SNOW SHOVEL BILL AWAITS CHRISTIE APPROVAL

Phil Gregory, WBGO News 

Teenagers in New Jersey might not have to wait until the flakes start falling to let neighbors know they're shovel ready.

Legislation awaiting Governor Christie's approval would permit teens to ask homeowners if they need shoveling services within 24 hours of a predicted snowstorm.

Senator Mike Doherty sponsored the measure in response to an incident last winter in Bound Brook where two high school seniors were warned they were violating a local law by passing out fliers without having a permit.

"I think we should set it clear here in New Jersey that young people if they want to go out and make a few bucks shoveling snow in their neighborhood, they should be able to do that without having to get permission from the government first."

Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle says the measure would supersede municipal ordinances and allow teens to promote their shoveling services within 24 hours or a predicted snowstorm.

 “This is sort of a common sense piece of legislation that we need to provide these young people to make sure they continue the entrepreneurial spirit and they’re able to help out their neighbor.”

The law would take effect immediately after being signed by the governor.