2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 33 - INTOXICATING LIQUORS
Section 33:1-47 - Municipal referendum on Sunday sales
33:1-47. Municipal referendum on Sunday sales
Whenever a petition, signed by at least fifteen per centum (15%) of the qualified electors of any municipality as evidenced by the total number of votes cast for members of the General Assembly, at the then next preceding general election held for the election of all of the members of the General Assembly, in such municipality, shall be presented to the governing board or body thereof, requesting a referendum on the question hereinafter stated, such governing board or body shall adopt forthwith a resolution directing the clerk of the county in which such municipality is situated to print, pursuant to Title 19, Elections, hereinafter referred to as the "general election law," upon the official ballot to be used in such municipality at the next ensuing general election, a question to read: "Shall the sale of alcoholic beverages be permitted on Sundays in this municipality?" Thereupon the clerk or secretary of the governing board or body of such municipality shall forthwith deliver to such county clerk a certified copy of such resolution. If such copy shall be delivered to the county clerk not less than thirty days before such general election, he shall cause such question to be printed in an appropriate place on the ballot to be used in such municipality at the next ensuing general election, pursuant to the general election law and thereupon all proceedings with respect to the referendum on such question shall be subject to and governed by the general election law as in other cases of the submission of public questions to the electorate.
If a majority of the legal voters voting upon the question shall vote "Yes," the clerk of the governing board or body of such municipality shall forthwith in writing notify the commissioner and municipal board, if any, having authority to issue such licenses, of the action taken by the legal voters of such municipality and the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall be permitted in such municipality.
If a majority of the legal voters voting upon the question shall vote "No," then the clerk of the governing board or body of such municipality shall forthwith in writing notify the commissioner and municipal board, if any, as the case may be, having authority to issue such licenses of the action taken by the legal voters of such municipality, and thereupon it shall be unlawful for any person to sell alcoholic beverages in such municipality on Sundays and such sale shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
Whenever a referendum shall have been had in any municipality pursuant to this section, no further referendum on the same question shall be held therein prior to the general election to be held in such municipality in the fifth year thereafter and so long as such referendum remains effective, all ordinances, resolutions or regulations inconsistent with the result of such referendum shall have no effect within such municipality.
Amended by L.1948, c. 20, p. 77, s. 4; L.1949, c. 296, p. 904, s. 4.
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