EDISON - A state lawmaker is reportedly considering a law that requires shore towns that use federal or state funds to rebuild their beaches after Hurricane Sandy to provide free access to the public.

According to an NJ.com report, state Sen. Michael Doherty is in the process of drafting legislation that would allow free access. Currently all but five beaches in New Jersey charge a fee to get on.

The report says Doherty considers beach fees an unfair barrier to all citizens from using something they pay to maintain and rebuild.