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*** Common Sense Gun Safety *** Assembly Gun Safety Bills Clear Legislature Now Law

Six gun safety bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats were signed into law Thursday. Among them, legislation aiming to keep guns away from those who pose threats, reducing ammunition magazine capacity, enhancing background checks, banning armor-piercing ammunition and countering efforts to weaken gun safety regulations.

A brief overview of each measure:
· A-1181 (Jones/Mosquera/Sumter/Downey/Barclay) – Requires firearms seizure when certain health care professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others.

“For someone who may be struggling with disturbing thoughts, having access to a firearm significantly increases the likelihood of suicide,” said Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D-Camden/Gloucester). “By reducing their access to a lethal weapon, New Jersey can help prevent fatalities among those with serious mental health concerns.”

· A-1217 (McKeon/Greenwald/Jasey/Eustace/Zwicker/Murphy/Moriarty) – Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018.

“We’ve seen too many ‘what ifs’ when it comes to these mass shootings, often centered around the question of why didn’t somebody do something to take guns away from someone who is mentally unstable,” said Assemblyman McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). “This new law makes it easier to accomplish that goal and, ultimately, protect our communities and our children. The status quo doesn’t work. We need to take new approaches that allow authorities a real chance to keep guns away from mentally unstable individuals who pose a threat to us all.”

· A-2761 (Greenwald/Quijano/Johnson/Holley/Moriarty) – Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; exempts firearms with .22 caliber tubular magazines from 10 round limitation.

“Meeting the families of Sandy Hook was one of the most moving experiences of my 22 years of public service,” said Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). “For these families, the single most important law we could have fought for is lowering magazine capacity. I refused to let these families down, to look them in the eyes and tell them we are powerless – that their loved ones were a tragic but necessary, loss. No loss to gun violence is ever necessary.”

· A-2757 (Greenwald/Holley/Moriarty) – Requires background check for private gun sales.

“Requiring a licensee to complete a National Instant Criminal Background Check on the recipient of the handgun, rifle or shotgun is just plain common sense,” Greenwald said. “It’s shocking that we don’t do this already, but with this new law we fix this gaping loophole.”

· A-2758 (Greenwald/Holley/Moriarty) – Codifies regulations defining justifiable need to carry handgun.

“New Jersey’s gun safety laws are among the strongest in the nation and we must keep them that way,’ Greenwald said. “Overturning these unsafe regulations has been a top priority of mine. While I commend Gov. Murphy for doing the right thing to keep our streets safe and ensure laws are enforced as intended, we need to make sure that no future governor can attempt to carelessly weaken our gun safety rules.”

· A-2759 (Greenwald/Murphy/Quijano/Holley/Moriarty) – Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor.

“As technology advances, so does the threat to our police officers who must brave criminals armed with powerful weapons,” Greenwald said. “Criminalizing the use of this type of ammunition is common sense. Our officers risk their lives daily. Today, we’ve taken a step to better protect them.”

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*** Common Sense Gun Safety *** Assembly Democrats Greenwald, Holley, & Moriarty Legislation to Counter Efforts to Weakean Gun Safety Regulations Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assemblymen Jamel Holley and Paul Moriarty aimed at ensuring strong gun safety regulations are codified into law in New Jersey was signed into law Thursday.

The new law aims to prevent a future governor from attempting to weaken the regulations, as former Governor Chris Christie had attempted to do.

“New Jersey’s gun safety laws are among the strongest in the nation and we must keep them that way,’ said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). “Overturning these unsafe regulations has been a top priority of mine. I commend Governor Murphy for doing the right thing to keep our streets safe and ensure laws are enforced as intended. Today, with the signing of this bill into law, we need to make sure that no future governor can attempt to carelessly weaken our gun safety laws.”

The bill (A-2758) would codify the definition of “justifiable need,” presently outlined only in state regulations, into state statute. The measure is a response to ex-Governor Christie’s effort to expand the definition of “justifiable need” for the purpose of obtaining a gun carry permit.

“With the natural turnover of politicians and their policies, some laws are destined to change,” said Holley (D-Union). “There are some laws, however, that regardless of partisan party politics, make too much sense to be changed. That is what we are doing to keep current and future New Jerseyans safe.”

Under current law, in order to lawfully carry a handgun in public, it is necessary for a private citizen to obtain a permit to carry a handgun. Applicants for a permit to carry a handgun need the approval of the chief of police in the municipality where they reside and the approval of a Superior Court judge in the county where they reside. Approval is contingent upon a person submitting, with an application, a written certification establishing justifiable need.

Under previous regulation, justifiable need was defined as the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry. In addition, the law requires the applicant, where possible, to corroborate the existence of any specific threats or previous attacks by reference to reports of the incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
This bill codifies these regulations into statute.

Both state and federal courts upheld the constitutionality of the state’s justifiable need requirement.

“Governor Christie tried to expand the scope of the right to carry well beyond what is authorized under current law and judicial interpretation,” said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). “That was entirely inconsistent with the Legislature’s intent to carefully and prudently monitor who may carry a handgun, which is for the safety and wellbeing of all New Jerseyans. Now, we can do that with this new law.”

The full Assembly approved the legislation, 48-26-2, in March.

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*** Common Sense Gun Safety *** Greenwald, Quijano, Johnson, Holley & Moriarty Bill to Reduce Ammunition Magazine Capacity Now Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Annette Quijano, Gordon Johnson, Jamel Holley and Paul Moriarty sponsored to limit gun magazine capacity to 10 rounds was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy.

“Our nation is in the midst of a gun violence epidemic,” said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). “Now, as we move into this new term with a new governor, we have a real chance to reduce the number of deaths by gun violence and protect our neighborhoods.”

The law (A-2761) bans firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Magazines capable of holding up to 15 rounds of ammunition currently are legal in New Jersey. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia all have 10-round limits on ammunition magazines for use with any firearm.

“The data show that a 10-round limit will reduce high-capacity magazines in the hands of criminals, and the time it takes to reload can help people escape or subdue the gunman, as happened in the Gabby Giffords shooting in Tuscan,” said Quijano (D-Union). “Moreover, these limits can save the lives of innocent victims and law enforcement officers confronted by someone wielding a gun. This is just good common sense.”

“During the Gabby Giffords shooting in Arizona, witnesses were able to subdue the gunman when he paused to reload,” said Johnson (D-Bergen). “Anything we can do make it more difficult to fire dozens of bullets in a short period of time is a good thing. This is a highly effective step we can take to save lives.”

“Law enforcement leaders from across the country have supported 10-round limits on magazine capacity,” said Holley (D-Union). “If law enforcement backs it, and it can improve public safety and save lives, then we should do it. This is gun safety.”

“This is quite simple – it can and will save lives,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). “If we can do something reasonable that can save lives, then we should do it.”

Greenwald met with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013 after their devastating losses. That year he introduced many gun safety bills, including lowering gun magazine capacity. It was vetoed by then-Gov. Chris Christie.

“Meeting the families of Sandy Hook was one of the most moving experiences of my 22 years of public service,” Greenwald said. “For these families, the single most important piece of legislation we could fight for is lowering magazine capacity. I refuse to let these families down, to look them in the eyes and tell them we are powerless – that their loved ones were a tragic but necessary, loss. No loss to gun violence is ever necessary.”

Specifically, the law revises the definition of a “large capacity ammunition magazine” to include any box, drum, tube, or other container capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The bill also designates a semi-automatic rifle with a fixed magazine capacity exceeding 10 rounds as a prohibited assault firearm.

Under the law, a person who legally owns a firearm with a fixed magazine capacity holding up to 15 rounds that is incapable of being modified to accommodate less rounds and was purchased on or before the bill’s effective date would be allowed to retain possession of that firearm – provided it is registered with a law enforcement agency.

To register the firearm, a person must produce a valid firearms purchaser identification card, permit to carry a handgun, or permit to purchase a handgun.

The information provided in the registration statement is to include: the name and address of the registrant; the number or numbers on the registrant’s firearms purchaser identification card, permit to carry a handgun, or permit to purchase a handgun; and the make, model, and serial number of the firearm being registered.

An heir or estate of an owner of a registered firearm would have 90 days after the owner’s death to dispose of the firearm.

The law also permits retired police officers authorized to possess and carry a handgun in this state to continue to possess and carry a magazine capable of holding up to 15 rounds.

In addition, the measure exempts from the 10 round limitation those semi-automatic rifles that have an attached tubular magazine and are capable of operating only with .22 caliber rim fire ammunition. This exemption would permit the sale and possession of a popular beginner gun, the Marlin Model 60, often referred to as the Boy Scout gun. These firearms are low caliber and the tubular magazine cannot be quickly reloaded.

The law also exempts large capacity ammunition magazines under the control of a federal firearms license holder and reconfigured to fire blank ammunition for motion pictures, television, or video productions.

The law is effective immediately, but allows for a 180-day grace period to transfer or voluntarily surrender a semi-automatic rifle or magazine that will be unlawful under the law.

A person will also have the option to render a semi-automatic rifle or magazine inoperable or permanently modify a magazine to accept 10 rounds or less.

Under the Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.13:54-1.2), a person may permanently alter a magazine so that it is excluded from the current legal definition of a “large capacity ammunition magazine.” An ammunition magazine, which has been temporarily blocked or modified, as by a piece of wood or a pin, is still considered to be a “large capacity ammunition magazine.”


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Lampitt, Mukherji, Holley, Danielsen, Wimberly & McKnight Bill to Allow Termination of Car Leases Upon Death of Lessee Clears Assembly Panel

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Joe Danielsen, Benjie Wimberly, and Angela McKnight to allow the termination of a car lease if the lessee passes away on Monday.

“When someone dies before the end of their lease agreement, grieving family members are unfortunately left to worry about paying the remaining balance and fees,” said Lampitt (D-Burlington/Camden). “This can leave people who neither signed a lease nor agreed to be co-signers suddenly liable for thousands of dollars in charges. It’s unfair and unacceptable, especially in the wake of such a loss.”

The bill (A-1843) would allow the termination of a motor vehicle lease in event of the lessee’s death upon return of the vehicle to the dealer or lessor and would prohibit the imposition of fees for early termination of the lease. The measure also would prohibit a lease from requiring a surviving family member, guardian or estate administrator to purchase the vehicle, continue leasing the vehicle or buy out the remainder of the lease.

“Much like we did when it comes to forgiving student loan debt in the event of someone’s passing, the death of a car lessee is a special case and should be treated as such,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “Returning the lease and nullifying the contract is a common sense move.”

“Creditors often put early termination clauses in contracts in order to protect their assets, but the death of a loved one is an extenuating circumstance and certainly should not be bound by that clause,” said Holley (D-Union). “This is a practical and compassionate policy.”

“The last thing grieving family members should have to deal with is the burden of shouldering their loved one’s automobile loans in the wake of their passing,” said Danielsen (D-Middlesex/Somerset). “This will make sure they are not saddled with this additional strain.”

“There are many responsibilities that fall on a grieving family after someone’s death,” said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Eliminating unnecessary stresses and costs is important, and this bill will help to bring an extra sense of relief to loved ones knowing these financially and emotionally burdening tasks would not exist.”

“Early termination fees for a car lease could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars,” said McKnight (D-Hudson). “It is simply wrong and cold for a dealer or lessor to charge loved ones this kind of money if they have experienced such a devastating loss.”

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Tucker, Holley & Lopez Bill to Connect Homeless, Veterans to Resources Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Jamel Holley and Yvonne Lopez designed to reduce homelessness and help New Jersey residents get back on their feet was approved Thursday by the full Assembly, 72-0.

The bill (A-1277) requires hospitals and homeless shelters to provide information on services and resources to individuals who are homeless or military veterans.

“Homelessness is a continuing and visible social problem that requires each of us to be vigilant and help where we can,” said Tucker (D-Essex). “We must ensure that the information for state programs which help homeless residents and veterans are getting to the people who need these resources.”

Specifically, hospitals licensed in the state will be required to inquire, as part of the hospital’s patient intake process, whether the individual seeking services is homeless or is a military veteran. In the event that the individual responds in the affirmative, the hospital is to provide the individual with information concerning special services and resources that are available to the individual based on the individual’s status as homeless or as a military veteran.

“By working together with the hospitals and shelters, we can connect residents to the right people and help them get back on their feet,” said Holley (D-Union). “New Jersey is home to nearly 9,000 homeless residents. The more we can encourage these entities to work together to share resources with residents, the closer we come to putting an end to homelessness in the state.”

“New Jersey has been working hard to address the issue of homelessness, and the state has seen a substantial decrease in homeless residents since 2015,” said Lopez (D-Middlesex). “This legislation takes the extra step of helping the homeless and veterans gain additional access to programs and services by requiring hospitals and shelters to inform them of state resources.”

Emergency shelters for the homeless will be required to inquire, as part of the client intake process, whether the individual who is to receive services is a military veteran. In the event that the individual responds in the affirmative, the shelter is to provide the individual with information concerning special services and resources that are available to the individual based on the individual’s status as a military veteran.

Hospitals and shelters will be required to establish standard protocols and procedures for making inquiries and providing information as required by the bill.

The Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs approved the bill on February 12. It will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

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Gusciora & Holley Bill to Encourage Redevelopment of Long-Dormant, Historic Taverns Clears Assembly

Bill Aims to Preserve & Revive Historic Watering Holes like Eagle Tavern in Trenton

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora and Jamel Holley allowing municipalities to issue retail liquor licenses to qualified buyers looking to redevelop historic taverns into 21st century drinking and eating establishments was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

Gusciora introduced the bill in hopes of facilitating redevelopment of the abandoned Eagle Tavern on South Broad Street in Trenton, which has sat vacant for decades after several failed attempts to operate it as a restaurant. Built as a private home in 1765, it was enlarged for use as a tavern in the early nineteenth century and was frequented by patrons of the nearby Eagle raceway. It served as the political center for the city’s South Ward, and was a meeting place of the Masons.

“One of Trenton’s biggest strengths is its history,” said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). “The Eagle Tavern is one of the city’s oldest buildings and served as a popular place for residents to socialize and for politicians to meet. Unfortunately, no developer is willing to undertake the costs associated with the property’s redevelopment because of liquor license limitations in the city. This could help bring back a building that is historically important to our city and our state, provide the city with much needed revenue and further the momentum slowly brewing on South Broad Street.”

The bill (A-1318) would allow a municipality to issue a retail liquor license to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption to the highest qualified bidder of an abandoned historic tavern.

The bill defines a historic tavern as a building built before 1920 that is included in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places, and where the sale and service of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption was the primary business prior to 1920. The provisions of the bill would apply to taverns that were in operation prior to the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which commenced the country’s Prohibition era.

“When it comes to redeveloping these old, historic properties, sometimes it’s easier said than done. In some cases the cost of a liquor license may be far too prohibitive and, in other cases, there simply may not be any more available licenses,” said Holley (D-Union). “This bill would cut through all that while helping to preserve history, boost local tax bases and revitalize neighborhoods.”

The bill prohibits the holder of the retail license from transferring the license for use in connection with another premises. A license issued under this bill is not subject to the population limitations that restrict a municipality from issuing more than one plenary retail consumption license for each 3,000 people residing in that municipality.

The bill was approved 70-3-0 and now awaits further consideration in the Senate.

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Holley to Introduce Measure Renaming a Part of Route 27 Jerry Green Memorial Highway

Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley introduced Thursday legislation that would designate the portion of the State Highway Route 27 in Union County as “Jerry Green Memorial Highway” in honor of the life-long career in public service of the Assemblyman who represented Legislative District 22 for 16 years.
Speaker Pro Tempore Green was the longest serving Assemblyman of the current New Jersey General Assembly.

“Jerry dedicated every waking moment of his life to serving his community, Union County and the people of New Jersey,” said Holley (D-Union). “Caring and listening were two of Jerry’s most valued attributes as a public servant. He is an inspiration for any young man or woman growing up in humble means and endeavoring to make a difference with their lives. His experienced leadership combined with his no-nonsense personal style inspired many to pursue careers in public service.”

“He was a mentor, friend and inspiration to many, including myself.”

A pillar of the community in Union County, Assemblyman Green has served in numerous public offices and public service roles, including for the Union County Planning Board, the Union County Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, the Private Industry Council of Union County, the Union County Utilities Authority, the Union County Democratic Committee, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey General Assembly. Assemblyman Green also represented the 17th legislative district for 10 years.

While in the General Assembly, Assemblyman Green served as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore, Speaker Pro Tempore and Deputy Speaker. Over the course of his tenure in the General Assembly, he was a member of numerous legislative committees, including serving as Chairman of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

“Naming the part of Route 27 that runs through Union County after him is a way to honor Jerry’s unwavering devotion to his hometown and his memory,” said Holley. “His legacy continues on in the legislature and the countless number of people he has helped along the way. Jerry is the reason many of us are committed to serving others.”

The bill was introduced on Thursday, May 24.

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Mukherji, Pintor Marin, Holley & Chiaravalloti Bill to Fast Track Green Building Projects Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Raj Mukherji, Eliana Pintor-Marin, Jamel Holley and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would fast-track environmentally friendly municipal construction projects was advanced by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Thursday.

“Fast tracking green construction jobs will give a much needed boost to our state’s economic engine,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “Ensuring that engine is fueled with environmentally friendly projects is an added bonus that will pay economic and environmental dividends for years to come.”

The legislation (A-1903) would instruct the state departments of Community Affairs (DCA), Environmental Protection (DEP), and Transportation (DOT) and municipal agencies to give priority consideration to permit applications for green building projects.

“Creating new, green jobs in New Jersey is a win-win for our economy and the environment,” said Pintor Marin (D-Essex). “Moving projects like these forward in an expedited manner will help prove to other manufacturing sectors that economic stimulus and environmental protection don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

“This is a step in the right direction,” said Holley (D-Union). “Fast-tracking these projects not only helps create jobs and stimulate the economy, but will hopefully encourage developers to focus more on sustainable building designs which are much better for the environment.”

“Bureaucratic hurdles can often stall development,” said Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson). “Prioritizing these projects will help the state reap the economic benefits more efficiently, and encourage more green building projects which are good for the environment and the economy.”

Under the bill, a project would qualify as a “green building project” if the project has documented incorporation of site, water, energy, and resource efficiency measures and demonstrable practices to promote the health and well-being of the building occupants.

Such documentation would have to be submitted and demonstrate that the project has been registered for certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System as adopted by the United States Green Building Council, or an alternative compliance path in accordance with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 189 minimum requirements, compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 700 National Green Building Standard, or compliance with minimum performance requirements of the International Green Construction Code.

The bill would require an application receiving priority consideration to include a letter from a licensed architect or engineer describing how the project qualifies as a green building project and a narrative outlining the sustainable attributes of the project in accordance with the rating systems and standards set forth in the bill.

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Lampitt, Holley & Mukherji Bill to Modernize Applications for School Lunch, Breakfast Programs Approved by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Jamel Holley and Raj Mukherji sponsored to establish online applications for school lunch and breakfast programs was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.

“Many of New Jersey’s children and families rely on school lunch and breakfast programs to meet nutritional needs during the school year,” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “The greater the participation in these meal programs, the closer we are to ensuring that no child will go hungry in New Jersey.”

The bill (A-3501) directs the Department of Education to establish online applications for the National School Lunch Program and school breakfast programs. A school district that implements online school meal applications also would be required to continue making paper applications available. The sponsor hopes that modernizing the application process ultimately will allow more eligible students to enroll.

“Putting free and reduced school lunch and breakfast applications online can eliminate the manual entry of student information from thousands of paper applications and save participating school districts time and money,” said Holley (D-Union). “This will make it easier and faster to ensure that all students in New Jersey have something to eat during the school day.”

“Most people today handle their business online. There’s no reason why parents shouldn’t be able to apply online for programs that keep their kids from going hungry,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “The more we expand the ability of parents to apply for free or low-cost nutritional school meals, the more children we can serve with these critical programs.”

The bill was approved by the Assembly Education Committee chaired by Lampitt.


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8-Bill Assembly Democratic Bill Package to Help N.J. Wineries Create Jobs & Economic Development Advanced by Assembly Panel

Andrzejczak, Taliaferro, Houghtaling, Mazzeo, Burzichelli, Holley, Freiman, Barclay & Gusciora Bills Advance During Special Hearing in Cape May County

(MIDDLE TOWNSHIP) – Eight Assembly Democratic measures designed to help New Jersey’s burgeoning winery industry create jobs and economic development was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during a special meeting at the Jessie Creek Winery.
The bills are sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Eric Houghtaling, Vince Mazzeo, John Burzichelli, Jamel Holley, Roy Freiman Adam Taliaferro, Arthur Barclay and Reed Gusciora.
“The economic and job potential of wine vineyards have been underestimated in this state for far too long,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic), who chairs the Agriculture panel. “The legislation we considered this afternoon will help to encourage these businesses to grow and keep New Jersey competitive nationally in the wine industry. We’re headed in a direction that is good for local wineries.”
“These commons sense measures are about wineries and vineyards and helping them stay competitive in a tough industry, but they’re about more than just those benefits,” said Taliaferro (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “This is also about creating jobs and economic development in the agricultural industry and all the businesses that rely on agriculture for success.”
“New Jersey boasts many wonderful wineries that contribute to the economy, and help promote the state’s agricultural industry,” said Houghtaling. (D-Monmouth). “Ensuring their success benefits the state and our agricultural communities.”
“I am proud to be a sponsor of these bills, which I think will be tremendous for our state’s economy,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). “There is so much potential for New Jersey to become the premier winemaking state in the country, and these bills will help us accomplish this goal.”
“We should be doing everything we can to strengthen New Jersey’s winery industry and ensure its long-term success,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “This is all about jobs and economic development, not just for our wineries, but for all the businesses that thrive when we have a strong tourism industry.”
“Wineries are economically important in New Jersey,” said Holley (D-Union). “They provide jobs, attract tourism and increase revenue by exporting their products – all aiding in greatly helping our state to flourish. For these reasons, we should be providing assistance to this industry whenever possible.”
“New Jersey is among the top 10 largest wine producing states in the country, generating millions of dollars a year for our economy,” said Freiman (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon). “The opportunity to create jobs, to strengthen the economy and to build on this success by making it easier to promote our state’s grape and wine-making industry is right before us. With these bills, we take the first step.”
“We must support the winery industry if we’re to build a stronger economy throughout our state,” said Barclay (D-Camden/Gloucester). “This means jobs and economic development, and more jobs and economic development.”
“It is time to support and champion New Jersey’s hardworking winemakers,” said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). “These bills will help our state’s winemakers thrive in the way we all know is possible.”
The bills advanced by the committee:
· A-1046 (Houghtaling/Andrzejczak/Mazzeo/Taliaferro) – Requires EDA, in consultation with Department of Agriculture, to establish loan program for certain vineyard and winery capital expenses.
· A-1054 (Houghtaling/Andrzejczak/Taliaferro) – Clarifies certain responsibilities of licensed wineries and retail salesrooms.
· A-1205 (Barclay/Gusciora) – Revises acreage requirement for plenary winery licenses.
· A-1512 (Burzichelli/Holley) – Permits wineries to operate salesrooms in certain municipalities with restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages
· A-3121 (Burzichelli) – Permits students over 18 years of age to taste wine or malt alcoholic beverage for educational purposes while enrolled in authorized enology or brewing training program.
· A-3344 (Taliaferro) – Exempts certain plenary winery licensees from filing requirements imposed on retail sellers of litter-generating products.
· A-3643 (Andrzejczak/Freiman) – Creates viticulture trail tourist directional signs.
· A-3921 (Mazzeo) – Authorizes annual issuance of permit to sell alcoholic beverages at seasonal farm market.

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