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  • NJ S601
  • Revises treatment requirements for convicted drug offenders receiving general assistance benefits under Work First New Jersey program.*
Introduced
(1/12/2016)
In Committee
(4/4/2016)
Crossed Over
(11/14/2016)
Passed
(11/21/2016)
Signed
(11/30/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would remove the eligibility restrictions for receiving general assistance benefits under the Work First New Jersey program for persons who have been convicted of an offense involving the use, possession, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. Currently, persons convicted of offenses involving the use, possession, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance are ineligible for general assistance benefits, except that a person whose conviction involves possession or use may become eligible for benefits if the person enrolls in or completes a licensed residential drug treatment program. For persons enrolled in a treatment program, this exception is contingent on continued participation in the program and periodic drug screenings demonstrating the person has not used any controlled dangerous substance. There is currently no exception to the general assistance eligibility restriction for persons convicted of offenses involving distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. Under the bill, people convicted of offenses involving controlled dangerous substances would be subject to the same eligibility requirements to receive general assistance benefits as apply to the general population, with no additional requirements or restrictions. The bill would expressly require the Commissioner of Human Services to adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the bill's purposes.
2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Gov Recommendations, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Gov/Recommendations, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate, Received by the Senate
Approved P.L.2016, c.69.  (on 11/30/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
11/30/2016 A Approved P.L.2016, c.69.
11/21/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (64-7-1)
11/14/2016 A Received in the Assembly on Concurrence with Gov. Recommend.
11/14/2016 S Passed by the Senate (31-2)
10/20/2016 S 2nd Reading in the Senate on Concur. w/Governor's Recommend. (34-0)
5/23/2016 S Conditional Veto, Received in the Senate
4/7/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (47-23-2)
4/7/2016 A Substituted for A889 (ACS)
4/4/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
3/14/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/14/2016 S Passed by the Senate (22-10)
3/7/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 3/7/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
3/7/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
2/29/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
2/29/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (13:00 2/29/2016 Committee Room 1, First Floor)
2/29/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee as a Substitute, 2nd Reading
2/4/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (11:00 2/4/2016 Committee Room 1, First Floor)
1/25/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (13:00 1/25/2016 Committee Room 1, First Floor)
1/12/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 11/21/2016 Assembly Floor: Concur Governor Recommendations 64 7 8
Detail 11/14/2016 Senate Floor: Concur Governor Recommendations 31 2 7
Detail 10/20/2016 Senate Floor: Adopt Governor Recommendations 34 0 6
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A889 Acs (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 47 23 10
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 7 2 2
Detail 3/14/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 22 10 8
Detail 3/7/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 8 4 1
Detail 2/29/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee: Reported with Substitution 6 0 3