Garden State Governor Signs Cashless Store Ban Into Law

Posted On: 3/20/2019

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation on March 19 barring cashless stores throughout the Garden State.
The bill, A-591, was introduced by Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (Dist. 4 - Camden and Gloucester) and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (Dist. 15 - Hunterdon and Mercer). The measure passed the State Assembly on a 72-2 vote and received overwhelming support from the state Senate, which passed it on a unanimous 39 to 0 vote.
With Gov. Murphy's signature, New Jersey becomes the second state in the U.S. to ban cashless stores, following Massachusetts' ban in 1978. NAC has closely monitored this legislation and expressed its strong support for the measure during the legislative process.
"The National ATM Council and its membership congratulate New Jersey's Governor and Legislature on being in the vanguard of this issue. The new law, as many have pointed out, is in no way anti-technology or anti-business," the association commented. "It is instead a pro-consumer choice measure and all about the freedom to continue using cash as a payment option in America. And ... when the American consumer wins, we all win."
The New Jersey law, which takes effect immediately, requires virtually all retail stores in the state to accept cash for purchases of goods and services. As with a recent similar measure just approved by the City of Philadelphia, there are limited exemptions provided in the New Jersey law for designated parking garages, rental car business and airport retailers. Violators are subject to civil fines of up to $2,500 for the first violation and $5,000 for a second offense, with more severe fines provided for additional violations.
Click here for a complete copy of A-591.