Senate passes bail reform; Assembly to take it up Monday, along with open space bill

The Senate this afternoon passed bail reform and the Assembly will reconvene Monday to post it on orders by Assembly Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32).

The development was reported FIRST by PolitickerNJ.

“Today the Senate voted with unanimous, bipartisan support to implement significant bail reform in our state,” said bail reform sponsor state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5). “These measures will help protect our communities against violent criminals, and provide common-sense alternatives for non-violent offenders who cannot afford bail. “The reforms that were approved by the Senate today have been championed by multiple organizations, religious and civic leaders, and members of our communities across the state. They are the result of extensive discussion and cooperation among many interested stakeholders to build the best possible criminal justice system for our residents.”

Norcross expressed his hope that the Assembly would act by next Monday, which it will.

According to an email this evening from Assembly Majority Spokesman Tom Hester, Jr., the General Assembly will have a voting session on Monday, August 4.  

Caucus is scheduled for 9:00 AM.  The General Assembly voting session will begin at 11:00 AM. Please be prepared to consider the attached list of bills.


Bill No. 





S-946 ScaSa

(A-1910 AcaAca)


Norcross, Donald

/Scutari, Nicholas P.

/Barnes, Peter J.

(Burzichelli, John J.
/Watson Coleman, Bonnie
/McKeon, John F.
/Mukherji, Raj
/Quijano, Annette
/Rodriguez-Gregg, Maria)


Implements constitutional amendment providing for pretrial detention of certain criminal defendants; establishes non-monetary bail alternatives for release; authorizes Judiciary to revise fees for certain legal programs and services.

SCR-84 Scs


Smith, Bob

/Bateman, Christopher



Amends Constitution to dedicate four percent of CBT revenues to open space, farmland, and historic preservation, water programs, public and private site remediation, and underground storage tank programs, ends current dedication of four percent of CBT revenues for various environmental programs, and increases




Norcross, Donald

(Mazzeo, Vincent
/Eustace, Timothy J.
/Andrzejczak, Bob)


Proposes constitutional amendment to authorize, under certain circumstances, pretrial detention of persons in criminal cases.



  Senate passes bail reform; Assembly to take it up Monday, along with open space bill