In a bipartisan effort, New Jersey Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) have co-sponsored S2562, requiring New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families and Department of Human Services to study predatory alienation and its effects on young adults and senior citizens (see below). The original co-sponsors are: Senator Christopher Bateman (R-16), Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R-25), Senator Steven V. Oroho (R-24), Senator Joseph Pennacchio (R-26), and Senator Samuel D. Thompson (R-12). On September 26, 2016, the bill was referred to the New Jersey Senate’s Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
On January 9, 2017, the bill was heard by the nine members of the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. They unanimously voted in favor of it and issued the following statement in support of it:
. The bill was subsequently co-sponsored by Senator Robert M. Gordon (D-38), Majority Conference Leader, and Senator Linda R. Greenstein (D-14), Assistant Majority Leader.
On January 13, 2017, the NJ Senate passed the bill with a vote of 37-0.
An identical bill was introduced into the New Jersey Assembly as A4244 and referred to the Human Services Committee on October 13, 2016. The primary sponsors are Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37) and Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-36). Co-sponsors are Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33) and Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana (D-38).
On February 15, 2017, bill S-2562 was received in the Assembly. The Assembly version of the bill, A4244, picked up another primary sponsor: Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29).
Express your support for this effort by contacting the sponsoring legislators, as well as the members of both the Senate’s Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and the Assembly’s Human Services Committee, given below: