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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Budget Impasse Continues

Yesterday, the State Senate, in a 21-17 vote, and the General Assembly, in a 46-28 vote, passed S-2019, a state budget for fiscal year 2019. The State Constitution requires the adoption of a balanced state budget by July 1.Earlier in the week, Governor Ph...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

OPRA & OPMA Amendments Advance in Senate

On June 14, by a vote of 4-0, the Senate State Government Committee amended and released S-106, which revises the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), and S-107, which revises the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The League testified, along with the New Jersey...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Senate Passes Beach Public Access Bill

Yesterday, the State Senate passed S-1074, a bill which the League opposes. This bill, like similar bills from prior legislative sessions, seeks to ensure public access to beaches and waterways through the public trust doctrine. While the League supports ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Preemptive "Bag Bill" Sent to Governor

Yesterday in Trenton, both House passed legislation that would impose a Statewide fee on single-use carryout bags provided to customers at retail check-out counters. The League of Municipalities opposes the legislation (A-3267/S-2600), which would, in par...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

Ask Legislators to Oppose ETR Changes in State Budget

Earlier this week, League President and East Rutherford Mayor Jim Cassella wrote to every member of the State Senate and General Assembly, urging them to oppose the Governor’s proposed re-appropriation of dedicated Energy Tax Receipts (ETR). As ...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

State Shutdown Possible

State policy makers continue to work towards an agreement on revenues and appropriations for New Jersey’s next fiscal year. Serious disagreements remain, however, regarding revenue raising options. Still, Governor Murphy and Legislative Leaders,...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

OPRA & OPMA Bills to Senate Budget Committee

By a vote of 4-0, the Senate State Government Committee amended and released S-106, which revises the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), and S-107, which revises the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The League testified, along with the New Jersey Association...

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

PILOT Bill Amended & Released

On Monday, the Senate Budget Committee amended and released S-1701, which is opposed by the League. This bill would require an application for a long term property tax exemption (PILOT) to include a cost-benefit analysis and for the municipality to produc...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Urgent Legislative Alert: Take Action on OPRA & OPMA Revisions

On Thursday, June 14, the Senate State Government Committee will consider S-106 and S-107, bills which will revise the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Though we anticipate committee amendments, these bills are, as i...

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

Senate Accepts Governor's Conditional Veto of S-5

The Senate unanimously accepted the Governor’s conditional veto of S-5, which would transfer the management of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees comprised of Labor and Management representatives. The earliest the Senate c...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Local Government Funding Maintained in Federal Budget Draft

The annual Congressional Appropriations process begins with the introduction and consideration of 12 annual spending bills, each focused on one or more areas of Federal spending. The bills are put together by the subcommittees of the Senate and House Appr...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

SCOTUS Decision Opens Sports Wagering Door

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its highly anticipated decision in Murphy v. NCAA (formerly Christie v. NCAA). The divided Court overturned the lower court’s decision and found that the Federal law known as the ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Appellate Division Issues OPRA Decision

In a consolidated opinion, the Appellate Division issued its decision in Harry Scheeler v. City of Cape May, a case which the League joined as amicus curiae. This case concerned the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and specifically sought to answer the ques...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act Signed

Governor Murphy signed A-3686, the “Workplace Democracy Act.” This law, which takes effect immediately, imposes mandatory requirements on public employers to ensure that public unions are able to carry out their statutory duties by hav...

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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Clarifications of Animal Cruelty Enforcement Law

On January 16 of this year, former Governor Christie signed into law a bill that enacted major reforms, designed to improve enforcement of the State’s animal welfare and animal cruelty statutes. In response to reports of improprieties, the law e...

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Charitable Trust Legislation Signed

On May 4 in East Rutherford, Governor Murphy signed S-1893, which permits municipalities, counties, or school districts to establish one or more charitable funds, each for specific public purposes; and permits property tax credits in association with cert...

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Posted on: April 27, 2018

Pay Equity Act Signed into Law

On April 24, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law S-104, the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act.” The new law which takes effect July 1, 2018, modifies the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to expand unlawful employment practice under LAD t...

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