ASSEMBLY, No. 698
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
ADOPTED JUNE 16, 2021
Assemblywoman SHAVONDA E. SUMTER
District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblyman RAJ MUKHERJI
District 33 (Hudson)
Assemblywoman ANNETTE QUIJANO
District 20 (Union)
Assemblymen Caputo, Holley, Assemblywomen Reynolds-Jackson, McKnight, Assemblyman Zwicker, Assemblywomen Timberlake, Jasey, Vainieri Huttle and Assemblyman McKeon
Requires incarcerated individual from State to be counted at residential address for municipal, county, and congressional redistricting purposes.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
Substitute as adopted by the Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee.
An Act requiring the counting of an incarcerated individual at the individual’s residential address for municipal, county, and congressional redistricting purposes and supplementing P.L.2019, c.385 (C.52:4-1.1 et seq.).
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. Upon reporting the data determined under section 4 of P.L.2019, c.385 (C.52:4-1.4) to the members of the Apportionment Commission pursuant to section 5 of P.L.2019, c.385 (C.52:4-1.5), the Secretary of State shall also report the same to the members of the New Jersey Redistricting Commission established under Article II, Section II, paragraphs 1 through 9 of the New Jersey Constitution and P.L.1991, c.510 (C.19:46-6 et seq.) for the establishment of congressional districts; to the members of each county district commission for the establishment of the county districts under section 121 of P.L.1972, c.154 (C.40:41A-121); and to the members of each ward commission for the establishment of the municipal wards under section 7 of P.L.1981, c.496 (C.40:44-15).
b. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, the data prepared by the secretary under section 4 of P.L.2019, c.385 (C.52:4-1.4), together with data provided by the bureau pursuant to Pub.L.94-171 (13 U.S.C. s.141), shall be the basis of the congressional districts established by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission, of county districts established by each county district commission, and of municipal wards established by each municipal ward commission. To the greatest extent practicable, congressional districts, county districts, and municipal wards shall be drawn so as to meet equal population requirements calculated under both data sets. Residences at unknown geographic locations within the State described in section 4 of P.L.2019, c.385 (C.52:4-1.4) shall not be used to determine the ideal population of any set of districts or wards.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.