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2016-17 Autism Legislation

The new legislative session began on January 12, 2016.

Check back soon for any new bills that are introduced that may affect the autism community, as well as any legislation still pending from the previous session (see below) that may be reintroduced.  

2014-15 Autism Legislation

Recently-Enacted Legislation

You can search for the text of the bills and their status here:

Bus Safety

  • Requires autism training for bus drivers and aides – A1029/S274
    Signed into law 11/9/15.  Read more>>

Public Safety/Law Enforcement

  • "MVP Emergency Alert System" (establishes alert similar to Amber Alert and Silver Alert for missing vulnerable persons) – S2668/A4270
    Signed into law 1/11/16  P.L.2015, c.184.  Read more>>
  • Increasing penalties for those who endanger adults with developmental disabilities – S2940/A4531
    Signed into law 1/11/16  P.L.2015, c.186   Read more>>


  • ABLE Act (tax-free disability savings accounts) – S2770/A3956
    Signed into law 1/11/16  P.L.2015, c. 185 Read more>>

Adult Services 

  • Limits to DDD's "Return Home New Jersey" Policy - S3117/A4781
    Signed into law 1/11/16 P.L.2015, c. 192 Read more>>

Special Education

  • Establishes Office of the Special Education Ombudsman in DOE -- S451/A1103
    Signed into law 1/19/16 P.L.2015, c.219 Read more>>

Pending Legislation

You can search for the text of the bills and their status here:

Education/Teacher Training

  • Requires teacher preparation programs for instructional certificates with teachers of students with disabilities endorsements include credit hours in autism spectrum disorder – A2888/S1039
  • World Autism Awareness Day - SJR69/AJR33

Key Committees

Legislation that affects the autism community is typically first heard in the following committees. Legislation must be voted “out of committee” prior to a vote by the full Senate and General Assembly. The Governor’s signature is then the final step to pass the legislation and enact it into law. 

Key Senate Committees:
Budget and Appropriations
Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens

Key Assembly Committee:
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Health and Senior Services
Housing and Community Development
Human Services
Women and Children