Senator JAMES BEACH
District 6 (Camden)
Senator DIANE B. ALLEN
District 7 (Burlington and Camden)
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
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.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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.