Panel moves bill to fund mandatory drug court, free beach access to veterans

TRENTON – Assembly lawmakers moved legislation that would allocate $5 million to fund the state’s mandatory drug court program.

The bill, A3175, was released from the Assembly Appropriations committee following little discussion among lawmakers. The bill was released along party lines.

The legislation would provide a supplemental appropriation of $5 million to the Judiciary to fund the first year of a newly established five-year phase-in of a statewide mandatory drug court program.

Municipal court

The same panel also released legislation that would impose limits on fees charged for discovery in municipal court matters.

The bill, A1848, would impose a limit on the fees which may be charged with regard to certain materials, according to the legislation. The charge for the discovery of written documents in municipal court proceedings wouldn’t be permitted to exceed $5.00 for an administrative fee and would put limits on fees specified by state statute as a copying charge.

Veteran beach access

The panel unanimously released a bill, A2042, that would provide veterans free or reduced access to state beaches.

Panel moves bill to fund mandatory drug court, free beach access to veterans