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  • NJ A2342
  • Provides that certain personal identifying information may be redacted from certain public records in certain circumstances.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(2/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that certain personal identifying information may be redacted from motor vehicle accident reports and law enforcement agency incident reports prior to allowing the public access to the reports. Under current law, the information contained in motor vehicle accident reports is not privileged or held confidential, and every citizen of this State has the right to inspect and copy the reports, or purchase the reports for a fee. The bill provides that prior to allowing access to the motor vehicle reports, the reports' custodian will redact from the record any information which discloses the social security number, unlisted telephone number, and address or driver license number of any person named in the report. Exceptions under the bill include access to this information by: (1) any government agency, including any court or law enforcement agency, in carrying out its functions; and (2) any person named in the report or an individual acting on the person's behalf. The bill also provides that the portion of a document which contains the address of a person named in an incident report produced by a law enforcement agency shall be considered confidential under P.L.1963, c.73 (C.47:1A-1 et seq.), commonly known as the open public records act (OPRA). Under the current provisions of OPRA, the portion of any document which discloses the social security number, credit card number, unlisted telephone number or driver license number of any person are already considered confidential, with certain exceptions. This bill provides that for purposes of incident reports, the address of a person will be considered confidential as well. It is the sponsor's intent that this provision will protect the privacy of individuals named in motor vehicle accident reports and law enforcement incident reports in order to prevent identity theft.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 2/4/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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