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  • NJ A4567
  • Establishes Transgender Equality Task Force.
Introduced
(2/13/2017)
In Committee
(5/1/2017)
Crossed Over
(3/23/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the Transgender Equality Task Force, which is charged with assessing the legal and societal barriers to equality for transgender individuals in the State, and providing recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor on how to ensure equality and improve the lives of transgender individuals, with particular attention to the following areas: healthcare, long term care, education, higher education, housing, employment, and criminal justice. The bill provides that the task force shall consist of 17 members as follows: a representative of Garden State Equality; a representative of The Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey; three public members to be appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, one of whom shall be a physician who specializes in transgender health issues, one of whom shall be a transgender individual, and one of whom shall be a representative of a social service agency that provides services and supports to transgender individuals; two public members to be appointed by the President of the Senate, one of whom shall be a parent or guardian of a transgender individual and one of whom shall be an attorney specializing in transgender rights; a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union; and one representative with appropriate expertise from each of the following State entities: the Department of Banking and Insurance, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health, the Department of Education, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the Division of Civil Rights in the Department of Law and Public Safety, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The bill provides that the task force is to organize as soon as practicable following the appointment of its members, but not later than the 30th day following the appointment of its members, and that the task force is to select a chairperson from among its members. The bill permits the task force to hold meetings at the times and places it may designate, and provides that a majority of the authorized members of the task force shall constitute a quorum. The bill also provides that the task force may conduct business without a quorum, but may only vote on a recommendation when a quorum is present. Pursuant to the bill, the task force is entitled to receive assistance and services from any State, county, or municipal department, board, commission, or agency, as it may require, and as may be available to it for its purposes, and The Division on Civil Rights in the Department of Law and Public Safety is to provide professional and clerical staff to the task force, as necessary to effectuate the purposes of the bill. The bill requires that the task force prepare and submit a written report to the Governor and the Legislature, outlining its recommendations for advancing transgender equality in the State, not later than six months after its initial meeting. The bill will expire on the 30th day following the submission of this written report.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee  (on 5/1/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/1/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
3/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (65-5-5)
2/13/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/13/2017 Assembly Human Services Hearing (19:00 2/13/2017 )
2/13/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 65 5 10
Detail 2/13/2017 Assembly Human Services Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 0