Scheduled for a hearing before the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Monday, February 3 is A-678, a bill opposed by the League. A-678 would mandate training and certification requirements for zoning officers and land use board administrators.
While the League endorses continuing education for appointed and elected officials, we have concerns that these new requirements are not only unnecessary but bureaucratic and infringe on local discretion of hiring practices. Additionally, A-678 impedes efforts to reduce costs through shared service agreements by providing the Department of Community Affairs with broad authority to prohibit municipalities from sharing the services of zoning officers and land use board administrators.
We urge our members to contact their Assembly representatives to express these concerns and ask them to oppose A-678.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481 x137.