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  • NJ A3677
  • Requires racial and ethnic impact statement for certain bills and regulations affecting sentencing.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires that a racial and ethnic impact statement for each proposed criminal justice bill, resolution, or amendment that would affect pretrial detention, sentencing, probation, or parole policies in this State be prepared prior to any vote being taken on the bill, resolution, or amendment in either House of the Legislature. Office of Legislative Services staff would be required to prepare the statement. The racial and ethnic impact statement is to include a statistical analysis of how the change in policy would affect racial and ethnic minorities. State agencies would be required to provide relevant data to assist the Office of Legislative Services in preparing these racial and ethnic impact statements. This bill also requires all State agencies to produce a racial and ethnic impact statement for any proposed agency rule that affects pretrial detention, sentencing, probation, or parole policies. Under the bill, the proposed rule is to be reviewed by the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission. If the commission determines that the proposed rule may have a significant adverse impact on racial and ethnic minorities, the rule proposing agency is to be so notified. The agency is then obligated to consult with the commission before formally adopting the rule. The required racial and ethnic impact statements for agency rules affecting sentencing is to be made available to the public at the time the proposed rule appears in the New Jersey Register. Currently, State agencies are required to prepare and issue six other types of impact statements: (1) a socio-economic impact statement; (2) a regulatory flexibility analysis; (3) a jobs impact statement; (4) an agricultural industry impact statement; (5) a housing affordability impact statement; and (6) a smart growth development impact statement. It is the sponsor's intent that legislators and rulemakers in this State be informed of the possible implications of new legislation or rules for racial and ethnic minorities.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Law and Public Safety, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S677 (2R)  (on 3/16/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
3/16/2017 A Substituted by S677 (2R)
2/27/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/27/2017 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (19:00 2/27/2017 )
4/14/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/27/2017 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 1 1