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  • NJ A2855
  • Provides for State assumption of the costs of the county prosecutors' offices.
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(2/16/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
Currently, the offices of the 21 county prosecutors in New Jersey are funded by the counties. This structure has created inequities among the counties, which have varying levels of available resources to pay for this essential function. In addition, the county prosecutors are constitutional officers who function independently of control by the county governing body. Pursuant to statute, the New Jersey Attorney General has authority to "consult with and advise" the county prosecutors. This bill, "The Prosecutorial Unification Act," provides that the State would assume the costs of the county prosecutors' offices. Under the bill, the State would reimburse the counties for one-tenth quarter of the costs of the county prosecutors' offices beginning January 1, 2017 with reimbursements made on a quarterly basis. County prosecutors and prosecutorial employees would become employees of the State on January 1, 2018, and the State would gradually assume all costs of the county prosecutors' offices over the next nine years. By local budget year 2026, counties would no longer be paying any of these costs. The bill is not intended to in any way expand or diminish the Attorney General's authority under current law to maintain a general supervision over the county prosecutors. Under the bill, all prosecutors and prosecutorial employees would be situated in, but not of, the Department of Law and Public Safety. The bill also provides that no county-funded program involving the office of the county prosecutor which had existed prior to January 1, 2017 could be curtailed or eliminated without the approval of the county prosecutor.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 2/16/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified