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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. This web site has a database of New Jersey statutes. Are the statutes annotated?

2. How do I search for statutes by citation?

3. How do I search for statutes by key words or phrases?

4. How do I search for bills by number? by sponsor? by subject? by keyword?

5. How do I print statutes and bills? How do I print on legal sized paper?

6. How do I find out the status of a particular bill?

7. Where can I go to request a copy of legislation?

8. After a bill becomes a law, when will the law appear in the statutes database?

9. Where can I find the New Jersey Administrative Code and the New Jersey Register?

10. How often is the New Jersey Legislature's Website updated?

11. Who are my representatives in the Legislature and how can I contact them?

12. How do I find information on legislative committees?

13. When do the legislative committees meet?

14. How do I find out the sponsor of a bill?

15. What is the Adobe Acrobat Viewer and how do I download it?

16. Where can I find general information about the New Jersey Legislature?

17. Where can I find information on visiting the State House?

18. Where can I find a list of bill history abbreviations and committee acronyms?

 

1. This web site has a database of New Jersey statutes. Are the statutes annotated?

NO. The text of the statutes and Constitution of New Jersey are not annotated. The database may include laws that have not become operable due to unmet conditions, have expired, have been ruled inoperable by a court, or have otherwise become inoperable. Effective dates are not typically included. Users should diligently read applicable statute source law and case law.

2. How do I search for statutes by citation?

At the Statutes Database Query Screen, enter the citation in quotations. For example, to find the statute starting at 10:4-6, enter "10:4-6" The following examples are all valid search queries: "2A:62A-1" "18A:71-28" "48:13A-7.1" "52:27H-60" "54:4-23.1"


3. How do I search for statutes by key words or phrases?

To search for statutes by keywords or phrases, use the following search techniques: I. Using Search Operators

AND
Use the operator AND when you are searching for two or more words that appear in the same record.

Examples:

  • science AND technology
  • library AND appropriation
  • counselor AND licensure

OR
Use the operator OR when you are searching for either one word or another that appears in a record.

Examples:

  • pupil OR student
  • doctor OR physician
  • psychologist OR psychiatrist

NOT
Use the operator NOT when you are searching for records that contain one search term, but not the other

Example:

  • insurance NOT automobile
II. Phrase Searching

When searching for a phrase (two or more words which are to be found together), enclose the phrase in quotation marks.

Examples:

  • "farmland preservation"
  • "water supply bond act"
  • "alternative fuel"
III. Wildcard Searching

There are two wildcard characters: ? and *.

Use the question mark (?) when searching for a single character wildcard.

Example:

  • wom?n - to search for "woman" or "women"

Use the asterisk (*) when searching for multiple character wildcards.

Examples:

  • educ* - to search for "educate," "educates," "education," "educable," "educator," "educational," etc.
  • mandat* - to search for "mandate," "mandates," "mandatory," "mandated"
  • physician* - to search for "physician" or "physicians"
IV. Proximity Searches

When searching for words that must appear within a certain number of terms of each other.

Example:

  • "Senate Assembly"/5 - to retrieve records that have the words "Senate" and "Assembly" within 5 terms of each other

4. How do I search for bills by number? by sponsor? by subject? by keyword?

To search by bill number:
Using the navigation column on the left of this page, under the category "BILLS", select a Bill year to search (ex. Bills 2000-2001, Bills 1998-1999). Then click on the "Bill Number" link. At the search page, type the bill number without hyphens or spaces, such as S45, A30, or JR23. The bill number will appear in atleast two document format options. Click on one and the document will appear in that format.

To search by sponsor: Using the navigation column on the left of this page, under the category "BILLS", select a Bill year to search (ex. Bills 2000-2001, Bills 1998-1999). Then click on the "Bill Sponsor" link. At the search page, use the "Search by Bill Sponsor" pull-down menu to choose a legislator and a list of bills sponsored by that legislator will appear after clicking on the "Find" button..

To search by subject: Using the navigation column on the left of this page, under the category "BILLS", select a Bill year to search (ex. Bills 2000-2001, Bills 1998-1999). Click on the "Bill Subject" link and an alphabetical list of valid subject headings will appear in a convenient pull-down menu. Choose a subject heading, click on the "Find" button and a list of relevant bills will appear. There is also a Thesaurus to help you find the appropriate subject heading.

To search by keyword in bill synopsis: Using the navigation column on the left of this page, under the category "BILLS", select a Bill year to search (ex. Bills 2000-2001, Bills 1998-1999). Click on the "Keyword(s)" link. At the search page you may type your keyword (without quotation marks) or phrase (with quotations) and/or search by an acronym in the synopsis. Click on the "Find" Button and a list of relevant bills will appear. At this time, only the brief bill synopses may be searched by keyword, not the full text of bills.

5. How do I print statutes and bills? How do I print on legal sized paper?

To print bills, first select a format. The options are ACROBAT and HTML for any selected session. When the document appears, click on "Print." You may need to download the appropriate software in order to view and print. Please see our help pages for step by step instructions on how to download and install the free Acrobat viewer.

To print on legal sized (8.5" x 14") paper:

  1. Go to Print Manager and click on Options.
  2. Click on Printer Setup, then click on Setup.
  3. Select Legal 8.5" x 14" paper in the Paper Size menu.
  4. Click on OK. Your printer is now set to print bills on on 8.5" x 14" paper.

6. How do I find out the status of a particular bill?

Complete bill status information is included on our internet site. After searching for the bill you need, click on the bill number to view the bill status. You may also contact the Legislative Information and Bill Room at the Office of Legislative Services. You may telephone (609)292-4840, or 800-792-8630 (toll free in New Jersey). For the hearing impaired (TDD), telephone (609)777-2744 or 800-257-7490 (toll free in New Jersey).
The fax number is (609)777-2440.

The mailing address is:
     Legislative Information and Bill Room
     Room B1
     State House Annex
     P.O. Box 068
     Trenton, NJ 08625-0068

You may also e-mail your questions to leginfo@njleg.org.

7. Where can I go to request a copy of legislation?

Although the full text of bills and accompanying statements are included on our internet site, you may also request a hard copy of bills or legislative documents to be mailed to you.

To request a copy of bills or legislative documents contact the Legislative Information and Bill Room at the Office of Legislative Services. You may telephone (609)292-4840, or 800-792-8630 (toll free in New Jersey). For the hearing impaired (TDD), telephone (609)777-2744 or 800-257-7490 (toll free in New Jersey).
The fax number is (609)777-2440.

The mailing address is:
     Legislative Information and Bill Room
     Room B1
     State House Annex
     P.O. Box 068
     Trenton, NJ 08625-0068

8. After a bill becomes a law, when will the law appear in the statutes database?

Usually within one week since the law was enacted. If there is an unusually large volume of laws enacted on the same day, there could be a several week lapse before every newly enacted law will appear in the statutes database.

9. Where can I find the New Jersey Administrative Code and the New Jersey Register?

The New Jersey Administrative Code and the New Jersey Register may be found in each of the county libraries throughout the state and in the New Jersey State Library. For further information on the NJAC or NJR, contact the Office of Administrative Law at (609) 588-6613

You may search the NJAC and NJR for free at the following link. Please note that you must register first.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/njoal/

 

10. How often is the New Jersey Legislature's Website updated?

Information related to the bills and statutes (bill text, bill histories, chapter laws, statute allocations) on the New Jersey Legislature's Web site is updated daily. Updates to our server are done every morning at approximately 4:00 AM. The Legislative Calendar and Legislative Digest are updated immediately. Other parts of our site are updated as required.

11. Who are my representatives in the Legislature and how can I contact them?

Click on Find your Legislator. There are four ways of finding your legislator:
A) Click on the "Alphabetical List of Members" link for a complete list of legislators in alphabetical order.
B) Click on the "Municipality" link, then click on the city or town in which you live.
C) If you know your legislative district number, click on the "Legislative District" link then on the specific district number from 1 to 40.
D) Click on the "Interactive map of Legislative Districts" link for a full color, interactive map of New Jersey's Legislative Districts.
E) To send a message to your State legislator(s), please take a moment to complete this form.

12. How do I find information on legislative committees?

Using the navigation column on the left of this page, select Senate, Assembly or Joint Committees for a list of committee memberships and the bills referred to each committee. You can also find the committee membership of each legislator by visiting the legislator's biographical page under Legislative Roster.

13. When do the legislative committees meet?

Click on Legislative Calendar. On that page, you may select past and current issues of the Legislative Calendar which will give you dates, times, room numbers and the bills which will be discussed.


14. How do I find out the sponsor of a bill?

Using the navigation column on the left of this page, under the category "BILLS", select a Bill year to search (ex. Bills 2000-2001, Bills 1998-1999). Select one of the Search parameters (by Bill Number, Keyword, etc). You can then click on any Bill Number link (ex. A115, S56) to find out more information on the Bill including its Primary and Co-Sponsors.


15. What is the Adobe Acrobat Viewer and how do I download it?

For more information and downloading instructions, please go to our ACROBAT help page.


16. Where can I find general information about the New Jersey Legislature?

Click on Our Legislature. In that section you will find information about the branches of government, legislative powers and the state budget process.


17. Where can I find information on visiting the State House?

Click on State House Tour Information.


18. Where can I find a list of bill history abbreviations and committee acronyms?

Click on "help" on the homepage and then on Abbreviations and Acronyms.





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