This takes you to a text explanation of how the New Jersey Legislature is designed. Information on legislators, districts, sessions, powers, etc. is all discussed in this area.
This link takes you to an explanation of the lawmaking process as well as information on State House Tours.
This will give you a history of the New Jersey Legislature.
This will provide you with information on how to contact the Legislative Information and Bill Room and give you links to helpful legislative publications.
This provides information on how displays may be set up or events conducted within the State House Complex.
This link takes you to an FTP site for downloading of bills, laws, votes and bill tracking information.
This will link you to State House Tour information. This provides information on the State House Complex and how you can plan a visit.
This provides legislative information in Spanish.
This shows you the leadership positions and who holds them for both houses of the legislature. The legislator's names are a link to their legislative web page.
All Senators are listed first, followed by Assemblymen/Assemblywomen. If you click on the legislator's name, you will be linked to his/her legislative web page. Below the Alphabetical list of members is also District Information. This will show a break down of the legislative districts and which towns make up a district.
Allows you to click on the area of the state in which you live and then legislators for that district will be displayed.
List of districts includes counties and municipalities that fall under that legislative district. Clicking on the district number displays the three legislators from that particular district, one senator and two assembly members.
Displays a floor diagram of the Senate chamber showing where each Senator sits.
Displays a floor diagram of the Assembly chamber showing where each Assembly member sits.
This provides a list of all the Senate Committees. Each committee will display the members of the committee, links to their committee voting record, committee aides, committee schedule and bills currently in committee. If you click on a legislator’s name, it will link you to their legislative web page. If you click on a committee aide’s name, it will link you to electronic correspondence.
This provides a list of all the Assembly Committees. Each committee will display the members of the committee, links to their committee voting record, committee aides, committee schedule and bills currently in committee. If you click on a legislator’s name, it will link you to their legislative web page. If you click on a committee aide’s name, it will link you to electronic correspondence.
This takes you to a list of Joint Committees. Each committee displays members, committee schedule, and bills in committee. If you click on a member’s name it will link you to their legislative web page.
This takes you to a list of Other Committees. Each committee displays members, committee aides, committee schedule and bills in committee. If you click on a member’s name it will link you to their legislative web page. If you click on a committee aide’s name it will link you to electronic correspondence.
This will take you to a page that lists a variety of commissions. If you click on the link for an appropriate commission, all commission information will be displayed.
This provides an alphabetical list of nominees presented by the Governor to the Senate for review. You can see dates of all nominee information.
This will take you to a .pdf copy of the Senate Rules.
This will take you to a .pdf copy of the General Assembly Rules.
You can search for a bill by Bill Number, Keyword(s), Bill Sponsor, Bill Subject, Last Date of Action or Governor’s Action. See options for each search type on the Bills page. It will default to the current session but you may choose previous sessions from the legislative session drop down list. Once the appropriate bill number is located you can click on the bill number to view the bill sponsors, bill history, bill text links and vote information.
This feature allows you to search for bills using multiple criteria selections searching across multiple sessions, sponsors, bill numbers, keywords, Governor actions, committees, and subjects.
This will display an alphabetical list by house with Senators appearing first. If you click on the Votes icon to the right of the legislator’s name, their voting record will be displayed. Voting records will default to the current session, but previous sessions may be chosen from the Select a Session drop down list.
The subscription service is a feature that allows users to create and maintain a list of bills. This is a fast and easy way for subscribers to track bills throughout the legislative session. This free service is a time saver for users who track large numbers of bills. As a subscriber, you create a list of bills that enables you to retrieve the latest status and information for all of the bills on your list.
This takes you to the New Jersey Statutes database. You can click on the triangle to the left of New Jersey General and Permanent Statutes on the left side of the screen to see the statute title list. You can click on the triangle to the left of a particular title to see all the statute sections that are within that title. You can then click on a statute section number link to see the statute text.
If you know the statute section number you are looking for you can type citation number enclosed in double quotes in the Search box at the top of the screen and click on the Search button. You can then click on the statute section number link to view the statute text.
You can also search by keyword by typing the word(s) in the Search box at the top of the screen and then click on the Search button. If you are looking for a phrase be sure to enclose the search text in double quotes.
The New Jersey Statutes is the compilation of law that is the most current official text of the permanent and general statutes of New Jersey available without charge to the public pursuant to P.L. 1995, c. 319 (C. 52:11-78).
To search by statute citation, enter the citation in quotes. For example to search for the statute 52:11-78, enter "52:11-78" in the search box at the bottom of the search page.
To search by keywords or phrases, see the following examples:
- building (single word search)
- counselor and licensure (two or more words within a statute)
- doctor or physician (either of two words within a statute)
- insurance not automobile (one word but not another within a statute)
- "water supply bond act" (exact phrase search)
- educ* (wildcard to retrieve statutes for "educate," "education," "educator," etc.)
- "Senate Assembly" /6 (words within 6 words of each other)
To browse using the Table of Contents (a list of the New Jersey Statutes by Titles), click on the plus sign appearing next to the Title desired.
You first get the opportunity to click on the chapter laws by year which gives you access to Chapter Laws and Joint Resolutions for that one year period. Both the Chapter Laws and Joint Resolutions have links to the bill they are regarding and the text of the law or resolution.
Also in this area, you can view a subject Index to the Chapter Laws by year.
This gives you the option to view the Complete Text of the New Jersey State Constitution or Search the text of the New Jersey State Constitution.
When searching the Constitution, you can click on the triangle to the left of New Jersey State Constitution 1947 and then click on the triangle to the left of a particular article to see the available sections within that article. When you then click on the link to the section number and the section text will be displayed. You can also search by typing a keyword or phrase in the Search box at the top of the screen and then click on the Search button. If you are looking for a phrase be sure to enclose the search text in double quotes.
This will show current and past issues of the legislative calendar. The calendar shows legislative activity scheduled for the timeframe chosen.
You have access to the current Legislative Digest as well as past issues of the digest which is produced the day after a session of either house providing up to date information on legislative activity.
This is the Last Date of Action report which shows the status and history of any bills that were active on the specific date of the report.
This takes you to links from the Legislative Budget and Finance office which shows general information regarding that unit. An Analysis of the Governor's Budget link gives you the opportunity to choose the fiscal year you want to view the analysis from. You can also access a summary of the Annual Appropriations Act as well as the OLS Revenue Snapshot, a brief report that includes a narrative summary of major tax collection trends in the fiscal year, and a table that compares revenues in the current fiscal year to the comparable amount received at the same point in the prior fiscal year.
This is a link to the office of the State Auditor containing general office information as well as a list of annual reports, audit reports, and quarterly reports. Click on the link in the appropriate list to view the audit text. There is also a staff directory for the office of the State Auditor available on this page.
This gives a list of legislative reports issued by the Office of Legislative Services with a link to the report text.
This link allows you to view the full text of transcribed public hearings and meetings broken down by year. Once you click on the link for the year of the public hearings, you can then choose the hearing to view by clicking on the appropriate link.
This link allows you to choose a particular Joint Legislative Committee Session Reform and it then displays member, report and transcript information.
This displays an alphabetical listing of legislative terms and definitions.
Abbreviations & Acronyms
Bill History Abbreviations
- Introduced 1st Reading in the Assembly
- First Reading in the Assembly to Concur with Governor's Recommendations
- Introduced 1st Reading in the Senate
- First Reading in the Senate to Concur with Governor's Recommendations
- Second Reading in the Assembly
- Second Reading in Assembly to Concur with Senate Amendments
- Second Reading in Assembly to Concur with Governor's Recommendations
- Second Reading in the Senate
- Second Reading in the Senate to Concur with Assembly Amendments
- Second Reading in the Senate to Concur with Governor's Recommendations
- Assembly Floor Amendment
- Assembly Floor Substitute
- Assembly Committee Amendments
- Assembly Committee Substitute
- Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor
- Absolute Veto
- Absolute Veto Override
- Introduced in Assembly without Reference
- Combined with another Bill
- Committee meeting held to report bills next session
- Conditional Veto Override
- Filed with Secretary of State
- Resolutions and Concurrent Resolutions Filed w/Sec. of State
- Laid Over in the Assembly
- Laid Over in the Senate
- Lost in the Assembly
- Lost in the Senate
- Used for expiration date of a law, or special message
- Passed Assembly
- Passed Both Houses
- Passed Senate
- Pocket Veto
- Received by the Assembly
- Received by the Senate
- Senate Floor Amendment
- Senate Floor Substitute
- Senate Committee Amendments
- Senate Committee Substitute
- Substituted by another Bill
- Introduced in Senate without Reference
- Withdrawn from the Files
- Approved Without Governor's Signature - Bill Passed
- Budget and Appropriations
- Community and Urban Affairs
- Economic Growth
- Environment and Energy
- Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens
- Higher Education
- Law and Public Safety
- Legislative Oversight
- Military and Veterans' Affairs
- State Government,Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Commerce and Economic Development
- Consumer Affairs
- Environment and Solid Waste
- Financial Institutions and Insurance
- Health and Senior Services
- Higher Education
- Homeland Security and State Preparedness
- Housing and Community Development
- Human Services
- Law and Public Safety
- Military and Veterans' Affairs
- Regulated Professions
- Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations
- State and Local Government
- Telecommunications and Utilities
- Tourism, Gaming and the Arts
- Transportation and Independent Authorities
- Women and Children
Note: An asterisk appearing at the end of a bill synopsis indicates that the original synopsis has been changed. Multiple asterisks indicate the number of times that a bill synopsis has been changed.
In this area there are several frequently asked questions with links to their answers.
This area provides links to other helpful state and federal websites.
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