Since 2009, Keep NJ Safe has been tirelessly advocating for crime victims and working with state legislators to enact reforms that help protect our community and improve overall public safety.
The following bills have been filed with the NJ Legislature, and their passage is supported by Keep NJ Safe:
S365/A764 Alyssa’s Law calls for all NJ schools to install emergency lights and a panic alarm system that will immediately notify law enforcement in the event of a life-threatening emergency.
STATUS: Passed Both Houses, Conditionally Vetoed by Governor Murphy, Assembly Concurrence Passed, Awaiting Concurrence in Senate.The funding for panic alarms mandated by Alyssa’s Law was tied to a ballot question that passed on November 6, 2018. The Assembly passed the Concurrence with the Governor’s Recommendations on December 17, 2018. The bill is awaiting a Senate concurrence vote before heading back to Governor Murphy for final passage into law.
S3079/A4898 Prohibits leaving a loaded firearm within easy access of a minor under the age of 18, and also requires law enforcement officers who observe unsecured firearms to conduct a follow-up visit.
STATUS: Sponsored by Senator Joseph Lagana (District 38) and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (District 19). S3079 referred to Senate Law & Public Safety Committee. Assembly version pending referral.
S2547/A3874: Codifies Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #21, directing the Attorney General to issue reports concerning guns used in the commission of crimes in NJ.
STATUS: Sponsored by Senator Joseph Cryan and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez. Senate bill referred to Senate Law & Public Safety Committee, Assembly bill referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee. Both bills awaiting action.
AJR100: Designates June 2nd of each year “Gun Violence Awareness Day.”
STATUS: Sponsored by Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez. The resolution passed the full Assembly unanimously on May 24, 2018, and is awaiting further action in the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.
S652/A867 is intended to protect the children and youth of New Jersey by prohibiting moderate and high risk sex offenders from holding any job, position or type of employment which primarily consists of contact with children.
STATUS: AWAITING ACTION These bills were first introduced in 2016 but received no action and were re-filed for the 218th legislative session.
The following bills from last session passed and were signed into law:
A373/S607 calls for Joan’s Law to be expanded to sentence anyone who murders a child under the age of 18 during the course of sex crime to Life in Prison without the possibility of Parole. This is a bill that Keep NJ Safe first worked on in 2010. (To learn more about our efforts on this bill, see Our Legislative Advocacy page.) The bill passed both houses on June 22, 2017, and was signed into law by Governor Christie on July 21, 2017.
STATUS: SIGNED INTO LAW ON JULY 21, 2017
A4062/S2342 seeks to deter reckless behavior by drivers by making it easier for prosecutors to convict someone of vehicular homicide due to distracted driving. This bill is also known as Eileen’s Law, in memory of accident victim Eileen Marmino, who was killed by a distracted driver (read more about her story HERE). The bill passed both houses on January 8, 2018, and was signed into law by Governor Christie on January 16, 2018.
STATUS: SIGNED INTO LAW ON JANUARY 16, 2018