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Posted on: January 11, 2019

Governor to Deliver State of the State

On Tuesday, January 15, Governor Phil Murphy will deliver his first State of the State address to a joint session of the New Jersey State Legislature. In his address, the Governor will likely highlight his policy objectives for 2019 and beyond and will li...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 4, 2019

Cannabis Legalization Impasse

Legislation to legalize adult, recreational use of marijuana was moved out of respective committees in late November but has not advanced for final floor votes. There remain at least two significant areas of disagreement between the Murphy Administration ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 4, 2019

Minimum Wage Progress

The Governor, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin emerged from a meeting in December with indications that they moved closer to an agreement on a minimum wage increase, which would eventually phase-in to $15/hour. Legislation advancing ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 21, 2018

Vegetative Management Bill Develops

On Monday, the State Assembly voted 70-1 (with 4 not voting and 5 abstentions) to approve A-2558, known as the “Vegetation Management Response Act.”  The League opposed this bill as it would give electric utility companies complete discretion to ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 21, 2018

Bill Allows Grocery Stores to Sell Alcoholic Beverages Without Local Approval

On Monday, the Assembly approved A-4700. The vote was 53-24, with one abstention.

The bill, which aims to encourage supermarkets and grocery stores to better serve the residents of ‘food desert’ communities, currently includes a provision that would allow ...

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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
Posted on: December 7, 2018

$15 Minimum Wage Legislation Introduced

On Monday the Assembly Labor Committee will consider A-15, which will over time raise the hourly minimum wage to $15.00. We call your attention to Allen v. Fauver, 327 N.J. Super. 14 (App. Div. 1999), an appellate division case which held that the State i...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 7, 2018

Update on Marijuana Legalization

Last week the Senate Budget and Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted out legislation to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana.  The amended bills now stand at “2nd reading” and could be scheduled for a final f...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Local Control Denied in ABC Portion of Food Dessert Grocer Bill

On Thursday, November 29, the Assembly Human Services Committee held a hearing on a number of bills meant to address the problem of hunger in New Jersey. One bill, A-4700, the “Food Desert Elimination Act,” is intended to provide incentives to supermarket...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Marijuana Legalization Advances

During a joint hearing Monday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted out legislation to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana.  The amended bills now stand at “2nd reading” and could be sc...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 23, 2018

2% Interest Arbitration Extension

Unanimously approved by the Legislature and the Governor in  June 2014, the extension on the 2% cap on Interest Arbitration awards expired on December 31, 2017. While the 2% property tax levy cap will continue, the cap on Interest Arbitration awa...

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