TRENTON - (AP) - Legislation that proponents say would closeloopholes in New Jersey's law regarding mass layoffs may soon gobefore the full Assembly.

The measure began gathering steam about three months ago, afterthe company that operates Charlie Brown's Steakhouses abruptlyclosed 47 restaurants in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania andfiled for federal bankruptcy protection.

The closings left about 1,900 New Jerseyans suddenly andunexpectedly unemployed.

Under the pending proposal, which could come up for a vote assoon as next month, franchisors or holding companies whose firmshave 50 or more full-time employees would have to provide 60 daysnotice of closing and mass layoffs at any of their sites.

New Jersey currently only requires that such notice be made bysingle establishments with 50 or more full-time employees.