TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Legislation aimed at helping New Jersey consumers get instant rebates will go before the full Assembly this week.

Proponents say the measure means consumers won’t have to send in coupons or log on to manufacturer’s websites just to claim their savings.

Under the legislation due to be voted on Monday, retailers who advertise a product’s “net price” — the cost after a manufacturer’s rebate is applied — would be required to charge that price at the time of sale.

It then would be a retailer’s responsibility to complete the rebate redemption process.

If the measure eventually becomes law, New Jersey would become the third state to enforce such a consumer protection, joining Rhode Island and Connecticut.

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