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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 for its employees. P.L. 2019, c.231 prohibits the residency requirement for just the jurisdiction that the water system is located. Instead, the new law allows a residency requirement for any location served by the water system. In addition, the new law does not prohibit a municipal authority from employing or hiring a non-resident of the municipalities served by its water system if no residency requirement is established. If a municipal waterworks serves more than one municipality and currently has a residency requirement their ordinance must comply with the new provisions of law. This new law took effect on August 9, 2019.

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, lbuckelew@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x112.


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