Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a number of measures into law, including seven bills aimed at strengthening protections for sexual assault survivors. Among them is a measure directing law enforcement agencies to set aside more resources for managing cases. Another provides for increased training for prosecutors and establishing a three-year pilot program in the attorney general’s office aimed at repairing harm caused by sexual assault.
On Monday, Murphy also enacted a law creating a clearer path for LGBTQ veterans to get revised discharge papers. Before 2011, service members could be discharged for gender identity or sexual orientation. The law means status can be changed to show those members were discharged honorably and will now have access to benefits.