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Bills approved last month by the state legislature could affect some New Jersey property owners affected by a tidelands claim. Bills S2143/A3547 would exempt from state tidelands claims any property that was owned by the same person for at least 40 years and was never flooded during that time.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jeff Van Drew said it is an issue of fairmess for a limited number of long-time landowers who have never had any tidal flows and had no idea the state even had a claim.

Opponents said the State of New Jersey shouldn't just be giving land away without compensation while some still question exactly who would be affected.

Even if signed by the Governor, the law could face a constitutional challenge.

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