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  • NJ A4081
  • "Charlie's Law"; Establishes civil penalties for persons who interfere with or deny persons with disabilities accompanied by service or guide dogs access to places of public accommodation.
Introduced
(9/15/2016)
In Committee
(1/12/2017)
Crossed Over
(5/25/2017)
Passed
(6/19/2017)
Signed
(7/21/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes a civil penalty for interfering with or denying a person with a disability accompanied by a service or guide dog access to a place of public accommodation in violation of P.L.1971, c.130 (C.10:5-29 et seq.), section 3 of P.L.1977, c.456 (C.10:5-29.1), and the "Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990," (42 U.S.C. s.12101 et seq.). A person who violates the provisions of the bill, in addition to any other relief or affirmative action provided by law, would be liable to a civil penalty of no less than: $250 for the first violation; $500 for the second violation; and $1,000 for the third and each subsequent violation. The penalty would be collected pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.), in a summary proceeding before the municipal court having jurisdiction. A law enforcement officer having enforcement authority in the municipality where the violation took place would issue a summons and serve and execute all process with respect to enforcement of the provisions of the bill consistent with the Rules of Court. The penalty assessed would be appropriated to the Department of Law and Public Safety to fund educational programs for law enforcement officers on the right of a person with a disability to have a service or guide dog in a place of public accommodation. The bill also requires the Attorney General to establish a public awareness campaign to inform the public about the provisions of the bill.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.169.  (on 7/21/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.169.
6/19/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (38-0)
6/19/2017 S Substituted for S2662 (1R)
5/25/2017 S Rescind Vote (38-0) (Allen)
5/25/2017 S Passed by the Senate (39-0)
5/25/2017 S Rescind Vote Sub for S2662 (38-0) (Allen)
5/25/2017 S Substituted for S2662
1/30/2017 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
1/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (69-0-0)
1/12/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/12/2017 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 1/12/2017 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
9/15/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2662 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 39 0 1
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Rescind Vote 38 0 2
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Rescind Vote 38 0 2
Detail 1/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 69 0 11
Detail 1/12/2017 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 8 0 1