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Two State Questions on the Ballot Tuesday

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters will get two questions from the state on their ballots that surround topics of detention, as well as corporate business taxes for open space.

The first question is: Do you approve amending the Constitution to allow a court to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case? If the voter chooses yes, this would change the right to bail. This would mean that a court could make sure that a person remains in jail without bail before a trial. It removes the ability for bail in death penalty cases because it no longer exists in New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie has advocated for the amendment since 2012. State Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, also agree with the amendment and are looking to voters for support.

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The second question is: Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate certain state revenues each year for environmental programs?

The amendment is also known as the New Jersey Open Space Preservation Funding Amendment. According to the ballot, “The Constitution now dedicates four percent of the money collected from the Corporation Business Tax to help pay for some environmental programs. This amendment raises the amount from 4 percent to 6 percent beginning on July 1, 2019.”

The amendment also urges preservation of open space, farmland, historic sits and flood-prone areas. The funds would also go to water quality and cleanup.

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