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  • NJ A4079
  • Provides civil immunity to persons who forcibly enter motor vehicles to remove unattended and unsupervised children.
Introduced
(9/15/2016)
In Committee
(1/9/2017)
Crossed Over
(12/19/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill stipulates that a person would not be held liable for any damages arising out of and in the course of forcibly entering a motor vehicle for the purpose of removing a child left unattended and unsupervised in the vehicle. The immunity granted pursuant to the bill would not apply to any person causing damage to a motor vehicle as a result of recklessness or willful misconduct. Specifically, a person could not be liable for any damages resulting from forcibly entering a motor vehicle and removing an unattended and unsupervised child from the vehicle if the person: determines that the motor vehicle is locked or there is no other reasonable method to remove the child from the vehicle; has a reasonable good faith belief that forcible entry into the vehicle is necessary because the child is in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury if not immediately removed from the vehicle; contacts the local law enforcement agency or the fire department, emergency medical services personnel, or 9-1-1 emergency telephone service for assistance prior to entering and removing the child from the vehicle; places written notification on the motor vehicle's windshield with the person's contact information, reason why entry into the vehicle was made, the location of the child, and that law enforcement, the fire department, emergency medical personnel, or 9-1-1 has been contacted; remains with the child in a safe location reasonably close to the vehicle until local law enforcement, the fire department, or emergency medical personnel arrives; uses no more force than is necessary to enter and remove the child from the vehicle; and attempts to render aid to the child in addition to the assistance authorized in the bill.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly, Women and Children
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee  (on 1/9/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/9/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
12/19/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (77-0-0)
9/19/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
9/19/2016 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (10:00 9/19/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
9/15/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/19/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 77 0 3
Detail 9/19/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 0