Assembly Judiciary

The Assembly Judiciary Committee oversees legislation dealing with capital punishment, civil justice, civil rights, court administration, crime and punishment, juvenile justice, criminal justice and the overall judicial system.
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Video - NJ Assembly Democrats' Week in Review: March 20-24

New Jersey Assembly Democrats Week in Review for March 20-24.

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Assembly Signs Off on McKeon, Quijano, Benson, Houghtaling & Downey Bill Barring Public Agencies from Settling Whistleblower Suits Confidentially

Bill Stems from Christie Administration's Secret $1.5M Corruption Allegation Settlement that Cost the State an Additional $4M in Legal Fees
(TRENTON) - The General Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Annette Quijano, Daniel Benson, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would bar public entities from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower lawsuits with public employees and mandate that such settlements are part of open public records.

McKeon first introduced the bill in response to the settlement reached with former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who testified extensively on the bill during a hearing this week before McKeon's Judiciary Committee. Barlyn filed a lawsuit against the state in 2012 alleging he had been fired in 2010 after complaining to a superior that an indictment brought by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office had been dismissed by then Attorney General Paula Dow for political reasons.

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Singleton, Vainieri Huttle, Downey, Mosquera, Lampitt & Benson Bill to Boost Domestic Violence Training at Local Level Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joann Downey, Gabriela Mosquera, Pamela Lampitt and Daniel Benson to enhance domestic violence training at the local level gained unanimous approval Thursday from the full Assembly.

The bill (A-2185) would establish mandatory domestic violence training for municipal prosecutors.

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Transgender Rights, No Secret Public Whistleblower Settlements, Police & Fire Manage Own Pension & Banning PANYNJ from Enforcing Trump Muslim Ban Highlight Thursday Assembly Session

Also on Tap: Help for Ocean Grove Fire Victims, Nonprofit Homeland Security Grants, County Storm Preparedness, Freight Rail Safety & Domestic Violence Prevention & Response

A transgender rights bill package, no secret public whistleblower lawsuit settlements, giving police and firefighters control of their own pension fund, requiring firearms seizure when mental health professional determines a threat, prohibiting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from enforcing President Trump's Muslim ban top Thursday's voting session...

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Greenwald, Jones and Singleton Bill to Strengthen Protections for A Person's Digital Assets Clears Assembly

Bill Enacts the "Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act," Cutting Red Tape in a Digital Age
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assembly members Patricia Egan Jones and Troy Singleton sponsored to help residents secure their digital assets under the same fiduciary that protects their tangible assets was recently approved by the full Assembly.

"This is a digital age we are living in. If a custodial party wants to guard their digital assets they should be able to without regulatory barriers. Digital property such as email accounts, social media accounts, and internet-based currency is just as important as any other asset a person may have," said Greenwald (D-Camden, Burlington). "UFADAA is comprehensive legislation that will help individuals protect digital properties as they would their physical assets."

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Video: McKeon after Barlyn Testimony: 'This is Outrageous'

Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon 'I want to know. We should all want to know'

Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) discusses his legislation (A-4243) that would bar public entities from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower lawsuits with public employees and mandate that such settlements are part of open public records.

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McKeon, Quijano, Benson, Houghtaling & Downey Bill Barring Public Entities from Entering into Confidential Lawsuit Settlements Advances

Bill Stems from Christie Administration's Secret $1.5M Corruption Allegation Settlement
An Assembly panel on Monday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Annette Quijano, Daniel Benson, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would bar public entities from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower lawsuits with public employees and mandate that such settlements are part of open public records.

McKeon first introduced the bill in response to the settlement reached with former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who testified extensively on the bill during today's hearing. Archived audio from today's hearing will be posted here after the hearing concludes, with Barlyn's testimony beginning around the 20 minute mark.

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Attorney General Investigates Deaths by Law Enforcement, No Secret Whistleblower Settlements, H20 Quality, Transgender Health Care Rights, Regulating Daily Fantasy Sports & Domestic Violence Prevention Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Improving Mental Health Care, First-Time Homebuyers, Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Credit, Veterans Housing & Benefits, Opioid Antidotes in Schools, Storm Preparedness, Family Daycare Background Checks, Hearing Impairment Task Force, Studying Predatory Alienation & Criminalizing U-4

Having the state Attorney General investigate and prosecute crime involving a person's death by a law enforcement officer, barring public entities and public employees from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower claims, the Water Quality Accountability Act, regulating daily fantasy sports activities, transgender health care rights and domestic violence prevention, highlight Monday's Assembly committee hearings...

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