The State PBA successfully guided two priority Bill's through the Legislature today.  The movement of the bills, and opposition to several other measures, reflect the State PBA commitment to strengthen the law enforcement for officers at all levels of our profession.

Senate Bill 785, drafted by the State PBA, establishes a fair process and gap training for corrections officers to transition into sheriff officer positions.  The bill was passed in the Assembly during the busy budget voting session with a seldom used emergency vote at our request. The Senate passed the amended bill shortly thereafter and sent it to the Governor. We thank Speaker Coughlin for his leadership in pushing this through today.

Senate Bill 1739, another State PBA initiative, updates the title for county corrections officers to be county correctional police officers.  The bill was added to the voting list at our request and passed by the Assembly.

We were also pleased to support a bill to implement "Mallory's Law" regarding bullying and parental responsibility. The bill is in response to the suicide of Mallory Grossman whose parents have partnered with the PBA to help prevent suicide by children due to bullying. The bill passed the Senate as well today.

There was no movement on bills to implement the pension and benefit reform proposals in the "Pathway to Progress" report. We remain in discussion with the Senate President regarding cost saving measures within the health care industry that would replace proposals to further reduce benefits for law enforcement employees.  The State PBA proposals respect that health care is a collective bargaining right and they equate to hundreds of millions in savings to streamline the delivery and use of health care benefits for our members

(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.”