2 major bills under consideration at State House won’t be voted on

Two controversial bills are on the table on final day of the 2016 legislative session.

Two controversial bills are on the table on final day of the 2016 legislative session. (12/19/16)

TRENTON - One piece of controversial late-year legislation won't be voted on in New Jersey this year and another was scrapped altogether.

A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said Monday that lawmakers will not vote on a measure to remove a requirement that state and local governments post legal notices in newspapers.  

Spokesman Tom Hester says that the newspaper bill is being held until next year.

A controversial measure that would have raised pay for high-ranking state officials while letting Gov. Chris Christie profit from a book “will not be reconsidered,” according to Hester.

Prieto said in a statement that lawmakers will continue the discussion and consider all their options on the newspaper bill. He says opinions are "varied" at how to best "maintain transparency in this ever-involving information age."

A spokesman for Gov. Christie says “If the Assembly wants more time to consider the legal notices bill that is acceptable to the governor. However, this will be a top priority when we return from the holidays.”

The governor says that requiring legal notices to be published in newspapers is a burden on taxpayers.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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