SENATE, No. 761

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2022 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† NELLIE POU

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

Senator† KRISTIN M. CORRADO

District 40 (Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators A.M.Bucco and O'Scanlon

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires MVC to provide notation on driverís license or identification card, upon request, of persons diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other communication disorder.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

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An Act concerning protections for drivers with certain medical conditions and supplementing Title 39 of the Revised Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.† The Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall allow the holder of a driverís license or non-driver identification card to indicate that the person has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder.

†††† b.††† Upon request by any person who has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder and submission of any documentation required pursuant to subsection c. of this section, the chief administrator shall indicate the autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder diagnosis by notating such information on the personís driverís license or non-driver identification card under the column designated for restrictions.

†††† c.†††† The chief administrator shall, in consultation with the Commissioner of Human Services, establish the documentation required to be produced by a person who has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder, or by the parent, guardian, or caregiver of the person, in order to receive a driverís license or non-driver identification card with the notation authorized pursuant to subsection b. of this section.

†††† d.††† The Commissioner of Human Services, in consultation with the Superintendent of the Division of State Police within the Department of Law and Public Safety and at least one organization that advocates on behalf of persons who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder, shall provide written guidance to assist law enforcement officers in effectively communicating with a person who has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder.† The commissioner shall distribute a copy of the written guidance to each police department in the State.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect on the first day of the thirteenth month following enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

††††† This bill requires the Chief Administrator (chief administrator) of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to allow the holder of a driverís license or non-driver identification card to indicate that the person has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder, upon request of the person and submission of any required documentation.† The chief administrator is to indicate the diagnosis by notating the information on the personís driverís license or non-driver identification card under the column designated for restrictions.

††††† The bill also requires the Commissioner of Human Services, in consultation with the Superintendent of the State Police and at least one organization that advocates on behalf of persons diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder, to provide written guidance to assist law enforcement officers in effectively communicating with a person diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or communication disorder.† The commissioner is required to distribute a copy of the written guidance to each police department in the State.