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  • NJ A2937
  • Requires incarcerated individual from State to be counted at residential address for legislative redistricting purposes.
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(2/13/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires that individuals who are incarcerated in State and federal facilities in the State are to be counted at the individual's last known complete street address for legislative redistricting purposes. Under the bill, the State Department of Corrections is to collect and maintain an electronic record of the residential address of each individual entering its custody starting on the 30th day following the date of enactment of the bill. At a minimum, this record would contain the last known complete street address of each such individual prior to incarceration, the individual's race, whether the individual is of Hispanic or Latino origin, and whether the person is over the age of 18. For the purposes of the bill, the classification of an individual's race, ethnic origin, and age would be the same as used by the United States Bureau of the Census for the purposes of Pub.L.94-171 (13 U.S.C. s.141). The information to be included in the report filed with the Secretary of State provides: 1) a unique identifier, not including the name, for each incarcerated individual subject to the jurisdiction of the department on the date the bureau completes the federal decennial census for the State; 2) the street address of the correctional facility in which the individual was incarcerated at the time of the report; 3) the residential address of the individual prior to incarceration or alternative residential address, if known; 4) the individual's race, whether the individual is of Hispanic or Latino origin, and whether the individual is over the age of 18, if known; and 5) any additional information the secretary may deem necessary. The secretary is to determine the geographic units for which population counts are reported in the federal decennial census that contain the address of the facility in which the individual was incarcerated and the residential address of the individual. If the individual's residential address is known, the secretary is to: 1) re-allocate all relevant population counts to reflect the individual's residential address on the date the federal decennial census for the State is completed; and 2) ensure that the individual is not represented in any applicable population counts reported in the census for the geographic units that include the facility at which the person was incarcerated on the day the census for this State is completed. If the residential address of the individual is not known or not located in this State, the secretary is to: 1) re-allocate all relevant population counts reported in the census to reflect that the person resided at an unknown geographic location within the State on the day the census for this State is completed; and 2) ensure that the individual is not represented in any applicable population counts reported in the census for the geographic units that include the facility at which the person was incarcerated on the day the census for this State is completed. When this is completed, the secretary is to report the data to the members of the Apportionment Commission, established pursuant to Article IV, Section III, paragraphs 1 through 3 of the New Jersey Constitution, not later than the seventh day after the Governor receives the census data required pursuant to federal law for this State from the Bureau of the Census. The data prepared by the secretary under the bill, together with data provided by the bureau, is to be the basis of the legislative districts established by the Apportionment Commission. The bill also provides that to the greatest extent practicable, districts are to be drawn so as to meet equal population requirements calculated under both data sets. Residences at unknown geographic locations within the State are not to be used to determine the ideal population of any set of districts or wards.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S587  (on 5/22/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/22/2017 A Substituted by S587
2/13/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/13/2017 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (19:00 2/13/2017 A4329 (McKeon)-Allows certain emergency squad volunteers holding)
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/13/2017 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 5 2 0