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  • NJ A4590
  • Establishes program to reimburse local governments for federal grant funds lost due to "sanctuary jurisdiction" status.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Commissioner of Community Affairs to establish a program to provide grant funding to a county or municipality that has had its federal grant funding denied or reduced based upon its status as a sanctuary jurisdiction. Sanctuary jurisdictions are generally understood to be those State and local jurisdictions that do not use local resources to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill defines a "sanctuary jurisdiction" as one which has been so designated by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security. Under the program established by the bill, a sanctuary jurisdiction shall be permitted to apply to the commissioner for State appropriated moneys to match the deficit created by the loss of federal grant funding. The bill provides that any payments made by the State pursuant to the program shall be appropriated from the General Fund. It is critical for the State to support its local government entities in this manner. New Jersey is home to Ellis Island, the "Gateway to America," and has played a pivotal role in welcoming immigrants to this nation. The State is one of the most diverse in the nation, and its communities and history have unquestionably been enriched and strengthened by welcoming and encouraging this diversity. Regardless of citizenship status or nation of origin, nurturing an environment of inclusiveness, which protects the values of democracy and freedom and respects the human dignity of all residents of the State, is of vital concern to New Jersey.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading  (on 6/19/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/19/2017 Assembly Budget Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 *Revised 6/16/17 - A-4670 has been added. The following bills ha)
6/19/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/19/2017 Assembly Budget Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 A-4470 is pending referral.)
2/27/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Budget Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/19/2017 Assembly Budget Committee: Reported Favorably 8 4 1