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Assembly schedules Monday vote on bail overhaul

Local News | Aug 01, 2014

Assembly schedules Monday vote on bail overhaul

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) â?? Assembly leaders have scheduled a vote on a package of bail reforms that Gov. Chris Christie has been urging lawmakers to pass.

The Assembly Speaker’s office announced Thursday a vote is now scheduled for Monday.

The measures would let judges keep suspects who are considered dangerous in jail as they await trial and release low-level suspects so they don’t have to sit for months behind bars if they can’t afford to pay bail.

The Assembly also plans to vote on an open-space bill that would dedicate corporate business tax revenues to preserving open spaces.

The Senate voted on the bail bills Thursday afternoon after Christie called lawmakers back from summer vacation for a rare special session.

He urged them earlier in the day “to act and act today.”