SENATE MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 714

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  MAY 5, 2016

 

      The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 714.

      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.”

      This bill was prefiled for introduction in the 2016-2017 session pending technical review.  As reported the bill includes the changes required by technical review, which has been performed.