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Posted on: August 16, 2019

New Law Prohibits Law Enforcement-Like Badges for Elected Officials

Signed into law last week, P.L. 2019, c. 221 prohibits any county/municipality from issuing a law enforcement badge or a badge that may be mistaken as a law enforcement badge to an elected official except one elected as a county law enforcement officer.

Signed into law last week, P.L. 2019, c. 221 prohibits any county or municipality from issuing a law enforcement badge or a badge that may be mistaken as a law enforcement badge to an elected official except for any county elected official who is elected ...

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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 fo...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission Established

Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 215 establishing the “New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission” to investigate options for recycling solar energy generation structures.

On August 9 Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 215 establishing the “New Jersey Solar Panel Recycling Commission” to investigate options for recycling and other end-of-life management methods for photovoltaic and other solar energy g...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

U.S. Semiquincentennial Listening Session

Local officials are invited to join a listening session on September 10 at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway regarding plans for the Semiquincentennial. RSVP required.

Last year the NJ State Legislature charged the NJ Historical Commission with preparing for the observance of the U.S. Semiquincentennial in 2026. Local officials are invited to join a listening session on September 10 at East Jersey Old Town Village in Pi...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Amendments to Public Movers & Warehousemen Licensing Act

P.L. 2019, c. 216 makes it unlawful for a person who is not licensed under the Public Movers and Warehousemen Licensing Act to advertise or engage in the business of public moving or storage.

P.L. 2019, c. 216 makes it unlawful for a person who is not licensed under the Public Movers and Warehousemen Licensing Act to advertise or engage in the business of public moving or storage. The law also gives any law enforcement officer the authority to...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

Applications for Innovation in Governance Awards Sought

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities will again acknowledge and promote Innovation in Governance through our annual recognition program.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities will again acknowledge and promote Innovation in Governance through our annual recognition program. This is a great opportunity to showcase innovative s...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Take Part in NJ's 2020 Forest Action Plan

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the NJ Forest Service seek your input for the 2020 Forest Action Plan. The action plan serves as the state's basis for federal forestry funding and outlines the states' forest management.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the NJ Forest Service invite your input for the 2020 Forest Action Plan. The action plan serves as the state's basis for federal forestry funding and outlines the states' forest management ...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

New 2019 Edition! Salary Report of Municipal Positions Available Now

The latest edition of the New Jersey Municipal Salary Report is now available, including salaries for over 40 municipal positions. This is a digital report that includes data for 244 municipalities in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.

The latest edition of the New Jersey Municipal Salary Report is now available, including salaries for over 40 municipal positions. This is a digital report that includes data for 244 municipalities in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. The data was gathered f...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

New Jersey Clean Energy Program

The Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) will be awarding its first Community Energy Plan grants in 2019. These grants are designed to encourage communities to bring together stakeholders to create a plan to reduce the communities’ energy consumption.

The Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) will be awarding its first Community Energy Plan grants in 2019. These grants are designed to encourage communities to bring together all the stakeholders (residents, businesses, non-profits and government) t...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

NLC Housing Task Force Report Panel Discussion Available

On July 9, the National League of Cities hosted local officials from the NLC Housing Task Force for a panel discussion on NLC’s new report, “Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing.” The event was recorded and can be viewed on the NLC site.

On July 9, National League of Cities (NLC) hosted local officials from the NLC Housing Task Force for a panel discussion about NLC’s new report, “Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing.” The session included Task Forc...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

Mayors Wellness Campaign Offers New Tool

The newest addition to the MWC Toolkit is Integrating Residents with Disabilities into Your MWC Programs. It includes resources, strategies, and tips for communities to make their community health and wellness events more accessible to all residents.

The newest addition to the MWC Toolkit is Integrating Residents with Disabilities into Your MWC Programs. This brand-new tool includes resources, strategies, and tips for communities to use to make their community health and wellness events more accessibl...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

Centennial of Suffrage

How will your town be recognizing the centennial of women’s suffrage in New Jersey? We’d like to include your efforts on the League’s website, social media, and NJ Municipalities magazine.

The 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification in New Jersey will be celebrated throughout 2020. With many significant suffragists hailing from the Garden State, there are many stories to be told about how women came to the vote and ...

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

NJ Municipalities Magazine Seeking Your Stories

Local officials are invited to share their stories with the readers of NJ Municipalities Magazine.

Local officials are invited to share their stories with the readers of NJ Municipalities Magazine. Do you have a successful initiative or an innovation that could help your fellow local governments in the Garden State? We are now accepting queries from lo...

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Nominate Your Downtown for Downtown Excellence Awards

Each year Downtown New Jersey recognizes New Jersey’s best downtown projects and programs completed within the last two years. Winning submissions are recognized at the Downtown New Jersey Conference on October 18.

Each year Downtown New Jersey recognizes New Jersey’s best downtown projects and programs completed within the last two years. Winning submissions are considered models worthy of emulation and are promoted on Downtown New Jersey’s webs...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Spotted Laternfly Quarantine Area Expected to Expand

The NJ Department of Agriculture proposed expanding the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine to include Burlington, Gloucester, Camden, Salem, and Somerset Counties to the current quarantine area of Warren, Hunterdon, and Mercer County.

Earlier this week, the NJ Department of Agriculture proposed expanding the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine to include Burlington, Gloucester, Camden, Salem, and Somerset Counties to the current quarantine area of Warren, Hunterdon, and Mercer County.The Spo...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

NJ Dept. of Agriculture Adopts Beekeeping Rules

The NJ Dept. of Agriculture adopted new rules aimed at regulating beekeeping within the state. The League was a key stakeholder in developing these regulations, however, the standards fall short of providing adequate protections.

Last week the New Jersey Department of Agriculture adopted new rules aimed at regulating beekeeping within the state. The League was a key stakeholder in developing these regulations, however, the standards fall short of providing adequate protections for...

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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Municipal Compliance with Federal Overtime Requirements

The US Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division reports incomplete municipal compliance with FLSA section 7 overtime requirements. Municipalities can self-audit for compliance using the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program.

We are providing this information to assist you in determining whether your municipality complies with Federal overtime pay requirements. The US Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division advised the League many municipal governments are not complying w...

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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Small Municipality Economic Development Proposal Gains Traction

The NJ Senate unanimously approved S-2256 establishing the "Main Street Assistance Program" to provide financial and technical assistance to businesses located in the Main Street area within small municipalities.

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 &am...

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Posted on: March 15, 2019

State Planning Commission Moves to Extend Expiration Dates

The Planning Commission published proposed amendments to regulations extending the validity of plan endorsements and center designations approved by the Commission prior to Dec. 31, 2009, and expiring this year, until June 30, 2020.

After some time of dormancy, the State Planning Commission has again become active. Recently, the Planning Commission published proposed amendments to regulations that would extend the validity of plan endorsements and center designations set to expire th...

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Posted on: February 15, 2019

DLGS Issues Guidance on LOSAP Annual CPI Adjustment

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2019-03 providing general information regarding the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) along with the annual cost of living adjustment to the maximum award amounts.

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2019-03 providing general information regarding the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) along with the annual cost of living adjustment to the maximum award amounts. The increa...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

League Publications: Read All About It

The League offers a wide variety of publications to provide extra insights on the hot topics in local government, from Newly Elected guidebooks to the latest editions on OPMA, License Fees, Salaries, and Local Public Contracts.

The League offers a wide variety of publications to provide extra insights on the hot topics in local government, from Newly Elected guidebooks to the latest editions on OPMA, License Fees, Salaries, and Local Public Contracts. For more information on the...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

2019 Campaign Contribution Notice from Secretary of State

From the NJ Division of Elections: No holder of a public office or position shall demand payment or contribution from another holder of a public office or position for the campaign purposes of any candidate or for the use of any political party.

The New Jersey Division of Elections has requested we share the following information with all Municipal Clerks on our mailing list. Questions and inquiries for additional information should be directed to Donna Barber, Elections Manager, Division of Elec...

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Posted on: December 14, 2018

Application Period Open for “We Value Our Veterans” Award

The application period is now open for Gov. Murphy's "We Value Our Veterans" Community Award.

Many municipalities already recognize veterans in numerous ways. This award provides an additional avenue to honor New Jerseyans who have answered the call to arms in the defense of American values. Through this program, municipalities must accumulate 145...

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Posted on: October 22, 2018

CY 2018/SFY 2019 Best Practices Checklist Issued

CY 2018/SFY 2019 Best Practices Checklist is out. Local Finance Notice 2018-26 provides guidance on this year’s process. Calendar Year municipalities' Best Practices checklist is due Nov. 12, 2018, and State Fiscal Year municipalities April 5, 2019.

On October 15, the Division of Local Government Services issued the CY 2018/SFY 2019 Best Practices Checklist. Local Finance Notice 2018-26 provides guidance on this year’s process. Calendar Year municipalities must submit their Best Pr...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

NJ Homeowners Guide to Property Taxes

League affiliate the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey collaborated with NJCPA, NJ Realtors, investors Foundation, and Rutgers to produce a “Homeowners Guide To Property Taxes”.

League affiliate the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey collaborated with NJCPA, NJ Realtors, investors Foundation, and Rutgers to produce a “Homeowners Guide To Property Taxes”. We have posted the guide for you to downlo...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Correct Version of the State Flag

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag. The underskirts of the goddesses are silver as set forth by the NJ legislature in 1928. Non-approved versions show the underskirts incorrectly in blue.

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag.On behalf of the New Jersey State Treasury Printing Service, we are distributing this information so that municipalities will be aware of the correct and a...

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