SENATE, No. 714

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2016 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator NILSA CRUZ-PEREZ

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator A.R.Bucco

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Provides US Armed Forces and Reserves members with protection against interference with enjoyment of any accommodation, facility, public accommodation, or privilege.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.


An Act concerning interference with the enjoyment of any accommodation, facility, public accommodation, or privilege by a military service member and amending N.J.S.38A:14-3.

 

Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

1. N.J.S.38A:14-3 is amended to read as follows:

38A:14-3. Any person who shall exclude a person lawfully wearing a uniform of the militia, or the United States Armed Forces or a Reserve component thereof, from the equal enjoyment of any accommodation, facility or privilege furnished by innkeepers or common carriers or by owners, managers or lessees of theatres or other places of amusement, resort, or public accommodation because of that uniform, shall be guilty of a [misdemeanor] crime of the fourth degree and subject to the penalties therefor, except that the amount of a fine shall be a mandatory minimum of $1,000.

Any fines collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the NJ National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund, established pursuant to section 1 of P.L.2011, c.117 (C.54A:9-25.29).

(cf: N.J.S.38A:14-3)

 

2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

Under current law, any person who excludes a person lawfully wearing a uniform of the militia from the enjoyment of any accommodation, facility, public accommodation, or privilege because of that uniform, is guilty of a misdemeanor. This bill adds the United States Armed Forces and the Reserves to those protected by the statute.

The bill replaces the term misdemeanor with the current equivalent designation of a crime of the fourth degree. The bill also adds a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000 for a violation of the statute. Any fines collected will be deposited in the NJ National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund.