New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

High Priority Bills Opposed

1. S-1046 (Turner) which concerns alterations in child support obligations in response to changes to the status of a supported child. 

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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2.   S-264 (Greenstein) creates the "Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act," and concerns workers' compensation coverage for public safety workers. 

Originating Section/Committee: Workers' Compensation Section

Status: Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

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3.   S-929 (Sweeney) concerns certain workers' compensation supplemental benefits.

Originating Section/Committee: Workers' Compensation Section

Status: Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

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4.   A-2712 (Barnes) upgrades crime of manslaughter to aggravated manslaughter under certain circumstances.

Originating Section/Committee: Criminal Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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5.   S-185 (Connors)/A-648 (Rumpf) requires court to consider results of domestice violence assessment before dissolving certain domestic violence restraining orders.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Judicary Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee

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6.   S-359 (Beach)/A-1225 (Moriarty) requires breath or blood sample to be obtained from driver involved in motor vehicle accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury.

Originating Section/Committee: Municipal Court Practice Section

Status: Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

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7.   S-436 (Sacco/A-468 (Jimenez) expands DNA database to include samples from disorderly person and certain violent arrestees.

Originating Section/Committee: Legislative Committee

Status: Senate and Assembly Law and Public Safety committees

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8.   S-443 (Sacco)/S-861 (Cunningham) requires adult corrections officers in state facilities to complete in-service training program.

Originating Section/Committee: Criminal Law Section

Status: Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

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9.   S-474 (Thompson) eliminates the discovery rule for medical malpractice liability actions.

Originating Section/Committee: Civil Trial Bar Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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10.   S-493 (Bucco) provides for attachment of real property relating to terrorism.

Originating Section/Committee: Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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11.  S-634 (Kean)/A-1977 (McKeon) prohibits good faith allegations of child abuse from being used against the accuser in a child custody proceeding; makes it a disorderly persons offense to file a false allegation of child abuse.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section and Child Welfare Law Section

Status: Senate and Assembly Judiciary committees

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12.  S-832 (Vitale)/S-2814 (Vitale/Allen)/A-368 (Wolfe) permits adopted persons and certain others access to an adopted person's original birth certificate and other related information, and appropriates $90,000.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Health, Human Services an Senior Citizens Committee, Assembly Human Services Committee. S-2814 passed the Senate and was referred to the Assembly Women and Children Committee.

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13.  S-989 (Greenstein) establishes special environmental prosecutor.

Originating Section/Committee: Environmental Law Section

Status: Senate Environment and Energy Committee, Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

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14.  S-1029 (Greenstein) establishes the "Domestic Violence Victim Protection Piolot Program."

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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15.  S-1031 (Greenstein) creates offense of impairing communications, which would constitute domestice violence in certain circumstances.

Originating Section/Committee: Criminal Law Section, Family Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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16.  S-1145 (Turner)/A-1424 (Watson Coleman) Qua-Daishia's Law: bars disclosure of personal identifying information contained in grand jury materials; creates foruth degree offense for unauthorized disclosure.

Originating Section/Committee: Criminal Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee

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17.  S-1151 (Weinberg)/A-1281 (Giblin) establishes "Monica's Law" concerning domestice violence risk assessment pilot program.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee

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18.  S-1221 (Vitale)/A-1817 (Conaway) extends Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance Premium Assistance Fund and collection of annual surcharges for five years.

Originating Section/Committee: N/A

Status: Senate Commerce Committee, Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee

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19.  S-1388 (Scutari)/A-684 (Kean, S.) provides for modification of child support and certain alimony payments due to changed circumstances.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, awaiting Assembly vote

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20.  S-1567 (Turner) Clarifies factors used to determine when child support orders can be terminated.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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21.  S-1621 (Bucco) establishes process by whihc a fiduciary is discharged.

Originating Section/Committee: Elder & Disability Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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22.  SCR-79 (Cardinale)/ACR-39 (McHose) proposes constituitonal amendment to provide tha tonly the union of one man and one women shall be valid or recognized as marriage.

Originating Section/Committee: Individual Rights Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee

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23.  A-504 (Albano) calarifies that conviction of refusal to submit to breathalyzer constitutes prior conviction for sentencing purposes under drunk driving law.

Originating Section/Committee: Municipal Court Practice Section

Status: Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee

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24.  A-871 (Chiusano) requires "permanent injury" under limitation on lawsuit threshold to serioulsy impact life of injured person to pierce threshold.

Originating Section/Committee: Legislative Committee

Status: Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee

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25.  A-1018 (Mainor) provides for termination of child support obligation up on certain conditions.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Secton

Status: Assembly Judiciary Committee

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26.  A-1105 (Fuentes) requires prosecution of domestic violence-related caes in Superior Court; removes jurisdiction from municipal court.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Assembly Judiciary Committee

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27.  A-1121 (Fuentes) requires persons to report incidents of domestic violence to law enforcement and makes it a disorderly persons offense to fail to report.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Assembly Judiciary Committee

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28.  A-1306 (Greenwald) Authorizes county surrogates to establish or expand programs to provide information to law enforcement officers, firefighters and first aid squad members concerning the preparation of wills, living wills and powers of attorney.

Originating Section/Committee: Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section

Status: Assembly Judiciary Committee

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29.  A-1442 (Gusciora) authorizes assessment of development impact fees by municipalities.

Originating Section/Committee: N/A

Status: Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee

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30.  A-1645 (Coutinho) allows for modifications to land use approvals becuase of changed economics.

Originating Section/Committee: Local Government Law Section

Status: Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee

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31.  S-1769 (Turner)/A-1444 (Gusciora) eliminates award fo attorneys' fees, filing fees and costs of suit for technical violation of the consumer fraud act.

Originating Section/Committee: Consumer Protection Law Committee

Status: Senate Commerce Committee, Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee

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32.  S-1835 (Bucco)/A-1609 (Bramnick) grants immunity from civil liabiltiy to person reporting infromation concerning crimes related to terroism.

Originating Section/Committee: Individual Right Section

Status: Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee

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33.  A-1678 (Johnson) requires three forms of identification when requesting birth certificate.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee

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34.  A-1689 (Russo) establishes a Special Medical Malpractice Part in the Superior Court.

Originating Section/Committee: Judicial Administration Committee, Civil Trial Bar Section

Status: Assembly Judiciary Committee

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35.  A-1728 (Green) eliminates council on Affordable Housing.

Originating Section/Committee: Land Use Law Section

Status - Final Action: Referred to Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee after conditional veto.

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36.  A-1806 (Conaway) concerns liability, standards of care, and insurance coverage for medial malpractice actions.

Originating Section/Committee: Civil Trial Bar Section, Health Law Section, Insurance Denfense Committee

Status: Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee

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37.  A-2794 (McKeon) of 2010-2011 session - concerns DEP government records requests.

Originating Section/Committee: NJSBA Executive Committee

Status: Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

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38.  A-2894 (Burzichelli) of 2010-2011 session - strengthens public entities' immunity for damages agains claims of injury occurring on public beaches and boardwalks.

Originating Section/Comittee: Civil Trial Bar Section

Status: Assembly Judiciary Committee

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39.  S-1213 (VanDrew)/A-3227 (Benson) establishes real property assessment demonstration program.

Originating Section/Committee: Taxation Law Section

Status: Awaiting Senate vote

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40.  S-2151 (Scutari)/A-3315 (Green) strenghtens enforceability of premarital and pre-civil union agreements.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section

Status: P.L. 2013, c. 72

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