Eerily timely in the wake of the Utah Mine tragedy, Governor Jon Corzine recently signed a new law increasing fines for violating New Jersey mine safety laws. The old law carried penalties ranging from $25 to $500. Under the new legislation, the first offense will be $2,500, then up to $5,000 for a second offense and up to $10,000 for a third and subsequent offenses. Additionally, there will be a a fine of up to $25,000 for any violation resulting in serious bodily injury. New Jersey has roughly 200 working mines and 400 vacant mines. The new legislation, A-3937/S-2386, was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Fisher (D-Salem/Cumberland/Gloucester). It was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Sweeney (D-Salem/Cumberland/Gloucester).