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Posted on: July 19, 2019

July 2019 Interest Arbitration Update

In June, mediators appointed by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) issued three interest arbitration awards. The first interest arbitration awards to be issued since the expiration of the 2% cap. Each of these awards arose out of an impasse...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Treasury Funding Release Reported

Politico has reported that the NJ Department of the Treasury will be releasing the balance of the $235 million that the Governor placed in reserve when he signed the State budget last June. His decision to hold off on the distribution of those funds, whic...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

DLGSA Extends CY 2020 Budget Deadlines

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2019-16 regarding 2020 Calendar Year (CY) Budget matters, including information on the Transitional Aid Application process, health benefits cap, municipal aid, and local examinatio...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

State Releases $114M in Transitional Aid Funding

As you may recall, when signing the State’s FY 2020 spending plan back in June, uncertainty about meeting revenue targets prompted Governor Murphy to direct the State Treasurer to withhold funding for certain programs. The total held in abeyance equaled $...

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Posted on: July 10, 2019

Governor Freezes Most Transition Aid

Upon signing the FY 2020 State budget, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 73, which impounds up to $235 million in spending, and is not subject to a potential override. Specifically, EO 73 directs the Department of Treasury, Office of Management and B...

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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Governor Signs State FY 2020 State Budget; Line Items Out $48.5 million and Reserves $235 Million

On Sunday Governor Phil Murphy signed the State FY 2020 budget following a 2 pm public event. In doing so, the Governor used his authority to line item out $48.5 million in expenditures in the budget.  From the just over $48 million in spending t...

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Posted on: December 23, 2019

Expungement Expansion Approved and Signed into Law

Also on Monday, S-4154 was approved by both houses. The Governor, in turn, signed the new law in Newark on Wednesday. The new law establishes a process for individuals who have not committed any crimes for 10 years and have only been con...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: December 23, 2019

Marijuana Legalization Headed to the Ballot

As expected, both houses of the State Legislature voted Monday to place a question on the November 2020 ballot asking the citizens of the State to approve the legalization of marijuana. The measures both passed the respective houses by a 3/5 majority, whi...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Expungement Revisions Up for Final Vote

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced A-5981, legislation to revise the laws for those seeking expungement of marijuana and other minor crimes. The bill reflects the major provisions of a similar bill that was sent to the Governor but ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Final Votes on Ballot Measure to Legalize Cannabis Scheduled

Yesterday, the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee and Senate Commerce Committee held the required public hearings on ACR-840 and SCR-183, authorizing a 2020 public question on legalizing adult use of recreational cannabis. The ball...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

General Assembly to act-Cannabis Update

On Monday, the General Assembly is expected to concur with Senate amendments to A10/S10, which expands access to medical marijuana. This legislation establishes the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to oversee the regulation of medical cannabis in the ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

Senate Acts on Medical Marijuana

Yesterday, the State Senate amended and then passed S-10, which expands access to medical marijuana by a vote of 33-4. This legislation establishes the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to oversee the regulation of medical cannabis in the state, includ...

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Expansion of Medical Marijuana Passes

On Thursday, the General Assembly passed A-10, which expands access to medical marijuana by a vote of 65-5-6.  This legislation establishes the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to oversee the regulation of medical cannabis in the state, inclu...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Recreational Marijuana Stalls

On Wednesday, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that he would not post legislation again to legalize adult use marijuana for a floor vote. If you recall, the bills were posted on March 25 but did not garner enough votes for passage. Instead, the in...

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Posted on: March 25, 2019

League Statement on Cannabis Legislation

Today the State Legislature did not act on A4497/S2703, which would legalize adult use of recreational cannabis. League President Colleen Mahr, Mayor of the Borough of Fanwood offered the following comments:

“While the League did not take a position on leg...

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Final Vote on Marijuana Legalization Set for Monday, March 25

On Monday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Judiciary each amended and approved legislation that will legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana. The committees also approved legislation to expand the State’s medical marijuana pr...

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

NJ Prepares for 2020 Census

We are now within 12 months of 2020 Census Day – April 1, 2020. The U.S Census Bureau has been staffing up for the count that will determine New Jersey’s representation in Congress, Congressional and State Legislative District boundaries, and the amount o...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

NLC Spotlights Local Needs for Federal Office Seekers

Our partners at the National League of Cities (NLC), the umbrella association which represents all of the states’ municipal leagues in Washington, has launched its effort to bring municipal concerns to the attention of candidates seeking electio...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 10, 2020

Federal Budget Increases Delaware River Basin Funding

Among other items included in the Federal FY 2020 Budget, adopted just before Christmas, Congress appropriated $9.7 million for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. This funding will be available to nonprofits and other groups, to support project...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 13, 2019

Federal Food Stamps Rule Change Raises Pressure on Recipients and Providers

Some 12,000 New Jersey residents stand to lose federal food assistance next year due to a Trump administration program change. Saying he is returning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to its intended purpose as temporary help in tough t...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Representative Sherrill Urges Congress to Act on SALT Cap Relief

In an effort to educate her colleagues in Congress on the unfairness of the $10,000 cap on federal income tax deductions for amounts paid in State and Local Taxes (SALT), New Jersey Representative Mikie Sherrill is taking the House Floor on twelve consecu...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

FCC Seeks Local Elected Officials for Advisory Committee

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is soliciting nominations for membership on the Intergovernmental  Advisory Committee (IAC) and has announced that it is extending the deadline to submit nominations until January 13, 2020.

The mission o...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 10, 2019

Another Extension and a Breakthrough on Federal Budget

President Trump recently signed into law another short term extension of the federal fiscal funding to avert another shutdown of the federal government. The latest deadline will now be December 20th, leaving time to try to reach consensus on the $1.37 tri...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

NJ Senators Booker & Menendez Seek Reasons for Gateway Delays

In a Wednesday letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Senators Booker and Menendez reiterated the need for timely federal action to advance the vital Gateway Project, and, again, offered their assistance. The letter highlights the crucial na...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

FEMA to Delay New Flood Insurance Rates

On Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it would delay the implementation of new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rates, which had been scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020 - just before next year&rsq...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

New Law Will Help Fund Drinking Water Remediation

On Friday, October 4, the President signed into law S.1689, a bill co-sponsored by New Jersey Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez. The new law provides New Jersey, and other States, with the funding flexibility needed to respond to lead from antiquated ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 24, 2019

NJ Transit Submits New Portal Bridge Proposal to Feds

In another effort to end Federal inertia on the Portal Bridge project, New Jersey Transit (NJT) has forwarded a new funding plan to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The plan to finance the construction of a new crossing was approved by the NJT Bo...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 9, 2019

Congress Returns to Work as Fiscal Year Nears End

The Federal Government’s Fiscal Year ends at the end of this month. Both Houses of Congress will reconvene for legislative action this week. We expect to see timely action on appropriations, which will prevent, or at least postpone, yet another ...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Urging Federal Action on Gateway Portal Bridge

Yesterday Governor Murphy was joined by New Jersey Legislative Leaders and members of New Jersey Congressional Delegation in calling upon federal officials to join the State in funding the replacement of the 108-year-old moveable Portal Bridge. In his&...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Federal Cybersecurity Agency Releases Strategic Intent Document

On Thursday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a Strategic Intent document. Agency Director Christopher Krebs notes, in the document, “In no arena is this framing of the CISA m...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

NJ Sues Federal Administration over IRS’ SALT Workaround Regulations

This week, Governor Murphy and State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that New Jersey has joined with New York and Connecticut to sue the federal government, challenging IRS rules related to certain workarounds to the $10,000 cap on state and loca...

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

U.S. Senate Introduce Companion Bill to Overturn FCC Small Cell Preemption Order

Recently, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced S.2012 also known as the Restoring Local Control of Public Infrastructure Act of 2019. S.2012 is a companion bill to H.R. 530 or the Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communi...

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Posted on: June 17, 2019

IRS Final Regulations Effectively End NJ’s SALT Cap Workaround

On Tuesday, the IRS issued final regulations regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions when the contributor receives in exchange a state or local tax credit. These final regulations come about after New Jersey and many other states took effo...

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Posted on: May 6, 2019

HUD and White House release Opportunity Zone Plan

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council (WHORC) have released an implementation plan outlining how local leaders can maximize benefits when participating in the Opportunity Zone...

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Posted on: February 15, 2019

NLC Launches Opportunity Zone Resources

The opportunity zone program, authored by N.J. U.S. Senator Cory Booker, was created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to provide local and national investors with a tax incentive for investments made in economically distressed areas of the country.

Und...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Experts See Local, State, Federal Cooperation Key to Election Security

On Oct. 3, 2018, in Washington, federal election watchdogs conducted an election security briefing with state officials and members of Congress. William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, and Christopher Krebs, the ...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

DEP Modifies Harmful Algal Bloom Grant Program & Extends Deadline

DEP MODIFIES HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM GRANT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, EXTENDS DEADLINE TO PROVIDE MORE FLEXIBILITY TO APPLICANTS

(20/P001) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection has extended by 15 days the deadline for submission of applicat...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

COPs Grants Accepting Applications

COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

The 2020 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance public safety through community policing by addressing the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwi...

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Posted on: January 1, 2020

Featured Grants - January 2020

State

  • Challenge Grants (Deadline: 2/28)
  • Implementation Grants (Deadline: rolling, however, available funding is limited under the applicable FY2020 appropriation, and any award of funds in the FY2020 funding cycle must be made on or before June 30, 2020)
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Posted on: December 19, 2019

Application Period Open for New Grant Funding to Support Shared Services

The DCA's Division of Local Government Services is opening applications for three grant funding opportunities. Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) grants encourage towns to streamline government services and help reduce property taxes.

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Governor Phil Murphy Announces $10 Million for New Local Efficiency Achievement Program

Below is a Press Release that was issued yesterday by the Governor's Office

09/25/2019

LEAP Will Assist Municipalities with Shared Services and Consolidation Efforts

LONG BRANCH - Demonstrating Governor Murphy's commitment to help local governments work smar...

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Posted on: September 1, 2019

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

FY19 Federal Public Safety Grant Solicitations

  1. Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2019 Competitive Grant Announcement The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to plan and implement comprehensive programs in response to the growing opioid epidemic. This prog...
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Posted on: March 11, 2019

AARP Community Challenge 2019 Grant

The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative. In 2019, this program will provide funds for community-based “quick-action” projects related to housing, transportation, smart ci...

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Posted on: February 1, 2019

Green Acres Funding Available - deadline to apply is March 30

Green Acres provides funding for local governments to acquire land, develop parks or conduct stewardship activities for outdoor recreation and conservation purposes. This year, the program is accepting applications for funding until March 30, 2019.&nb...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Governor Delivers State of the State

Following the swearing-in of the new Legislature, Governor Phil Murphy delivered his second State of the State Address to both houses of the new Legislature. The Governor’s remarks, as prepared, are posted online as is the video of the address.

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Lame Duck Roundup Week of January 13

The 218th Legislature finished its business on Monday, and the 219th Legislature was sworn in on Tuesday. In its closing hours, there was the expected flurry of legislative activity. Here’s a rundown of bills and issues of interest that were con...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Governor Signs Legislation: January 15, 2020

On Monday, January 13, 2020, Governor Murphy signed into law numerous pieces of legislation. The following laws are of municipal interest:

P.L. 2019, c. 335 allows local voters to authorize, through a referendum, an increase of the municipal tax l...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Treasury Funding Release Reported

Politico has reported that the NJ Department of the Treasury will be releasing the balance of the $235 million that the Governor placed in reserve when he signed the State budget last June. His decision to hold off on the distribution of those funds, whic...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

BPU Seeks Input on LED Streetlight Conversion & Tariffs

Earlier this week the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced they would be hosting a stakeholder meeting seeking input regarding LED streetlight conversion and tariffs. 

Municipalities are a key stakeholder in this issue and your own experience...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Federal Budget Increases Delaware River Basin Funding

Among other items included in the Federal FY 2020 Budget, adopted just before Christmas, Congress appropriated $9.7 million for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. This funding will be available to nonprofits and other groups, to support project...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Library Construction Bond Act Grant Funding Applications Now Available

On Monday the Governor announced the launch of the first round of grant solicitations using the Library Construction Bond funds to support libraries providing modern and technologically efficient library facilities. Grants are available to fund projects s...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Bill Requiring Electronic Review of Construction Permits Set for Vote

On Monday, January 13, the State Senate is scheduled to vote on S-3927/A-4463, which the League opposes. S-3927/A-4463 would establish an electronic permit processing review system requiring electronic submission of applications for construction permits, ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Assembly Appropriations Committee Advances Preserved Farmlands Events Bill

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved legislation, opposed by the League that greatly expands the number and type of events that can be held on preserved farmland. The Assembly Committee Substitute for A-5384/A-5157 allows the owners o...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Eleventh Hour Senate Action on Plastic Bag Bill Slated

On Monday, according to reports and despite the continued objections of special interest groups, the Senate will vote on S-2776. The bill would ban the commercial use of single-use foam, paper, and plastic food and grocery containers. The bill, including ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Gov. Approves Lead Service Line Bill

Yesterday, Governor Murphy, signed S-4110 into law, a bill which the League supported, that provides clear authority for municipalities and municipal water systems to enter onto private property to perform lead service line replacement. The new law takes ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Governor Signs Legislation

On Thursday Governor Murphy signed into law the following bills:

S-1242, which requires that whenever public water systems issue boil water notices. A notice must also be given to the mayor and municipal clerk of each affected municipality as soon as possi...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Lame Duck Update: PFRS Retirement, Lead Service Line Replacement

The 218th New Jersey State Legislature will end at midnight, January 13. The 219th Legislature will begin its work on January 14, including the State of the State Address by Governor Murphy. Between now and then, we expect significant legislative activity...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

DLGSA Extends CY 2020 Budget Deadlines

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2019-16 regarding 2020 Calendar Year (CY) Budget matters, including information on the Transitional Aid Application process, health benefits cap, municipal aid, and local examinatio...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Addressing a Toxic Culture

Recent reporting has focused on a toxic culture of sexual harassment in governmental settings. One example is Sunday’s Star-Ledger and NJ.com's "#MeToo was supposed to fix things." Government generally and the League Conferenc...

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Posted on: December 23, 2019

20 & Out Expansion Poised for Senate Action

On Monday, the General Assembly approved A-6024. This bill, along with its Senate companion S-4297 would create an additional category of service retirement for Police Fire Retirement System (PFRS) employees. Under the bill, a PFRS emplo...

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Posted on: December 23, 2019

Expungement Expansion Approved and Signed into Law

Also on Monday, S-4154 was approved by both houses. The Governor, in turn, signed the new law in Newark on Wednesday. The new law establishes a process for individuals who have not committed any crimes for 10 years and have only been convicted for certain...

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Posted on: December 23, 2019

Marijuana Legalization Headed to the Ballot

As expected, both houses of the State Legislature voted Monday to place a question on the November 2020 ballot asking the citizens of the State to approve the legalization of marijuana. The measures both passed the respective houses by a 3/5 majority, whi...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Final Votes on Ballot Measure to Legalize Cannabis Scheduled

Yesterday, the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee and Senate Commerce Committee held the required public hearings on ACR-840 and SCR-183, authorizing a 2020 public question on legalizing adult use of recreational cannabis. The ball...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Expungement Revisions Up for Final Vote

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced A-5981, legislation to revise the laws for those seeking expungement of marijuana and other minor crimes. The bill reflects the major provisions of a similar bill that was sent to the Governor but ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Division Issues Guidance on Electronic Procurement

Recently the Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2019-15 providing provisional guidance on the use of electronic procurement pending the adoption of regulations. The Division anticipates promulgating the regulations for P.L. ...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

League of Municipalities Executive Transition

Trenton, NJ (December 11, 2019) The New Jersey State League of Municipalities Executive Board today announced the retirement of Executive Director Michael J. Darcy, CAE effective July 1, 2020.  At the same time, a transition committee has been fo...

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Posted on: December 10, 2019

League Mourns Passing of Past President Mayor Chuck Chiarello

NJLM Past President Francis Charles “Chuck” Chiarello, 64, Mayor of Buena Vista, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2019 in Atlantic City surrounded by his family and friends.

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Posted on: November 26, 2019

NJLM New Officers & Executive Board Members

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, New Jersey’s mayors elected new officers and executive board members for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. These public servants will help lead the Association that represents New Jersey’s 5...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

NJLM Small Cell Wireless Bill Testimony Slated

For Thursday, November 14, the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee has scheduled a discussion only hearing on A-5560, which seeks to provide uniform regulation of small wireless facility development across New Jersey. The League has been i...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

NJ Senators Booker & Menendez Seek Reasons for Gateway Delays

In a Wednesday letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Senators Booker and Menendez reiterated the need for timely federal action to advance the vital Gateway Project, and, again, offered their assistance. The letter highlights the c...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

FEMA to Delay New Flood Insurance Rates

On Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it would delay the implementation of new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rates, which had been scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020 - just before next year’s gener...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

State Releases $114M in Transitional Aid Funding

As you may recall, when signing the State’s FY 2020 spending plan back in June, uncertainty about meeting revenue targets prompted Governor Murphy to direct the State Treasurer to withhold funding for certain programs. The total held in abeyance...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Domestic Violence Policy for all Public Employers Set

P.L. 2017, c. 272 required that the Civil Service Commission develop a uniform domestic violence policy, which all public employers regardless if they fall under Civil Service, must adopt and distribute to their employees. On Tuesday, the Civil Service Co...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

PFRS Personnel Hire & Search

At its October 7 meeting, the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) Board of Trustees appointed Gregory Petzold as the new Executive Director at an annual salary of $225,000. Petzold is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff of Intergovernmental Affairs i...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

New Law Will Help Fund Drinking Water Remediation

On Friday, October 4, the President signed into law S.1689, a bill co-sponsored by New Jersey Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez. The new law provides New Jersey, and other States, with the funding flexibility needed to respond to lead from antiquated ...

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Posted on: September 24, 2019

League Provides Testimony to Senate Committee on WQAA

Earlier this week the League was invited to provide testimony before the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee concerning the administration of the Water Quality Accountability Act. The Act became effective in October of 2017 and requires public wa...

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Posted on: September 24, 2019

Governor's Desk: Bill Could Mean New Municipal Obligations Under MLUL

Last week, the NJ Senate voted to approve A-1371/S-606, a bill which the League opposed. With the Assembly approving the measure early this summer the bill now goes to the Governor for his action. The intent of A-1371/S-606 is to encourage local units to ...

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Posted on: September 24, 2019

Looking Ahead to Lame Duck: Path to Progress' Pension Hybrid Plan

As noted in the Path to Progress Report, “the State’s combined pension and retiree health benefit liabilities of $151.5 billion are four times the size of the State’s annual budget; and more than three times the size of the S...

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Posted on: September 24, 2019

NJ Transit Submits New Portal Bridge Proposal to Feds

In another effort to end Federal inertia on the Portal Bridge project, New Jersey Transit (NJT) has forwarded a new funding plan to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The plan to finance the construction of a new crossing was approved by the NJT Bo...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Gov. Murphy Issues Executive Order 83

Since municipalities use State contracts to purchase law enforcement equipment we would like to bring to your attention the recently signed Executive Order 83. On September 10, Governor Murphy directed the Division of Purchase and Property (DPP), within 3...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Recap of September PFRS Board Meeting

At the September 9 Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) board meeting, as a matter of routine business, the Board considered the creditable compensation of three Atlantic City police officers. The three officers, with various ranks, honorably retired ...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Lame Duck Preview: Supporting Telecommunications Legislation

The League fully supports A-5450/S-3827, which will clarify telecommunications industry corporate tax responsibilities, and shield local taxpayers from the costs of endless tax court litigation. We thank the sponsors for their attention to this problem.

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

2020 Rate Drop Recommended for SHBP

At yesterday’s State Health Benefits Commission Rate Renewal meeting AON, the Commission’s consultant, recommended premium rates for plan year 2020. The recommendations include a 4.3% decrease for Active Employees, no increase or decre...

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Looking Forward: NJ Legislature

We expect that time between Labor Day and the election to be a relatively slow period for legislative activity. The Assembly, with all 80 seats on the ballot in November, is not expected to quorum again until after the election.

We do expect, however, the ...

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Congress Returns to Work as Fiscal Year Nears End

The Federal Government’s Fiscal Year ends at the end of this month. Both Houses of Congress will reconvene for legislative action this week. We expect to see timely action on appropriations, which will prevent, or at least postpone, yet another government...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Murphy Returns Tax Incentive Bills With Suggestions

Governor Phil Murphy has issued a conditional veto of S-3901, returning the bill to the Legislature with recommended changes to reform the state’s tax incentive programs. S-3901 would have extended the Economic Opportunity Act in its entirety to...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Gov. Vetoes Digital Parking Meter Monitoring

On Monday Governor Murphy vetoed A-4135, which would have authorized the State or a local government to use a digital parking meter or other electronic parking compliance device to monitor parking compliance within its jurisdiction. The bill would have al...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

NJ Violence Intervention Program Bill Conditionally Vetoed

On August 23 Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed S-3309, which would have established the New Jersey Violence Intervention Program (NJVIP). Furthermore, the bill would have required the Attorney General to award funds on a competitive basis to municipali...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Contaminated Site Remediation Bill Signed

Governor Murphy on Friday signed into law A-5293 (now, P.L.2019, c.263) which makes various changes to laws governing the remediation of contaminated sites. The new law, which the League supported, expands the functions of the Site Remediation Reform Act ...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Urging Federal Action on Gateway Portal Bridge

Yesterday Governor Murphy was joined by New Jersey Legislative Leaders and members of New Jersey Congressional Delegation in calling upon federal officials to join the State in funding the replacement of the 108-year-old moveable Portal Bridge. In his rem...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

DCA Refers League Rulemaking Petition for Further Deliberations

The Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards issued a Public Notice earlier this week relaying that the DCA has referred for further deliberation, the Petition for Rulemaking submitted on behalf of the League along with New Jersey&...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

DLGS Discusses Best Practices with Key Partners

On Aug. 20, 2019, The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS, or the Division) consulted with the League, the Managers Association and the Finance Officers, regarding the soon-to-be released 2019 Best Practices Inventory (BPI, or the Inventory). As h...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

New Law Requires Property Tax Relief Info on Tax Bills

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed into law P.L. 2019, c.186, which requires property tax bills printed on or after September 17, 2019, include a statement indicating that State property tax relief program information is available on the New Jersey Divisio...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Federal Cybersecurity Agency Releases Strategic Intent Document

On Thursday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a Strategic Intent document. Agency Director Christopher Krebs notes, in the document, “In no arena is this framing of ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

NJDEP Begins Stakeholder Process for Requirements Under the Beach Access Law

As many of you are aware, earlier this year the Legislature passed and Governor Murphy signed into law P.L. 2019, c.81, commonly referred to as the ‘beach access’ or ‘public access’ law. Under the newly signed law, ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Municipal Liability Standard Law Correction Signed

Today, Governor Murphy signed into law A-5392, which establishes new liability standards in sexual abuse lawsuits filed against public entities and public employees. The League supported this bill, which is a technical amendment to P.L. 2019, c. 120 neces...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Multiple Dwelling Inspection Schedule Gets Gov's Ok

Earlier this week, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed into law S-1150, which authorizes the Department of Community Affairs to establish a flexible multiple dwelling inspection schedule. Current law requires the DCA to inspect multiple dwellings at leas...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

AG Issues Police Well-Being Program Directive

Earlier this week NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a Directive seeking to promote emotional and mental well-being of New Jersey law enforcement officers. The Directive creates the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement (“NJRP-...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

NJ Blockchain Initiative Task Force Established

Governor Murphy signed legislation establishing the NJ Blockchain Initiative Task Force. The 16-member task force, which includes the Mayors of Newark, Jersey City, and Camden as ex-officio, will study if state, county, and municipal governments can benef...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Innovation District Designation Program Established

On Thursday, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 214 establishing the “Innovation District Designation Program” to promote the development and redevelopment of an area in a manner that facilitates collaboration between government, hig...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Vetrans' Expansion of Peddler's License

On Monday, Acting Governor Oliver signed P.L. 2019, c. 211 which expands veterans eligible to obtain a peddler’s license. Before the expansion, only honorably discharged veterans could get a peddler’s license. This new law now allows t...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Acting Gov. Oliver Signs Law Prohibiting Worker’s Wages Inquiries

Yesterday, Acting Governor Oliver signed into law A-1094, which prohibits all employers from asking about workers’ wage and salary history. Specifically, the new law makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to screen a job applic...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Secretary of State Designated Major Events Coordinator

On Tuesday, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 198 which designates the Secretary of State as the Major Event Coordinator. The Secretary of State will provide a consolidated one-stop centralized location of information and assistance for persons plannin...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Tax Bills to Include Relief Information

Last week Governor Murphy signed into law A-1048, which requires property tax bills to contain eligibility information on State tax relief programs. P.L. 2019, c. 186 requires that the property tax bills include a link to the Division of Taxation&rsqu...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

County Board of Freeholds Can Increase Board of Election Membership

Last week Governor Murphy signed into law A-5162, which permits the county board of chosen freeholders, by a majority vote of the full membership, to increase the membership of the board of elections from four to six members. The two new members must be l...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

New Law Changes Advertisement Requirements for Polling Locations

A new law signed by Governor Murphy last week removes the requirement to include the physical location of each polling location in the mandatory polling location advertisement. Instead P.L. 2019, c. 170 requires that the advertisement include a link to vi...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Gov. Ok's Bill Removing Obstacles to Land Preservation

Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law S-1707 which exempts governmental entities acquiring lands for open space located in deed-authorized common interest communities from paying community fees, if, at the time of the acquisition, the community has n...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Pension Forfeiture Bill for Sexual Assault Convictions Signed into Law

Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3766, which requires a public officer or employee to forfeit their pension upon a conviction for corruption of public resources, sexual contact, lewdness, or sexual assault when the offense involves or touch up...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Council on Local Mandates Holds Hearing in Challenge to Vote-by-Mail Law

As you may be aware, the New Jersey Association of Counties is challenging as an unfunded mandate before the Council on Local Mandates, P.L. 2018 c. 72, which requires county clerks to furnish mail-in ballots to all qualified voters in future elections wi...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

July 2019 Interest Arbitration Update

In June, mediators appointed by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) issued three interest arbitration awards. The first interest arbitration awards to be issued since the expiration of the 2% cap. Each of these awards arose out of an impasse...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

New Requirements to Change from Non-Partisan to Partisan Form of Governments

On Monday, Acting Governor Oliver signed into law P.L. 2019, c. 161, which modifies the provisions of the Optional Municipal Charter Law procedure to change the manner of holding certain municipal elections. The new law increased the number of pe...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

NJ Sues Federal Administration over IRS’ SALT Workaround Regulations

This week, Governor Murphy and State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that New Jersey has joined with New York and Connecticut to sue the federal government, challenging IRS rules related to certain workarounds to the $10,000 cap on state and loca...

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

Land Banking Legislation Gets Gov. Murphy OK

On Wednesday, Governor Murphy signed into law S-1214, which would authorize a municipality to enter into an agreement with a non-profit or a redevelopment entity to serve as the municipality's land banking entity. The League supported this permissive legi...

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Posted on: July 10, 2019

Governor Freezes Most Transition Aid

Upon signing the FY 2020 State budget, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 73, which impounds up to $235 million in spending, and is not subject to a potential override. Specifically, EO 73 directs the Department of Treasury, Office of Management and B...

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

Recap of the July PFRS Board Meeting

At the July 8 Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) board meeting, the Board unanimously hired Robert Garrison as in-house legal counsel and appointed existing Division of Pensions staff to various positions needed to run the day-to-day operations of t...

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

Spotted Lanternfly Information

The State Department of Agriculture sent out this advisory this morning. We forward it to you as an FYI.

The Spotted lanternfly, initially found in Berks County Pennsylvania in 2014, was discovered in the New Jersey environment in July 2018 in Warren Count...

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

U.S. Senate Introduce Companion Bill to Overturn FCC Small Cell Preemption Order

Recently, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced S.2012 also known as the Restoring Local Control of Public Infrastructure Act of 2019. S.2012 is a companion bill to H.R. 530 or the Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communi...

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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Governor Signs State FY 2020 State Budget; Line Items Out $48.5 million and Reserves $235 Million

On Sunday Governor Phil Murphy signed the State FY 2020 budget following a 2 pm public event. In doing so, the Governor used his authority to line item out $48.5 million in expenditures in the budget.  From the just over $48 million in spending t...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

League Petitions DCA for Changes to UCC’s Minor Work/Ordinary Maintenance Provisions

This week, the League along with New Jersey’s six professional code official associations petitioned the Department of Community Affairs seeking to amend portions of the Uniform Construction Code regarding ordinary maintenance and minor work. Ou...

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Posted on: June 17, 2019

IRS Final Regulations Effectively End NJ’s SALT Cap Workaround

On Tuesday, the IRS issued final regulations regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions when the contributor receives in exchange a state or local tax credit. These final regulations come about after New Jersey and many other states took effo...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Cannabis Update

On Monday, the General Assembly is expected to concur with Senate amendments to A10/S10, which expands access to medical marijuana. This legislation establishes the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to oversee the regulation of medical cannabis in the ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

Senate Acts on Medical Marijuana

Yesterday, the State Senate amended and then passed S-10, which expands access to medical marijuana by a vote of 33-4. This legislation establishes the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to oversee the regulation of medical cannabis in the state, includ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

Path to Progress’ Pension Hybrid Plan

As noted in the Path to Progress Report, “the State’s combined pension and retiree health benefit liabilities of $151.5 billion are four times the size of the State’s annual budget; and more than three times the size of the S...

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Expansion of Medical Marijuana Passes

On Thursday, the General Assembly passed A-10, which expands access to medical marijuana by a vote of 65-5-6.  This legislation establishes the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to oversee the regulation of medical cannabis in the state, inclu...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Recreational Marijuana Stalls

On Wednesday, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that he would not post legislation again to legalize adult use marijuana for a floor vote. If you recall, the bills were posted on March 25 but did not garner enough votes for passage. Instead, the in...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Legislation Introduced to Implement Path to Progress Recommendations

Yesterday Senate President Sweeney and Senator Oroho held a press conference announcing a 27-bill package to implement some of the recommendations of the Path to Progress Report. While we are currently reviewing the bills presented in the package, we woul...

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Posted on: May 6, 2019

HUD and White House release Opportunity Zone Plan

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council (WHORC) have released an implementation plan outlining how local leaders can maximize benefits when participating in the Opportunity Zone...

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

NJ Prepares for 2020 Census

We are now within 12 months of 2020 Census Day – April 1, 2020. The U.S Census Bureau has been staffing up for the count that will determine New Jersey’s representation in Congress, Congressional and State Legislative District boundari...

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Cannabis Vote in May?

We cannot tell you if or when the legislation to legalize recreational, adult use of marijuana may be scheduled again. On March 25, the State Legislature did not act on A4497/S2703, which would legalize adult use of recreational cannabis. The measure did ...

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Posted on: March 25, 2019

League Statement on Cannabis Legislation

Today the State Legislature did not act on A4497/S2703, which would legalize adult use of recreational cannabis. League President Colleen Mahr, Mayor of the Borough of Fanwood offered the following comments:

“While the League did not take a posit...

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Final Vote on Marijuana Legalization Set for Monday, March 25

On Monday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Judiciary each amended and approved legislation that will legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana. The committees also approved legislation to expand the State’s medical ma...

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Posted on: February 15, 2019

NLC Launches Opportunity Zone Resources

The opportunity zone program, authored by N.J. U.S. Senator Cory Booker, was created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to provide local and national investors with a tax incentive for investments made in economically distressed areas of the country.

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Max Cap on Volunteer Fire Co. Municipal Appropriations Increases

P.L. 2015, c. 95 included a statutory adjustment, every two years, to the maximum appropriation a municipality may make to their volunteer fire company. For CY2019/ SFY2020 there is a 2.5% adjustment which brings the maximum annual contribution to $154,51...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Governor Signs Legislation: January 15, 2020

On Monday, January 13, 2020, Governor Murphy signed into law numerous pieces of legislation. The following laws are of municipal interest:

P.L. 2019, c. 335 allows local voters to authorize, through a referendum, an increase of the municipal tax l...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 21, 2020

Governor Delivers State of the State

Following the swearing-in of the new Legislature, Governor Phil Murphy delivered his second State of the State Address to both houses of the new Legislature. The Governor’s remarks, as prepared, are posted online as is the video of the address.

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 10, 2020

Bill Requiring Electronic Review of Construction Permits Set for Vote

On Monday, January 13, the State Senate is scheduled to vote on S-3927/A-4463, which the League opposes. S-3927/A-4463 would establish an electronic permit processing review system requiring electronic submission of applications for construction permits, ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 10, 2020

Assembly Appropriations Committee Advances Preserved Farmlands Events Bill

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved legislation, opposed by the League that greatly expands the number and type of events that can be held on preserved farmland. The Assembly Committee Substitute for A-5384/A-5157 allows the owners o...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Eleventh Hour Senate Action on Plastic Bag Bill Slated

On Monday, according to reports and despite the continued objections of special interest groups, the Senate will vote on S-2776. The bill would ban the commercial use of single-use foam, paper, and plastic food and grocery containers. The bill, including ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Gov. Approves Lead Service Line Bill

Yesterday, Governor Murphy, signed S-4110 into law, a bill which the League supported, that provides clear authority for municipalities and municipal water systems to enter onto private property to perform lead service line replacement. The new l...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Governor Signs Legislation

On Thursday Governor Murphy signed into law the following bills:

S-1242, which requires that whenever public water systems issue boil water notices. A notice must also be given to the mayor and municipal clerk of each affected municipality as soon as possi...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Lame Duck Update: PFRS Retirement, Lead Service Line Replacement

The 218th New Jersey State Legislature will end at midnight, January 13. The 219th Legislature will begin its work on January 14, including the State of the State Address by Governor Murphy. Between now and then, we expect significant legislative activity...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 23, 2019

20 & Out Expansion Poised for Senate Action

On Monday, the General Assembly approved A-6024. This bill, along with its Senate companion S-4297 would create an additional category of service retirement for Police Fire Retirement System (PFRS) employees. Under the bill, a PFRS employee who is enrolle...

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Posted on: December 23, 2019

Expungement Expansion Approved and Signed into Law

Also on Monday, S-4154 was approved by both houses. The Governor, in turn, signed the new law in Newark on Wednesday. The new law establishes a process for individuals who have not committed any crimes for 10 years and have only been con...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 24, 2019

Looking Ahead to Lame Duck: Path to Progress' Pension Hybrid Plan

As noted in the Path to Progress Report, “the State’s combined pension and retiree health benefit liabilities of $151.5 billion are four times the size of the State’s annual budget; and more than three times the size of the State’s bonded debt. That publi...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Recap of September PFRS Board Meeting

At the September 9 Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) board meeting, as a matter of routine business, the Board considered the creditable compensation of three Atlantic City police officers. The three officers, with various ranks, honorably retired ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Lame Duck Preview: Supporting Telecommunications Legislation

The League fully supports A-5450/S-3827, which will clarify telecommunications industry corporate tax responsibilities, and shield local taxpayers from the costs of endless tax court litigation. We thank the sponsors for their attention to this problem.

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 9, 2019

Looking Forward: NJ Legislature

We expect that time between Labor Day and the election to be a relatively slow period for legislative activity. The Assembly, with all 80 seats on the ballot in November, is not expected to quorum again until after the election.

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Murphy Returns Tax Incentive Bills With Suggestions

Governor Phil Murphy has issued a conditional veto of S-3901, returning the bill to the Legislature with recommended changes to reform the state’s tax incentive programs. S-3901 would have extended the Economic Opportunity Act in its entirety to January 3...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Gov. Vetoes Digital Parking Meter Monitoring

On Monday Governor Murphy vetoed A-4135, which would have authorized the State or a local government to use a digital parking meter or other electronic parking compliance device to monitor parking compliance within its jurisdiction. The ...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

NJ Violence Intervention Program Bill Conditionally Vetoed

On August 23 Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed S-3309, which would have established the New Jersey Violence Intervention Program (NJVIP). Furthermore, the bill would have required the Attorney General to award funds on a competitive basis to municipali...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Contaminated Site Remediation Bill Signed

Governor Murphy on Friday signed into law A-5293 (now, P.L.2019, c.263) which makes various changes to laws governing the remediation of contaminated sites. The new law, which the League supported, expands the functions of the Site Remediation Reform Act ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 23, 2019

New Law Requires Property Tax Relief Info on Tax Bills

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed into law P.L. 2019, c.186, which requires property tax bills printed on or after September 17, 2019, include a statement indicating that State property tax relief program information is available on the New Jersey Divisio...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 9, 2019

Municipal Liability Standard Law Correction Signed

Today, Governor Murphy signed into law A-5392, which establishes new liability standards in sexual abuse lawsuits filed against public entities and public employees. The League supported this bill, which is a technical amendment to P.L. 2019, c. 120 neces...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: July 19, 2019

New Requirements to Change from Non-Partisan to Partisan Form of Governments

On Monday, Acting Governor Oliver signed into law P.L. 2019, c. 161, which modifies the provisions of the Optional Municipal Charter Law procedure to change the manner of holding certain municipal elections. The new law increased the number of pe...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: July 30, 2019

Acting Gov. Oliver Signs Law Prohibiting Worker’s Wages Inquiries

Yesterday, Acting Governor Oliver signed into law A-1094, which prohibits all employers from asking about workers’ wage and salary history. Specifically, the new law makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to screen a job applicant based ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: July 19, 2019

New Requirements to Change from Non-Partisan to Partisan Form of Governments

On Monday, Acting Governor Oliver signed into law P.L. 2019, c. 161, which modifies the provisions of the Optional Municipal Charter Law procedure to change the manner of holding certain municipal elections. The new law increased the number of pe...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: July 15, 2019

Land Banking Legislation Gets Gov. Murphy OK

On Wednesday, Governor Murphy signed into law S-1214, which would authorize a municipality to enter into an agreement with a non-profit or a redevelopment entity to serve as the municipality's land banking entity. The League supported this permissive legi...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 17, 2019

Legislation Introduced to Implement Path to Progress Recommendations

Yesterday Senate President Sweeney and Senator Oroho held a press conference announcing a 27-bill package to implement some of the recommendations of the Path to Progress Report. While we are currently reviewing the bills presented in the package, we woul...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 21, 2019

Final Vote on Marijuana Legalization Set for Monday, March 25

On Monday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Judiciary each amended and approved legislation that will legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana. The committees also approved legislation to expand the State’s medical marijuana pr...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Light Up Public Spaces for Suffrage

NJLM’s WIMG committee invites municipalities to light up their public spaces for at least the week of Feb. 10 in purple to celebrate the suffrage centennial. On Feb. 9, 1920, New Jersey ratified the 19th Amendment, confirming women’s right to vote.

NJLM’s Women in Municipal Government Committee (WIMG) invites municipalities to light up their public spaces in purple to celebrate the 19th Amendment’s ratification centennial. On February 9, 1920, New Jersey ratified the 19th Amendme...

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Notices
Posted on: December 23, 2019

Show Off Your City Contest Deadline Feb. 3

The 3rd Annual Show Off Your City Contest is accepting entries through Feb. 3. Municipalities are invited to send photos of their tourist attractions, downtown areas, economic development initiatives, parks, city halls, community groups, and new projects.

The Third Annual Show Off Your City Contest is accepting entries through February 3. Municipalities are invited to send us photos of their tourist attractions, downtown areas, economic development initiatives, parks, city halls, community groups, and new ...

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Notices
Posted on: January 21, 2020

NLC Spotlights Local Needs for Federal Office Seekers

The National League of Cities (NLC), the umbrella association representing states’ municipal leagues in Washington, is bringing municipal concerns to the attention of candidates seeking election to federal office this November.

Our partners at the National League of Cities (NLC), the umbrella association which represents all of the states’ municipal leagues in Washington, has launched its effort to bring municipal concerns to the attention of candidates seeking electio...

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Notices
Posted on: December 20, 2019

NJBPU Announces New Incentives to Expand Local Government Electric Vehicle Fleets

To jumpstart the electrification of local government vehicle fleets, NJBPU has created the Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive program offering local governments $4,000 per battery EV and $1,500 for 1 dual-port Level 2 EV charging station.

To jump-start the electrification of local government vehicle fleets, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has created the “Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive” program, which offers local governments $4,000 per battery ...

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Notices
Posted on: October 11, 2019

Gov. Murphy Announces Plan for Lead Contamination Remediation

In a speech at Thomas Edison State University, Governor Murphy called on the Legislature to place on the November 2020 ballot a $500 million bond referendum to fund necessary replacement/remediation, part of his plan to address lead contamination.

In a speech at Thomas Edison State University, Governor Murphy announced the first steps in his plan to address lead contamination both in public water systems and remaining lead paint in homes. The Governor called upon the Legislature to place on the Nov...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

DEP Launches Guard Your Backyard Campaign

The NJ DEP has launched the “Guard Your Backyard” campaign to help municipalities and communities manage fill material. They have set up a website with local guidance and a model ordinance that municipalities can download and modify.

This week the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the launch of the “Guard Your Backyard” campaign. The goal of the new DEP initiative is to help municipalities and communities manage fill material. To help achieve t...

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Notices
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Vaping Information for Mayors

In partnership with the Mayors Wellness Campaign, NJLM has posted resources to help mayors understand and respond to vaping concerns throughout their communities. Take a moment to understand the risks and concerns to help keep your community safe.

In partnership with the Mayors Wellness Campaign, the League has posted resources to help mayors understand and respond to vaping concerns throughout their communities. This includes underage vaping and any use of vaping products that might create unknown...

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Notices
Posted on: September 13, 2019

CY 2019/SFY 2020 Best Practices Deadline Oct. 30

DLGS has issued LFN 2019-12 providing guidance on the CY 2019/SFY 2020 Best Practices Inventory. There have been numerous changes to this year’s Inventory, including a deadline of Oct. 30 for all municipalities, new scoring, and a new submission process.

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2019-12 providing guidance on the CY 2019/SFY 2020 Best Practices Inventory. There have been numerous changes to this year’s Inventory including the same deadline of October 30 for ...

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Notices
Posted on: September 13, 2019

2020 Pension Bills Released

The Division of Pensions and Benefits has released the 2020 pension bills for both the PERS and PFRS. The PERS employer contribution for 2020 is 13.69% and for PFRS, the employer contribution for 2020 is 29.80%.

The Division of Pensions and Benefits has released the 2020 pension bills for both the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS). The PERS employer contribution for 2020 is 13.69% compared to 14.11% in 2019. For...

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Notices
Posted on: August 16, 2019

New Law Prohibits Law Enforcement-Like Badges for Elected Officials

Signed into law last week, P.L. 2019, c. 221 prohibits any county/municipality from issuing a law enforcement badge or a badge that may be mistaken as a law enforcement badge to an elected official except one elected as a county law enforcement officer.

Signed into law last week, P.L. 2019, c. 221 prohibits any county or municipality from issuing a law enforcement badge or a badge that may be mistaken as a law enforcement badge to an elected official except for any county elected official who is elected ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

New Law Governing Residency Requirements for Local Water Systems

Governor Murphy signed into law A-3937, which allows local government water system employees to reside in all municipalities served by the water system.

Governor Murphy signed into law A-3937, which allows local government water system employees to reside in all municipalities served by the water system. Currently, a local government operating a water system is permitted to have a residency requirement fo...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission Established

Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 215 establishing the “New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission” to investigate options for recycling solar energy generation structures.

On August 9 Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 215 establishing the “New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission” to investigate options for recycling and other end-of-life management methods for photovoltaic and other solar energy g...

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Notices
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Amendments to Public Movers & Warehousemen Licensing Act

P.L. 2019, c. 216 makes it unlawful for a person who is not licensed under the Public Movers and Warehousemen Licensing Act to advertise or engage in the business of public moving or storage.

P.L. 2019, c. 216 makes it unlawful for a person who is not licensed under the Public Movers and Warehousemen Licensing Act to advertise or engage in the business of public moving or storage. The law also gives any law enforcement officer the authority to...

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Notices
Posted on: July 19, 2019

New 2019 Edition! Salary Report of Municipal Positions Available Now

The latest edition of the New Jersey Municipal Salary Report is now available, including salaries for over 40 municipal positions. This is a digital report that includes data for 244 municipalities in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.

The latest edition of the New Jersey Municipal Salary Report is now available, including salaries for over 40 municipal positions. This is a digital report that includes data for 244 municipalities in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. The data was gathered f...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

Centennial of Suffrage

How will your town be recognizing the centennial of women’s suffrage in New Jersey? We’d like to include your efforts on the League’s website, social media, and NJ Municipalities magazine.

The 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification in New Jersey will be celebrated throughout 2020. With many significant suffragists hailing from the Garden State, there are many stories to be told about how women came to the vote and ...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

NJ Dept. of Agriculture Adopts Beekeeping Rules

The NJ Dept. of Agriculture adopted new rules aimed at regulating beekeeping within the state. The League was a key stakeholder in developing these regulations, however, the standards fall short of providing adequate protections.

Last week the New Jersey Department of Agriculture adopted new rules aimed at regulating beekeeping within the state. The League was a key stakeholder in developing these regulations, however, the standards fall short of providing adequate protections for...

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Posted on: March 15, 2019

State Planning Commission Moves to Extend Expiration Dates

The Planning Commission published proposed amendments to regulations extending the validity of plan endorsements and center designations approved by the Commission prior to Dec. 31, 2009, and expiring this year, until June 30, 2020.

After some time of dormancy, the State Planning Commission has again become active. Recently, the Planning Commission published proposed amendments to regulations that would extend the validity of plan endorsements and center designations set to expire th...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

League Publications: Read All About It

The League offers a wide variety of publications to provide extra insights on the hot topics in local government, from Newly Elected guidebooks to the latest editions on OPMA, License Fees, Salaries, and Local Public Contracts.

The League offers a wide variety of publications to provide extra insights on the hot topics in local government, from Newly Elected guidebooks to the latest editions on OPMA, License Fees, Salaries, and Local Public Contracts. For more information on the...

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Notices
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Correct Version of the State Flag

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag. The underskirts of the goddesses are silver as set forth by the NJ legislature in 1928. Non-approved versions show the underskirts incorrectly in blue.

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag.On behalf of the New Jersey State Treasury Printing Service, we are distributing this information so that municipalities will be aware of the correct and a...

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Posted on: December 23, 2019

20 & Out Expansion Poised for Senate Action

On Monday, the General Assembly approved A-6024. This bill, along with its Senate companion S-4297 would create an additional category of service retirement for Police Fire Retirement System (PFRS) employees. Under the bill, a PFRS emplo...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: October 11, 2019

PFRS Personnel Hire & Search

At its October 7 meeting, the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) Board of Trustees appointed Gregory Petzold as the new Executive Director at an annual salary of $225,000. Petzold is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff of Intergovernmental Affairs i...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: September 24, 2019

Looking Ahead to Lame Duck: Path to Progress' Pension Hybrid Plan

As noted in the Path to Progress Report, “the State’s combined pension and retiree health benefit liabilities of $151.5 billion are four times the size of the State’s annual budget; and more than three times the size of the State’s bonded debt. That publi...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Recap of September PFRS Board Meeting

At the September 9 Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) board meeting, as a matter of routine business, the Board considered the creditable compensation of three Atlantic City police officers. The three officers, with various ranks, honorably retired ...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: September 13, 2019

2020 Pension Bills Released

The Division of Pensions and Benefits has released the 2020 pension bills for both the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS). The PERS employer contribution for 2020 is 13.69% compared to 14.11% in 2019. For...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: July 30, 2019

Pension Forfeiture Bill for Sexual Assault Convictions Signed into Law

Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3766, which requires a public officer or employee to forfeit their pension upon a conviction for corruption of public resources, sexual contact, lewdness, or sexual assault when the offense involves or touch up...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: July 15, 2019

Recap of the July PFRS Board Meeting

At the July 8 Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) board meeting, the Board unanimously hired Robert Garrison as in-house legal counsel and appointed existing Division of Pensions staff to various positions needed to run the day-to-day operations of t...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: June 3, 2019

Path to Progress’ Pension Hybrid Plan

As noted in the Path to Progress Report, “the State’s combined pension and retiree health benefit liabilities of $151.5 billion are four times the size of the State’s annual budget; and more than three times the size of the State’s bonded debt. That publi...

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Pension & Benefits

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