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

High Priority Bills Supported

1. SCR-128 which proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize, under certain circumstances, pretrial detention of persons in criminal cases. S-946/A-1910 which addresses pretrial detention, speedy trial and funding issues.

Originating Section/Committee: Criminal Law Section

Status: Senate 

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 2. A-1910 which would implement a constitutional amendment providing for pretrial detention of certain criminal defendants; establishes non-monetary bail alternatives for release; authorizes judiciary to revise fees for certain legal programs and services.

 

Originating Section/Committee: Criminal Law Section

Status: Assembly

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3. S-385 (Scutari) which revises penalties for certain drunk driving offenses, including mandating installation of an ignition interlock device and creates restricted use driver’s license.  

Originating Section/Committee: Municipal Court Practice Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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4. S-1224 (Weinberg) establishes the “New Jersey Collaborative Family Law Act.”

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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5.   SJR-41 (Weinberg/Singer)/SJR-34 (Scutari)/AJR-32-36 (Scutari/Kean) creates a commission to study alimony/creates "Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Alimony Reform."

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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6.   S-2207/S-2062/S-3002 (Sweeney)/A-763/A-3308 (Barnes) authorizes the Judiciary to revise and supplement court filing fees and other statutory fees to fund a statewide digital e-court information system, to fund Legal Services of New Jersey, and to fund other justice-related programs.

Originating Section/Committee: Board of Trustees

Status: S-3002 released by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. A-3308 passed the Assembly.

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7.  S-1 (Weinberg) enacts the "Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act."

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

Status: Governor's conditional veto received in the Senate.

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8.   S-60 (Codey) enacts the "Social networking Safety Act." *The NJSBA supports the bill with amendments.

Originating Section/Committee: Individual Rights Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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9.   S-80 (Bateman) Uniform Trust Code.

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

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

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10.   S-315 (Whelan)/A-700 (Ramos)  authorizes Office of Public Defender to provide legal representation for child in proceedings after parental rights have been terminated.

Originating Section/Committee: Family Law Section

Status: Passed Assembly. Senate Judiciary Comittee.

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11.   S-410 (VanDrew)/A-1515 (Burzichelli) "New Jersey Fair Debt Collection Practices Act"

Originating Section/Committee: Consumer Protection Law  Committee, Special Civil Part Committee

Status: Senate Commerece Comittee. Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee.

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12.   Restricted Use License Program: S-1750 (Scutari)/S-456 (Turner)/S-2427 (Scutari)/A-1860 (Diegnan) revises penalties for drunk driving offenses and creates restricted use drivers's license/permits certain motor vehicle offenders to apply for a restricted use license.

Originating Section/Committee: Municipal Court Practice Section

Status: Senate and Assembly Law and Public Safety committees and Senate Judiciary Committee. S-2427 passed by the Senate and referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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13.   S-747 (Scutari/A-952 (Oliver) amends New Jersey's wrongful death statute.

Originating Section/Committe: Civil Trial Bar Section, Automobile Reparations Committee

Status: Senate and Assembly Judiciary committees.

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14.  S-804 (Kyrillos)/A-2731 (Diegnan) increases filing threshold for the New Jersey estate tax to $1,000,000.

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

Status: Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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15.  S-858 (Cunningham)/A-596 (Spencer) Allows persons on parole and probation to vote; provides registration assistance to persons on probation, parolees, and persons completing sentences.

Originating Section/Committee: Criminal Law Section

Status: Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, Assembly State Government Committee.

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16.  S-1182 (Turner)/A-1461 (Gusciora) establishes condititional intervention program in municipal court for certain first-time offenders.

Originating Section/Committee: Municipal Court Practice Section

Status: Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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17.  S-1863 (VanDrew)/A-1566 (Wisniewski) provides for appointment of certain municipal court judges at the local or county level.

Originating Section/Committee: Local Government Law Section

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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18.  A-756 (Barnes) limits forum fo consumer contract disputes to New Jersey.

Originating Section/Committee: Consumer Protection Law Committee

Status: Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee

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19.  A-903 (Schepisi) revises New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act and other laws relating thereto.

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

Status: Assembly Human Services Committee

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20.  A-1521 (Burzichelli) modifies process for contested case hearings by OAL with regard to telephone and video conferences, delegation of final decision authority, oral decisions, checklist decision, electronic filings, and settlements.

Originating Section/Committee: Administrative Law Section

Status: Released from Assembly Regulatory Oversight and GAming Committee. Awaiting Assembly vote.

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21.  A-1601 (Bramnick) provides that limitation on lawsuit option does not apply in accident caused by drunk driver.

Originating Section/Committee: Automobile Reparations Committee

Status: Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

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22.  S-2588 (Turner/Scutari)/A-1627 (Bramnick)/A-3598 (Gusciora/Bramnick) establishes a municipal court conditional dismissal program for certain first-time offenders.

Originating Section/Committee: Judicial Administration Committee, Muncipal Court Practice Section, Criminal Law Section

Status: On the Governor's desk.

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23.  A-2148 (Gusciora) requires ignition interlock device to be installed on vehicle owned or leased by drunk driver only after period of driver's license suspension.

Originating Section/Committee: Municipal Court Practice Section

Status: Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

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24.  S-761 (Scutari)/A-788 (Munoz)/A-801 (Munoz) bars direct solicitation letters from licensed professionals to accident victims or other persons.

Originating Section/Committee: Board of Trustees

Status: Awaiting Senate and Assembly vote.

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