Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Legislative Roundup

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Legislative Roundup

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Governor Christie on Thursday signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to take pictures or videos of people's private areas under their clothes without their permission or knowledge. Sponsors of the bill said the measure will help prevent such invasions of privacy.

Christie also issued conditional vetoes of two other bills, including one that would have renamed a section of Route 21 in Newark after the late Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.

The other vetoed bill would have provided $21 in annual energy assistance to families qualified to receive benefits from the federal nutrition program formerly known as food stamps.

* UPSKIRTING: The so-called upskirting bill had unanimous support in both the Senate and the Assembly.

"As parents in this highly digital age, we're always concerned about protecting our children and our privacy, and a big part of doing that is for state criminal laws to keep up with new and emerging technologies," Christie stated.

"This new law targets perpetrators of a perverse and growing form of pornography that victimizes vulnerable women and children in a matter of seconds," he added.

Violators would face up to 18 months in jail and fines of up to $10,000 under the new law, which also would enable victims to pursue damages in a civil lawsuit.

"Upskirting is not a prank or a game. It's a crime -- a defiling and invasive crime," said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D- Englewood. "Today we're putting perpetrators on notice that they will face consequences for their actions."

* CLEMENTE: Sponsors of the bill to rename Route 21 after Clemente requested the governor's conditional veto after they realized that the original bill included a section of McCarter Highway, which they did not want to rename.

That section is named after the McCarter family, which has a long history of public service in Newark and New Jersey. …

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