+Frolickin Posted January 30, 2004 Share Posted January 30, 2004 I browsed the bills sponsored by a local Assemblyman the other day. I came across A1930. This bill "provides for the protection of certain publicly-owned archaeological sites and findings, and establishes penalties." This bill was drafted with the assistance of a local archeologist after Cumberland Furnace was found to be excavated illegally. The land about this site is currently being sold and there is a push to "do something about it." I applaud the effort for this is my home area. In A1930, however, is sub-section b: "No person may litter or abandon any material on State park or forest property held pursuant to the provisions of [this amendatory and supplementary act] P.L.1983, c.324 (C.13:1L-1 et seq.) ." I am concerned about that. I called Assemblyman Van Drew's office this morning and spoke with an assistant who worked on the bill. I explained my concern regarding sub-section b and indicated that I did not believe that it was needed to protect archaeological sites. I explained a little about the effects this wording may have upon geocaching (we don't abandon or litter, but others may interpret geocaching as doing that). Yes, I had to explain the game to her. She asked me to send her a letter explaining the issue and how it would affect geocaching. She will forward the concern to the Office of Legislative Services who will determine whether the wording in sub-section b would affect the game or not. If so, the bill's language can be amended. My understanding is that there is another bill, A3101/S2473, that deals with this issue. I have been unable to read that for the NJ Legislature's web site is choking on the .asp (I thought I was the last one who used .asp these days). Obviously, whatever letter I send to Assemblyman Van Drew should present geocaching well. I am open to suggestions. Quote Link to comment
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