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Assembly Passes Chaparro Measure to Rescind Prohibition on Return of Items

(TRENTON) – To further New Jersey’s advancements toward normalcy, Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-Hudson) sponsors legislation approved by the full Assembly on Thursday 74-0 to rescind the prohibition on the return of certain items purchased from retail food stores during the state of emergency.

The bill (A-5906) codifies that future limitations on returns are only to occur during a public health emergency.

Upon Assembly approval of the measure, Assemblywoman Chaparro issued the following statement:


“During the pandemic, the legislature found it necessary to implement policy limiting the return of certain groceries.  It was an essential step to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and avoid shortages.  Now that we are beginning to have a handle on the pandemic, it is no longer necessary to prohibit the return of certain purchased items.  This bill will allow us to return items like we have in the past, and no longer have the burden of keeping products you do not need.”