While Companies Go Cashless, N.J. Lawmakers Pass a Bill to Ban the Practice

New Jersey lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would prevent most stores in the Garden State from going cashless.

The bill would make New Jersey the second state to require retailers to accept cash and the first since 1978, when Massachusetts passed a law banning cashless stores. The legislation would apply to brick-and-mortar retailers, excluding transactions made online, by telephone, or by mail.

The state senate passed the bill 39-0 and the Assembly later approved the measure by a vote of 71-2. It will now go to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who can sign or veto the legislation.

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