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Battle Lines

New Jersey fight may drag the home-office zoning issue into the Supreme Court

This story appears in the September 1999 issue of

The legal match between homebased entrepreneurs andlegislators may find its way into the nation's highest court ifthe Home-Based Business Promotion Act (S.632/A.1112) is defeated inthe New Jersey Senate this fall.

The legislation would allow homebased businesses to legallyoperate as long as they're undetectable to neighbors-i.e., noadditional noise, traffic or pollution. Opponents of thelegislation say the language of the current bill is too vague anddoesn't specifically prohibit retailing, manufacturing andwarehousing businesses, while restrictions on customer visitationswould be unenforceable.

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