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Senate clears bill delaying portions of Daniel’s Law

Provision on former law enforcement officials’ information froze voter list distribution

By Nikita Biryukov, February 19 2021 4:18 pm

Lawmakers in the Senate approved a bill to address unanticipated consequences of a bill barring the release of personal information of current and former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials after a recently-passed law forced election officials to halt the distribution of voter lists Friday.

The new bill, which the Senate approved in a unanimous 35-0 vote, will amend Daniel’s Law, which was approved last November to protect the privacy of judges and law enforcement officers after a deranged attorney killed the 20-year-old son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas after finding the home address, to delay the enactment of provisions affecting law enforcement personnel for 18 months.

The retroactive nature of the law has caused headaches for election officials. There is no list of former law enforcement officials, meaning there is no way to purge their information from voter lists.

The Assembly intends to pass a similar measure in early March, a senior administration official told the New Jersey Globe.

Friday’s bill is a temporary fix, the official said, and another cleanup will likely come in the future.

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