ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 3803

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:JUNE 14, 2007

 

††††† The Assembly Education Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 3803 with committee amendments.

††††† As amended, this bill includes electronic communications in the definition of "harassment, intimidation, or bullying" under P.L.2002, c.83.† That law, enacted in September of 2002, requires each school district to adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.† The current definition includes gestures and written, verbal or physical acts.† This bill clarifies that technologies such as e-mail and cellular phone text messaging may not be used to harass, intimidate, or bully a student.

††††† Under the bill, in the event a district fails within 90 days of the billís effective date to amend its policy on harassment, intimidation, or bullying to include an electronic communication, the districtís existing policy will be deemed to include an electronic communication as defined in the bill.

††††† The committee amended the bill to provide that a districtís existing policy will be deemed to include an electronic communication if the district fails to amend its policy within 90 days, rather than 30 days, of the billís effective date.

††††† As reported by committee, this bill is identical to Senate Bill No. 933 (1R).