New Jersey Sales and Use Tax for Open Space Preservation Funding Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey Sales and Use Tax for Open Space Preservation Funding Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have dedicated $200 million or 2.4 percent, which ever was less, of annual sales and use tax revenue from fiscal years 2015 to 2044 to the preservation of open space, including flood prone areas, farmland preservation and historic preservation. At least four versions of such a measure were proposed in the 2014 legislative session. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 80 and 82 would have dedicated $200 million annually.[1][2] Identical measures Assembly Concurrent Resolution 112 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 would have dedicated the lesser of either $200 million or 2.4 percent. Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-29) and Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27) were sponsors of all of these versions.[3][4]

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ACR 80

ACR 82

ACR 112 & SCR 2

Path to the ballot

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 80 and 82 were both introduced on January 16, 2014, and referred to the Agriculture and Natural Resources and Budget Committees, respectively.[5][6] ACR 112 was introduced on February 6, 2014, and referred to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, as well.[7]

SCR 2 was also introduced on January 16, 2014, and referred to the Environment and Energy Committee. It was reported out of committee on January 27, 2014, by a vote of four to one. A public hearing was held the same day, and the measure was placed on the desk of both the Assembly and Senate.[8]

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