2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:12A-22.1 - Minimum prices; limits on power of director to fix
4:12A-22.1. Minimum prices; limits on power of director to fix
The provisions of sections 21 and 22 of the act to which this act is a supplement notwithstanding, the director's power to fix or refix minimum prices to be charged the consumer for milk shall be subject to the following:
a. In fixing or refixing the minimum price to be charged the consumer, the director shall utilize a single minimum marketing margin which will yield no more than a reasonable return for the lowest cost, most efficient milk dealers and store outlets. This minimum marketing margin shall represent the difference between the minimum price for producer milk established under the applicable Federal-State milk marketing orders (adjusted to 3.25% butterfat content) and the minimum price established for milk sold by stores to consumers. To provide assurance that low cost milk will continue to be available to consumers throughout the State, the director shall not increase the minimum marketing margin in effect under Order 69-1 of the Division of Dairy Industry (measured from the midpoint of the applicable Class I bracket) unless the director shall find, after such notice and hearing as are required by section 23 of the act to which this act is a supplement, that the costs of processing, distributing and selling milk through stores has increased above the average of such costs during the base year of 1974. In making such determination of subsequent cost increases, the director may utilize such economic formulas embodying indices of cost and productivity as may be appropriate to effectuate the provisions of this act and the act to which this act is a supplement.
b. Pursuant to the provisions of section 23 of the act to which this act is a supplement, public hearings shall be held before the adoption or amendment of any such economic formula. Such hearings, however, shall not be required in order to implement changes in the minimum marketing margin pursuant to said economic formulas; provided, however, that any interested party who contends that the application of a specific economic formula will result in minimum milk prices charged the consumer in excess of that price level required to yield no more than a reasonable return for the lowest cost, most efficient milk dealers and store outlets shall be given a reasonable opportunity to demonstrate such contention at a public hearing.
L.1976, c. 105, s. 1, eff. Oct. 18, 1976.