Voters approved two ballot questions — one to replenish a virtually bankrupt open-space preservation program and the other to make fundamental changes to who is eligible for bail and who is not in New Jersey. Both questions, which would amend the state’s constitution, proved controversial. Unlike previous open-space ballot questions this one proved contentious, even…admin | Filed under: 2014 Elections, News | Tags: bail, Ballot questions, New Jersey, Open space | 2 Comments »
Assembly Republican Rob Clifton, R-Monmouth, Burlington, Middlesex and Ocean, said he believes it is appropriate for legislation approved by an Assembly committee last June that would allow voters to decide if judges should have the authority to deny bail to defendants deemed dangerous while awaiting trial, to be considered as part of Thursday’s Assembly voting session.
The legislation, ACR-153, was unanimously released by the Assembly Judiciary Committee, but has yet to receive consideration by the General Assembly. Under the resolution, a court must find that no amount of bail, pretrial release conditions, or combination of bail and pretrial release conditions would assure the defendant’s appearance as required or to protect the public safety.admin | Filed under: Legislature, NJ State Legislature, Press Release, Rob Clifton | Tags: ACR-153, Alison McHose, Annette Quijano, Assembly Judiciary Committee, bail, BettyLou DeCroce, Chris J. Brown, Crime, Dave Rible, Donna Simon, General Assembly, Holly Schepisi, incarceration, Judicial discretion, Ralph Caputo, Rob Clifton, Scott Rudder, Sean Connors | 3 Comments »