11 bills that could affect life in N.J.

11 bills that could affect life in N.J.

10 Temmuz 2018 - 02:00

Yes, New Jersey has a new state budget after Gov. Phil Murphy and state lawmakers cut a deal and avoided another state government shutdown.

But Murphy still has a number of bills from the last legislative session sitting on his desk, waiting to become laws — or vetoes. This includes measures that could affect school districts, ban smoking at beaches and parks, and place a fee on plastic bags.

Here's a look at 11 of the biggest bills that Murphy will either sign or reject:


Plastic bags ready to be filled at a Stop & Shop grocery store in Highland Park.

Photo by Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Plastic bag fees

Nothing is in the bag when it comes to a proposed 5-cent fee for single-use bags in New Jersey.

The measure is in limbo after Murphy used a line-item veto to remove any language related to the proposed bag fees from the state budget, so it's unclear how he views the proposed fees.

The bill on Murphy's desk (A3267) would impose a 5-cent fee on each paper and plastic single-use bag handed out by chain stores and large retailers in New Jersey. Lawmakers project that the proposed fees will raise more than $23 million for a newly created lead abatement fund in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.


Repeal of a law to protect ticket buyers?

This bill (A4259) would restructure ticket sales in New Jersey. Specifically, the measure would strip away a nearly two-decade-old law that limits how many tickets artists, venues and others who have access to tickets before they go on sale to the public can withhold before they hit the open market.

Currently, it's capped at 5 percent. But the legislation would do away with the cap. 

Hair braiding licenses

Under current state law, New Jersey requires all hairstylists and barbers to be licensed. That means hair braiders must enroll in beauty school, which could cost tens of thousands of dollars, even though the training will teach them nothing they can use.

This bill (A3754) would exempt them from having to get licensed, though it would still require them to register their establishment.



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