Committee advances bill to abolish antiquated laws

TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would remove antiquated laws concerning women’s rights to own property and keeping all the money they earned from a job, among other statutes.

The bill, S2665, calls for repealing “obsolete statutes” concerning various areas of life for women, many of which were enacted several centuries ago.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), of Teaneck, and Sen. Jennifer Beck, (R-12) , of Red Bank.

Among the statutes that would be repealed are ones about married women having the right to own property. Before the approval of that statute, which is part of the “Married Women’s Property Acts,” restrictions were placed on property rights for women.

The state Law Revision Commission recommended that statute be repealed, dismissing that law as “a demeaning relic.”

Prior to the vote, Beck said the old laws show how far women’s rights have come in the past few centuries, and how challenges still remain throughout the world regarding that issue.

Committee advances bill to abolish antiquated laws