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Karabinchak Bill Creating Anti-Bullying Task Force Clears Assembly Panel

Jan 24, 2019

TRENTON, NJ –To ensure anti-bullying laws in New Jersey are successful in protecting students, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak to establish an anti-bullying task force to evaluate current law was approved on Thursday by the Assembly Education Committee.

“I’m very proud that New Jersey was first in the nation to implement an anti-bullying law back in 2002,” said Karabinchak (D-Middlesex). “But some first-of-its-kind laws need to be refined, which led to the 2011 Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act we have today. Since then, we’ve received feedback from school districts and staff requesting consistent evaluation to see how the law is working, and determine if changes need to be made. The task force formed under this bill would work to address those concerns and strengthen our anti-bullying efforts.”

The bill (A-4848) would create an eleven-member task force to examine, evaluate and make recommendations regarding the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. Nine members would be required to have a background in, or special knowledge of, the legal, policy, education, social, or psychological aspects of bullying in public schools. Two members would be appointed by the Senate President, two by the Speaker of the General Assembly, and five by the Governor. The task force would also include two members of the public, one of whom is a family member of a student who has experience bullying and one of whom is a student over age 17 who has personally experienced bullying.