Wednesday, April 6, 2016

NJ Legislative Committee gives meager advance notice of a significant hearing.

At 5:06 p.m. today (April 6, 2016), I received an e-mail notification (I'm on the list of recipients) advising me that a new bill, A-3614, will be considered at the Assembly Judiciary Committee's April 7, 2016, 10 a.m. meeting in Trenton. Here is how the newly announced bill is described in the notice:

Establishes “Atlantic City Plan for Implementing Economic Recovery Act”; exempts casino gaming property from local taxation and establishes payment in lieu of taxation; creates Atlantic City Planning Committee. 

This appears to be a matter of significant public importance.  Yet, the media and public have been given a little less than seventeen hours advance notice of this bill's hearing.  And, interested members of the public and media who wish to read the bill prior to the hearing cannot because it is "pending intro and referral."  See the screen-shot of what I encountered when I tried a few minutes ago to download a copy of the bill.

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