Agriculture bill passes Assembly

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Legislation to add alternate members to county agriculture development boards was endorsed by the Assembly.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space, the bill creates slots for a board alternate from the farming community and one from the general public. The new members will sit on the boards, participate in discussions, and vote if a member is absent or cannot vote.

County boards include seven voting members appointed by the freeholders — four with farming backgrounds and three representing the public.

“Board members are often prevented from voting because they are unable to attend meetings or due to conflicts of interest,” said Space (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “This bill makes the boards more functional and efficient. Alternates will help the boards reach quorums, move agendas, and perform their duties under the Agricultural Retention and Development Act.”

The legislation is also sponsored by Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Sussex).

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