[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 1233

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  LINDA STENDER

District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)

Assemblyman  REED GUSCIORA

District 15 (Mercer)

Assemblyman  PAUL D. MORIARTY

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Conaway

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Concerns magazine subscriptions.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee on June 17, 2010, with amendments.

  


An Act concerning magazine subscriptions and supplementing P.L.1960, c.39 (C.56:8-1 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Any person engaged in the practice of distributing magazines through the mail by subscription for delivery in this State, shall disclose by a notice written on the mailing label of each magazine mailed pursuant to subscription, the month, in a non-numerical and non-abbreviated format, and year in which the subscription expires, in a clear and conspicuous manner, and in compliance with federal postal regulations.

 

     2.    Any person engaged in the practice of soliciting 1[magazines] magazine subscription sales1 through the mail 1[by subscription]1 for delivery in this State shall include, with any notice inviting subscribers to renew an unexpired subscription, information indicating the month, in a non-numerical and non-abbreviated format, and year in which the current subscription expires, the cost of renewing the subscription, and the length of time for which the subscription would be renewed.  In cases where the invitation to renew is packaged with an issue of the magazine, the month and year in which the subscription expires shall not be required to be printed on the invitation 1,1 or any other notice included in the package, provided the information is written on the magazine's label, as required pursuant to section 1 of P.L.    ,                  c.     (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).

     The notices described in this section shall be printed or written in a clear and conspicuous manner.

     Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to any notice inviting consumers to order or renew any subscription sold by a not-for-profit entity, or by a charitable organization registered pursuant to the Charitable Registration and Investigation Act, P.L.1994, c.16 (C.45:17A-18 et seq.), school fundraiser, or as part of a gift subscription offer.

 

     3.    Any person engaged in the practice of soliciting 1[magazines] magazine subscription sales1 via the telephone or 1[internet] Internet1, or both, 1[by subscription]1 for delivery in this State shall include the following information in any communication inviting the subscriber to renew an unexpired subscription:

     a.     the month and year in which the current subscription expires;

     b.    the cost of renewing the subscription; and

     c.     the length of time for which the subscription would be renewed.

     Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to apply to any notice inviting consumers to order or renew any subscription sold by a not-for-profit entity, or by a charitable organization registered pursuant to the Charitable Registration and Investigation Act, P.L.1994, c.16 (C.45:17A-18 et seq.), school fundraiser, or as part of a gift subscription offer.

 

     4.  Any person engaged in 1[either]1 the practice of distributing 1magazines through the mail by subscription1 or soliciting 1[magazines, or both,] magazine subscription sales1 through the mail 1[or via the] ,1 telephone 1,1 or Internet, or any combination thereof, 1[by subscription]1 for delivery in this State, shall not renew a magazine subscription so that the renewal period begins before the expiration of the current subscription term.

 

     5.  It is an unlawful practice and 1a1 violation of P.L.1960, c.39 (C.56:8-1 et seq.) to violate the provisions of this act.

 

     6.  This act shall take effect on the first day of the ninth month following enactment.