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New Jersey Suspension and Replacement of Indicted Elected Officials Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey Suspension and Replacement of Indicted Elected Officials Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have suspended elected officials who have been indicted and provide for temporary replacements. It would have also provided for the return of the elected official upon acquittal or the declaration of a vacancy, if the official were convicted. At least three versions of such an amendment were proposed in the 2014 legislative session including Assembly Concurrent Resolutions 23 and 27, as well as Senate Concurrent Resolution 78.[1][2][3]


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See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

At the time in New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments had two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature could either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions. This measure did not receive the necessary supermajority required for a 2014 ballot placement. ACR 23 and 27 were both introduced into the Assembly on January 16, 2014, and referred to the Judiciary Committee.[1][2] SCR 78 was introduced on February 27, 2014, and referred to the State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.[3]

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