ASSEMBLY, No. 4417

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

221st LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 16, 2024

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  SEAN T. KEAN

District 30 (Monmouth and Ocean)

Assemblywoman  ROSAURA "ROSY" BAGOLIE

District 27 (Essex and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Scharfenberger and McGuckin

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Prohibits flags of designated terrorist organizations from being displayed or flown on State property.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act prohibiting certain flags from being displayed or flown on State property and supplementing chapter 3 of Title 52 of the Revised Statutes. 

 

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

 

     1.  Notwithstanding any other law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, at no time shall the flag of an organization designated by the United States Department of State as a terrorist organization be permitted to be displayed or flown on State property.  Any State entity occupying State property, as defined herein, upon which such a flag was permitted by such entity to be displayed or flown shall be penalized by the immediate loss of State or other funding in such amount as the Secretary of State and the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury shall determine is necessary and appropriate.  All such penalties assessed for noncompliance shall be paid to the Department of the Treasury and shall be deposited in the General Fund for reallocation by the State Treasurer as may be permissible.

     For the purposes of this section, "State property" means land and improvements owned or leased by the State and includes, but shall not be limited to, State offices, hospitals, parks and recreational areas, institutions, and schools, including colleges and universities, together with abutting vacant land held for future use for the same purposes. 

     This section shall not prohibit the displaying or flying of such flags for news, theatrical, historical, or educational purposes. 

     The Secretary of State shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), such rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this section. 

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately. 

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill prohibits the flag of a United States Department of State-designated terrorist organization from being displayed or flown on State property.  Any State entity occupying State property that permits such a flag to be displayed or flown will be penalized by the immediate loss of State or other funding in such amount as the Secretary of State and the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury determine is necessary and appropriate.  All such penalties will be deposited in the General Fund for reallocation by the State Treasurer as may be permissible.

     Under the bill, "State property" means land and improvements owned or leased by the State and includes, but is not limited to, State offices, hospitals, parks and recreational areas, institutions, and schools, including colleges and universities, together with abutting vacant land held for future use for the same purposes. 

     The bill does not prohibit the displaying or flying of such flags for news, theatrical, historical, or educational purposes.