07 Jan: Sweeney-Girgenti Bill Establishing Registry For Offenders Against People With Developmental Disabilities Approved By Assembly

TRENTON – A bill to establish in the Department of Human Services a central registry of caregivers who have committed offenses against people with developmental disabilities was approved 76-0 today by the Assembly.

Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem) and Sen. John Girgenti (D-Passaic), the bill (S2516/A3673) would create a central registry that would include any caregivers against whom allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation had been substantiated. Anyone listed in the registry would be prohibited from working in a facility or program of the Division of Developmental Disabilities or any facility or program licensed, contracted or regulated by the department.

12 Mar: Girgenti Measure To Review Implementation Of Megan’s Law

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator John A. Girgenti to require the Violence Institute of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) to study the implementation and application of “Megan’s Law” was unanimously approved by the full Senate today.

“‘Megan’s Law’ requires the registration by sex offenders with local law enforcement once they are released from incarceration,” said Senator Girgenti, D-Bergen and Passaic. “The law also requires public notification of the presence of certain sex offenders within the community. Studying ‘Megan’s Law’ would evaluate the current procedures for determining a sex offender’s risk level and implementing community notification.”