Assembly Law and Public Safety

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee is responsible for reviewing legislation dealing with police, fire and emergency management services, public safety regulations, criminalization of activities and legal ramifications of crimes.
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Jones, Mosquera & Sumter Bill to Prevent Gun Violence Among Individuals with Mental Disorders Clears Assembly

Asw. Patricia Egan Jones Mental Illness, Access to Firearms Major Risk Factors for Suicide

Legislation Assembly Democrats Patricia Egan Jones, Gabriela Mosquera and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to prevent individuals with an elevated risk of engaging in violence due to mental illness from causing harm to themselves and others gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday.

"For someone who may be struggling with disturbing thoughts, having access to a firearm significantly increases the likelihood of suicide," said Jones (D-Camden/Gloucester). "By reducing their access to a lethal weapon, New Jersey can help prevent fatalities among those with serious mental health concerns."

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Prieto, Sumter, Schaer & Greenwald Bill to Give Police & Firefighter Management of their Pension Fund Goes to Governor

Speaker Vincent Prieto Legislation Speaker Vincent Prieto, Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter, Budget Chairman Gary Schaer and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald sponsored to transfer management of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System from the state to the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System was approved Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

"If the unions want the ability to make investment decisions for their members when it comes to their retirement savings, then we should give them that opportunity - the same as private sector unions do for their members," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen)...

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Muoio, Lampitt, Chiaravalloti, Mukherji & Jimenez Bill to Expand Background Check Requirements for Family Day Cares Approved by Assembly

Legislation Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Muoio, Pamela Lampitt, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Raj Mukherji and Angelica Jimenez sponsored to require family day care providers to undergo criminal history record background checks was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"It is imperative that anyone who has access to young children in a family day care setting should undergo a criminal background check," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This crucial change in current law will address a gap and will now help keep children safe."
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Muoio Unveils New Bill Package to Crack Down on Gun Violence by Thwarting Illegal Ammunition Sales

Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio on Wednesday unveiled a new bill package containing common sense reforms to crack down on gun violence by better regulating the sale of ammunitions, a move supported by law enforcement personnel in a recent report issued by the State Commission of Investigation (SCI).

Muoio noted that the latest statistics from the New Jersey State Police underscore the need for new approaches to smart gun policies given that murder by gunfire increased 12 percent statewide in 2016, with far higher numbers in areas where gangs and drug distribution activities are prevalent.

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Assembly Panel OKs Oliver, Conaway, Tucker, Sumter & Holley Bill Requiring Attorney General's Office to Handle Investigation of Police-Related Homicides

Asw. Sheila Oliver Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Cleopatra Tucker, Shavonda Sumter and Jamel Holley to help ensure impartiality when a law enforcement officer kills someone in the line of duty was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

"The failure of grand juries to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-American victims across the nation has led to widespread concern for many, many reasons, including a stark lack of confidence by some in the criminal justice system," said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic)...

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Prieto, Sumter, Schaer & Greenwald Bill to Give Police & Firefighter Management of their Pension Fund Advanced by Assembly Committee

Speaker Vincent Prieto Legislation Speaker Vincent Prieto, Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter, Budget Chairman Gary Schaer and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald sponsored to transfer management of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System from the state to the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

"If the unions want the ability to make investment decisions for their members when it comes to their retirement savings, then we should give them that opportunity - the same as private sector unions do for their members," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen)...

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Video - NJ Assembly Democrats' Week in Review: March 13-17

New Jersey Assembly Democrats Week in Review for March 13-17.

Watch the video here.


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