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Acting Governor Nicholas P. Scutari signs a bill on December 1, 2022. (Photo: Senate Majority Office).

As acting governor, Scutari signs raw honey law, resolution aimed at expanding affordable housing

With Murphy and Oliver out of state, Senate President takes over governorship

By David Wildstein, December 01 2022 6:22 pm

Acting Gov. Nicholas Scutari has signed a resolution asking Congress to include funding for expanded rental assistance and affordable housing programs in the “Build Back Better” plan and signed a new law that exempts raw honey from cottage food product regulations.

As Senate President, Scutari is third in the line of gubernatorial succession.  Gov. Phil Murphy is attending a state dinner at the White House tonight honoring French President Emmanuel Macron, and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver is in New Orleans for a national meeting of lieutenant governors.

“This resolution calls for a balanced approach that will help communities dealing with affordable housing issues,” Scutari said.  “By expanding the scope of the ‘Build Back Better’ plan, we can help make housing more affordable and more accessible to those in need.”

The resolution sponsors are State Sens. Nellie Pou (D-North Haledon) and Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) and Assemblywomen Yvonne Lopez (D-Perth Amboy) and Angela McKnight (D-Jersey City).

The raw honey law, sponsored by Assembly Agriculture and Food Security Committee Chairman Roy Freiman, Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho, State Sen. Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) and Assemblymen Joe Danielson (D-Franklin) and William Spearman (D-Camden), clarifies that a law written for foods that need temperature controls so that beekeepers won’t need a cottage food permit to sell surplus honey.

“This is a commonsense law that eliminates bureaucratic rules on the honey industry so that beekeepers and farmers can operate without burdensome restrictions,” stated Scutari.  “This will help streamline the industry and make New Jersey more business friendly.”

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