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  • NJ A1889
  • Requires written security plan when school is polling place and open to students; provides that schools may be used as polling places only under certain circumstances; makes an appropriation.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
The bill provides that a school cannot be used as a polling place on a day that classes are in session, unless voting takes place in a room that is directly accessible from the outside and is secured by a door or other barrier from the rest of the building, or there is a uniformed law enforcement officer present and voters are not permitted to pass without supervision through the interior of the building when entering or leaving that room. The bill also clarifies that if a polling place is located in a public school on the day of an election, the board of education of the school district has the option of whether to hold classes on the day of the election. If the board determines to hold classes, the bill requires the board to establish and implement a written security plan, based on guidelines established by the Attorney General, to ensure that an appropriate level of security is maintained to protect students when the school is open and to maintain the proper functioning and integrity of the voting process during the election. The bill requires the school district to submit the security plan to the Attorney General, no later than 90 days prior to the election, for review and approval of the plan. Building security procedures and any information submitted to the Attorney General in regard to the security plan will not be accessible to the public under the provisions of the public records act, P.L.1963, c.73, or any other law. The bill provides that any expenses incurred by a school district in implementing its security plan will be reimbursed by the State upon application to the Attorney General. The bill appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of the Treasury such amounts as may be necessary to provide the reimbursement required under the bill.
Homeland Security and State Preparedness
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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