Open space/sales tax resolution receives 21st yes vote

TRENTON – Shortly before 5 p.m. Sen. Loretta Weinberg cast the 21st yes vote for the open space/sales tax resolution Monday.

Senate President Steve Sweeney said that the voting board would remain open for some time as Democrats hope to find three more yes votes for the proposed constitutional amendment.

The vote was at 21-8 as of 5 p.m., with 24 needed in order to have a chance at getting this proposal on November’s ballot.

Sponsor Sen. Bob Smith was happy that at the very least, they obtained a simple majority. This means that if the same measure is posted again next year for a vote, a second consecutive simple majority at that point would get the measure on the ballot in 2014.

The proposal would take effect in Fiscal Year 2015, and would dedicate $200 million a year toward open space acquisition and other preservation causes.

Open space/sales tax resolution receives 21st yes vote