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New Jersey Payments to Municipalities for Open Space Amendment (2014)

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The New Jersey Payments to Municipalities for Open Space Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have required the state to make payments to municipalities for open spaces owned by the state or certain nonprofits. At the time of the amendment's proposal, the New Jersey Constitution did not require the state to pay property taxes to municipalities on such properties. The measure sought to compensate municipalities for loss of property tax revenues due to such open spaces. The measure was primarily sponsored by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) and Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) in the New Jersey Legislature, where it was known as identical measures Assembly Concurrent Resolution 137 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 98. The measure would have amended Article VIII, Section I of the New Jersey Constitution by adding a new paragraph to it.[1][2]

Text of measure

If the measure had been placed on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have appeared as follows:[1][2]

NJ2014 ACR137 SCR98 as introduced.JPG[3]


Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) and Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) were the primary sponsors of this measure.[1][2]

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See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

In New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments have two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature can either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions.

ACR 137 and SCR 98 were introduced on March 24, 2014, and referred to the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and Senate Environment and Energy Committee, respectively.[4][5]

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