10 Oct: Rice-Turner Introduce Bill To Inform Ex-Offenders Of Voting Rights

TRENTON – Last Thursday, Senators Ronald L. Rice and Shirley K. Turner introduced a bill which would require correctional facilities in New Jersey to provide each inmate with voter eligibility and registration information upon the inmate’s release.

“This isn’t about changing the eligibility laws of who can and who cannot vote,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “This is about making sure that all people who are eligible to vote – even ex-offenders – take part in their democracy. For individuals who’ve paid their debt to society, New Jersey must do a better job informing these individuals of their voting rights.”

21 May: Vitale-Redd Bill To Codify Volunteer Advocate Program For Abused Children Approved In Senate

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Dana Redd which would codify an existing Statewide program to allow judges to appoint volunteer advocates on behalf of children under 18 who have been removed from their homes due to child abuse or neglect was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 38-0.

“The CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) program has been one of the success stories in ensuring abused and neglected kids get the support they need through the courts,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex, and Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “However, many CASA volunteers have run into road-blocks in their efforts to advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable kids, due to the lack of statutory authority. Through this legislation, we are empowering CASA volunteers to act on a child’s best interest, and creating safeguards against abuse of the program.”