Rice Introduces Bill to End Contingent Legislation

Senator Ronald Rice says that he will not vote on a NJ state budget that doesn't include $140 million in cost savings gained through a marijuana decriminalization and expungement law that eliminates unjust judicial and correctional practices targeting poor, minority and urban residents.

Rice Introduces Bill to End Contingent Legislation

 

Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice, which would prohibit the passage or enactment of legislation with an effective or operative date that is contingent upon the passage or enactment of other legislation, was introduced into the Senate.

 

“We shouldn’t be passing legislation that is contingent upon another piece of legislation,” said Senator Rice (D-Essex). “I think it is bad policy-making. We have people we want to help, but sometimes can’t because a piece of legislation is tied to another. We have to end this unjustifiable practice.”

 

The bill, S-3699, prohibits the legislature from passing, and the Governor from approving or signing, any legislation that has an effective date or operative date that is contingent upon the effective date, approval, signing, passage, or enactment of other legislation.

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