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Three important legislative priorities for the State PBA were advanced in Trenton over the last few weeks continuing a string of successful lobbying on the issues that matter to active and retired PBA members:
 
Senate Bill 879: The legislation  would prohibit a law enforcement agency from terminating an officer for “fitness for duty” who sustained a career ending injury while they are awaiting their disability pension and using sick leave.  The bill was unanimously approved by the State Senate and is awaiting consideration by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
 
Senate Bill 790: The bill creates a “GAP training” program for corrections officers to become sheriff officers in certain counties.  The bill, originating from the State PBA, was unanimously released by the Senate Budget Committee, and is awaiting final passage.
 
Assembly Bill 2690: The bill updates the law governing the carrying of firearms by retired law enforcement officers by clarifying the list of law enforcement agencies covered by the original State PBA initiated law from 1997.
 

As a result of ongoing negotiations on recovery legislation for Atlantic City there will be NO Assembly session on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Our discussions with legislative leadership are continuing on a daily basis. We will update the membership as soon as possible on our next steps.

(WOODBRIDGE, NJ- May 18, 2015) - New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan released the following statement praising the New Jersey State Senate’s passage of legislation today that will upgrade simple assault to aggravated assault if committed against corrections officers and other law enforcement officers because of job status and commended legislators for their role in trying to ensure the safety of off-duty officers.  The legislation passed the NJ State Senate unanimously, 35-0.
 
“This is about parity.  If you wear the law enforcement uniform, you deserve the protection.  Corrections Officers are playing a critical role every day in the fight to keep our streets safe and our neighborhoods secure, and they deserve to have the same protections as anyone else wearing the uniform, regardless of whether they are on or off duty.
 
It is not uncommon for inmates released from jail to live in the same communities as the Corrections Officers charged with overseeing their incarceration.  This dynamic has the potential to create a scenario where off-duty officers find themselves with their families in their communities and in contact with individuals they were previously overseeing in our prison system.  Today’s legislation provides protective measures for officers and helps serve as a deterrent for any potential conflict that could arise from residual impact of the corrections officer-inmate dynamic.
 
It has taken a lot in order to get this legislation passed through the State Senate after it’s introduction last December and I would like to personally thank Senator Diane Allen and Senator Linda Greenstein for their determination in helping to protect our members.  I would also like to encourage Speaker Prieto to take the next critical step in the process and post this important legislation for a vote at the next Assembly voting session.”

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State President Colligan responds to statement made by Congressmen Frank Pallone regarding the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

View Letter From State President Colligan to Congressman Pallone Here

View Congressman Pallone's Statement Here

Anyone wishing to contact the congressman may do so here:

https://pallone.house.gov/contact-me 

Hundreds of members of the State PBA packed the State House and State House Annex today to witness the legislative process in action and to send a message to Trenton that PBA members are paying attention to them.

"I was very impressed with today's turnout and the impression we made on the members of the Senate and Assembly today was obvious", State PBA President Pat Colligan said. "The response from legislators from our appearance today showed we left our mark."

State PBA leadership and members attended Committee meetings and the Assembly Voting Session and met with legislators from across the State. Senate Law and Public Safety Committee Chairman Norcross opened his Committee meeting by inviting PBA President Colligan and PBA Director of Government Affairs Rob Nixon to speak to the Committee about the PBA's concerns before a standing room only crowd of PBA members. Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz also acknowledged the large crowd of PBA members in attendance at her hearing. Throughout the day, legislators sought out PBA members for conversations and pictures.

"I hope this is the first of many successful trips to Trenton for our members and that with our large showing today that we have sent a message to Trenton that our members are active, engaged and ready to come to the capitol at a moments notice", Colligan continued.