OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A bill (A-4095) introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would expand access to peddler’s licenses for New Jersey veterans was passed by the State Assembly on Thursday.
“We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to our active duty servicemembers, but no matter how you slice it, a vet is a vet,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).
“If you signed on to defend our nation and served your term honorably and with dedication, you deserve certain rights and recognition that any veteran should receive, including the right to a peddler’s license.”
Current law only grants veterans the right to a peddler’s license if they received an honorable discharge from active military service. This bill would extend this right to any New Jersey veterans who was discharged under honorable conditions, whether or not they served on active duty. The holder of a peddler’s license is permitted to sell carried goods or merchandise streetside or directly to individual houses as a canvasser, solicitor, or traveling vendor.
“Our selfless veterans deserve access to a wide variety of continuing careers and occupations,” Downey (D-Freehold) said. “We’ve worked closely with veterans in our district to develop this legislation, and we look forward to its passage expanding the opportunities available to those who have served our nation as members of its armed forces.”
A companion version of the bill (S-3529) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Vin Gopal, and is currently awaiting a vote by the full Senate.