2016: New Year, New Laws

The law never rests, so while you were sleeping off that New Years’ eve party and drawing up your resolutions, several new pieces of legislation went into effect throughout New Jersey. Here is a brief description of a few of them, and what impacts they will have on your life, if any.

  1. No more unsolicited checks: Have you ever received one of those ‘free money’ checks in the mail? Sounds too good to be true, and it is. There are a number of dishonest schemes out there that would give individuals a small amount of money on an initial check, and then automatically sign them up for a regular subscription service. These are now banned, and those who continue can be hit with hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines.
  1. Easier veteran donation: Do you love your troops more than the next guy? This new law will create an easier way for taxpayers to donate their tax refund directly to the Fund for the Support of New Jersey Nonprofit Veterans Organizations. I can hear the freedom cries ring.
  1. Never miss a flag lowering: If you’re even more of an American patriot, you’ll want to know whenever the country or state has lowered their flags to half-mast. Now, the Secretary of State will be running an email notification system so you’re always on top of the flag’s whereabouts, and can adjust your own banners accordingly.
  1. Prescription drugs- twice the new laws: There are two new pieces of legislature on the books that have to do with prescription drug use. One will provide that pharmacies have a way to dispense of these controlled dangerous substances (CDS). The other will require a pharmacist to notify the original writer of a prescription that they have filled with a substitute generic drug.
  1. Streamlined developmental disability: For those seeking to receive disability services for a developmental condition, the application process just got a lot easier. There will be just one application, streamlined between the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Human Services.
  1. Fishing with a friend: If you’re an experienced old fisherman or a part-time weekend sailor, bringing along a friend to enjoy the experience for the first time is now half price! This was done to encourage more recreational fishing and conservation throughout the state, and means that half-price licenses will be available to adults who are getting their license at the same time as someone getting their license for the first time since 2010.

The many laws in our great state of New Jersey are always changing and updating, and many times in more serious matters than those discussed above. To ensure you’re getting the most up to date information, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney. If you need assistance for a legal matter, whether it is criminal, civil, real estate related or familial, we at Zapicchi & Liller are here to help. For a free consultation about any of our diverse services, give us a call today at 609-291-9500 to learn more.