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  • NJ A555
  • Revises statutes concerning incorporation and governance of the Protestant Episcopal Church to remove gender-specific references.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends chapter 12 of Title 16 of the Revised Statutes, concerning the incorporation and governance of congregations and parishes of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New Jersey, to change gender-specific language to gender-neutral language. Among other provisions, the bill changes the term "chairman" to "chairperson," changes "vestrymen" to "vestrymembers," and eliminates the word "he" from the statute's references to "minister," "bishop," "rector," and "secretary." The bill also makes certain technical corrections. Title 16 of the Revised Statutes ("Corporations and Associations, Religious") concerns the incorporation and governance of specified religious groups. The enumerated groups include, among others, the Baptist and Seventh-Day Baptist Churches (R.S.16:2-1 et seq.); the Church of Christ, Scientist (R.S.16:3-1 et seq.); the United Presbyterian Church (R.S.16:11-1 et seq.); the Protestant Episcopal Church (R.S.16:12-1 et seq.); the Roman Catholic Church (R.S.16:15-1 et seq.); and the New Jersey State Association of Spiritualists (R.S.16:17-1 et seq.).
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.151.  (on 7/21/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.151.
6/29/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (30-1)
6/29/2017 S Substituted for S1847
6/26/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/26/2017 Senate Judiciary Hearing (19:00 6/26/2017 *Revised 6/23/17 Nominees added. Lorraine Augostini and Jeffrey )
6/26/2017 Senate Judiciary Hearing (19:00 6/26/2017 )
5/1/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
3/16/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (57-0-16)
2/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/8/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 2/8/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S1847 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 30 1 9
Detail 6/26/2017 Senate Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 2
Detail 3/16/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 57 0 23
Detail 2/8/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 1