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Posted on: June 19, 2019

June 20 Voting Session for State Senate & General Assembly

Both houses of the State Legislature are expected to meet tomorrow and approve the State budget bill and send it to Governor Murphy for his consideration. In addition, each House will consider dozens of other bills, many of interest to local governments. ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 18, 2019

Assembly Committee Releases Affordable Housing Bill

Yesterday, A-4414, a bill which the League opposes, was reported out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee with a committee substitute. The League understands the need for affordable housing, and appreciates legislative efforts to co...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 18, 2019

OPMA and OPRA Bills Advance

Yesterday, by a vote of 6 yes and 5 abstentions, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee amended and released S-106, which amends the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), and S-107, which amends the Open Public Records Act ( OPRA). We are currently rev...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 18, 2019

League Supports Taxpayer Equity Liability Standards Bill

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee approved S-3739 and A-5392 respectively. This legislation will establish liability standards in sexual abuse lawsuits filed against public entities and public employees.  ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 18, 2019

Legislature Introduces FY 2020 Budget Bills

Yesterday in Trenton, the State Senate and the General Assembly introduced and advanced identical bills that would authorize State appropriations for the 2020 Fiscal Year that begins on July 1. S-2020/A-5600 would appropriate $38.7 billion. The bill assum...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 17, 2019

Telecom Tax Bill Advances

The Assembly Appropriations Committee has released A-5450, which will clarify telecommunications industry corporate tax responsibilities and shield local taxpayers from the costs of endless tax court litigation. The bill now awaits a floor vote in the Gen...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 17, 2019

Committee Releases First “Path to Progress” Bills

On Thursday the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee released the following Path to Progress bills:

•    S-3760 would require municipalities, counties, school districts, and local authorities to ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 3, 2019

Bill to Clarify Tax Responsibilities

The League fully supports recently introduced legislation, which will clarify telecommunications industry business tax responsibilities, and shield local taxpayers from the costs of endless tax court litigation. The companion bills are A-5450 and S-3827, ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 24, 2019

Municipal Liability Bill Corrections Bill Approved

Earlier this week the Assembly Judiciary Committee reported A-5392 out of committee, readying the bill for second reading in the Assembly. The intent of A-5392 is to establish liability standards for public entities, identical to the standards ap...

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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: May 17, 2019

Property Tax Relief Restoration Bill Moves Forward

On Monday, in Trenton, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced S-51. The legislation has been a long-time League priority. It would, beginning next year, require the State to begin a phased-in restitution of the $331 million, wh...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 17, 2019

PILOT Sharing Bill Advances

On Monday, the Senate State Government Committee also advanced S-59, which requires municipalities to share certain payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) with counties and school districts, and informs counties and school districts of urban renewal applicatio...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 17, 2019

Gov. Signs Sexual Abuse Suit Extension Bill

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed into law S-477, which extended the statute of limitations in civil actions for sexual abuse claims. The law creates a two-year window for parties to bring lawsuits based on sexual abuse that would be time-barred, even wit...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 10, 2019

League Supports Transportation Alternatives Bill

The NJ League and the National League of Cities (NLC) support the Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act (S. 1098) introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). This bipartisan bill improves on the highly successful Transportatio...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 10, 2019

Governor Signs League-Supported ‘Vicious Dog’ Standards Bill

On Tuesday, Governor Phil Murphy signed S-1923 into law (P.L. 2019, Chapter 82). The League supported this carefully crafted bill, which refines the criteria, to be used by a municipal court, to determine whether a dog is vicious or pote...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: April 5, 2019

Small Municipality Economic Development Proposal Gains Traction

On Monday, the State Senate unanimously approved S-2256, a bill which establishes the "Main Street Assistance Program" to provide financial and technical assistance to businesses located in the “Main Street area” within a “small municipality” Th...

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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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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 6, 2019

Governor's Proposed SFY 2020 Budget

Yesterday in Trenton, Governor Murphy presented his second budget proposal to the Legislature and the people of New Jersey. From our perspective, municipal property tax relief funding is of paramount importance.

We thank the Governor for an appropriate inc...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Gov. Signs Electronic Procurement Legislation

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed into law as P.L. 2018, c. 156 legislation supported by the League, the New Jersey Association of Counties and the New Jersey School Boards Association. The legislation, passed as A-3112, authorizes local units of...

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Legislative Advocacy