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  • NJ A4073
  • Requires data collection and issuance of report on drug evidence testing by New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences.
Introduced
(9/15/2016)
In Committee
(5/11/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences to collect data for six months and issue a report on evidence used in prosecuting certain drug-related crimes. Under current law, specimens taken by law enforcement during the investigation of certain drug-related crimes are sent to one of four New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences laboratories in the State. In some cases, presumptive drug field tests are performed by officers. In some instances, a case is disposed of following a presumptive drug field test without undergoing confirmatory testing in an Office of Forensic Sciences Laboratory. Various news reports suggest that reliance solely on drug field testing could lead to wrongful incarceration. However, data concerning the reliability of drug field tests in New Jersey which would confirm or deny this claim is currently unavailable. This bill would provide for the collection of data and the issuance of a report 90 days after the data collection ends concerning the usage and reliability of drug field tests in New Jersey. The term "specimen" is defined under the bill to mean a substance or sample of a substance which may contain a controlled dangerous substance or a controlled substance analog that is taken by a law enforcement officer investigating a potential violation of chapter 35 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes.
Law and Public Safety
Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 5/11/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/11/2017 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
5/11/2017 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (19:00 5/11/2017 )
9/15/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/11/2017 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 4