ASSEMBLY, No. 1788

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  NANCY F. MUNOZ

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblyman  JACK CONNERS

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblyman  JON M. BRAMNICK

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Upgrades the disorderly persons offense of desecration of a venerated object to a crime of the third degree if the object desecrated is a military monument.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning desecration of military monuments and amending N.J.S.2C:33-9.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    N.J.S.2C:33-9 is amended to reads as follows:

     2C:33-9. Desecration of Venerated Objects. A person commits a disorderly persons offense if he purposely desecrates any  public monument, insignia, symbol, or structure, or place of worship or burial.

     A person commits a crime of the third degree if he purposely desecrates a military monument.

     "Desecrate"  means defacing, damaging or polluting.

     “Military monument” means any monument that was erected with the intent to honor a current or former member of the armed forces or to mark or commemorate a past military action or battle. 

(cf: N.J.S.2C:33-9)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill makes purposely desecrating a military monument a crime of the third degree.  As used in the bill, the term “military monument” means any monument that was erected with the intent to honor a current or former member of the armed forces or to mark or commemorate a past military action or battle.