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  • NJ A889
  • Revises treatment requirements for convicted drug offenders receiving general assistance benefits under Work First New Jersey program.*
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(4/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill removes 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.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Human Services, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S601 (SCS)  (on 4/7/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
4/7/2016 A Substituted by S601 (SCS)
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)
3/7/2016 A Reported as an Assembly Committee Substitute and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/7/2016 Assembly Human Services Hearing (13:00 3/7/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 7 2 2
Detail 3/7/2016 Assembly Human Services Committee: Reported with Substitution 4 2 0