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Legislative Staff

The League's legislative staff are constantly working for the League's membership by monitoring Legislative Committee meetings, reviewing lists of bills and staying current on local news to better understand the needs of League member municipalities. Staff provides the League's Legislative Committee with a background on proposed legislation at routine meetings to develop the League's positions on bills.

This Week in the Legislature: Feb. 22-16

Today 

As of this writing, it has been announced that the Governor has signed the legislation legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis, the decriminalization of cannabis, and the clean-up legislation that addresses possession by those under 21. We will be sending out additional information in the upcoming days. In addition, the Governor will be taking action on the legislation extending property tax exemption to nonprofit hospitals with profit-making activities.

On the Legislative Front 

Various Assembly committees will be holding hearings or considering numerous pieces of legislation both on Monday and Wednesday. The municipal issues before the committees include:

  • Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources: Invited guests will provide testimony on the impact of climate change and how variable weather patterns, sea-level rise, and rising temperatures would exacerbate issues like flooding, water supply problems, and state or regional droughts. 12 P.M. Monday, February 22, 2021.
  • Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee: Considering legislation that exempts New Jersey Infrastructure Bank projects from 5% down payment (A-4552/S-767). 12:30 P.M. Monday, February 22, 2021.
  • Assembly Agriculture Committee: Public will provide testimony regarding deer overpopulation in the state and suggestions for effective strategies to address the issue. In addition, they will consider legislation regarding the sale of baked goods at farm markets (A-503). 12:15 P.M. Monday, February 22, 2021.
  • Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee: Considering legislation that requires public water systems to provide notice of elevated lead levels in drinking water to customers and local officials and requires landlords to notify tenants of elevated lead levels (A-2863/S-968). Also considering legislation that would require all newly constructed warehouses to be solar-ready buildings (A-3352).3:15 P.M. Monday, February 22, 2021.
  • Assembly State and Local Government Committee: Considering legislation that would have the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS), instead of Rutgers University, offer a course on state fiscal year tax policies and practices for tax collection (A-3471). 3:00 P.M. Monday, February 22, 2021.
  • Assembly Appropriations Committee: Legislation that would permit Police and Fire to retire after 20 years of service regardless of age (A-2562/S-1017); establishing a five-year creative crosswalk pilot program (A-2302); creating an in-person early voting procedure (A-4830) and legislation to change the effective date to December 10, 2021, of certain aspects of “Daniels Law”, which prohibits the disclosure of the home addresses of any active, formerly active, or retired federal, State, county, or municipal judicial officer, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer (S-3453/A-5359). 12:30 P.M. Thursday, February 24, 2021.
  • Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee: Considering the Reliability, Preparedness, and Storm Response Act,” which requires the Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”) to develop and enforce performance benchmarks for service reliability and communications for electric public utilities and requires electric public utilities to submit to the BPU a review of strategies to mitigate flooding of substations within flood zones (A-2427).12:30 P.M. Thursday, February 24, 2021.

Voting Sessions

Both the full Senate and Assembly will be holding voting sessions on Monday.

The Senate will be considering the following legislation with municipal impact: revising underage possession of cannabis (S-3454); in-person early voting for certain elections (S-3203); and permitting county boards of elections to determine ballot drop box locations (S-3322).

The Assembly will be considering legislation on revising underage possession of cannabis (A-5342) and legislation to change the effective date to December 10, 2021, of certain aspects of “Daniels Law”, which prohibits the disclosure of the home addresses of any active, formerly active, or retired federal, State, county, or municipal judicial officer, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer (S-3453/A-5359).

A Senate voting session is also scheduled for Tuesday, but as of this writing, no board list has been provided.

Annual Budget Address

On Tuesday, Governor Murphy will deliver his annual budget address. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the budget address will be pre-recorded and streamed on Governor's official Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. 

  1. Update on S-1

    After a significant number of amendments Senate President Sweeney and cosponsor Senator Vin Gopal have made to address concerns on Civil Service reforms and the LUARCC process in S-1, NJLM will be taking a neutral position on the bill. Read on...
  2. Legislature Preview: Week of February 22

    Municipal items of interest in Trenton this week: Senate and Assembly hold voting sessions on Monday. Assembly committees hold hearings/considering legislation on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Gov. Murphy's budget address. Read on...
  3. Legislative Alert: Help Stop Legislation With Potential Chilling Effect on Redevelopment & Affordabl

    We have prepared a sample letter for you to reach out to your Assembly Representatives and State Senators explaining how ACS A1571& A-1576 legislation regarding prevailing wage will negatively impact your municipality. Read on...
  4. Amended Shared Service Bill S-1 Advances

    The Senate Budget Committee has unanimously passed the Senate Committee Substitute S-1, Senate President Steve Sweeney’s Shared Service legislation. Read on...
  5. Governor Murphy Signs Senate Bill 3220 Into Law

    On Feb. 4, Gov. Murphy signed Senate Bill 3220 into law, allowing the Civil Service Commission to exempt applicants who have successfully completed a full basic course for police officers from the civil service law enforcement requirements. Read on...
  6. Governor Murphy Announces Paycheck Protection Loan Program

    On Feb. 9, Gov. Murphy announced his administration will follow the Federal Government's lead creating a Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP) tax-exempt at the state level, enabling recipients to deduct business expenses that were paid with PPP loans. Read on...
  7. Assembly Committee Reivews Water Systems and Authorities Bill

    A-3142 and S-922/A-5043 were before the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. The committee voted to approve A-3142, sending it to second reading in the Assembly. The League opposes both of these pieces of legislation. Read on...
  8. Assembly Committee Reivews Water Systems and Authorities Bill

    A-3142 and S-922/A-5043 were before the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. The committee voted to approve A-3142, sending it to second reading in the Assembly. The League opposes both of these pieces of legislation. Read on...
  9. Legislation Subjecting PILOT to Prevailing Wage Advances

    The Assembly Labor Committee has advanced an Assembly Committee Substitute A-1571 & A-1576 regarding Prevailing Wage for public work. NJLM opposes this effort. Read on...
  10. Bill Limiting Municipal Regulation of Electric Fences Now Law

    Governor Murphy, on Jan. 21, 2021, signed into law S-2419, which prohibits municipal regulation of “perimeter fence intrusion protection systems” (electric fence) and the regulation of locksmith and alarm businesses, among other things. Read on...
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