Bills repealing obsolete statutes affecting women released by Assembly Judiciary

The Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously released bills, A3841/S2665, which  would repeal obsolete statutes concerning the status of women.

The bill would repeal the antiquated so-called “Married Women’s Property Acts” of the 19th century that allowed married women to own, control, and dispose of property.

While such laws may have been considered forward-thinking in their day, the bill sponsors – including Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), Englewood; Linda Stender, (D-22), Scotch Plains; Connie Wagner, (D-38); Paramus; Joan Voss, (D-38), Fort Lee; and Annette Quijano, (D-20), Union, as well as Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco, (R-4), Sewell – argue they are no longer needed. Prior to the statutes’ enactment in the 1800s, the common law had imposed restrictions on married women’s legal and property rights.

Bills repealing obsolete statutes affecting women released by Assembly Judiciary