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  • NJ A3612
  • Jake's Law; Incentivizes counties to design and construct completely inclusive playgrounds as a priority for State funding for recreational and conservation purposes.*
Introduced
(4/7/2016)
In Committee
(6/22/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/22/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Commissioner of Community Affairs to establish rules and regulations for the design and construction of inclusive playgrounds with standards of accessibility for children and adults with disabilities that generally exceed current standards. This bill also conditions the receipt of State funds to acquire or develop lands for recreational and conservation purposes on the existence of at least one inclusive playground in the county requesting the funds at the time of the request. Finally, the bill requires counties to construct inclusive playgrounds in the event that the Legislature appropriates funding for inclusive playgrounds. Under this bill, the Department of Community Affairs in consultation with the Department of Education would be required to create rules and regulations for inclusive playgrounds that generally exceed current State and federal standards within 90 days of the effective date of the bill. In adopting rules and regulations for inclusive playgrounds, the commissioner must consult with nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated expertise in the design and construction of inclusive playgrounds. At a minimum, the rules and regulations would require fully accessible playground surfacing, access ramps leading up to and within play structures, and play structures designed to facilitate access by adults and children with disabilities. The bill would require the Commissioner of Community Affairs to propose rules and regulations within 180 days of the effective date of the bill and adopt rules and regulations within one year of the effective date of the bill. The rules and regulations would address various issues related to inclusive playgrounds, including, but not limited to, parking, restroom facilities, fencing, surfacing, and shade areas. Additionally, the bill requires the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to deny any application submitted by a county seeking Green Acres funds to pay for acquisition or development of lands for recreational and conservation purposes unless the requesting county has built or has plans to build at least one inclusive playground by the date of the request. The commissioner is permitted to award Green Acres funds to a county without an inclusive playground if the requested funds are to be utilized for the creation of an inclusive playground. Furthermore, the bill permits counties to collaborate with nonprofit organizations, with a demonstrated expertise in the design and construction of inclusive playgrounds, to assist with the design and construction of inclusive playgrounds.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Community and Urban Affairs, Women and Children
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee  (on 6/22/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (72-0-3)
10/20/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Vainieri Huttle)
10/7/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Greenwald)
6/6/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/6/2016 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (10:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
4/7/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 72 0 8
Detail 6/6/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 0