Senator FRED H. MADDEN, JR.
District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)
Establishes the New Jersey Task Force on Domestic Violence and Abuse.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act creating the New Jersey Domestic Abuse Task Force.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New Jersey Task Force on Domestic Abuse."
2. New Jersey Task Force on Domestic Abuse, established; purpose.
There is established the "New Jersey Task Force on Domestic Abuse." The purpose of the task force is to study current law, and policies concerning domestic violence and abuse including related statutes, to identify problems and make recommendations for legislation and strategies to create more effective and efficient policies in the State.
3. Task force membership. The task force shall consist of 16 members as follows: the Commissioners of the Departments of Community Affairs, Human Services and Corrections, the Attorney General, the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Public Defender, or their designees, as ex officio members; two members of the Senate and the General Assembly, respectively, no more than one of whom in each case shall be of the same political party; and the remaining six public members to be appointed by the Governor.
The task force membership shall be comprised of domestic violence and abuse professionals and interested laypersons.
The task force shall be co‑chaired; one co‑chair shall be the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and the other shall be appointed by the Governor from among the public members and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
4. Vacancies; compensation. Vacancies in the membership of the task force shall be filled in the same manner provided for the original appointments. The members of the task force shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for traveling and other miscellaneous expenses necessary to perform their duties, within the limits of funds made available to the task force for its purposes.
5. Providing staff. The Department of Community Affairs shall provide professional and clerical staff to the task force as necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act.
6. Task force's use of services and consultants. a. The task force shall be entitled to call upon the services of any State, county or municipal department, board, commission or agency, as may be available to it for these purposes, and to incur such traveling and other miscellaneous expenses as it may deem necessary for the proper execution of its duties and as may be within the limit of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to it for these purposes.
b. The task force shall consult with associations, organizations and individuals knowledgeable about the domestic violence and abuse issues including but not limited to the New Jersey Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women and the New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Board.
7. Meetings; hearings. The task force may meet and hold hearings at such places as it shall designate during the sessions or recesses of the Legislature.
8. Funds, solicitation, use. The task force may solicit, receive, disburse and monitor grants and other funds made available from any governmental, public, private, not‑for‑profit or for‑profit agency, including funds made available under any federal or State law, regulation or program.
9. Report. The task force shall present a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature no later than 18 months after the organization of the task force. The task force shall dissolve three months after presenting the report.
10. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill would create a 16 member task force to review current law, practices and procedures in New Jersey concerning domestic violence and abuse.
The task force would include the Commissioners of the Departments of Community Affairs, Human Services and Corrections, the Attorney General, the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Public Defender, or their designees, as ex officio members; six public members and four members of the Legislature, no more than two of whom shall be from the same party.
This bill directs the task force to submit a report to the Legislature no later than 18 months after the organization of the task force with recommendations for legislation and strategies to create more effective and efficient policies related to domestic violence and abuse issues.