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Senate Sets Monday Vote On Open Space Question

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney tells The Associated Press the Senate will return for a vote to revive a plan to put an open space question on the November ballot.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D)
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) (YouTube)

The resolution would ask voters to approve long-term funding for open space through sales taxes already collected. If the Senate approves the resolution Monday, the Assembly could beat the deadline by calling for a vote within the week.

Gov. Chris Christie’s signature is not required, but the resolution must pass by super-majorities in both houses. The means it needs 24 of 40 votes in the Senate and 48 of 80 in the Assembly.

If OK’d by voters, up to $200 million per year in sales tax collections would be dedicated to open space preservation for the next 30 years.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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