New Jersey’s lawmakers unveiled legislation Tuesday that would make it easier for farmers to sell their insurance on their own terms.
In a surprise announcement, New Yorkers and New Jerseyans were given the chance to sign up for their own farm insurance by signing a form that asks for personal information about them and their family.
The legislation would make insurance companies issue farmers a form with their farm name, address, and farm activity, along with their name, mailing address, phone number and email address.
It also includes a provision that would allow farmers to apply for a waiver from the state insurance department to provide their own insurance.
New Jersey lawmakers say the bill would help the state keep its farms competitive, and the Farm Bureau says it has not seen any evidence that the waiver would make farming any less profitable.
But many lawmakers say this bill is too much.
It’s not enough to be good for the farmers, said Assemblyman Mark DiMaggio, D-Brunswick, who said he is considering voting against the bill.
“There’s no question in my mind that this bill would cause a great deal of pain for the farm industry,” DiMoggio said.
House Speaker Sheldon Silver, D, also expressed his concern.
I’m concerned that we’re just going to make it harder for people to buy insurance,” Silver said.