N.J. Lawmakers to Ensure Citizens' Access to Beaches with New Law

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New Jersey lawmakers are moving forward with a measure guaranteeing the public's right to access beaches and riverfronts in the state.

On Monday, February 5th, a State Senate Committee passed a bill that writes the public trust doctrine into law.

The doctrine states that oceans, bays and rivers are held in a trust for the public and guarantees citizens the right to swim in them, sit or walk along their shores.

The bill exempts critical infrastructure such as chemical or nuclear plants and doesn't specify how far apart public access points must be.

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