PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Alise Roderer | February 7th, 2013 - 5:38pm
| More

 

GREENSTEIN/MADDEN LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN MEGAN’S LAW HEADS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

Bill Would Ensure State Agencies Do Not Place Homeless and Evacuated Families Near Registered Sex Offenders

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Linda R. Greenstein and Fred Madden that would strengthen New Jersey’s sex offender registry statute – Megan’s Law – was unanimously approved today by the full Senate, receiving final legislative approval.

“It has been nearly 20 years since Megan Kanka was brutally murdered, and since then, we have made great strides to ensure the safety of New Jersey’s children from sexual predators,” said Senator Greenstein, D-Middlesex/Mercer. “It is imperative for the continued protection of our kids that the legislation evolves to keep up when issues regarding the sex offender registry arise – such as the need to provide safe temporary housing. This bill will strengthen Megan’s Law by ensuring that agencies are not kept in the dark regarding which dangerous individuals are living where, so we can continue to provide safe living arrangements for New Jersey families.”

The bill, S-1946, would give the Department of Human Services and county and municipal welfare agencies access to the state’s sex offender registry for use when placing homeless and displaced families into emergency shelters, including hotels and motels.

The South Jersey Times recently exposed an incident from late last year when a family was evacuated to a Motel 6 in Gibbstown after the Paulsboro train derailment and hazardous chemical spill. The family, including their 12 and 15 year old daughters, was unaware that a registered sex offender – a man who was convicted of sexual assault of a 13 year-old girl – was living in the motel. The Senators note that as of January 25, there were still roughly 1,500 families who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy living in hotels or motels.

“Families who are already dealing with the hardships of being evacuated from – or even worse of losing – their homes, should not be worried about who is in the motel room next door and whether their children are safe in their newfound environment,” said Senator Madden, D-Gloucester/Camden. “By providing those agencies that are in charge of placing families into temporary housing with the necessary information to ensure that the area is free from sex offenders, we can ensure the continued safety of our kids. This is common sense legislation that will close a dangerous loophole in the law.”

Megan’s Law was passed in 1994, only one-month after the sexual assault and murder of seven-year-old Hamilton resident Megan Kanka by her neighbor, a repeat sex offender. The law requires sex offenders to register with local law enforcement and, depending upon the severity of their crime, to notify community members when moving into a new neighborhood.

The bill was passed by the General Assembly in December and now heads to the Governor.

 

Contact Info: 

Alise Roderer
NJ Senate Democratic Office
609-847-3700
ARoderer@njleg.org

The Back Room

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...

Op-Ed

The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

Contributors

(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Who does Alieta Eck want to win the CD12 Democratic Primary?:

Resources

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources