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  • NJ A2436
  • Clarifies law concerning conduct of certain legislative investigations.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(2/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends existing law concerning investigations by legislative committees to clarify the evidence that may be required to be produced, as well as the circumstances under which a committee may require a person to testify or produce evidence, grant immunity, and seek a court order compelling testimony or the production of evidence. The bill authorizes a committee, by a vote of a majority of its total membership, to find a person in contempt of the committee. It also provides that a committee, by a vote of a majority of its total membership, may find a witness who refuses to answer questions or produce evidence, fails to appear, or refuses to be sworn, guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. In such a case, the appropriate county prosecutor will arrest the witness and bring the person before a judge of the Superior Court for sentencing. In addition, the bill provides that any standing reference committee of either house, upon a majority vote of the committee's membership, may exercise the powers conferred by R.S.52:13-1 et seq. The bill also changes the word "misdemeanor" in the statute to "crime of the fourth degree" in order to be consistent with the terminology used in the current criminal code.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee  (on 2/4/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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