Bill raises bar for required petition signatures

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's acting governor has signed into law a bill that raises the threshold for required petition signatures in certain municipalities in the state.

The new law signed Friday by Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver went into effect immediately.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that the legislation will directly affect the current effort to change Atlantic City's form of government.

It will raise the percentage of valid signatures required to submit a petition from 10% to 25% of votes cast in the last General Assembly election.

Petitions in the state are submitted under the Optional Municipal Charter Law or Faulkner Act allowing residents to petition their government to act or to force ballot referendums.

The new law would now require 2,472 signatures as opposed to 989 under the previous structure.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com