SENATE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 714

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  JANUARY 30, 2017

 

      The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 714.

      This bill provides United States Armed Forces and Reserves members with protection against interference with enjoyment of any accommodation, facility, public accommodation, or privilege.  Under current law, any person who excludes a person lawfully wearing a uniform of the militia (State National Guard) 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.”

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Office of Legislative Services cannot determine the fiscal impact of this bill because the number of individuals who will be convicted of this criminal offense cannot be estimated; however, the revenue would likely be minimal.