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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Smaller Municipalities Seek Federal Support

As you know, the CARES Bill left in doubt federal financial support for municipalities below an arbitrary 500,000 population threshold. Last Thursday, 128 Members of the House sent a ‘Members Letter’ to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging cons...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Local Governments Get Ok for Further Restrictions on Short-Term Stays

Over the weekend, the Governor issued Administrative Order 2020-08, which authorizes local governments to impose additional restrictions on hotels, motels, guest houses, and private residences for certain guests or seasonal tenants.Contact: Michael F. Cer...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Call for Volunteers in Healthcare for COVID-19 Response

We ask that you help get the word out on the need for qualified health, mental health, and related professionals to supplement our health care capacity on a temporary basis. The Governor’s Executive Order 112 permits doctors that are retired or ...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Rundown: Week of March 30

Yesterday Governor Murphy announced there were 3,489 additional positive results since the day before and 182 deaths. That brings the statewide totals to 25,590 positive results and 537 COVID-19 related deaths. The negative cases are 33,520. These results...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Joint Federal-State COVID-19 Task Force Formed to Stop Misconduct

U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Craig Carpenito, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, and New Jersey Acting State Comptroller Kevin D. Walsh have announced the formation of a joint federal-state task force to investigate and prosecute a wide range o...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Clarification of Business Operations & Additional Business Added as Essential Under EO 107

Governor Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan, this week, enacted Administrative Order 2020-06 amending which businesses are permitted to operate and clarifying ways in which some businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Order No. 1...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Crisis Communications to Crush the Curve

We know how you are rising above the current chaos to continue to serve your citizens. Federal experts estimate that the Country could see between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths before this is through. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If people a...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Power Companies Review Hospital Circuits

New Jersey’s utility providers are taking additional steps to assure power supply to hospitals, medical and care facilities which are so important as part of the COVID-19 response.

Based on conference calls and phone calls, they have advised that...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Urgent Effort: Securing Fedal Funding of all NJ Municipalities

Our partners at the National League of Cities (NLC) have launched an effort to secure CARES Act funding for all COVID-19 impacted municipalities, regardless of size.  NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony has written to U.S. Treasurer Steve Mnu...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

State Budget & Income Tax Deadline Extension

This morning, Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin issued the following joint statement, “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused hardships, financial strain, and disruptions for many New Jerseyans and New Jer...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Time-Senstive Response: Fiscal Impact of Pandemic on Municipalities

The National League of Cities and United States Conference of Mayors have worked together to develop a short, easy-to-complete survey to all municipalities to demonstrate the direct fiscal impact of the pandemic on municipal governments of all sizes.&...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Cerra Named Next NJLM Executive Director

April 1, 2020

League of Municipalities Selects New Executive Director

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities Executive Board yesterday unanimously announced the selection of Mike Cerra as the new executive director of the statewide local government a...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Clarification of Business Operations and Additional Businesses Added as Essential under EO 107

Governor Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan, yesterday, enacted Administrative Order 2020-06 amending which businesses are permitted to operate and clarifying ways in which some businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Or...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

CARES Bill Follow-up

The $2 Trillion aid package passed last week in Washington will do a lot of good. But for the State of New Jersey and for New Jersey municipalities preparing their budget, at a time when all face almost certain revenue losses, more will need to be done. P...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

NJEDA Grants and Loans Available for Small Businesses

Last week the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced small business initiatives providing grants and loans for small businesses. For more information on the various programs available to small and medium-size businesses and non-profit...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Enhancing Liquidity in the Municipal Debt Market

The Division of Local Government Services notified Chief Financial Officers of new State and Federal programs related to enhancing liquidity in the municipal debt market. On the federal level, the Federal Reserve has expanded the Money Market Liquidity Ma...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update Week of March 22

Yesterday, Governor Murphy announced that the statewide total of confirmed positive test results for the coronavirus was 6,876. Unfortunately, the Governor also reported that are now 81 fatalities associated with the virus. Both numbers are likely to incr...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Guidance on Fire Code Enforcement Issued

The State Division of Fire Safety has issued operational guidance for local enforcing agencies, providing them with information and suggestions and how fire code enforcement operations should proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic.Some of the suggestions of...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

CY 2020/SFY2021 State Aid Remains Flat

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2020-08 noting that no municipality will receive less total State formula aid in CY2020/FY2021 than it received last year. However, the Division does not that the proposed budget se...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Federal CARES Act Analysis Continues

On Wednesday, we posted a preliminary analysis of S.3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on our Towne Crier blog. The bill passed the Senate, late Wednesday night. The House just passed the bill as well. As our analysis...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

CARES Act Preliminary Snapshot

See our Town Crier blog for a preliminary rundown on some of the items included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES bill), which the Senate passed overnight. This is the 3rd emergency supplemental measure being passed by C...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

A Message from the National League of Cities

Our national counterpart, NLC, conducted two important surveys over the past week–one asking city leaders about their responses to the health crisis and another in partnership with Morning Consult asking 2,200+ U.S. adults about tough decisions ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

NJ Received Major Disaster Declaration

President Donald J. Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey. The declaration will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020. Govern...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

COVID-19: Free Informational Webinar

COVID Update: Municipal Guidance and Update on LegislationThursday, March 26, 20203:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Location: Your Computer

We expect a series of new guidance documents from the Division of Local Government Services. At the same time the Legislature is wo...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

State Freezes Spending

State Treasurer Muoio issued a new voluntary disclosure statement to bond holders providing detail on the potential impact COVID-19 may have on the State’s finances, including revenue collection and pension fund contributions. The disclosure sta...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Order Expands Essential Retail & Addresses Boardwalk/Beach Access

Colonel Callahan, in his role as State Director of Emergency Management, issued an Administrative Order expanding the essential retail businesses to include the following:

  • Mobile phone retail and repair shops
  • Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and r...
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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Guidance on Budget Deadline Extension, Levy Cap Exemption, and Tax Bills

In response to COVID-19 the Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2020-07 providing emergency budget, levy cap exemption, tax bill and depositing fund guidance. Please see our blog post for information. We strongly rec...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Contact Your Washington Representatives: COVID-19 Emergency Bill

Late last night, we received word that a final deal has been reached on the 3rd emergency supplemental measure in response to COVID-19. If late night reports are accurate, the deal completely eliminates direct stabilization aid to municipal governments, w...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

DLGS Provides Additional Guidance on Hosting Remote Public Meetings

In light of the need to maintain social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19, along with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, local governments have been encouraged to host remote public meetings. However, many municipalities are unfamil...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

First Responders' COVID-19 Training Online

Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new website with important educational resources for Coronavirus workers dealing with the spread of COVID-19. The initiative got underway after Congress passed a supplemental appropriation of $...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

White House COVID-19 Briefing Scheduled

On Wednesday, March 25, at 1:00 PM ET, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Senior Administration Officials will conduct a briefing call on COVID-19 (coronavirus). The purpose of this call is to provide State and local elected officials with up-to-date i...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Bill Permits DLGS Director to Extend Deadlines Before Assembly

Tomorrow, the Assembly will be considering A-3902, which permits extension of certain deadlines applicable to local government units under emergency circumstances. Specifically, A-3902 would authorize the Director of the Division of Local Government Servi...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020 Daily COVID-19 Update

At a 12 noon press conference today, Governor Murphy indicated there are 935 new reported positive tests for coronavirus since yesterday, with 7 additional deaths. This brings the statewide total to 2,844 positive results statewide and 27 deaths. He also ...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Additional COVID-19 Executive Orders Issued

Governor Murphy has issued two new Executive Orders. The first Executive Order 107 ordering all New Jersey residents to remain at their place of residence unless they are obtaining goods or services from retail businesses; obtaining takeout food or bevera...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Update on Murphy Administration Actions on COVID-19

On Monday, March 16 Governor Murphy held a joint press conference with Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor LaMont of Connecticut. There they announced that gatherings larger than 50 people will be prohibited. Gyms were closed at 8 PM and remain closed...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

NJSC Chief Justice Issues Orders Extending Deadlines for Property Tax Appeals

Yesterday, in response to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Rabner issued an Order extending the filing deadlines for complaints and counter-complaints for local property tax appeals.The de...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

NJLM Advocates for Public Employers Representation in Families First Coronavirus Response Act

We have contacted our Congressional delegation to seek, for public employers, the same consideration that has been extended to private employers, concerning paid family and sick leave requirements.The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) crea...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

NJLM Delivers COVID_19 Requests to Congressional Delegation

On Wednesday, the New Jersey League of Municipalities delivered letters to Senators Menendez and Booker and all Members of New Jersey’s delegation in the House of Representatives. We thanked them for the steps they have already taken to address ...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Governor Signs EO on Elections

Earlier today (Thursday, March 19) Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 105 regarding upcoming elections against the backdrop of the State of Emergency in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone and Online Service

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population they serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and t...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Senate to Consider COVID-19 Bill Package

On Thursday the Senate will consider the COVID-19 bill package passed by the Assembly earlier this week. The bill package includes legislation addressing budgetary, election, Open Public Meetings Act, Open Public Records Act, and employee leave i...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Federal Update on COVID-19 Response by the National League of Cities

From our colleagues at the National League of Cities we are providing the following brief update on Federal legislative action in response to COVID-19.The White House released new guidelines aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The changing...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Bill Package Released from Assembly

On Monday under emergency voting rules, the Assembly considered a bill package related to COVID-19. At this time the bill text is unavailable but we will provide a more detailed update once the bill text becomes available. The Senate voting session is sch...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Gov. Issues EO 104 on Closings to Combat COVID-19

Yesterday Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 104 instituting various closings and limiting social interaction in attempt to combat COVID-19. The Order:

  • Limits all gatherings to 50 or fewer people. Excluded from this is normal operations at airports, bu...
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Posted on: March 17, 2020

DLGS Issues Guidance on Emergency Procurement, Use of Storm Recovery Reserves

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2020-06 on emergency procurement and use of storm recovery reserves in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  In circumstances where an emergency affecting the ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Gov's Executive Order and Press Conference

Later today, we will pass along the Executive Order and other relevant information but here is a synopsis.

Governor Murphy held a joint press conference with Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor LaMont of Connecticut. Gatherings larger than 50 people wi...

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Bill Package

On Monday, the Assembly is considering a bill package related to COVID-19. Bills that will be considered are listed below. At this time the bill text is unavailable but will provide a more detail update once the bill text becomes available.  At t...

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

Emergency Procurement Guidance

During this upcoming week the Division of Local Government Services will be issuing guidance on emergency procurement but in the interim we call your attention to Local Finance Notice 2018-20 specifically, page 3 and 5. As a reminder, in circumstances whe...

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Posted on: March 14, 2020

Municipal Courts Statewide Closed March 16-27

As part of the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Municipal Courts around the state will be closed March 16-27.  The court offices will remain open and certain matters will continue to be handled.

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Action Needed: Senate Advancing PFRS 20 & Out Legislation

Please contact your Senator and urge them to oppose S-1017.

On Monday, the Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to consider S-1017 which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill’s effective date to retire, regardless of ag...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 COVID-19 Update

The State is conducting daily calls with designated representatives in each county. We strongly suggest you discuss local concerns with your county’s designated official. We have stressed to both the Governor’s Office and the county of...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Civil Service Issues Guidance on COVID-19

Earlier this week the Civil Service Commission issued guidelines and FAQ’s for state employees following the Governor’s Executive Order responding to COVID-19. While most of the guidance pertains to State employees the Civil Service Co...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Seeking State Waiver on Deadlines and Compliance

The League has begun reaching out to State agencies and departments requesting consideration of waivers and adjustment to compliance requirements while municipalities are shifting resources and responding to COVID-19.

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Governor Declares Public Health Emergency, State of Emergency

Last night, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 103, declaring both a State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency across New Jersey, effective immediately. By declaring a State of Emergency, the State is provided with more flexibility to wa...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

State & Local COVID-19 Briefing

On Wednesday, March 11, at 1:00 PM ET, White House Senior Administration Officials are hosting a briefing call on the coronavirus public health emergency. If you would like to join, register now. Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleag...

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Local Leaders

Local responses might be essential if the coronavirus (COVID-19) hits New Jersey hard. The League is committed to providing you with the best information and advice available. League Attorney Frank Marshall has analyzed your legal rights during a public h...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Senate Committee Unanimously Releases PFRS 20 and Out Legislation

On Thursday, the Senate State Government Committee unanimously released S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill’s effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service cred...

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Posted on: March 2, 2020

FY 2021 State Budget-Municipal Interest

On Tuesday Governor Murphy proposed a $40.85 billion budget, to govern state spending through the State’s next (FY 2021) Fiscal Year. While we continue our analysis, we wanted to highlight the following areas of interest in the FY2021 Budget Bri...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

Support for Common Sense Telecommunications Bills Sought

The League strongly supports common-sense legislation that has been reintroduced for consideration in the current Legislation session. A-2991/S-421 are companion bills that will clarify telecommunications industry corporate tax responsibilities and shield...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Coronavirus Task Force Established

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 102 establishing the Coronavirus Task Force. The task force chaired by the Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli will coordinate all State efforts to appropriately prepare for and respond to...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

EPA Proposing Revisions to Federal Lead & Copper Rule

As you may be aware, late last year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule to reduce lead exposure in drinking water. This action represents the first major overhaul of ...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

OPRA Study Commission Legislation Introduced

Senator Corrado has introduced S-180, which establishes a 14-member Open Public Records Act Study Commission. The bill has been referenced to Senate State Government Committee. The League strongly supports S-180 and we thank Senator Corrado and Assemblyma...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Plastic Bag Ban Bill Advances

On Jan. 30 in Trenton, the Senate Energy and Environment Committee amended and released a bill that would phase in a ban on non-reusable plastic bags and other food and drink containers.As you may recall, the State Senate and General Assembly failed to ag...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Training & Certification Mandate Hearing Scheduled for Committee Hearing

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 adm...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

U.S. House Advances Infrastructure Framework

The National League of Cities (NLC) reports that, on Wednesday, leadership in the House of Representatives, led by the Chairmen of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR), Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone (N...

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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.

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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 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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