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  • NJ A2341
  • Requires local government notification of sex offender registration and prohibits sex offenders from living near schools, child care centers or playgrounds.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(2/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
The purpose of this bill is to expand Megan's Law to require municipal governing bodies to be notified when a sex offender moves into a municipality and to restrict sex offenders from residing in areas frequented by children. The bill requires that when a sex offender listed on the Internet registry maintained by the Superintendent of the State Police registers with the chief law enforcement officer of a municipality, the officer is to forward the name and address of the sex offender to the governing body of the municipality. If the sex offender is required to register with the Superintendent of State Police because he is moving to a municipality that does not have a police force, then the Superintendent of State Police is to forward the sex offender's name and address to the governing body of the municipality in which the sex offender intends to reside. The bill also makes it a disorderly persons offense for a sex offender whose risk of re-offense has been assessed as moderate or high to reside within 500 feet of an elementary or secondary school, playground, or child care center. The residential ban would not cover a sex offender that resides at a prison or mental health facility within 500 feet of an elementary or secondary school, playground, or child care center; a sex offender that continues to reside at a residence established before the bill's enactment which is within 500 feet of an elementary or secondary school, playground, or child care center; or a sex offender that has a school, playground, or child care center established or built within 500 feet of their existing residence. A disorderly persons offense is punishable by imprisonment for up to six months, a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both.
Law and Public Safety
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee  (on 2/4/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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