Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, speaks at a news conference about the need for a bill to require legislators to disclose the source of any income, direct or indirect, derived from public sources, while Senators Fred Madden, D-Gloucester and Camden, Bill Baroni, R-Mercer and Middlesex, and Kevin O’Toole, R-Essex, Bergen and Passaic, look on.

26 Jan: Weinberg/Madden Bill Would Strip Alimony And Inheritance Benefit Rights From Abusers

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg and Fred H. Madden which would revise current alimony and inheritance laws to ensure that persons found guilty of abuse, murder and other related crimes are unable to receive financial rewards was unanimously approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“To me it’s pretty simple – this bill would prevent these criminals from doing even further damage to their victims and their families by requiring them to pay alimony or inheritance payments,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “This legislation would amend current laws that might otherwise entitle these criminals to these monetary benefits, and ensure that such undeserving persons are not rewarded for their actions.”

“There are certain things that are completely unacceptable, and expecting to receive alimony or an inheritance benefit from a family member, after you have threatened, or in some cases taken, his or her life is unconscionable,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “This legislation would clear up any misconceptions or confusion about the awarding of these benefit payments.”