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  • NJ A3783
  • Allows county and municipal police departments to establish designated safe areas for Internet purchase transactions; establishes public awareness campaign.
Introduced
(5/23/2016)
In Committee
(6/12/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/8/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill allows municipal and county police departments to establish designated safe areas which may be used by members of the public to conduct sales transactions for items listed on classified websites, such as Craigslist. For the purpose of ensuring public safety, the bill allows municipal and county police departments to install a video camera capable of recording a clear image of the designated safe area at all times the area is made available to the public. Under the bill, local police departments and their members would not be responsible for regulating the sales transactions or civilly liable for crimes or offenses committed by participants to the sales transactions. In addition, the bill requires the Attorney General to notify chief law enforcement officers that they are permitted to establish a designated safe area on municipal and county police department property. The Attorney General also is required to conduct a public awareness campaign, utilizing the Internet and any other available resources, to inform the general public about designated safe areas established throughout the State. The public awareness campaign is to include an updated list of police departments that have established designated safe areas and safety tips to decrease the risk of crime when engaging in Internet sales transactions. It is the sponsor's intent to reduce the risk of crime associated with purchases arranged through Craigslist and other online marketplaces by requiring police departments to reserve safe areas at their stations for people to complete sales transactions.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 6/12/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/12/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/8/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (73-1-2)
6/1/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-4496 and S-2834 (1R) are both pending referral.)
10/6/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
10/6/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 10/6/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
5/23/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/8/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 73 1 6
Detail 6/1/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 7 0 4
Detail 10/6/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 8 0 1