Shovel-ready

    Private plow owners who aim to make the snow someone else’s problem would face a sizable fine under a new law before the New Jersey Assembly.

    Sen. Donald Norcross has put forth legislation that would fine contractors up to $500 for pushing mounds of snow into public thoroughfares.

    According to an Inquirer article, the practice exists statewide, and causes a headache — and unsafe driving conditions —  for motorists, as well as driving up the cost of snow removal for taxpayers. Under the proposed law, a contractor would be fined $250 for a first offense and $500 for all subsequent offenses.

    The bill passed in the Senate unanimously earlier this month and awaits a vote in the Assembly when the legislature returns from holiday recess in January.

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