14 Jan: Gill Measures To Amend Corporate Business Laws To Make Nj More Business-Friendly Advance

TRENTON – A three-bill package sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee Chair Senator Nia H. Gill that would make changes to the state’s corporate business laws to make New Jersey more business friendly in order to remain competitive globally was approved today by the committee.

“Updating our corporate laws will create a more business-friendly environment for companies to operate in New Jersey, therefore increasing our ability to attract and maintain businesses in our state,” said Senator Gill (D-Essex/Passaic). “This will go a long way to send the message that we are working to improve conditions for local companies and those looking to move to the Garden State.”

28 Apr: Turner Legislation To Enhance Criminal Penalties For Invasion Of Privacy Clears Senate Committee

TRENTON � A bill sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer) that would upgrade the criminal penalties for the crime of invasion of privacy and eliminate the presumption of non-imprisonment was cleared out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The legislation was drafted in response to the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi after his roommate promoted and then streamed online video images of him allegedly engaged in a sexual encounter.

�The invasion of someone�s privacy is more than just a joke or harmless fun. As we saw at Rutgers it has serious consequences and can cause irreparable harm to those who fall victim of it. Individuals who invade someone�s privacy need to be held accountable,� said Turner.

01 Oct: Turner Introduces Legislation Increasing Invasion Of Privacy Penalties After Rutgers Tragedy

TRENTON – Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer) yesterday introduced legislation stiffening penalties for privacy invasion when the offense involves video taping and distributing images of someone in an intimate setting where that person would reasonably expect not to be observed.

The proposal comes after a Rutgers University student was allegedly recorded by his roommate in a sexual encounter with another man, and the video streamed live on the Internet. The victim, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, later leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge, according to published reports.

“Whether this was a cruel joke or outright harassment of this student, what happened on Rutgers University’s campus was a crime,” said Senator Turner. “Video taping someone without their knowledge, especially in an intimate setting, and distributing the images over the Internet is serious. We need to send a clear message that we’re not going to take this lightly and that there will be severe consequences for invading someone’s privacy in this manner.”