New bills: Hot tub restrictions, moving fire district elections, tobacco machines, sex offender status on social networks

TRENTON – A bill has been introduced to prohibit those under age 17 from using hot tubs in commercial establishments.

Senate President Steve Sweeney introduced S2136, which would assess penalties of $100 for the first offense, $250 for a second offense, and $500 for each subsequent offense.

In addition, the bill directs the Commissioner of Health to devise a uniform format for a sign that would have to be conspicuously displayed on the premises.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Sex offender status

Among other bills introduced this week:

Sen. Christopher Bateman, (R-16), Branchburg, has introduced a bill that would require that sex offenders list such a fact on social networking web sites.

The bill, S2142, would expand sex offender registration requirements to include this disclosure on the offender’s profile on any social networking sites.

Bateman’s bill points out that several social networking sites, such as Facebook and Match.com, already prohibit sex offenders from using their sites.

This bill is modeled on recently enacted Louisiana legislation.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Fire district elections

Sen. Jeff Van Drew, (D-1), Dennis Township, has introduced a bill that would move the date of fire district elections from the third Saturday in February to the day of the primary election.

The bill, S2146, would attempt to shift those elections to a date on which there would theoretically be more voter turnout.

The bill was referred to the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Tobacco products

Sen. Joseph Vitale, (D-19), Woodbridge, has introduced a bill that deals with tobacco products produced using certain “roll-your-own tobacco” machines. 

The bill, S2149, would mandate that a person who maintains such a machine at a retail establishment will be deemed to be a manufacturer of cigarettes. 

The purpose is to require such a retailer to be treated as a cigarette manufacturer under current state tax law and to comply with the provisions of certain other state laws that apply to persons who manufacture cigarettes.

The bill was referred to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

 

New bills: Hot tub restrictions, moving fire district elections, tobacco machines, sex offender status on social networks