New bills: Violence Against Women Act funding, beach fees, more

TRENTON – Newly introduced measures deal with a variety of subjects: beach fees, “payday’’ loans, violent entertainment, and the de-funded Violence Against Women Act.

S2490/A3715: The bill would appropriate up to $1 million as grants to support Violence Against Women Act beneficiaries who may lose federal funding so that they are able to continue providing services and education. 

The money would assist VAWA grantees who will be forced to close their doors on March 1 when the federal funding ceases. 

These funds would allow agencies to provide limited services until Congress reauthorizes VAWA grant funding.

The bills, whose sponsors include Democrats Sens. Nia Gill and Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, state that in 2012, New Jersey and other entities received $5,756,494 in VAWA grants for sheltering, counseling, and police education to assist victims.

S2494/A3425:  This bill provides that any municipality bordering on the Atlantic Ocean, tidal bays or rivers that charges a fee for access may use the proceeds to improve or maintain facilities that are near the beach. 

The bill also provides that a municipality must provide an explanation of the expenditure in its annual financial audit report and on the same website on which the municipal budget is published.

Sponsors include Republican Sens. Robert Singer and Joe Kyrillos and Assembly members David Rible and Sean Kean.

A3719: This bill prohibits so-called “payday loans,” in which a lender cashes a customer’s personal check and agrees to defer depositing the check until the consumer’s next payday.

The bill makes it clear that such a practice would be a violation of the consumer fraud act.

The bill is sponsored by Assemblywoman Celeste Riley, D-3, Salem.

ACR175: This resolution, introduced in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings last year, urges celebrities to publicly pledge not to appear in or profit from “entertainment products’’ that depict the violent use of guns or assault-style weapons.

It is sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, R-24, Franklin.

 

New bills: Violence Against Women Act funding, beach fees, more