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New Jersey Right to Privacy from Government Intrusion Amendment, ACR 24 (2014)

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The New Jersey Right to Privacy from Government Intrusion Amendment, ACR 24 did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have guaranteed the "right of the people to privacy from government intrusion shall not be infringed upon except by due process." This measure was primarily being sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13), Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11) and Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-12) in the New Jersey Assembly, where it was known as Assembly Concurrent Resolution 24.[1]

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The following statement providing a summary of ACR 24 was included in the measure:[1]

Currently, the Constitution recognizes that all persons are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. This concurrent resolution proposes an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution that would clarify that people have a right to privacy from government intrusion, unless the government follows due process of law.[2]


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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 24 was introduced in the Assembly on January 16, 2014, and was referred to the Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee.[3]

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