Reintroducing Bill after Long-Delayed Report Finally Issued by Executive Branch
(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) issued a multimedia package Thursday of a news conference he held with domestic violence prevention advocates in which he criticized a long-delayed report from the Executive Branch and promised to reintroduce domestic violence monitoring legislation, colloquially known as “Lisa’s Law.”
“Lisa’s Law” was a groundbreaking measure Singleton sponsored last year that would have authorized New Jersey courts to order GPS monitoring of certain domestic violence offenders and would have required victims be notified when the offender was within a certain proximity.
The law is named in remembrance of Letizia Zindell, of Toms River, who was murdered in 2009 by her former fiancée a day after he was released from jail for violating a restraining order that she had filed against him.
Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the measure, putting the monitoring program on hold while the Attorney General’s office conducted a review to determine if the appropriate technology to implement the bill was feasible and available. The report, originally due in mid-May, was released after business hours Wednesday night, following Singleton’s announcement that he would be holding a public call to action.