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  • NJ A3665
  • Changes statutory reference to pejorative terminology referring to person of certain ethnic background and requires government entities to remove and replace pejorative language in official documents.*
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill removes references to the term "Negro" from N.J.S.18A:35-1, and the term "Oriental" from P.L.1983, c.7. This change is consistent with the national trend towards eliminating offensive and marginalizing language from statutory law, exemplified by recent legislation passed by the United States Congress and several state legislatures which removed outdated terminology similar to that referenced in this bill. The replacement of the pejorative terms does not change the meaning of the various sections of law amended by the bill. In addition, this bill requires that each State entity conduct a review of the forms and documents used by that entity in order to ensure that the terms "Negro" and "Oriental," are no longer utilized in official State government documents. Each State entity will be required to submit a status report to the Legislature and the Governor within six months following enactment of this bill.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Human Services
Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 10/13/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
10/13/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
10/13/2016 Assembly Human Services Hearing (14:00 10/13/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
4/14/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 10/13/2016 Assembly Human Services Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 0