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New Jersey AB 646

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D)
  • Subject: Adult Film Industry; Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Requires lighting and security cameras at sexually oriented businesses; imposes civil penalty for permitting access to minors; permits negative secondary effects study; permits tax on sexually oriented business. *. An Act regulating sexually oriented businesses, authorizing municipalities to conduct certain studies, amending and supplementing P.L.1995, c.230, and supplementing Title 40 of the Revised Statutes.
  • History Last Action:
    6/4/2009 (A) Reported Assembly Committee Substitute Referred to Appropriations
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Housing and Local Government
    6/4/2009 (A) Reported Assembly Committee Substitute Referred to Appropriations


New Jersey AB 647

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D)
  • Subject: Adult Film Industry; Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Requires sexually oriented businesses to notify property owners within 3,000 feet and obtain variance prior to operation. This bill would provide that operation of a sexually oriented business shall not be a permitted use in any zoning or use district which does not permit such businesses, unless the zoning board of adjustment or the governing body of a municipality grants a use variance to an applicant. The variance would be granted only after a public hearing, for which notice would be provided to owners of real property located within 3,000 feet in all directions from the proposed site for operation of the sexually oriented business. This bill would enable municipalities to address any possible negative secondary effects associated with sexually oriented businesses that would affect the surrounding community.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Housing and Local Government


New Jersey AB 701

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Imposes mandatory prison terms for prostitution offenses within 1,000 feet of a school. This bill would impose mandatory terms of imprisonment on persons who violate the prostitution laws within 1,000 feet of a school. Under N.J.S.2C:34-1, violations of the prostitution laws range from disorderly persons offenses to crimes of the second degree, depending on the activity. For example, engaging in prostitution is a disorderly persons offense, with a second or subsequent offense constituting a crime of the fourth degree; promoting prostitution by owning or controlling a house of prostitution or a prostitution business is a crime of the third degree; and knowingly promoting the prostitution of a child under the age of 18 is a crime of the second degree. Under this bill, a person who violates any of the prostitution laws while on any school property used for school purposes which is owned by or leased to any elementary or secondary school or school board, or within 1,000 feet of such school property or a school bus, or while on any school bus, would be sentenced by the court to a term of imprisonment which would include the imposition of a mandatory minimum term without parole eligibility, as follows: for a crime of the second degree, four years; for a crime of the third degree, two years; for a crime of the fourth degree, one year; and for a disorderly persons offense, three months.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Judiciary
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Judiciary


New Jersey AB 806 (SB 236)

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D)
  • Subject: Adult Film Industry; Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Eliminates smoking ban exemption for casinos and simulcasting facilities. This bill amends the "New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act," N.J.S.A.26:3D-55 et seq., to prohibit smoking in casinos and casino simulcasting facilities. Current law prohibits smoking in most indoor public places and workplaces, with certain exceptions, including indoor public places and workplaces which are within the perimeter of casinos and casino simulcasting facilities and accessible to the public for wagering. This bill would eliminate these exceptions from the smoking ban. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that casino workers are at greater risk for lung and heart disease because of secondhand smoke, and a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that the air in casinos can have up to 50 times more cancer-Causing particles than the air on rush-Hour highways. This bill would protect all workers in New Jersey from the hazards of second hand smoke by requiring that casinos and casino simulcasting facilities be smoke-Free workplaces.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Health and Senior Services
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Health and Senior Services


New Jersey AB 1101 (SB 2120)

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D)
  • Subject: Adult Film Industry; Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Authorizes a motion to dismiss in a cause of action (a "SLAPP" suit) arising from a defendant's valid exercise of the constitutional rights of freedom of speech. According to recent reports, lawsuits have been filed in increasing numbers against individuals who speak out to public officials about public issues. Nicknamed SLAPPS (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) by consumer advocates, these lawsuits are brought for the purpose of ending public debate on the underlying issue. Even though most of the suits are legally baseless and are eventually dismissed by the courts, the defendants often incur substantial expenses, such as court costs and attorney fees, in defending themselves. This bill would attempt to remedy this situation by providing for a prompt judicial assessment of these actions before the defendants incur substantial legal fees. The bill provides that, in accordance with such court rules as may be promulgated by the New Jersey Supreme Court, a cause of action against a person arising from any act of that person in furtherance of the person’s valid exercise of the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and petition for the redress of grievances shall be subject to a motion to dismiss. The cause of action would not be subject to the motion to dismiss if the court determines that the plaintiff has established a reasonable probability that the plaintiff will prevail on the claim. The bill provides that the term "Valid exercise of the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and petition for the redress of grievances" includes but is not limited to "Any written or oral statement or writing made before a public entity; any written or oral statement or writing made in connection with an issue under consideration or review by a public entity; any written or oral statement or writing made in a place open to the public or a public forum, which shall include but not be limited to communications with the media, in connection with an issue of public interest; or any other conduct in furtherance of the constitutional right of petition or freedom of speech or public participation in connection with an issue ...
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Housing and Local Government
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Judiciary


New Jersey AB 1137

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblyman David C. Russo (R)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Clarifies authority of municipalities to utilize zoning authority to regulate billboards or outdoor advertising bearing commercial advertisements. This bill affirms the authority of municipalities to use their zoning powers to regulate billboards and outdoor signs bearing commercial advertising.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Housing and Local Government
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Housing and Local Government


New Jersey AB 1738

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)
  • Subject: Adult Film Industry; Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Reduces sales tax rate on certain sales and admission charges at places of amusement in urban enterprise zone areas and provides that sales tax revenue be for municipal purposes. This bill reduces by one-Half the sales tax rate on certain retail sales such as concession sales, food and drink and on admission charges at places of amusements in areas that have been designated as urban enterprise zones. This sales tax cut, from 6% to 3%, will apply to these sales at spectator sporting events, dramatic or musical performances, movies and other exhibitions for entertainment purposes that are held in places of amusement within these 27 areas designated within urban municipalities throughout the State. A "Sexually oriented business" as defined in section 2 of P.L.1995, c.230 (C.2C:34-6) shall not qualify as a place of amusement under the provisions of the bill. The entire amount of sales tax revenue collected from this reduced rate sales tax will be paid to the municipalities in which the sales tax revenue is collected and will be available for general municipal purposes. The reduced rate tax and the municipal distribution of the tax revenue will continue after the expiration of the 20 year period of zone designation if the place of amusement continues to remain in operation in that location. While the bill maintains the administrative duties of the New Jersey Division of Taxation for the collection and accounting of the tax revenue, it effectively makes the reduced rate sales tax at qualified places of amusement within urban enterprise zone areas a new municipal revenue source. This will provide municipalities that have urban enterprise zones that are successfully developing into mixed, commercial retail and entertainment service areas with a new source of revenue. This municipal revenue source can contribute toward paying the costs of municipal services that are often extended for events at entertainment, sports and amusement facilities.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Commerce and Economic Development
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Commerce and Economic Development


New Jersey AB 2033

Intro Date: 2/7/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Amends "Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law" to provide funding for programs seeking to end discrimination against persons in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. This bill amends the Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law to appropriate monies collected from the alcoholic beverage excise tax to fund alcohol and drug abuse programs. Specifically, the bill provides that a grant not to exceed $450,000 shall be annually awarded to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - New Jersey for its Friends of Addiction Recovery - New Jersey Project which seeks to end discrimination against persons in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, overcome the stigma of these illnesses and educate the public about the positive experience of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. According to revenue reports from the Division of Taxation, in Fiscal Year 2008, the total anticipated revenue from the excise tax from the sale of alcoholic beverages is $94 million, of which only $11 million is dedicated by statute to preventing and treating alcohol and drug addiction as well as drunk driving enforcement. This amount has remained unchanged since 1991, despite how widespread the problem of alcohol and drug addiction is throughout the State. A study conducted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Center for Public Interest Polling, found that 75% of New Jersey citizens surveyed know someone who has had a problem with alcohol or drugs. Nearly one in three New Jersey citizens also reported that they know someone in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction; however, the prevalence of people in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction has not translated into a broad public understanding of alcoholism and drug addiction, as 40% of New Jersey citizens still view alcohol and drug addiction as a personal weakness instead of mainly a health problem. This misunderstanding often leads to discrimination against persons in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction in many areas of their lives including employment, housing and health care.
  • History Last Action:
    2/7/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Human Services
  • History:
    2/7/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Human Services


New Jersey AB 2461 (SB 428)

Intro Date: 3/6/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam (D)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Permits bars and restaurants to have electronic games of skill on premises. Under the provisions of this bill, bars and restaurants would be permitted to have electronic games of skill played for amusement or entertainment on their premises. The bill permits the holder of a plenary retail consumption license pursuant to R.S.33:1-12 to offer an electronic game of skill if it has been approved by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and has received a certificate of permissibility from the commission. A licensee may issue only merchandise as a prize or award for any game played pursuant to the bill’s provisions. Licensees are prohibited from issuing as a prize or award any alcoholic beverage, weapon, or tobacco product. Merchandise may be issued only on the licensed premises. The bill further requires the licensee to display any applicable license for the game required and issued by the municipality where the licensed premises is located.
  • History Last Action:
    3/6/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Tourism and Gaming
  • History:
    3/6/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Tourism and Gaming


New Jersey AB 3180

Intro Date: 9/22/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D)
  • Subject: Adult Film Industry; Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Requires lighting and security cameras at sexually oriented businesses; imposes civil penalty for permitting access to minors; permits negative secondary effects study; permits tax on sexually oriented business. This bill requires that sexually oriented businesses provide adequate outdoor lighting and video security surveillance in the outside area surrounding the business. Video surveillance recordings shall be maintained for at least 10 days. Additionally, the bill imposes fines on the operator or employee of a sexually oriented business who permits minors under the age of 18 onto the premise of the sexually oriented business. The bill permits municipalities in which sexually oriented businesses are located to conduct a negative secondary effects study after a sexually oriented business has been open for 12 months. If the municipality finds there has been a negative impact resulting from the presence of the sexually oriented business, the municipality may impose a tax on the business at a rate of $1.00 per patron visit. All money collected by the municipality from this tax must be used for public safety purposes.
  • History Last Action:
    9/22/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Housing and Local Government
  • History:
    9/22/2008 (A) Introduced And Referred To Housing and Local Government


New Jersey AB 4072

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker (D)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Prohibits certain sales of alcoholic beverages within 1,000 feet of schools or religious institutions. This bill would increase the zone around a school or church, where sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited from the current 200 feet to 1,000 feet. The bill would also apply the 1,000 feet restriction to religious institutions, licensed child care centers, registered family day care homes or unified child care agencies. The bill would exempt sales by persons conducting sales within less than 200 feet from a school who obtained their licenses prior to December 6th, 1933 and persons conducting sales more than 200 feet but less than 1,000 feet from a church or religious institution, school, licensed child care center, registered family day care home or unified child care agency who obtain their licenses prior to the enactment of this bill into law.
  • History Last Action:
    6/11/2009 (A) Introduced And Referred To Law and Public Safety
  • History:
    6/11/2009 (A) Introduced And Referred To Law and Public Safety


New Jersey AB 4104 (SB 2013)

Intro Date: 6/11/09
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Increases tax rates on liquor and wines, vermouth, sparkling wines and hard cider and dedicates additional revenue to the Health Care Subsidy Fund. This bill increases the alcoholic beverage tax rate on liquor, wines, vermouth and sparkling wines by 25%. The tax rate on liquor is increased from $4.40 a gallon to $5.50 a gallon and on wines, vermouth and sparkling wines from $0.70 a gallon to $0.875 a gallon. The rate on certain hard cider is increased from $0.12 a gallon to $0.15 a gallon. The bill also annually dedicates $22,000,000 of alcoholic beverage tax revenue to the Health Care Subsidy Fund beginning in State fiscal year 2010.
  • History Last Action:
    6/15/2009 (A) Reported Assembly Committee Amendments 2nd Reading
  • Hearing Dates:
    6/25/09
  • History:
    6/11/2009 (A) Introduced And Referred To Budget
    6/15/2009 (A) Reported Assembly Committee Amendments 2nd Reading


New Jersey SB 236 (AB 806)

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Senator John H. Adler (D)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Eliminates smoking ban exemption for casinos and simulcasting facilities. This bill amends the "New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act," N.J.S.A.26:3D-55 et seq., to prohibit smoking in casinos and casino simulcasting facilities. Current law prohibits smoking in most indoor public places and workplaces, with certain exceptions, including indoor public places and workplaces which are within the perimeter of casinos and casino simulcasting facilities and accessible to the public for wagering. This bill would eliminate these exceptions from the smoking ban. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that casino workers are at greater risk for lung and heart disease because of secondhand smoke, and a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that the air in casinos can have up to 50 times more cancer-Causing particles than the air on rush-Hour highways. This bill would protect all workers in New Jersey from the hazards of second hand smoke by requiring that casinos and casino simulcasting facilities be smoke-Free workplaces.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens


New Jersey SB 428 (AB 2461)

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew (D)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Permits bars and restaurants to have electronic games of skill on premises. Under the provisions of this bill, bars and restaurants would be permitted to have electronic games of skill played for amusement or entertainment on their premises. The bill permits the holder of a plenary retail consumption license pursuant to R.S.33:1-12 to offer an electronic game of skill if it has been approved by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and has received a certificate of permissibility from the commission. A licensee may issue only merchandise as a prize or award for any game played pursuant to the bill’s provisions. Licensees are prohibited from issuing as a prize or award any alcoholic beverage, weapon, or tobacco product. Merchandise may be issued only on the licensed premises. The bill further requires the licensee to display any applicable license for the game required and issued by the municipality where the licensed premises is located.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation


New Jersey SB 440 (AB 3853)

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Assemblyman Joseph Pennacchio (R)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Decreases sales and use tax rate from 7% to 6%. This bill decreases the rate of the sales and use tax from 7% to 6%, effective immediately upon its enactment.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Budget and Appropriations
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Budget and Appropriations


New Jersey SB 579

Intro Date: 1/8/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Senator Kevin J. O'Toole (R)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Clarifies authority of municipalities to utilize zoning authority to regulate billboards or outdoor advertising bearing commercial advertisements. This bill affirms the authority of municipalities to use their zoning powers to regulate billboards and outdoor signs bearing commercial advertising.
  • History Last Action:
    1/8/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Transportation
  • History:
    1/8/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Transportation


New Jersey SB 858 (AB 254)

Intro Date: 1/28/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Senator Leonard Lance (R)
  • Subject: Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Prohibits use of equipment and facilities to produce obscene materials in public school districts and public institutions of higher education. This bill prohibits the use of classrooms, office space, meeting rooms or equipment owned or leased by public school districts and public institutions of higher education for the production of obscene materials, as defined in N.J.S.2C:34-2 and N.J.S.2C:34-3, except when the public institution of higher education grants permission to use such facilities or equipment for an approved research project or other such undertaking. Such equipment shall include, but is not limited to: computers, printers, copiers, fax machines and paper. This bill imposes a civil penalty of not less than $250 for the first violation, not less than $500 for the second violation, and $1,000 for the third and each subsequent violation. The civil penalty shall be collected pursuant to the Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999, P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.), in a summary proceeding instituted by the Attorney General in the name of the State.
  • History Last Action:
    1/28/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Education
  • History:
    1/28/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Education


New Jersey SB 945 (AB 299)

Intro Date: 1/28/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Senator Christopher J. Connors (R)
  • Subject: Adult Film Industry; Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Revises law concerning sexually oriented businesses. This bill would amend current law to prohibit the operation of a sexually oriented business within 2,500 feet, increased from the current 1,000 feet, of any existing sexually oriented business, any church, synagogue, temple or other place of public worship, any elementary or secondary school or any school bus stop, any municipal or county playground or place of public resort and recreation, or any hospital or any child care center, or within 2,500 feet of any area zoned for residential use. This bill would also authorize the governing body of a municipality, by ordinance, to regulate the time, place and manner of operation of a sexually oriented business, and to require the licensure of a sexually oriented business and its employees, including independent contractors. Under the bill, "Time, place and manner of operation" shall mean the hours of operation of a sexually oriented business, the interior configuration of the business, including the distance between certain employees and patrons, and the degree of allowable nudity to be demonstrated by the performers employed by the business. The bill also requires that a sexually oriented business shall close no later that 11:00 P.M. and shall maintain a distance of not less than six feet between its performers and patrons at all times, unless the governing body of the municipality in which a sexually oriented business is located, by ordinance, sets a later closing time and a shorter distance between the performers and patrons.

  • 6ft distance requirement
  • 11PM, and Sunday Closing
  • Limits the extent of Nudity

  • History Last Action:
    1/28/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Community and Urban Affairs
  • History:
    1/28/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Community and Urban Affairs




New Jersey SB 1999 (AB 2865)

Intro Date: 6/16/08
  Passed Comittee Passed Chamber  
House:     Vetoed
Senate:     Died/Killed  
  • Sponsor: Senator Sean T. Kean (R)
  • Subject: Adult Film Industry; Gentleman`s Clubs
  • Summary:
    Upgrades lewdness to fourth degree crime if committed in public rest room. This bill would make the offense of lewdness a crime of the fourth degree if the offense is committed in a public rest room. Under current law, a person commits a disorderly persons offense if he or she commits a flagrantly lewd and offensive act and knows or expects that this behavior will be observed by a nonconsenting person who would be affronted or alarmed by the behavior. Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, a term of imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Under the bill, lewdness committed in a public rest room would be upgraded to a crime of the fourth degree. Fourth degree crimes are punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months, or both. According to the sponsor, the increased penalties provided for in the bill are intended to deter offenders from committing lewd acts in public rest rooms at rest areas along highways, including the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike, as well as at other public venues, such as public parks, public beaches, and shopping malls. Unsuspecting families who are vacationing, enjoying the outdoors, or shopping should not have to be subjected to the inappropriate and illegal conduct of lewd offenders. Children, who can be especially vulnerable to these offenders in rest rooms, need further protection from those who would prey on them there.
  • History Last Action:
    6/16/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs
  • History:
    6/16/2008 (S) Introduced And Referred To Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs


New Jersey Cabaret Association