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

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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