August 24,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Trenton NJ,  New Jersey law will no longer require sleigh bells attached to horse-drawn sleighs on highways under legislation introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer. The legislator sponsors two bills removing antiquated sections of state law, “It’s like cleaning out your basement. You find some things that have outlived their usefulness and it’s time to let them go,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “We don’t need a sleigh bell law. There was a place for it a long time ago, but now we’re discussing laws to regulate driverless cars.”

Dancer’s bill repealing the sleigh bell law (A5169) also abolishes a World War II-era statute legally defining the words “present war” as the military conflicts with Japan, German and Italy.

Another bill (A5170) rescinds two provisions from 1931 prohibiting the transportation of “any poor person” between counties. The Legislature created the State Pension Survey Commission in 1930. In its February 1931 report, the commission recommended that the county welfare boards assume responsibility for the administration of welfare programs, replacing municipal almshouses and poor houses. The purpose of the recommendation was to provide uniformity and efficiency in the administration of welfare programs.

“The archaic statutes are irrelevant and useless, and they should be retired,” said Dancer. “It’s time to bring our laws into the 21st century.”