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  • NJ S180
  • Revises definition of victim in "Crime Victim's Bill of Rights."
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Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill revises the definition of "victim" under the "Crime Victim's Bill of Rights." Specifically, the bill changes the definition of "victim" to correspond with the definition of "victim" in the Victim's Rights Amendment under paragraph 22 of Article 1 of the New Jersey Constitution. The bill also revises this definition of "victim" to include a domestic partner or civil union partner. Under the bill, domestic partners and civil union partners would be entitled to protections under the Crime Victim's Bill of Rights and to receive compensation under the "Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971," P.L.1971, c.317 (C.52:4B-1 et seq.). According to the sponsor, the current practice of excluding domestic and civil union partners from these protections and benefits is unfair to the survivor and contrary to the intentions of the victim.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2016, c.15.  (on 7/11/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/11/2016 A Approved P.L.2016, c.15.
5/26/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (71-2-1)
5/26/2016 A Substituted for A1421 (1R)
2/22/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/16/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
2/11/2016 S Passed by the Senate (32-0)
2/4/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/28/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 1/28/2016 Committee Room 6, 1st Floor)
1/12/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/26/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 71 2 7
Detail 5/26/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A1421 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 2/22/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 3
Detail 2/11/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 32 0 8
Detail 1/28/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0