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September 2022

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-2438,
Regarding Parking Privileges for Disabled Veterans

  
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2438 (Wirths)/S660 (Oroho), which establishes that “100 percent Disabled Veterans” are not required to submit to the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) certain documentation to renew parking privileges.
  
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it improves efficiency in the process of renewing parking benefits for permanently disabled veterans. This bill will establish that permanently disabled veterans are only required to submit proof of disability on their first application for disability parking privileges through the MVC. Permanently disabled veterans will not be required to submit proof of disability on renewal applications, which will ultimately allow them to easily maintain the benefits that they have rightfully earned.
  
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2438/S660 and urges you to vote yes to this bill.
     
The NJ State Bar Association Shares Concerns With A1739 (McKeon)/S2989 (Pou) Regarding For-Profit Debt Adjusters - Sept. 14, 2022
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-4341 (Freiman)/S-142 (Diegnan), 
Regarding The New Jersey Business Corporation Act

   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A4341 (Freiman)/S142 (Diegnan), which modernizes business filing statutes to include entity conversion and domestication.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation which would modify applicable business filing statutes in the New Jersey Business Corporation Act to add domestication and conversion provisions across all business entity types. This proposed legislation will align New Jersey with many other states that allow entity conversion and domestication, which will ultimately be a positive measure in making New Jersey a more business-friendly State.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A4341/S142 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.

June 2022

The NJ State Bar Association Urges Reconsideration of S2253 (Scutari)/A3656 (Stanley),
Limiting Fees Charged For Copies of Medical and Billing Records

The NJ State Bar Association expresses concerns about the clarifications offered in S2253/A3656 and urges further review of this bill to ensure its conformance with federal law, and its fairness in application to all parties. The bill limits the fees charged for copies of medical and billing records. The NJSBA supports the underlying aim of this bill to clarify access to these records, but recommends review of the bill to (1) ensure conformance with the federal Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), (2) clarify the universe of records covered in the bill, and (3) create fairness in access to these records among all of the parties to avoid offsetting costs to the parties not covered under this bill, but entitled to access of these documents. 

For these reasons, the NJSBA urges reconsideration of this bill and urges you to vote no. 

NJ State Bar Association Letter on S2253/A3656 regarding medical records fees - June 22, 2022
   
New Jersey State Bar Association Letter on S1427/A793 regarding the "Community Wealth Preservation Program" - June 27, 2022
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-1169,
Regarding Discrimination Prevention Training for Service Providers to Senior Citizens
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A1169 (Jasey)/S1459 (Codey) which requires discrimination training for certain providers of services to senior citizens.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it would help prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in the delivery of services to senior citizens in New Jersey. This bill would require that those licensed or certified to provide services or support to senior citizens will undergo anti-discrimination training, which will ultimately help ensure that LGBTQ+ seniors are given equal access to the services provided to senior citizens in New Jersey.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A1169/S1459 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.
   
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-2256,
Regarding Home and Community-Based Services for Military Families
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S875 (Singer)/A2256 (Murphy), which requires the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the DHS to accept a permanent change of station order for purposes of satisfying the residency requirement for provision of home and community-based services under certain circumstances.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it provides that military servicemembers and their families who are relocated to duty stations in New Jersey can qualify for home and community-based services under the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. This bill is important to ensure that servicemembers stationed in New Jersey by virtue of their assignment in the military are given access to certain accommodations that are afforded to New Jerseyans despite their residency in another state.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S875/A2256 and urges you to vote yes to this bill.
   

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-142,
Regarding The New Jersey Business Corporation Act
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S142 (Diegnan), which modernizes business filing statutes to include entity conversion and domestication.
    
The Association supports this proposed legislation which would modify applicable business filing statutes in the New Jersey Business Corporation Act to add domestication and conversion provisions across all business entity types. This proposed legislation will align New Jersey with many other states that allow entity conversion and domestication, which will ultimately be a positive measure in making New Jersey a more business-friendly State.
    
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S142 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.

    
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-1169,
Regarding Discrimination Prevention Training for Service Providers to Senior Citizens
    
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A1169 (Jasey)/S1459 (Codey) which requires discrimination training for certain providers of services to senior citizens.
      
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it would help prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in the delivery of services to senior citizens in New Jersey. This bill would require that those licensed or certified to provide services or support to senior citizens will undergo anti-discrimination training, which will ultimately help ensure that LGBTQ+ seniors are given equal access to the services provided to senior citizens in New Jersey.
      
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A1169/S1459 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.
   

May 2022

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-2002,
Regarding Certified Copies of Death Certificates
  
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2002 (Conaway)/S1656 (Pou) which requires the State registrar to permit county surrogates to provide a certified copy of a death certificate to an authorized person under certain circumstances.
  
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it allows a county surrogate to access and provide a certified death certificate to an authorized person who is engaged in receiving services from a county surrogate. This will allow county surrogates to give support to heirs-at-law and other authorized individuals to complete the probate process smoothly. This proposed legislation will be beneficial and convenient for both county surrogate offices and the people they serve.
  
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2002/S1656 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.
  

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-325,
Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation for Out-of-State Military Families
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A-325 (Dancer)/S-152 (Diegnan), which authorizes military service members, spouses, and dependents with out-of-state domiciles to operate motor vehicles in New Jersey.
  
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it allows military service members and their families that are from out-of-state to lawfully operate motor vehicles in New Jersey so long as certain conditions apply. This legislation eases the relocation process to New Jersey that service members and their families undergo by virtue of their service duties and removes an otherwise unnecessary hurdle in that process.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A-325/S-152 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.
  

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-333,
Concerning Animal Cruelty Violations
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S-333 (Singleton)/A-2826 (Murphy),  designated as “Moose’s Law”, which prohibits persons convicted of criminal animal cruelty offenses from owning domestic companion animals and from working or volunteering at animal related enterprises.
  
The Association supports this proposed legislation, as amended, because it reflects a balanced approach to animal cruelty offenses with penalties based on the nature and severity of the crime. This legislation is an important measure to ensure that individuals convicted of significant criminal animal cruelty offenses are prohibited from owning or working with animals.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S-333/A-2826 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.

  

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-142,
Regarding The New Jersey Business Corporation Act
  
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S142 (Diegnan), which modernizes business filing statutes to include entity conversion and domestication.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation which would modify applicable business filing statutes in the New Jersey Business Corporation Act to add domestication and conversion provisions across all business entity types. This proposed legislation will align New Jersey with many other states that allow entity conversion and domestication, which will ultimately be a positive measure in making New Jersey a more business-friendly State.  
  
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S142 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.
  
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-1550,
Regarding the Validity of Certain Motor Vehicle Registration Certificates

   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A1550 (Moriarty), which authorizes a surviving spouse or family member of a decedent to use the motor vehicle registration certificate of the decedent until the registration certificate expires. 
    
The Association supports this proposed legislation because allowing surviving family members to operate a decedent’s vehicle until the expiration of the motor vehicle registration certificate will allow family members more time to complete the process of changing the motor vehicle registration, if necessary. This proposed legislation ultimately creates a beneficial change to the current law, which only allows for use of the decedent’s motor vehicle registration certificate for 30 days following the death of the decedent.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A1550 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.

   

April 2022
      
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S333 (Singleton) / A2826 (Murphy)
"Moose's Law"

   
Letter to Senator Troy Singleton and Assemblywomen Carole A. Murphy is support of  S333/A2826 which prohibits persons convicted of criminal animal cruelty offenses from owning domestic companion animals and from working or volunteering at animal-related enterprises; designated as "Moose's Law."
   
March 2022
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-152,
Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation for Out-of-State Military Families
    
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S-152 (Diegnan)/A-325 (Dancer) which authorizes military service members, spouses, and dependents with out-of-state domicile to operate motor vehicles in New Jersey. 
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it allows military service members and their families that are from out-of-state to lawfully operate motor vehicles in New Jersey so long as certain conditions apply. This legislation eases the relocation process that service members and their families undergo in New Jersey by virtue of their service duties and removes an otherwise unnecessary hurdle in that process. 
    
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S152/A325 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-1656,
Regarding Certified Copies of Death Certificates
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S1656 (Pou)/A2002 (Conaway) which requires the State registrar to permit county surrogates to provide a certified copy of a death certificate to an authorized person under certain circumstances.  
    
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it allows a county surrogate to access and provide a certified death certificate to an authorized person who is engaged in receiving services from a county surrogate. This will allow county surrogates to give support to heirs-at-law and other authorized individuals to complete the probate process smoothly. This proposed legislation will be beneficial and convenient for both county surrogate offices and the people they serve. 
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S1656/A2002 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-2002,
Regarding Certified Copies of Death Certificates

   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2002 (Conaway)/S1656 (Pou) which requires the State registrar to permit county surrogates to provide a certified copy of a death certificate to an authorized person under certain circumstances.  
    
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it allows a county surrogate to access and provide a certified death certificate to an authorized person who is engaged in receiving services from a county surrogate. This will allow county surrogates to give support to heirs-at-law and other authorized individuals to complete the probate process smoothly. This proposed legislation will be beneficial and convenient for both county surrogate offices and the people they serve. 
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2002/S1656 and urges you to vote yes to this proposed legislation.

   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-875,
Regarding Home and Community-Based Services for Military Families 
 
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S875 (Singer)/A2256 (Murphy), which requires the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the DHS to accept a permanent change of station order for purposes of satisfying the residency requirement for provision of home and community-based services under certain circumstances. 
 
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it provides that military servicemembers and their families who are relocated to duty stations in New Jersey can qualify for home and community-based services under the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. This bill is important to ensure that servicemembers stationed in New Jersey by virtue of their assignment in the military are given access to certain accommodations that are afforded to New Jerseyans despite their residency in another state. 
 
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S875/A2256 and urges you to vote yes to this bill.

    

February 2022
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-660,
Regarding Parking Privileges for Disabled Veterans
    
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S660 (Oroho)/A2438 (Wirths), which establishes that “100 percent Disabled Veterans” are not required to submit to the MVC certain documentation to renew parking privileges.
    
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it improves efficiency in the process of renewing parking benefits for permanently disabled veterans. This bill will establish that permanently disabled veterans are only required to submit proof of disability on their first application for disability parking privileges through the Motor Vehicle Commission. Permanently disabled veterans will not be required to submit proof of disability on renewal applications, which will ultimately allow them to easily maintain the benefits that they have rightfully earned.
    
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S660/A2438 and urges you to vote yes to this bill.

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-875,
Regarding Home and Community-Based Services for Military Families 

    
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S875 (Singer)/A2256 (Murphy), which requires the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the DHS to accept a permanent change of station order for purposes of satisfying the residency requirement for provision of home and community-based services under certain circumstances. 
    
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it provides that military servicemembers and their families who are relocated to duty stations in New Jersey can qualify for home and community-based services under the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. This bill is important to ensure that servicemembers stationed in New Jersey by virtue of their assignment in the military are given access to certain accommodations that are afforded to New Jerseyans despite their residency in another state. 
    
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S875/A2256 and urges you to vote yes to this bill.
   
January 2022

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S3594 (Singleton)/A5509 (Zwicker),
Regarding Discrimination in Calculations for Lost or Impaired Earnings
   
The NJ State Bar Association supports S3594/A5509, as amended, which provides that calculations for lost or impaired earnings capacity not be reduced based on class, trait or characteristic protected under the New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination in certain lawsuits. 
   
The bill will serve to prohibit discriminatory calculations based on certain protected traits arising from certain civil actions. As amended, the bill incorporates language from the Law Against Discrimination to be more inclusive and alleviate confusion in its applicability. Passage of this bill would increase fairness in the administration of justice to all citizens. 
   
For the reasons stated above, the NJ State Bar Association supports this bill and urges you to vote yes. 

      
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S844 (Pou)/A4635 (Zwicker),
Regarding Financial Reporting Requirements for Charitable Organizations
   
The NJ State Bar Association supports S844/A4635, which revises financial reporting requirements for charitable organizations and excludes non-monetary in-kind donations from gross revenue for the purpose of reporting requirements. 
   
This proposed legislation would increase the filing threshold for an audited statement while excluding in-kind contributions. This would be an appropriate lessening of the regulatory burden on not-for-profit companies, which often have limited staff and resources. 
   
For the reasons set forth above, the NJ State Bar Association supports this bill and urges you to vote yes. 
    

   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S4219 (Cryan)/A6171 (Quijano)
Creating the Office of Information Privacy
   
The NJSBA supports this important bill, which implements the protections afforded to judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and their immediate family members. It creates an Office of Information Privacy to ensure that personal information of these individuals is shielded from the public. 
   
This bill carries out the purpose of Daniel’s Law, which was signed into law following a horrific attack on a sitting judge at her own home by a disgruntled attorney. This attack was a wake-up call that the independence of the judiciary could be at risk. The passage of this bill is important to ensure that the protections contained within Daniel’s Law may be carried out to prohibit the publication of personal information of judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and their families. 
   
For the above-referenced reasons, the NJSBA urges you to vote yes on this important bill. 

   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Urges Reconsideration of S-1149/A-2877,
Requiring Registration of Certain Vacant and Abandoned Lots
   
The NJSBA expresses concerns with S1149 (Ruiz)/A2877 (Dancer) regarding the registration for vacant and abandoned properties. This bill is well intended, but overlaps significantly with other statutes and regulations such that the passage of this particular legislation may cause confusion and ultimately complicate the true intent of this bill.
   
Municipalities have a mechanism imposed on a creditor or a local agent of the creditor the responsibility for the care, maintenance, security and upkeep of the exterior of the vacant and abandoned residential property. N.J.S. 40:48-2.12s. Lenders are also required to notify the mayor and municipal clerk of a pending foreclosure on a residential property and provide contact information for a representative of the creditor who is responsible for receiving complaints of property maintenance and code violations. N.J.S. 46:10B-51. Similar notification is required for the owner of a non-owner occupied residential property that has been taken over as a result of a sheriff’s sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure. N.J.S. 10B-51.1. Finally, the NJ Urban Redevelopment Act (N.J.S. 55:19-20, et seq.) and the Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act (N.J.S. 55:19-78, et seq.), both allow municipalities to classify and rehabilitate abandoned properties and place liens on realty. This allows municipalities to remediate vacant and abandoned properties without the need for a lender to take title.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association urges you to vote no on this bill.

    
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-5673/S-3707,
Regarding the Purposeful Transmission of Infectious or Communicable Diseases
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5673 (Vainieri Huttle)/S3707 (Vitale), which makes it a disorderly persons offense to purposely transmit an infectious or communicable disease by engaging in act of sexual penetration under certain circumstances.
   
The proposed legislation will reduce the bias against and unfair treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals because it removes the statute’s separate provision for HIV and AIDS and makes all records of such proceedings confidential. This will ultimately help prevent the unfair targeting of LGBTQ+ individuals based on harmful stereotypes. Furthermore, this legislation is a substantial development in ensuring all people are protected from unjust convictions by requiring specific intent and actual transmission of disease to find a person guilty.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5673/S3707 and urges you to vote yes to this bill.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-384/A-1964 and S-386/A-1763
Mandating Domestic Violence Training

   
The New Jersey State Bar Association applauds the sponsors of S384 (Weinberg)/A1964 (Stanley) and S386 (Weinberg)/A1763 (Munoz), which expands training programs for judges, judicial personnel, assistant county prosecutors, law enforcement officers and municipal prosecutors. Any additional training to better and more efficiently work with individuals involved in domestic violence matters will only serve to improve the handling of these matters.
    
This proposed legislation reflects the recommendations contained in the June 2016 Report of the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence. The Committee was charged with examining the current system and held collaborative sessions with stakeholders in order to make recommendations on the handling of domestic violence matters.
   
This bill serves an important role in the protection of our citizens from domestic violence and encourages a broader understanding of the needs of these individuals. The NJSBA urges you to vote yes to S384/A1964 and S386/A1763.

   
December 2021
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-2350/S-914,
Creating a Program To Permit Community Service in Lieu of Payment for Motor Vehicle Surcharges
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2350 (Verrelli)/S914 (Rice), which establishes the “Motor Vehicle Community Service Program” to allow certain applicants to perform community service in lieu of paying motor vehicle surcharges.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it makes available an alternative to qualified applicants with limited financial means to perform community service in lieu of paying motor vehicle surcharges. The bill ultimately provides fairness to those who have limited financial means to pay motor vehicle surcharges.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2350/S914 and urges you to vote yes on this bill.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-4635/S-844,
Regarding Financial Reporting Requirements for Charitable Organizations
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A4635 (Zwicker)/S844 (Pou), which revises financial reporting requirements for charitable organizations and excludes non-monetary in-kind donations from gross revenue for the purpose of reporting requirements.
   
This proposed legislation would increase the filing threshold for an audited statement while excluding in-kind contributions. This would be an appropriate lessening of the regulatory burden on not for profit companies, which often have limited staff and resources.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A4635/S844 and urges you to vote yes on this bill.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-5741/S-241/S-491, 
Concerning Eligibility, Procedures, and Post-Program Relief for Certain Drug or Alcohol Dependent Persons
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5741 (Mukherji)/S241 (Scutari)/S491 (Brown), which concerns eligibility, procedures, and post-program relief for certain drug or alcohol dependent persons sentenced to special probation, or regular probation which as a condition of such requires substance use disorders treatment.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it is a positive step toward ultimately increasing the accessibility of addiction rehabilitation treatment, which will further increase the number of individuals who can obtain addiction rehabilitation treatment.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5741/S241/S491 and urges you to vote yes on this bill.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-1604/A-2808,
Regarding Certification of Diligent Inquiry in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Actions
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S1604 (Codey)/A2808 (Schaer), which requires a certification of diligent inquiry in residential mortgage foreclosure actions to be filed by attorneys.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation as currently written because it supplements the “Fair Foreclosure Act,” codifying the aspects of New Jersey Court Rule 4:64-1 regarding certifications of diligent inquiry.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S1604/A2808 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-2817/A-4624,
Allowing Those in Active Duty Military to Claim Preference for Civil Service
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S2817 (Gopal)/A4624 (Downey), which allows active duty service members to provide a document other than a DD-214 when claiming a veterans’ preference for civil service.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it will help active duty service members seeking veterans’ preferences for civil service purposes as they anticipate their discharge from active duty. The bill ultimately provides active duty service members the opportunity to begin the process of securing a veterans’ preference on a civil service application before receipt of a DD-214, making for a smoother transition from active duty to civil service.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S2817/A4624 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-1964/S-384,
Mandating Domestic Violence Training
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association applauds the sponsors of A1964/S384, which expands training programs for judges, judicial personnel, assistant county prosecutors and law enforcement officers. Any additional training to better and more efficiently work with individuals involved in domestic violence matters will only serve to improve the handling of these matters.
   
This proposed legislation reflects the recommendations contained in the June 2016 Report of the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence. The Committee was charged with examining the current system and held collaborative sessions with stakeholders in order to make recommendations on the handling of domestic violence matters.
   
This bill serves an important role in the protection of our citizens from domestic violence and encourages a broader understanding of the needs of these individuals. The NJSBA urges you to vote yes to A1964/S384.

The NJ State Bar Association Urges Reconsideration of S1149/A2877, 
Requiring Registration of Certain Vacant and Abandoned Lots
   
The NJSBA expresses concerns with S1149 (Ruiz)/A2877 (Dancer) regarding the registration for vacant and abandoned properties. This bill is well intended, but overlaps significantly with other statutes and regulations such that the passage of this particular legislation may cause confusion and ultimately complicate the true intent of this bill.
   
Municipalities have a mechanism imposed on a creditor or a local agent of the creditor the responsibility for the care, maintenance, security and upkeep of the exterior of the vacant and abandoned residential property. N.J.S. 40:48-2.12s. Lenders are also required to notify the mayor and municipal clerk of a pending foreclosure on a residential property and provide contact information for a representative of the creditor who is responsible for receiving complaints of property maintenance and code violations. N.J.S. 46:10B-51. Similar notification is required for the owner of a non-owner occupied residential property that has been taken over as a result of a sheriff’s sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure. N.J.S. 10B-51.1. Finally, the NJ Urban Redevelopment Act (N.J.S. 55:19-20, et seq.) and the Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act (N.J.S. 55:19-78, et seq.), both allow municipalities to classify and rehabilitate abandoned properties and place liens on realty. This allows municipalities to remediate vacant and abandoned properties without the need for a lender to take title.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association urges you to reconsider this legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-3416, 
Which Codifies Marriage Equality in the Statutes
    
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S3416 (Sweeney)/A5367 (Vainieri Huttle), which codifies marriage equality in the statutes.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it codifies marriage equality in New Jersey statutes. As of now, the right to marry emanates from a decision by the Hon. Mary Jacobson, who issued a ruling in Garden State Equality v. Dow, 434 N.J. Super. 163 (Law Div. 2013) that prohibiting same-sex marriages violated the equal protection guarantee of the New Jersey Constitution. Judge Jacobson’s issuance of a summary judgement motion in Dow is the basis of the right of marriage equality today. The bill would codify this right and amend the marriage statute to be gender neutral. 
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S3416/A5367 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation. 
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-4635,
Regarding Financial Reporting Requirements for Charitable Organizations 
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A4635 (Zwicker)/S844 (Pou), which revises financial reporting requirements for charitable organizations and excludes non-monetary non-monetary in-kind donations from gross revenue for the purpose of reporting requirements.
   
This proposed legislation would increase the filing threshold for an audited statement while excluding in-kind contributions. This would be an appropriate lessening of the regulatory burden on not for profit companies, which often have limited staff and resources.
    
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A4635/S844 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-2350,
Creating a Program To Permit Community Service in Lieu of Payment for Motor Vehicle Surcharges
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2350 (Verrelli)/S914 (Rice), which establishes the “Motor Vehicle Community Service Program” to allow certain applicants to perform community service in lieu of paying motor vehicle surcharges.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it makes available an alternative to qualified applicants with limited financial means to perform community service in lieu of paying motor vehicle surcharges. The bill ultimately provides fairness to those who have limited financial means to pay motor vehicle surcharges.
    
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A2350/S914 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-693,
Regarding an Expansion in the Role of Temporary Guardian 
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A693 (Sumter)/S2316 (Rice), which expands the role of temporary guardian to include arranging the placement of an alleged incapacitated person in an appropriate, less restrictive environment.
   
Under current law, the pendente lite temporary guardian is given broad authority to arrange for temporary accommodations determined to be necessary to deal with the individual's critical needs, which include but is not limited to their personal property, assets, housing, etc. Accordingly, this bill adds to that authority by explicitly authorizing a pendente lite temporary guardian to move an alleged incapacitated person into a more appropriate, less restrictive and more cost effective environment than the individual's current one. In addition, the bill grants authority to the pendente lite temporary guardian to arrange for payments, from the estate, of the services provided to the alleged incapacitated individual. The Association supports this proposed legislation as a positive development that will allow more people in these situations to get the help they need.
    
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A693/S2316 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-5367/S-3416,
Which Codifies Marriage Equality in the Statutes
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5367 (Vainieri Huttle)/S3416 (Sweeney), which codifies marriage equality in the statutes.
   
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it codifies marriage equality in New Jersey statutes. As of now, the right to marry emanates from a decision by the Hon. Mary Jacobson, who issued a ruling in Garden State Equality v. Dow, 434 N.J. Super. 163 (Law Div. 2013) that prohibiting same-sex marriages violated the equal protection guarantee of the New Jersey Constitution. Judge Jacobson’s issuance of a summary judgement motion in Dow is the basis of the right of marriage equality today. The bill would codify this right and amend the marriage statute to be gender neutral.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5367/S3416 and urges you to vote yes on this bill.

The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-5673,
Regarding the Purposeful Transmission of Infectious or Communicable Diseases
    
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5673 (Vainieri Huttle)/S3707 (Vitale), which makes it a disorderly persons offense to purposely transmit an infectious or communicable disease by engaging in act of sexual penetration under certain circumstances.
   
The proposed legislation will reduce the bias against and unfair treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals because it removes the statute’s separate provision for HIV and AIDS and makes all records of such proceedings confidential. This will ultimately help prevent the unfair targeting of LGBTQ+ individuals based on harmful stereotypes. Furthermore, this legislation is a substantial development in ensuring all people are protected from unjust convictions by requiring specific intent and actual transmission of disease to find a person guilty. 
    
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5673/S3707 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports S-1265,
Expanding Crimes Constituting Bias Intimidation
    
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports S1265 (Beach)/A724 (Johnson), which includes the crime of creating false public alarms as form of bias intimidation.
    
The Association supports this proposed legislation because it will ultimately help to further deter bias crimes by enhancing the degree of the crime of creating a false public alarm if it is found to be part of bias intimidation. False public alarms, including swatting and bomb threats, are not covered under current New Jersey law, but are, unfortunately, common occurrences throughout the country. The bill will help to further prevent targeted discrimination against an individual or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity. This bill is a significant measure given the detrimental impact that false public alarms have had on communities throughout New Jersey. 
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports S1265/A724 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation.
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association Supports A-5741,
Concerning Eligibility, Procedures, and Post-Program Relief for Certain Drug or Alcohol Dependent Persons
   
The New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5741 (Mukherji)/S241 (Scutari)/S491 (Brown), which concerns eligibility, procedures, and post-program relief for certain drug or alcohol dependent persons sentenced to special probation, or regular probation which as a condition of such requires substance use disorders treatment.
   
The Association supports this legislation because it is a positive step toward ultimately increasing the accessibility of addiction rehabilitation treatment, which will further increase the number of individuals who can obtain addiction rehabilitation treatment.
   
For the reasons set forth above, the New Jersey State Bar Association supports A5741/S241/S491 and urges you to vote yes to this legislation.
   
November 2021
   
The NJSBA Supports A-1964/S-384, A-1770/S-385 and A-1763/S-386,
Mandating Domestic Violence Training

   
The New Jersey State Bar Association applauds the sponsors of A1964/S384, A1770/S385 and A1763/S386, which establishes training programs for judges, judicial personnel, county prosecutors and municipal prosecutors. Any additional training to better and more efficiently work with individuals involved in domestic violence matters will only serve to improve the handling of these matters.
   
These bills reflect the recommendations contained in the June 2016 Report of the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence. The Committee was charged with examining the current system and held collaborative sessions with stakeholders in order to make recommendations on the handling of domestic violence matters.
   
These bills serve an important role in the protection of our citizens from domestic violence and encourages a broader understanding of the needs of these individuals. The NJSBA urges you to vote yes on these bills.
 
   

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