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  • NJ A4243
  • Bars public entities and public employees from entering into confidential settlements of "whistleblower" claims; provides that such settlements constitute public records.
Introduced
(10/7/2016)
In Committee
(5/1/2017)
Crossed Over
(3/23/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would bar public entities and public employees from entering into confidential settlements of claims or actions where the public employee asserts the protections of the "Conscientious Employee Protection Act," P.L.1986, c.105 (C.34:19-1 et seq.), except for matters involving national security. The bill also provides that such settlements constitute public records under the open public records laws. The "Conscientious Employee Protection Act" is known informally as the "Whistleblower Statute." Under current law, set out in P.L.1989, c.336 (C.2A:82-46), the name, address, and identity of a victim of a sex crime or child abuse who was under the age of 18 at the time of the offense shall not appear on the indictment, complaint, or any other public record. The bill specifically provides that it is not intended to affect this requirement. The bill provides that it shall not be deemed to preclude or otherwise limit the provisions of the open public records laws.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly, State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee  (on 5/1/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/1/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee
3/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (73-0-0)
3/20/2017 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 The following bill is for discussion only: A4678 (McKeon/Singlet)
3/20/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/13/2017 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (19:00 2/13/2017 A4329 (McKeon)-Allows certain emergency squad volunteers holding)
10/7/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 73 0 7
Detail 3/20/2017 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 0 0