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  • NJ S157
  • Establishes "New Jersey Task Force on Abuse of Persons who are Elderly or Disabled."
Introduced
(1/12/2016)
In Committee
(4/4/2016)
Crossed Over
(3/14/2016)
Passed
(4/7/2016)
Signed
(5/23/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish a temporary task force, to be known as the "New Jersey Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled." The task force would be required to: (1) evaluate current policies that are designed to protect older adults and persons with disabilities from instances of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation; (2) identify any existing circumstances that allow for the inadequate protection of older adults and persons with disabilities against instances of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation; and (3) develop recommendations for legislation, policies, and strategies that would provide a more effective and efficient means by which to protect older adults and persons with disabilities from instances of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The task force would consist of 11 members as follows: the Commissioners of Health and Human Services, the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly, and the President of the New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors' Association, or their designees, who would serve ex officio; the State Director of the AARP; a representative from Adult Protective Services in the Division of Aging Services in the Department of Human Services; and five public members having relevant knowledge of, or experience in, matters related to the abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of older adults or persons with disabilities. Three public members would be appointed by the Governor, one public member would be appointed by the Senate President, and one public member would be appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly. Vacancies in the task force membership would be filled in the same manner provided for the original appointments. The task force members would serve without compensation, but could be reimbursed for travel and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the task force for its purposes. The bill would also authorize the task force to solicit and receive grants and other funds that are made available for the task force's purposes. The Department of Human Services would be required to provide professional and clerical staff to aid the task force in the performance of its duties. In addition, the task force would be entitled to call upon the services of any State, county, or municipal department, board, commission, or agency, as may be available for its purposes. The task force would be further required, in executing its duties, to consult with associations, organizations, and individuals who are knowledgeable about the abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of older adults and persons with disabilities. The bill would require the task force to organize as soon as practicable, but not later than 120 days after the date of the bill's enactment. The task force would be authorized to meet and hold hearings at the places and times of its choosing. Within 12 months after the task force's organizational meeting, the task force would be required to submit a written report to the Governor and the Legislature containing its findings and recommendations for legislative and other action that may be necessary to address and prevent the abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of older adults and persons with disabilities. The task force would dissolve, and the bill would expire, 30 days after the task force submits its written report.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2016, c.3.  (on 5/23/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/23/2016 A Approved P.L.2016, c.3.
4/7/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (71-0-0)
4/7/2016 A Substituted for A1120 (1R)
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 (40-0)
2/29/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/29/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (13:00 2/29/2016 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 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 71 0 9
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A1120 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 9 0 2
Detail 3/14/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 40 0 0
Detail 2/29/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 0 2