- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is a step closer to allowing youth soccer and other recreational activities in agricultural areas within the state’s heavily protected Pinelands.

The state Assembly passed a bill Monday to change the state’s Pinelands protections and make the allowance.

It would permit sports fields to go up temporarily on agricultural lands in the Pinelands, so long as they do not include permanent structures.

The Senate has not yet considered the bill.

The New Jersey branch of the Sierra Club objects, saying it would set a precedent for lawmakers ending environmental protections that they don’t like.

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