ASSEMBLY, No. 4253
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED OCTOBER 20, 2016
Assemblywoman ANNETTE QUIJANO
District 20 (Union)
Assemblyman RAJ MUKHERJI
District 33 (Hudson)
Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblyman TIM EUSTACE
District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblywoman PATRICIA EGAN JONES
District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)
Assemblyman JOHN F. MCKEON
District 27 (Essex and Morris)
Senator LORETTA WEINBERG
District 37 (Bergen)
Senator PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.
District 18 (Middlesex)
Assemblywoman Pinkin, Assemblymen Lagana, Johnson, Senators Beach, Gordon, Greenstein and Assemblywoman McKnight
Establishes “New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program”; appropriates $3,000,000 over next three fiscal years.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee on January 19, 2017, with amendments.
An Act establishing a "1New Jersey1 Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program1[.]1" 1and making an appropriation.1
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The Legislature finds and declares:
a. In these volatile times, the need to remain vigilant concerning domestic security and 1[state] State1 and local preparedness has remained of imminent importance;
b. Certain nonprofit organizations are at high risk for threats, attacks, and other violent acts, and would benefit from engaging in target hardening activities to reduce vulnerability;
c. Federal grant money distributed through the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides these organizations with funds for certain target hardening activities, but does not allow recipients to use the funds for the expansion of existing security personnel or the hiring of temporary security personnel;
d. With the threat potential increasing during specific times of year or when high profile events are occurring, certain nonprofit organizations would benefit from additional funding to ensure security personnel is adequate to meet 1the1 increased need;
e. Because threats, attacks, and other violent acts are not limited to public sector entities, it is appropriate for the State to assist certain targeted nonprofit organizations 1[of] in1 the private sector to ensure their readiness and the safety of their surrounding communities; and
f. Accordingly, it is within the public interest to establish a three-year “1New Jersey1 Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program" in the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness which shall provide grants to eligible nonprofit organizations to hire permanent or temporary security personnel for the purpose of preparedness and reduction of vulnerability.
2. As used in this act:
“Director” means the 1[director] Director1 of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
organization” means a nonprofit organization located in New Jersey which 1[has been
to receive or] :
has received federal grant funds from the 1United States1 Department
of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program 1[offered]1
in any fiscal year 1;
(2) is eligible to
receive federal grant funds from the program; or (3) would otherwise be eligible to receive federal grant funds from the program, except that the nonprofit organization is located within a county not served by the program1.
3. a. There is hereby established a three-year 1“New Jersey1 Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot 1[Program] Program”1 in the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness 1,1 which shall provide grants to eligible nonprofit organizations to hire permanent or temporary security personnel 1limited to federal, State, county, or municipal law enforcement officers, special law enforcement officers appointed pursuant to P.L.1985, c.439 (C.40A:14-146.8 et seq.), or security officers registered pursuant to P.L.2004, c.134 (C.45:19A-1 et seq.)1 for the purpose of preparedness against threats, attacks, and other violent acts.
b. The director shall administer the pilot program for three years following the effective date of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill). There shall annually be appropriated from the General Fund to the 1[office $500,000] Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness $1,000,0001 in each of the three years of the program to be distributed to approved eligible nonprofit organizations, up to a maximum grant of $10,000 per approved application.
c. An eligible nonprofit organization shall apply to the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to receive a grant under the pilot program. Applicants may apply annually for a disbursement of funds in each of the three years of the pilot program.
d. Within three years following the effective date of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), the director shall submit a report to the Governor, and to the Legislature as provided under section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), containing an evaluation of the pilot program. The report shall provide the director’s opinion as to whether the pilot program should be continued and, if so, 1make1 recommendations for further improvement, modifications, and implementation.
4. This act shall take effect immediately.