In New Jersey, You May Go To Jail For Not Feeding Your Dog or Cat

In New Jersey, You May Go To Jail For Not Feeding Your Dog or Cat

CRIME & PUNISHMENT: NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1303, which makes it a fourth degree crime in the Garden to State to fail to provide an animal with sufficient food, water and other necessities. The crime would be elevated to a third degree offense if the animal dies (STAR-LEDGER [NEWARK]).

ENVIRONMENT: The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court rules that a government agency can, under limited circumstances, use estimated future traffic and air quality conditions as the only baseline for reviewing a project's environmental impact under the California Environmental Quality Act. The ruling came as part of a challenge to a Los Angeles light rail extension project that opponents said should be reviewed under the standard "existing conditions baseline." The court said future estimates could be used, but only if "unusual aspects of the project or the surrounding conditions" existed (LAW 360 [LEXIS NEXIS]).

— Compiled by RICH EHISEN

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