, paid holidays, and seniority, temporary layoff time shall be treated as if the employee is in pay status.  An employee serving a working test period shall have the working test period extended for the time equal to the temporary layoff time.  A federal Family and Medical Leave Act leave or other leave for medical or family reasons shall not be affected by a temporary layoff.  An alternate work week program may be suspended for pay periods in which a temporary layoff is implemented.
(e)       This temporary layoff rule, N.J.A.C. 4A:8-1.1A shall expire on June 30, 2010.
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Statement from Governor Corzine on the Adoption of Furlough Rules by the Civil Service Commission

TRENTON – Governor Jon S. Corzine today made the following statement on the Civil Service Commission’s actions to set rules for mandatory furloughs.

“In the midst of this national economic crisis, we are faced with tough choices about how to balance the state budget. It is essential that we do what is right for all New Jerseyans. The right thing to do is to avoid putting thousands of people onto the unemployment rolls but instead keeping them on the job, even if it means mandatory, unpaid time off.

“With that in mind I concur with the finding by the Civil Service Commission that an emergency exists, requiring that the furlough rule be adopted immediately. This allows the commission to move forward so the state, county and local governments may expedite plans for temporary layoffs through mandatory furloughs in the current fiscal year and also in the upcoming FY2010 fiscal year.

“I have asked each of the departments to implement furlough plans in a manner that will be least disruptive to the public we serve and the workforce without compromising public safety.  As part of our effort to ensure the public is protected, we will exempt from furlough certain personnel who perform functions that require round-the-clock coverage, such as law enforcement, corrections and direct care aides at state institutions.

“While furloughs and wage freezes are not options we would choose in ordinary circumstances, they are the right choices in the current crisis as we fulfill our constitutional obligation to the people of this great state.”

 

 

 

Bill or
Legslation
Synopsis & Links Updated
H.R. 218 H.R. 218, known as “The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004”, was signed into law on January 20, 2004.  The purpose of the Act is to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from State Laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns.
The two links below will provide you with an excellent explanatory overview of the Law, as well as a full copy of the Law in it’s entirety.
To view an overview of H.R. 218: http://www.njlawman.com/Feature%20Pieces/HR%20218.htm
To View the whole law:  http://www.leaa.org
1/1/09
SJR54 SJR54 Designates month of October of every year as Italian-American History and Heritage Month.
State GovernmentIdentical Bill Number: AJR99
Last Session Bill Number: SJR33Bucco, Anthony R.   as Primary Sponsor
Vitale, Joseph F.   as Primary Sponsor
Van Drew, Jeff as Co-Sponsor
Baroni, Bill as Co-Sponsor
Ruiz, M. Teresa as Co-Sponsor
Sarlo, Paul A.   as Co-Sponsor
Weinberg, Loretta as Co-Sponsor
Buono, Barbara as Co-Sponsor
Pennacchio, Joseph as Co-Sponsor
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5/19/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government Committee
11/13/2008 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
12/15/2008 Passed by the Senate (38-0)
1/13/2009 Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly State Government CommitteeIntroduced – 3 pages PDF Format HTML Format
Statement – SSG 11/13/08 – 1 pages PDF Format HTML Format
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Committee Voting:
SSG  11/13/2008  -  r/favorably  -  Yes {5}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  -  Roll Call

Scutari, Nicholas P. (C) – Yes
Weinberg, Loretta (V) – Yes
Beck, Jennifer – Yes
O’Toole, Kevin J. – Yes
Whelan, Jim – Yes

Session Voting:
Sen.    12/15/2008  -  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   -  Yes {38}  No {0}  Not Voting {2}    -  Roll Call
To View Full Resolution:  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2006/Bills/SJR/33_I1.PDF

1/13/09
RetirementAge The Latest IRS Rules Decision on “Normal Retirement Age.”
The implementation for the 2007 rules changes has been delayed until 2011To view the full text concerning and explaining this rule extension:
http://www.njfop.org/pdf/irs101108.pdf
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Regular Retirement Age Update from the State PBA
2-18-09
SR26 SR26 Urges local police, fire, and emergency service departments to respectfully sound their sirens at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs
Last Session Bill Number: SR77Madden, Fred H., Jr.   as Primary Sponsor
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1/28/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee
To view the Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/SR/26_I1.HTM
 
Senate Bill
119
Senate Bill 119 Establishes “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.Sponsored by:
Senator NICHOLAS P. SCUTARI
District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)
Senator JIM WHELAN
District 2 (Atlantic)Co-Sponsored by:
Senators Cunningham, Lesniak, Stack, Sweeney, Weinberg and VitaleFor additional  information on this matter:  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S0500/119_S1.HTM
or to view a blog on this issue: http://blog.norml.org/category/medical-cannabis/
For an e-mail copy of the DEA Letter Opposing this Bill, DSC Facts About Medicinal Marijuana or a copy of the N.J. Final Bill, email either Pat Minutillo at PMinutillo@verizon.net.
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1/8/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
12/15/2008 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/23/2009 Passed by the Senate (22-16)

2-23-09
Senate
Bill 182
Senate Bill 182:
Authorizes certain law enforcement officers and corrections officers to possess and use stun guns while on duty.Sponsored by:
Senator ANTHONY R. BUCCO
District 25 (Morris)
&
Senator JOHN A. GIRGENTI
District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)Co-Sponsored by: Senator Stack.
An Act concerning the possession of certain weapons by law enforcement officers, amending N.J.S.2C:39-3 and supplementing chapter 39 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes.“The chief law enforcement officer of a State, county or municipal law enforcement agency may permit a law enforcement officer of that agency who completes the training requirement of this section to possess and use a stun gun approved by the Attorney General in accordance with the requirements of this section.  Prior to granting approval to any law enforcement officer, the chief law enforcement officer shall certify to the Attorney General that the officer has completed the training requirement and shall use an approved stun gun in accordance with the requirements of this section.”

For full copy of Bill:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S0500/182_R1.HTM

6/5/08
S14
A3688 -
Pension Deferrals
S14 Reduces required local employer contributions to PERS and PFRS for State fiscal years 2009 through 2011.
2nd Reading in the SenateIdentical Bill Number: A3688    (1R)Codey, Richard J.   as Primary Sponsor
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2/9/2009 Introduced, 1st Reading without Reference,
2nd Reading Introduced – 21 pages HTML FormatTo view bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S0500/14_I1.HTM

To view an excellent Legislative History and full explanation of how this Bill will affect the PFRS from the NJ PBA President Anthony Wieners:
http://www.njspba.com/Documents/Pension%20Deferrals%20and%20PFRS%202.pdf
To view a joint opposition letter from the NJ FOP President Ed Brannigan and PFANJ President Dominick Marino:
http://njfop.org/pdf/a3688jointletter.pdf

S14/A3688 were modified and new Bill (the revised version) is A3868.  A3868 was signed into law.  It calls for a one-year Pension Holiday in PFRS, PERS & SPRS, plus the Teacher’s pension.  This is different from the original proposal in S14/A3688 which called for a 3 year Pension Holiday.  A3868 is also optional where S14/A3688 was automatic.

3/24/2008
S180 S180S180

 

S180

S180

 

 

S180 Imposes conditions on drivers approaching stopped emergency vehicles, tow trucks or highway maintenance vehicles displaying flashing lights.
Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the GovernorIdentical Bill Number: A1179    (1R)
Last Session Bill Number: S2422   (1R)Bucco, Anthony R.   as Primary Sponsor
Girgenti, John A.   as Primary Sponsor
Oliver, Sheila Y.   as Primary Sponsor
Quigley, Joan M.   as Primary Sponsor
Holzapfel, James W.   as Primary Sponsor
Greenstein, Linda R.   as Primary Sponsor
Madden, Fred H., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Cunningham, Sandra B.   as Co-Sponsor
Whelan, Jim   as Co-Sponsor
Kyrillos, Joseph M., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Vainieri Huttle, Valerie   as Co-Sponsor
Wagner, Connie   as Co-Sponsor
Giblin, Thomas P.   as Co-Sponsor
Ramos, Ruben J., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Vas, Joseph   as Co-Sponsor
Scalera, Frederick   as Co-Sponsor
Conners, Jack   as Co-Sponsor
Gusciora, Reed   as Co-Sponsor
Love, Sandra   as Co-Sponsor
Chiappone, Anthony   as Co-Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee
5/5/2008 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
5/22/2008 Senate Amendment (38-0) (Girgenti)
6/12/2008 Passed by the Senate (38-0)
6/12/2008 Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
12/15/2008 Substituted for A1179 (1R)
12/15/2008 Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (76-0-1)
1/27/2009 Approved P.L.2009, c.5.Introduced – 3 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Technical Review Of Prefiled Bill – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – SLP 5/5/08 ACS – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Floor Statement – Senate 5/22/08 – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Reprint – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Advance Law – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Pamphlet Law – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
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Committee Voting:
SLP  5/5/2008  -  r/favorably  -  Yes {5}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  -  Roll Call
Girgenti, John A. (C) – Yes
Stack, Brian P. (V) – Yes
Bucco, Anthony R. – Yes
Connors, Christopher J. – Yes
Sacco, Nicholas J. – Yes

Session Voting:
Sen.    5/22/2008  -  2ND READING   -  Yes {0}  No {0}  Not Voting {40}    -  Voice Vote Passed
Sen.    5/22/2008  -  AMEND   -  Yes {38}  No {0}  Not Voting {2}    -  Roll Call

 

 

Adler, John H. – Yes
Allen, Diane B. – Yes
Baroni, Bill – Yes
Bateman, Christopher – Yes
Beck, Jennifer – Yes
Bucco, Anthony R. – Not Voting
Buono, Barbara – Yes
Cardinale, Gerald – Yes
Ciesla, Andrew R. – Yes
Codey, Richard J. – Yes
Connors, Christopher J. – Yes
Cunningham, Sandra B. – Yes
Gill, Nia H. – Yes
Girgenti, John A. – Yes
Gordon, Robert M. – Yes
Haines, Philip E. – Yes
Kean, Sean T. – Yes
Kean, Thomas H., Jr. – Yes
Kyrillos, Joseph M., Jr. – Yes
Lance, Leonard – Yes
Lesniak, Raymond J. – Yes
Madden, Fred H., Jr. – Not Voting
O’Toole, Kevin J. – Yes
Oroho, Steven V. – Yes
Pennacchio, Joseph – Yes
Redd, Dana L. – Yes
Rice, Ronald L. – Yes
Ruiz, M. Teresa – Yes
Sacco, Nicholas J. – Yes
Sarlo, Paul A. – Yes
Scutari, Nicholas P. – Yes
Singer, Robert W. – Yes
Smith, Bob – Yes
Stack, Brian P. – Yes
Sweeney, Stephen M. – Yes
Turner, Shirley K. – Yes
Van Drew, Jeff – Yes
Vitale, Joseph F. – Yes
Weinberg, Loretta – Yes
Whelan, Jim – Yes
Adler, John H. – Yes
Allen, Diane B. – Not Voting
Baroni, Bill – Yes
Bateman, Christopher – Yes
Beck, Jennifer – Yes
Bucco, Anthony R. – Yes
Buono, Barbara – Yes
Cardinale, Gerald – Yes
Ciesla, Andrew R. – Yes
Codey, Richard J. – Yes
Connors, Christopher J. – Yes
Cunningham, Sandra B. – Yes
Gill, Nia H. – Not Voting
Girgenti, John A. – Yes
Gordon, Robert M. – Yes
Haines, Philip E. – Yes
Kean, Sean T. – Yes
Kean, Thomas H., Jr. – Yes
Kyrillos, Joseph M., Jr. – Yes
Lance, Leonard – Yes
Lesniak, Raymond J. – Yes
Madden, Fred H., Jr. – Yes
O’Toole, Kevin J. – Yes
Oroho, Steven V. – Yes
Pennacchio, Joseph – Yes
Redd, Dana L. – Yes
Rice, Ronald L. – Yes
Ruiz, M. Teresa – Yes
Sacco, Nicholas J. – Yes
Sarlo, Paul A. – Yes
Scutari, Nicholas P. – Yes
Singer, Robert W. – Yes
Smith, Bob – Yes
Stack, Brian P. – Yes
Sweeney, Stephen M. – Yes
Turner, Shirley K. – Yes
Van Drew, Jeff – Yes
Vitale, Joseph F. – Yes
Weinberg, Loretta – Yes
Whelan, Jim – Yes

 

 

Sen.    6/12/2008  -  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   -  Yes {38}  No {0}  Not Voting {2}    -  Roll Call

Asm.  12/15/2008  -  SUBSTITUTE FOR A1179 Aca   -  Yes {0}  No {0}  Not Voting {80}  Abstains {0}  -  Voice Vote Passed
Asm.  12/15/2008  -  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   -  Yes {76}  No {0}  Not Voting {3}  Abstains {1}  -  Roll Call

To view law:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/PL09/5_.HTM

Signed into Law by Gov. Corzine
S569 S569Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act”; concerns workers’ compensation for public safety workers.
LaborIdentical Bill Number: A1330
Last Session Bill Number: S2996   A4622Sweeney, Stephen M.   as Primary Sponsor
Singer, Robert W.   as Primary Sponsor
Cunningham, Sandra B.   as Co-Sponsor
Madden, Fred H., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Adler, John H.   as Co-Sponsor
Rice, Ronald L.   as Co-Sponsor
Bucco, Anthony R.   as Co-Sponsor1/8/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Labor Committee

This bill creates a rebuttable presumption of workers’ compensation coverage for any death or disability, including post traumatic stress disorder, if the death or disability arises from the physical or psychological impact of stress or injury experienced by a public safety worker engaged in response to a terrorist attack, epidemic, or other catastrophic emergency, in which the worker is exposed to pathogens or biological toxins from biological warfare or epidemics, hazardous chemicals used in, or related to, chemical warfare, or cancer-causing radiation or radioactive substances, or witnesses death and suffering of a magnitude sufficient to cause significant psychological trauma.  The bill requires employers of public safety workers expected to respond to terrorist attacks or catastrophic emergencies to have programs to provide needed psychological and social counseling for the workers during and after the incidents or emergencies.
The bill affirms that if, in the course of employment, a public safety worker is exposed to a serious communicable disease or a biological warfare or epidemic-related pathogen or biological toxin, all care or treatment of the worker, including services needed to ascertain whether the worker contracted the disease, shall be compensable under workers’ compensation, even if the worker is found not to have contracted the disease.  If the worker is found to have contracted a disease, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any injury, disability, chronic or corollary illness or death caused by the disease is compensable under workers’ compensation.
The bill affirms workers’ compensation coverage for any injury, illness or death of any employee, including an employee who is not a public safety worker, arising from the administration of a vaccine relate to threatened or potential bioterrorism or epidemic as part of a inoculation program in connection with the employee’s employment or in connection with any governmental program or recommendation for the inoculation of workers.
The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that any condition or impairment of health of a public safety worker which may be caused by exposure to cancer-causing radiation or radioactive substances, is a compensable occupational disease under workers’ compensation if the worker was exposed to a carcinogen, or the cancer-causing radiation or radioactive substance, in the course of employment.  Employers are required to maintain records of instances of the workers deployed where the presence of known carcinogens was indicated by documents provided to local fire or police departments under the “Worker and Community Right to Know Act,” P.L.1983, c.315 (C.34:5A-1 et seq.) and where events occurred which could result in exposure to those carcinogens.
In the case of any firefighter with five or more years of service, due to the extremely high likelihood that such a firefighter will be repeatedly exposed to smoke and other carcinogens, the bill creates a rebuttable presumption that if the firefighter suffers an injury, illness or death which may be caused by cancer, that the cancer is a compensable occupational disease.
The bill provides that, with respect to all of the rebuttable presumptions of coverage, employers may require workers to undergo, at employer expense, reasonable testing, evaluation and monitoring of worker health conditions relevant to determining whether exposures or other presumed causes are actually linked to the deaths, illnesses or disabilities, and further provides that the presumptions of compensability are not adversely affected by failures of employers to require testing, evaluation or monitoring.
The public safety workers covered by the bill include paid or volunteer emergency, correctional, fire, police and medical personnel.
To view bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp

 
S811 S811 Confers civil service status on police officers employed by UMDNJ and Rutgers University.
State Government Identical Bill Number: A377
Last Session Bill Number: A4190Sweeney, Stephen M.   as Primary Sponsor
Vitale, Joseph F.   as Primary Sponsor
Kean, Sean T.   as Co-Sponsor
Whelan, Jim   as Co-Sponsor
Ciesla, Andrew R.   as Co-Sponsor
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1/28/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government CommitteeTo view this bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S1000/811_I1.HTM
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UPDATE___

Please be advised that Assembly Bill A377 which provides Civil Service status to Rutgers and NJIT Police Officers has passed the Assembly with a unanimous vote.  The Bill will now proceed to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee for their approval.  Governor Corzine has reportedly indicated that he will sign the Bill into Law when it reaches his desk.

This Bill impacts several of our members and we should all do whatever we can to ensure its passage.  Brother Len Safko has been keeping us updated on its progress and will continue to do so.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Brother Gordon Johnson, who chairs the New Jersey State Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee, for all his hard work resulting in the Assembly passage of A377.

6/5/2009
S1140 S1140 Establishes procedures for selecting hearing officers in certain police disciplinary hearings.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ AffairsLast Session Bill Number: A4448Van Drew, Jeff   as Primary Sponsor
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2/14/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S1500/1140_I1.HTM
2-14-08
S1144 S1144 Authorizes police officers to waive local disciplinary hearings and appeal to administrative law judge in civil service and Superior Court judge in non-civil service municipalities.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ AffairsLast Session Bill Number: A4444Van Drew, Jeff   as Primary Sponsor
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2/14/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S1500/1144_I1.HTM
2-14-08
S1146 S1146 Requires disciplinary actions against police officers be based exclusively on rules and regulations adopted by the appropriate authority.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs
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2/14/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S1500/1146_I1.HTM
2-14-08
S1147 S1147 Clarifies chief of police is responsible for disciplining subordinates.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs
Last Session Bill Number: A4446Van Drew, Jeff   as Primary Sponsor
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2/14/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S1500/1147_I1.HTM
2-14-08
S1623 S1623 Prohibits municipalities from setting minimum fees for employment of its off-duty police officers.
2nd Reading in the SenateLast Session Bill Number: S2860Rice, Ronald L.   as Primary Sponsor
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5/5/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
10/2/2008 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd ReadingTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S2000/1623_S1.HTM
10-2-08
S1775 S1775 Provides immunity for police officers who are subjects of certain disciplinary and administrative hearings.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ AffairsLast Session Bill Number: A4447Van Drew, Jeff   as Primary Sponsor
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5/8/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S2000/1775_I1.HTM
5-08-08
S1862 S1862 Clarifies duties and responsibilities of police directors and chiefs of police.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ AffairsRice, Ronald L.   as Primary Sponsor
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5/19/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view this Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S2500/2169_I1.HTM
5/19/2008
S2169 S2169 Prohibits access to police vehicle global positioning system. Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ AffairsIdentical Bill Number: A932    (1R)
Sarlo, Paul A.   as Primary Sponsor
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10/6/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view this Bill in its entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S2500/2169_I1.HTM
10/6/08
S2314 / A-3069S-16 / A-3070 On April 15th Governor Corzine signed Kyleigh’s Law, making New Jersey the first state in the nation to have a teen driver decal law. Named in honor of 16-year old Kyleigh D’Alessio, S-2314/A-3069 requires the use of an identifier on vehicles driven by teens holding a permit or provisional license.
Governor Corzine also signed S-16/A-3070, revising nighttime driving and passenger restrictions on permit and provisional drivers. New Jerseys’ Graduated Driver License (GDL) law currently restricts teens on a provisional license from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. Although only 15 percent of miles driven by 16 and 17-year-olds are between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., more than 40 percent of their fatal crashes occur during this time period. The bill also renames the provisional license “probationary.”
Kyleigh’s Lawwas sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden, Jr. (D-Camden, Gloucester) and Thomas H. Kean, Jr. (R-Essex, Morris, Union); Assemblymen Anthony Chiappone (D-Hudson), Peter J. Barnes, III (D-Middlesex), John F. McKeon (D-Essex), Michael J. Doherty, (R-Warren, Hunterdon) and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth).S-16/ A-3070 was sponsored by Senators Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) and M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex, Union), Assemblywomen Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) and Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) as well as Assemblymen John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), Anthony Chiappone (D-Hudson) and Michael J. Doherty, (R-Warren, Hunterdon).
 
S2543 S2543 Permits sheriffs, local police, and county corrections facilities to hire certain laid off officers without utilizing Civil Service lists.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ AffairsIdentical Bill Number: A3694Rice, Ronald L.   as Primary Sponsor
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2/2/2009 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S3000/2543_I1.HTM
2/2/09
S2546 S2546 Provides alternative handgun purchase permit application procedures for municipal police officers and members of State Police.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ AffairsSweeney, Stephen M.   as Primary Sponsor
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2/2/2009 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeTo view the Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S0500/14_I1.HTM
2/2/2009
S2568 / A3160 A3160 Grants immunity to certain underage persons for unlawful possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor
DATED:  MAY 4, 2009
The Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 2748.Signed into law by Gov. Corzine on Oct. 1st, a new revised section has been added to A3168/S2568This bill would establish “9-1-1: Lifeline Legislation,” to grant immunity to underage drinkers who unlawfully consume or possess alcoholic beverages, whether on public or private property, if they call for medical assistance for another underage person who has consumed alcoholic beverages.  The bill also provides immunity to an underage person who receives such medical assistance.Under current law, a person under the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages who knowingly possesses or consumes any alcoholic beverage on public property is guilty of a disorderly persons offense. Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.  If the offense is committed in a motor vehicle, the offender’s driver’s license is also suspended for six months.

Current law also authorizes municipalities to enact ordinances to make it an offense for underage persons to possess or consume alcoholic beverages on private property.  A violation of such a municipal ordinance is punishable by a fine of $250 for a first offense and a fine of $350 for subsequent offenses.  The court also may suspend the offender’s driver’s license for six months.

Under the bill, an underage person and one or two other persons are immune from prosecution under these underage drinking laws if:

(1) one of the underage persons called 9-1-1 and reported that another underage person was in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption;

(2) the underage person who called 9-1-1 and, if applicable, one or two other persons acting in concert with the underage person who called 9-1-1 provided each of their names to the 9-1-1 operator;

(3) the underage person was the first person to make the 9-1-1 report; and

(4) the underage person and, if applicable, one or two other persons acting in concert with the underage person who made the

9-1-1 call remained on the scene with the person under the legal age in need of medical assistance until assistance arrived and cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel on the scene.

The bill also provides immunity for the underage person who receives medical assistance.

The bill is modeled after Colorado’s statute providing immunity for underage possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages if the underage person calls for medical assistance under the conditions set forth in the bill.

In introducing this legislation, it is not the sponsor’s intent to condone the use of alcohol by underage persons.  This bill was introduced in response to incidents of excessive drinking by underage persons and creates the opportunity to save young persons whose lives are imperiled as a result of severe intoxication.
To view bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A3500/3160_U1.HTM

Oct 1, 2009Oct 1, 2009 
S2787 S2787 Exempts police from jury duty. Identical Bill Number: A884Van Drew, Jeff   as Primary Sponsor
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STATEMENT
This bill amends N.J.S.2B:20-10 to exempt from jury duty full-time State, county and municipal police officers and Class Two special law enforcement officers appointed pursuant to P.L.1985, c.439 (C.40A:14-146.8 et seq.).
Under current law, police officers are not afforded an exemption from jury duty.  However, prior to revision of the statutes governing jury service in 1995, police officers were exempted from jury duty under the provisions of N.J.S.2A:69-2, now repealed.

Presently, exemptions from jury duty are statutorily authorized for persons: 75 years of age or older; who have served on a jury within the previous three years; or who will suffer severe hardship due to circumstances that are unlikely to change within a year (i.e. medical conditions, care of another or financial hardship).  Members of volunteer fire departments and first aid or rescue squads and, under certain circumstances, teachers are exempted

 
S2799 S2799 Expands membership of Police Training commission to include representative from the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ AffairsBucco, Anthony R.   as Primary Sponsor
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This bill would add a representative from the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey as a member of the New Jersey Police Training Commission.

The Italian American Police Society of New Jersey, with a membership of more than 5,000 law enforcement officers is the State’s largest ethnic police organization.  The society has a long record of advocacy and education for New Jersey law enforcement officers.

 

5/7/09
S2819 S2819 Upgrades penalties for assaulting a law enforcement officer.Van Drew, Jeff   as Primary Sponsor——————————————————————————–
5/14/2009 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeSTATEMENT
This bill would up grade the penalties for assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Under current law, an assault against a law enforcement officer “acting in the performance of his duties while in uniform or exhibiting evidence of his authority or because of his status as a law enforcement officer” is a crime of the third degree if the officer suffers bodily injury, otherwise it is a crime of the fourth degree.

This bill would make such an assault against a law enforcement officer a crime of the second degree.  A crime of the second degree is punishable by a fine of up to $150,000, imprisonment for a term of between five and 10 years, or both.

 
S2821 S2821 Permits certain retired law enforcement officers to possess hollow nose ammunition. Van Drew, Jeff   as Primary Sponsor——————————————————————————–
5/14/2009 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeSTATEMENT
This bill would permit retired law enforcement officers who are authorized by the Superintendent of State Police to carry a handgun to possess hollow nose ammunition.

Active duty law enforcement officers are authorized to possess hollow nosed ammunition.  This bill would afford retired law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry a handgun the same privilege to possess this type of ammunition.

5/14/2009
S2870 S2870 Provides immunity to law enforcement officers who, in good faith, release driver in violation of provisional driver’s license law.
Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs
Identical Bill Number: A4030 Van Drew, Jeff   as Primary Sponsor6/11/2009 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs CommitteeThis bill would grant immunity from civil liability to a State, county and local law enforcement officer who issues a summons to the holder of a provisional driver’s license for exceeding the number of passengers permitted in the motor vehicle and, in good faith, permits the licensee to proceed while still in violation of the passenger provision.  If the provisional licensee is subsequently involved in a motor vehicle accident, the law enforcement officer could not be held civilly liable for injuries arising out of that accident.
Under current law, the holder of a provisional driver’s license is permitted to transport only one passenger in addition to passengers who reside with the licensee.  When a provisional licensee is ticketed for this violating this law, the law enforcement officer has limited options concerning what to do with the driver and passengers.  The police officer may transport the driver and passengers to the police station for release to their parents or guardians or drive the passengers home.  Both of these options require a disproportionate amount of the police officer’s time and other police department resources to be dedicated to a single, relatively minor, traffic offense.   Therefore, police officers would prefer to allow the driver to bring the passengers home, but they are hesitant to do so because of the possibility of being sued if the motor vehicle is involved in an accident subsequent to the citation being issued.  Under the bill, police officers acting in good faith under these circumstances would not be liable.
To view this bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S3000/2870_I1.HTM
 
S3136 S3136—Adjusts required local employer contributions to PERS and PFRS for State fiscal year 2010.12/10/2009 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations CommitteeThis bill provides for an adjustment in the contributions that local employers must make to the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) during State fiscal year 2010.
The PERS and PFRS, like the other State-administered retirement systems, are funded on an actuarial reserve basis.  An actuary for each system annually projects that system’s overall liability for benefits to members, retirees and their beneficiaries. The actuary then sets off against this projected liability the system’s assets on hand, and its anticipated income from such sources such as return on investments and member contributions.  The difference constitutes the system’s liability, which must be met through employer contributions.  These consist of a “normal contribution,” covering the system’s liability attributable to the service rendered by covered employees during the year for which the contribution is determined, and an “accrued liability contribution,” covering the system’s unfunded liability for previous service.  The two contribution requirements are computed and certified to employers as a percentage of total employee compensation.
In recognition of the enormous financial burden that full payments of the PERS and PFRS contributions in State fiscal year 2010 will place on local property taxpayers and local budgets during this historically difficult economic period for the State, this bill provides that the State Treasurer will reduce for local employers the normal and accrued liability contributions to 50 percent of the amount certified annually by the PERS and PFRS for payments due in State fiscal year 2010.
An employer that elects to pay the reduced normal and accrued liability contribution must adopt a resolution, separate and apart from other budget resolutions, stating that the employer needs to pay the reduced contribution
The bill provides that a local employer may pay 100 percent of the required contribution.  Such an employer will be credited with the full payment and any such amounts will not be included in their unfunded liability.
The actuaries for PERS and PFRS will determine the unfunded liability of those retirement systems, by employer, for the reduced normal and accrued liability contributions provided under the bill. This unfunded liability will be paid by the employer in level annual payments over a period of 15 years beginning with the payments due in the State fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 and will be adjusted by the rate of return on the actuarial value of assets.
The bill provides that for the respective fiscal year during which a local public employers’ pension contributions to the PERS and PFRS is reduced, and for the year thereafter when the employers would again be subject to the full contribution requirement, the affected contribution payments will be exempt from the limits imposed on increases to municipal appropriations set forth in N.J.S.A.40A:4-45.3, the local budget “cap” law, and to the county tax levy set forth in N.J.S.A.40A:4-45.4.  The bill also amends current law concerning the calculation of the tax levy growth limitation for the purpose of an increase in the adjusted tax levy for a school district, and the exclusions added to the calculation for the adjusted tax levy for a local unit of government, to account for certain normal and accrued liability pension contribution increases.
 
     
AJR97 AJR97AJR97

AJR97

AJR97

AJR97 Designates month of October of every year as Italian-American Heritage Month.
Passed both HousesIdentical Bill Number: SJR73
Last Session Bill Number: SJR33   w/c

Sponsors
Scalera, Frederick   as Chief Sponsor
Chiusano, Gary R.   as Primary Sponsor
Rumana, Scott T.   as Primary Sponsor
McHose, Alison Littell   as Co-Sponsor
Amodeo, John F.   as Co-Sponsor
Polistina, Vincent J.   as Co-Sponsor
Addiego, Dawn Marie   as Co-Sponsor
Rudder, Scott   as Co-Sponsor
Casagrande, Caroline   as Co-Sponsor
Angelini, Mary Pat   as Co-Sponsor
Handlin, Amy H.   as Co-Sponsor
Thompson, Samuel D.   as Co-Sponsor
DeCroce, Alex   as Co-Sponsor
Biondi, Peter J.   as Co-Sponsor
Malone, Joseph R., III   as Co-Sponsor
Vandervalk, Charlotte   as Co-Sponsor
Russo, David C.   as Co-Sponsor
Albano, Nelson T.   as Co-Sponsor
Burzichelli, John J.   as Co-Sponsor
Chiappone, Anthony   as Co-Sponsor
Coutinho, Albert   as Co-Sponsor
Caputo, Ralph R.   as Co-Sponsor
Gusciora, Reed   as Co-Sponsor
DeAngelo, Wayne P.   as Co-Sponsor
Wagner, Connie   as Co-Sponsor
Wolfe, David W.   as Co-Sponsor
Holzapfel, James W.   as Co-Sponsor
Greenstein, Linda R.   as Co-Sponsor
Conners, Jack   as Co-Sponsor
Chivukula, Upendra J.   as Co-Sponsor
Vainieri Huttle, Valerie   as Co-Sponsor
Schaer, Gary S.   as Co-Sponsor
Bucco, Anthony R.   as Co-Sponsor
Vitale, Joseph F.   as Co-Sponsor
O’Toole, Kevin J.   as Co-Sponsor
Baroni, Bill   as Co-Sponsor
Ruiz, M. Teresa   as Co-Sponsor
Sarlo, Paul A.   as Co-Sponsor

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6/19/2008 Introduced, 1st Reading without Reference, 2nd Reading
9/25/2008 Passed by the Assembly (78-0-0)
10/2/2008 Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government Committee
5/7/2009 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/18/2009 Substituted for SJR73
6/18/2009 Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (40-0)

Statement – SSG 5/7/09 – 1 pages   HTML Format
Introduced – 3 pages   HTML Format
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Committee Voting:
SSG  5/7/2009  -  r/favorably  -  Yes {5}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  -  Roll Call

Scutari, Nicholas P. (C) – Yes
Weinberg, Loretta (V) – Yes
Beck, Jennifer – Yes
O’Toole, Kevin J. – Yes
Whelan, Jim – Yes

Session Voting:
Asm.  9/25/2008  -  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   -  Yes {78}  No {0}  Not Voting {2}  Abstains {0}  -  Roll Call

Addiego, Dawn Marie – Yes
Albano, Nelson T. – Yes
Amodeo, John F. – Yes
Angelini, Mary Pat – Yes
Barnes, Peter J., III – Yes
Biondi, Peter J. – Yes
Bramnick, Jon M. – Yes
Burzichelli, John J. – Yes
Caputo, Ralph R. – Yes
Carroll, Michael Patrick – Not Voting
Casagrande, Caroline – Yes
Chiappone, Anthony – Yes
Chiusano, Gary R. – Yes
Chivukula, Upendra J. – Yes
Conaway, Herb, Jr. – Yes
Conners, Jack – Yes
Coutinho, Albert – Yes
Coyle, Denise M. – Yes
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa – Yes
Cryan, Joseph – Yes
Dancer, Ronald S. – Yes
DeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes
DeCroce, Alex – Yes
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – Yes
Doherty, Michael J. – Yes
Egan, Joseph V. – Yes
Evans, Elease – Yes
Fisher, Douglas H. – Yes
Giblin, Thomas P. – Yes
Green, Jerry – Yes
Greenstein, Linda R. – Yes
Greenwald, Louis D. – Yes
Gusciora, Reed – Yes
Handlin, Amy H. – Yes
Holzapfel, James W. – Yes
Jasey, Mila M. – Yes
Johnson, Gordon M. – Yes
Karrow, Marcia A. – Yes
Lampitt, Pamela R. – Yes
Love, Sandra – Yes
Malone, Joseph R., III – Yes
McHose, Alison Littell – Yes
McKeon, John F. – Yes
Merkt, Richard A. – Yes
Milam, Matthew W. – Yes
Moriarty, Paul D. – Yes
Munoz, Eric – Yes
O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – Yes
Oliver, Sheila Y. – Yes
Polistina, Vincent J. – Yes
Pou, Nellie – Yes
Prieto, Vincent – Yes
Quigley, Joan M. – Yes
Quijano, Annette – Yes
Ramos, Ruben J., Jr. – Yes
Rible, David P. – Yes
Roberts, Joseph J., Jr. – Yes
Rodriguez, Caridad – Yes
Rooney, John E. – Yes
Rudder, Scott – Yes
Rumana, Scott T. – Yes
Rumpf, Brian E. – Yes
Russo, David C. – Yes
Scalera, Frederick – Yes
Schaer, Gary S. – Yes
Smith, L. Harvey – Not Voting
Spencer, L. Grace – Yes
Stender, Linda – Yes
Thompson, Samuel D. – Yes
Tucker, Cleopatra G. – Yes
Vainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes
Van Pelt, Daniel M. – Yes
Vandervalk, Charlotte – Yes
Vas, Joseph – Yes
Voss, Joan M. – Yes
Wagner, Connie – Yes
Watson Coleman, Bonnie – Yes
Webber, Jay – Yes
Wisniewski, John S. – Yes
Wolfe, David W. – Yes

Sen.    6/18/2009  -  SUBSTITUTE FOR SJR73   -  Yes {0}  No {0}  Not Voting {40}    -  Voice Vote Passed
Sen.    6/18/2009  -  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   -  Yes {40}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}    -  Roll Call

 
A770 A770Extends payment of accidental death benefit in PFRS, SPRS, PERS and TPAF to survivors of certain members of reserve component of Armed Forces and National Guard. *
Passed both Houses
Identical Bill Number: S1392    (1R)
Last Session Bill Number: A1457Conners, Jack as Primary Sponsor
Scalera, Frederick as Primary Sponsor
Tucker, Cleopatra G.   as Primary Sponsor
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa as Primary Sponsor
Johnson, Gordon M.   as Primary Sponsor
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Asm.  2/5/2009  -  CONCUR IN SA   -  Yes {77}  No {0}  Not Voting {2}  Abstains {1}To view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1000/770_R1.HTM
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SIGNED INTO LAW ON, MARCH 16, 2009
3/16/09
A279 A279Provides certain law enforcement officers and firefighters cannot be suspended without pay for more than 120 calendar days.
Law and Public SafetyLast Session Bill Number: A3153   (1R) S2209Schaer, Gary S.   as Primary Sponsor
Scalera, Frederick   as Primary Sponsor
Johnson, Gordon M.   as Co-Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A0500/279_I1.HTM

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CORZINE SIGNES BILL LIMITING UNPAID SUSPENSION
MARCH 5, 2009
Police and firefighters in N.J. can’t be indefinitely suspended without pay. Gov. Corzine on Thursday signed a bill into law that limits unpaid suspensions to 180 days.  The bill excludes officers or firefighters who are the subject of a criminal investigation.  The gov. says it is “an issue of fairness” when an investigation crawls to a stop.  The measure applies to all full-time officers employed by the state, county or municipality.
Corzine signed the bill Thursday during the P.B.A. Mini Convention in A..C.

3/5/09
A793 A793 Establishes “Police Officer, Firefighter and Public School Teacher Home-buyer Assistance Act.”
Housing and Local Government Last Session Bill Number: A898   S1395Gusciora, Reed   as Primary Sponsor
Watson Coleman, Bonnie   as Primary Sponsor
Green, Jerry   as Co-Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing and Local Government CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1000/793_I1.HTM
1/8/08
A884 A884 Exempts police from jury duty. Identical Bill Number: S2787  
A926 A926 Creates local police officer and paid firefighter emergency registry.
Homeland Security and State Preparedness Last Session Bill Number: A3773   (1R)Scalera, Frederick   as Primary Sponsor
Quigley, Joan M.   as Primary Sponsor
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1000/926_I1.HTM
1/8/08
A1031 A1031 Creates PFRS non-accidental disability retirement option for disability incurred in performance of duty other than as result of traumatic event.
State Government
Last Session Bill Number: A3831   S2602Wisniewski, John S.   as Primary Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1500/1031_I1.HTM
1/8/08
A1179 A1179 Imposes conditions on drivers approaching stopped emergency vehicles, tow trucks or highway maintenance vehicles displaying flashing lights.
Substituted by another BillIdentical Bill Number: S180    (1R)
Last Session Bill Number: A2436   (ACS) A3069   (ACS) A3175   (ACS)Oliver, Sheila Y.   as Primary Sponsor
Quigley, Joan M.   as Primary Sponsor
Holzapfel, James W.   as Primary Sponsor
Greenstein, Linda R.   as Primary Sponsor
Vainieri Huttle, Valerie   as Co-Sponsor
Wagner, Connie   as Co-Sponsor
Giblin, Thomas P.   as Co-Sponsor
Ramos, Ruben J., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Vas, Joseph   as Co-Sponsor
Scalera, Frederick   as Co-Sponsor
Conners, Jack   as Co-Sponsor
Gusciora, Reed   as Co-Sponsor
Love, Sandra   as Co-Sponsor
Chiappone, Anthony   as Co-Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
5/5/2008 Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
12/15/2008 Substituted by S180 (1R)
Introduced - 3 pages PDF Format HTML Format
Statement – ALP 5/5/08 - 2 pages PDF Format HTML Format
Reprint - 2 pages PDF Format HTML Format
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ALP  5/5/2008  -  r/Aca  -  Yes {6}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  -  Roll Call

Johnson, Gordon M. (C) – Yes
Albano, Nelson T. (V) – Yes
Bramnick, Jon M. – Yes

Evans, Elease – Yes
Rible, David P. – Yes
Spencer, L. Grace – Yes

To view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1500/1179_R1.HTM

12/15/08BILL Signed by Corzine
1/27/09 See S180
Above
A1194 A1194 Eliminates maximum age requirement for appointment as police officer or paid firefighter.
State Government
Last Session Bill Number: A2219
Chiappone, Anthony as Primary Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government Committee
2/29/2008 Reviewed by the Pension and Health Benefits Commission Recommend to not enactTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1500/1194_I1.HTM
2/29/08
A1208 A1208 Allows person on police officer or firefighter eligible list who is unable to complete requirements for employment due to certain military service to have name placed on subsequent eligible list.
State Government
Last Session Bill Number: A1798Pou, Nellie   as Primary Sponsor
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr.   as Primary Sponsor
Prieto, Vincent   as Primary Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1500/1208_I1.HTM
1/8/08
A1294 A1294 Provides PFRS members in federal or State military service who is injured or killed with disability or death benefits.
State Government
Identical Bill Number: S1750
Last Session Bill Number: A970   S1201Stender, Linda   as Primary Sponsor
Wisniewski, John S.   as Primary Sponsor
Chivukula, Upendra J.   as Co-Sponsor
Conaway, Herb, Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Conners, Jack   as Co-Sponsor
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa   as Co-Sponsor
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Fisher, Douglas H.   as Co-Sponsor
Green, Jerry   as Co-Sponsor
Greenstein, Linda R.   as Co-Sponsor
Greenwald, Louis D.   as Co-Sponsor
Johnson, Gordon M.   as Co-Sponsor
McKeon, John F.   as Co-Sponsor
Quigley, Joan M.   as Co-Sponsor
Roberts, Joseph J., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Rooney, John E.   as Co-Sponsor
Russo, David C.   as Co-Sponsor
Thompson, Samuel D.   as Co-Sponsor
Vandervalk, Charlotte   as Co-Sponsor
Burzichelli, John J.   as Co-Sponsor
Egan, Joseph V.   as Co-Sponsor
Cryan, Joseph   as Co-Sponsor
Prieto, Vincent   as Co-Sponsor
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1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1500/1294_I1.HTM
1/8/08
A2490
Identical Bill #S1678
A2490 Requires handgun ammunition to be encoded with serial number.
Law and Public SafetyIdentical Bill Number: S1678Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr.   as Primary Sponsor
Conaway, Herb, Jr.   as Primary Sponsor
Pou, Nellie   as Primary Sponsor
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3/10/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A2500/2490_I1.HTM
3/10/2008
  A2655 Requires law enforcement agency to inform school principal of certain crimes committed by students. *
Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the GovernorSENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEESTATEMENT TOASSEMBLY, No. 2655

with committee amendments

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

The Senate Education Committee favorably reports Assembly Bill No. 2655 (1R) with committee amendments.

As amended, this bill requires law enforcement or prosecuting agencies to provide written notice to the principal of a secondary school of the identity of any student who is 18 years of age or older who has been charged, adjudicated, or convicted if:

1)   the offense occurred on school property or a school bus, occurred at a school-sponsored function, or was committed against an employee or official of the school;

2)   the student was taken into custody as a result of information or evidence provided by school officials; or

3)   the offense constitutes a crime and the offense:

–resulted in death or serious bodily injury or involved an attempt or conspiracy to cause death or serious bodily injury;

–involved the unlawful use or possession of a firearm or other weapon;

–involved the unlawful manufacture, distribution, or possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog;

–was committed with a purpose to intimidate an individual or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity; or

–is a crime of the first through third degree.

Currently, law enforcement and prosecuting agencies are required to advise a principal when a charge, adjudication, or disposition of a juvenile takes place.  This bill extends the notification to situations involving students who are age 18 or older, but who are still enrolled in high school.

The bill also changes current law to require that law enforcement or a prosecuting agency must advise the principal in writing in the case of a charge, adjudication, or disposition of a juvenile.  In addition, notification would also be sent for third degree crimes, not just first and second degree as the law currently reads.

Under current law, any local school board that receives a new student is required to request, in writing, the student’s records from the student’s school district of last attendance.  The school district of last attendance is required to notify the student’s new school district of any information received from a law enforcement or prosecuting agency regarding the student.  The bill would ensure that the school district of last attendance would provide notice concerning information it has obtained from a law enforcement or prosecuting agency about a student 18 years of age or older.  In addition, the bill adds a new requirement to this provision of law stating that in a case where a school district of last attendance does not receive a request for information within two weeks of the student’s transfer, the school district must use every available means to determine in which new school district a student has enrolled, and send the student’s records to that district.

It is the committee’s intent that the reference to “every available means” in the bill includes means available to the district given its existing level of funding or resources.

The committee amended the bill to require the receiving school district that has enrolled a new student to use every available means to obtain a student’s records, in the case in which it has sent a written request to the school district of last attendance but not received the records.

As amended and reported by the committee, this bill is identical to Senate Bill No. 1809 with committee amendments, which was reported by the committee on this same date.

 
A3160 / S2568 Underage Drinking See Above  
A3248 A3248 Allows PFRS retiree to be reemployed by office of county prosecutor without reenrolling in PFRS.
State Government Scalera, Frederick   as Primary Sponsor
Caputo, Ralph R.   as Primary Sponsor
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10/6/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government Committee
11/7/2008 Reviewed by the Pension and Health Benefits Commission Recommend to not enactTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A3500/3248_I1.HTM
11/7/08
A3291 A3291 Prohibits public safety directors from exercising police powers.
Law and Public Safety Cryan, Joseph   as Primary Sponsor
——————————————————————————–10/6/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
To view this Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A3500/3291_I1.HTM
10/6/08
A3304 A3304 Provides increased time frame for issuing summons pursuant to traffic control signal monitoring systems and for destruction of records; establishes certain payment methods.
Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the GovernorIdentical Bill Number: S2064    (SCS/1R)Wisniewski, John S.   as Primary Sponsor
Ramos, Ruben J., Jr.   as Primary Sponsor
Stack, Brian P.   as Co-Sponsor
O’Toole, Kevin J.   as Co-SponsorSigned into Law by Governor Corzine on May 4, 2009
3/4/09
A3591 A3591 Prohibits Internet posting of certain information on law enforcement officers.
Law and Public SafetyJohnson, Gordon M.   as Primary Sponsor
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1/13/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety CommitteeTo view this Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A4000/3591_I1.HTM
1/13/09
     
A3679 A3679 Increases pensions for certain PFRS retirees when special retirement benefit for active PFRS members increases to 70%.
State GovernmentIdentical Bill Number: S959
Last Session Bill Number: A2757Albano, Nelson T.   as Primary Sponsor
Milam, Matthew W.   as Primary Sponsor
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1/26/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A4000/3679_I1.HTM
1/26/09
A3741 A3741 Expands membership of Police Training Commission to include representative from Northern New Jersey and South Jersey chapters of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
Law and Public Safety Smith, L. Harvey   as Primary Sponsor
Chiappone, Anthony   as Primary Sponsor
Evans, Elease   as Primary Sponsor
Oliver, Sheila Y.   as Primary Sponsor
Johnson, Gordon M.   as Primary Sponsor
Watson Coleman, Bonnie   as Primary Sponsor
DeAngelo, Wayne P.   as Co-Sponsor
Vas, Joseph   as Co-Sponsor
Greenstein, Linda R.   as Co-Sponsor
Quigley, Joan M.   as Co-Sponsor
Prieto, Vincent   as Co-Sponsor
Rodriguez, Caridad   as Co-Sponsor
Ramos, Ruben J., Jr.   as Co-Sponsor
Chivukula, Upendra J.   as Co-Sponsor
Wagner, Connie   as Co-Sponsor
Spencer, L. Grace   as Co-Sponsor
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2/9/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A4000/3741_I1.HTM
2/9/09
A3682 A3682 Returns pension loan interest rate in TPAF, PERS, JRS, PFRS and SPRS to fixed 4%.
State GovernmentIdentical Bill Number: S425
Last Session Bill Number: A4378Albano, Nelson T.   as Primary Sponsor
Milam, Matthew W.   as Primary Sponsor
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1/26/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A4000/3682_I1.HTM
1/26/09
A3683 A3683 Eliminates maximum age requirement for appointment as police officer or paid firefighter.
State GovernmentIdentical Bill Number: S962
Last Session Bill Number: A2219Albano, Nelson T.   as Primary Sponsor
Milam, Matthew W.   as Primary Sponsor
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1/26/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A4000/3683_I1.HTM
1/26/09
A3684 A3684 Permits PFRS retiree to borrow from life insurance benefit amount equal to no more than 50% of benefit’s total value.
State Government Identical Bill Number: S967
Last Session Bill Number: A3719   w/cAlbano, Nelson T.   as Primary Sponsor
Milam, Matthew W.   as Primary Sponsor
Vas, Joseph   as Primary Sponsor
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1/26/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State Government CommitteeTo view Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A4000/3684_I1.HTM
1/26/09
A3688 A3688 Reduces required local employer contributions to PERS and PFRS for State fiscal years 2009 through 2011. *
2nd Reading in the AssemblyIdentical Bill Number: S14Cryan, Joseph   as Primary Sponsor
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1/26/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Budget Committee
1/26/2009 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/5/2009 Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Cryan)
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Committee Voting:
ABU  1/26/2009  -  r/favorably  -  Yes {7}  No {5}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  -  Roll Call Greenwald, Louis D. (C) – Yes
Schaer, Gary S. (V) – Yes
Burzichelli, John J. – Yes

Cryan, Joseph – Yes
Johnson, Gordon M. – Yes
Karrow, Marcia – No

Malone, Joseph R., III – No
McHose, Alison Littell – No
O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – No

Pou, Nellie – Yes
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To view this Bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A4000/3688_S2.HTM

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A3868 Adjusts required local employer contributions to PERS and PFRS for State fiscal year 2009.
Substituted by another Bill

This Bill Passed by the Legislature on March 16, 2009.  It replaces S21 and A3688.
This is an important Bill for those in PFRS and PERS.

3/16/09
A3977 A3977 Permits property tax levy cap exclusion for municipal and county revenues required to be raised to replace federal stimulus funds under the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Hiring Recovery Program for paying certain police officers.
Housing and Local GovernmentDancer, Ronald S.   as Primary Sponsor5/18/2009 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing and Local Government CommitteeThe bill is intended to permit municipalities and counties to take full advantage of their window of opportunity to utilize 100% federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, as supplemented by the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, to hire or re-hire police officers for a three-year period under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP).  The federal ARRA stimulus funds allow municipalities to hire new officer or re-hire officers laid-off due to decreases in State aid to municipalities in the last several fiscal years.  In the fourth year following receipt of the federal CHRP aid, the financial responsibility to pay for the employment of the new or re-hired officers will shift to the municipalities.  At that time it will be extremely difficult for municipalities and counties to pick up that financial responsibility and remain under the 4% property tax levy cap, and the consequential loss of these police officers, after the three-year federal funding period, could endanger public safety.
To view this bill in it’s entirety:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A4000/3977_I1.HTM
 
     

 

 

Legislators
Bucco, Anthony R.
Baroni, Bill
Pennacchio, JosephBuono, Barbara
Caputo, Ralph R
Chivukula, Upendra J.
Conners, Jack
Chiappone, Anthony
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
DeAngelo, Wayne P.
Evans, Elease
Greenstein, Linda R.
Johnson, Gordon M.
Oliver, Sheila Y.
Prieto, Vincent
Quigley, Joan M.
Ramos, Ruben J., Jr.
Rice, Ronald L
Rodriguez, Caridad
Scalera, FrederickSmith, L. Harvey
Tucker, Cleopatra G.
Ruiz, M. Teresa
Sarlo, Paul A.
Spencer, L. Grace
Schaer, Gary S.
Vitale, Joseph F.
Van Drew, Jeff
Vas, Joseph
Wagner, Connie
Watson Coleman, Bonnie
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