[Second Reprint]

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)

Assemblywoman† YVONNE LOPEZ

District 19 (Middlesex)

Assemblywoman† AURA K. DUNN

District 25 (Morris and Somerset)

Assemblyman† THOMAS P. GIBLIN

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators A.M.Bucco, O'Scanlon, Stanfield, Diegnan, Zwicker, Ruiz, Codey, Durr, Assemblyman Caputo, Assemblywoman Quijano, Assemblymen Benson, Torrissi, Umba, Assemblywomen Piperno, Eulner, Matsikoudis, Assemblymen Rooney, Clifton, Assemblywomen Haider and Speight

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As reported by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on October 31, 2022, with amendments.

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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 disorder1, or by the parent, guardian, or caregiver of the person,1 and 1upon1 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 2and the Attorney General2, 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 2[provide written] jointly develop2 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 2[commissioner] Attorney General2 shall 2[distribute] ensure that2 a copy of the written guidance 2, and any other related materials developed to facilitate compliance with the guidance, is distributed2 to each police department in the State.

 

††††† 2.†† This act shall take effect on the first day of the 1[thirteenth] nineteenth1 month following enactment.