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  • NJ A1946
  • Adds cyber-harassment to the domestic violence statutes.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(9/26/2016)
Crossed Over
(2/18/2016)
Passed
(10/20/2016)
Signed
(12/5/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would allow temporary and permanent restraining orders under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991," P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-17 et seq.) on grounds that the person seeking the order is a victim of cyber-harassment. Currently, the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991" provides that any of 14 predicate offenses, if inflicted by an adult or an emancipated minor upon a person protected under the act, constitute domestic violence. This bill would add cyber-harassment as a 15th predicate offense. The crime of cyber-harassment was enacted by P.L.2013, c.272 (C.2C:33-4.1). A person is guilty of cyber-harassment if, while making a communication in an online capacity via any electronic device or through a social networking site and with the purpose to harass another, the person: threatens to inflict injury or physical harm to any person or the property of any person; knowingly sends, posts, comments, requests, suggests, or proposes any lewd, indecent, or obscene material to or about a person with the intent to emotionally harm a reasonable person or place a reasonable person in fear of physical or emotional harm to his person; or threatens to commit any crime against the person or the person's property. Cyber-harassment is a crime of the fourth degree, punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. If the perpetrator is 21 years of age or older at the time of the offense and impersonates a minor for the purpose of cyber-harassing a minor, it is a crime of the third degree. A crime of the third degree is punishable by three to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Women and Children
Approved P.L.2016, c.77.  (on 12/5/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
12/5/2016 S Approved P.L.2016, c.77.
10/20/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (37-0)
10/20/2016 S Substituted for S1257
9/26/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
9/26/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 9/26/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
3/10/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
3/10/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
3/10/2016 Senate Judiciary Hearing (13:00 3/10/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
2/29/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
2/18/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (74-0-0)
2/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/8/2016 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (10:00 2/8/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 10/20/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S1257 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 10/20/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 9/26/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 3/10/2016 Senate Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 1
Detail 2/18/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 74 0 6
Detail 2/8/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 1