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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Bills on Governor's Desk

The following bills of interest are on the Governor’s desk for his consideration. We ask that you reach out to the Governor’s office expressing your position.

A-3686/S-2137, "Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act." This legislation, which we oppose, would impose mandatory requirements on public employers to ensure that public unions are able to carry out their statutory duties by having access to and the ability to communicate with, their public employee members. The League, joined by its partners the Association of Counties, School Boards Association, and the Association of State Colleges and Universities, are concerned that many provisions of the bill, such as access to employees provided to unions, and meeting with union officials and their members, intrude into the collective bargaining process. In addition, we are concerned that new procedures required by A-3686/S-2137, such as providing detailed contact information to the unions on all employees, whether they are members of the union, or not, is not only inconsistent with the labor-management dynamic but unintentionally creates a taxpayer-funded data mining and access that could violate public employees’ privacy and First Amendment rights. For more, please click here.

S-846/A-1320, Reinstates and extends duration of certain UEZs; requires DCA to study UEZ program and report recommendations to the Legislature. This amended legislation, which we support, would reactivate the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program in those municipalities where it expired at the end of 2016. S-846/A-1320 also directs the Department of Community Affairs to conduct or contract for a study of the Urban Enterprise Zone program. The results of the study would need to be delivered to the Legislature, with a year of the bill’s enactment. It would include recommendations regarding the continuation, modification, or replacement of the program. For more, please click here.

A-3122/S-871, Allows certain joint insurance funds to make certain investments and to form certain investment programs; authorizes school districts and local units of government to deposit public funds into multiple federally-insured accounts. This legislation, which we support, implements League Conference Resolution 2016-08 by permitting both local unit and board of education joint insurance funds (JIFs) to invest in bonds of any governmental entity established under State law, or of any federal agencies or government corporations. It will also permit the local unit and board of education JIFs to amend their respective risk management plans to form joint cash management and investment programs. For more, please click here.

A-2039/S-485, "Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act." The legislation, which we support, reforms various aspects of the healthcare delivery system in New Jersey to increase transparency in pricing for health care services, enhance consumer protections, create an arbitration system to resolve certain healthcare billing disputes, contain rising costs associated with out-of-network health care services, and measure success with regard to these goals.

A-1827/S-2171, Concerns earned sick leave to employees. The bill requires employers to provide earned sick leave to employees that they employ in the State. The bill was amended to exclude public employers who provide sick leave with full payment pursuant to any other law, rule or regulation of this State. For more, please click here.

A-3382/S-1971, Permits taxpayers to make dedicated prepayment toward anticipated property taxes. The Assembly and Senate accepted the Governor’s conditional veto and the Governor now has 10 days to act on the bill. For more, please click here.

S-1893/A-3499, Authorizes municipality, county, or school district to establish one or more charitable funds for specific purposes; permits property tax credit for certain donations.

Contacts:
• Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, mcerra@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, x120.
• Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, x121.
• Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, lbuckelew@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, x112.

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