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  • NJ A4907
  • Establishes "Address Confidentiality Program for Reproductive Health Service Employees and Clients."
Introduced
(6/1/2017)
In Committee
(6/1/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish an "Address Confidentiality Program for Reproductive Health Service Employees and Clients." The bill is similar to the current Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence victims, set out in R.S.47:4-1 et seq., which allows victims of domestic violence to establish an alternate mailing address and keep their actual address confidential. The bill would apply to any employee, volunteer, or contractor with, or a client or patient of, a reproductive health service provider, or a family member of any such person, who fears for his safety because of his status as an employee, volunteer, or contractor with, or as a client or patient of, a reproductive health service provider, or as a family member of any such person. The applicant would be required to provide a sworn statement to that effect. The bill defines "reproductive health service provider" as a hospital, clinic, physician's office, or other facility that provides reproductive health services. The term "reproductive health services" is defined in the bill as medical, surgical, counselling, or referral services relating to the human reproductive system, including services relating to pregnancy or the termination of a pregnancy. Under the bill, the program would be located in, and administered by, the Department of Children and Families, which is currently responsible for the Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence victims. Applications to the Address Confidentiality Program for Reproductive Health Service Employees and Clients would be filed with the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families. If an application is accepted, the applicant would be certified as a program participant for a period of four years. At the end of that period, the participant could apply to be recertified for subsequent four-year periods. The Address Confidentiality Program for Reproductive Health Service Employees and Clients would provide the participant with a designated address to be used as the participant's mailing address. The program would forward the participant's mail to the participant's actual address, while the actual address would remain confidential and available only to employees of the program and to law enforcement. The participant could use the designated address as the participant's work address and may request that any State or local agency use it as the participant's address. The agency would be required to accept the address as a program participant's address, unless the agency has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the commissioner that the agency has a bona fide statutory basis for requiring the program participant to disclose to it the actual location of the program participant, and the disclosed confidential address of the program participant will be used only for that statutory purpose and will not be disclosed or made available in any way to any other person or agency. In addition to establishing the new Address Confidentiality Program for Reproductive Health Service Employees and Clients, the bill makes technical changes to the current statute governing the Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence victims. P.L.1997, c.369, which enacted the Address Confidentiality Program for domestic violence victims, established the program in the Department of State. However, the program was subsequently transferred to the Department of Children and Families, and the bill conforms the statute to this current allocation. The bill also renames the current Address Confidentiality Program as the "Address Confidentiality Program for Domestic Violence Victims" in order to distinguish it from the program being created by this bill.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 6/1/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/1/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified