ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 714

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  DECEMBER 18, 2017

 

      The Assembly Appropriations Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 714.

      This bill prohibits a person from interfering with a United States Armed Forces, or Reserve component, service member’s enjoyment of any accommodation or facility on the basis of the service member lawfully wearing a uniform.

      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 the class of persons protected by the law.

      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.”

      As reported, this bill is identical to Assembly Bill No. 5216, as reported by the committee.

 

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.