10 Dec: Bill To Eliminate Civil Statute Of Limitations On Sex Abuse Cases Clears Judiciary Committee

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Nicholas P. Scutari which would eliminate the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse to sue their abusers, and would allow for the revival of cases which were dismissed because the state of limitations had lapsed, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday by a vote of 9-0.

“Sexual predators shouldn’t be able to hide behind the ambiguity and vagueness of the law to avoid being held accountable for their actions,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex. “This bill would remove some of the limitations that have prohibited the victims of sexual abuse in the past from realizing a small measure of justice. It would allow sexual abuse cases to be considered on the merits of the allegations, not the timeline of events.”

21 May: Education Committee Approves Turner Measure To Create School Crisis Response Action Plans

TRENTON – The Senate Education Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner which would instruct local school districts and municipalities to work together to develop action plans in case of a school crisis.

“The tragedy at Virginia Tech serves as a somber reminder that we must be ever-vigilant in keeping our schools safe so that our children may learn in a secure environment,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer and Chair of the Committee. “Preparation is the key to safety, and it is critical that we have a clear, well-developed crisis plan for every school in New Jersey.”