New Jersey Restrict Non-blighted Property Condemnation Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey Restrict Non-blighted Property Condemnation Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have restricted the use of condemnation power on non-blighted property for private economic development purposes. Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (R-9) and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (R-9) were the primary sponsors of one version of this measure in the New Jersey Assembly, which was known as Assembly Concurrent Resolution 96.[1] Sen. Christopher Connors (R-9) sponsored a similar bill in the Senate, which was known as Senate Concurrent Resolution 16.[2] Both measure would have amended Article VIII, Section III of the New Jersey Constitution.[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.

SCR 16 was introduced on January 14, 2014, and referred to the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.[3] ACR 96 was introduced on January 16, 2014, and referred to the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.[4]

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