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.