Home Rule traditions were again defended when the League opposed two important measures in 1951. The Local Health District Act of that year, when finally enacted, contained substantial modifications over previous versions which made it permissive rather than mandatory in nature. Similarly, a proposed Public Assistance Code of 1951 met such strenuous opposition by the League because of its flagrant violation of home rule that it was rejected by the Legislature. The Legislature subsequently appointed a study commission to review the welfare field, but its conclusions were likewise disapproved by the League, and as a result legislation on the subject was defeated when it was introduced in 1954.
Local Health District Act
A landmark shared services enactment that authorized the establishment of consolidated local health districts and county local health districts. Participation of a municipality, in a consolidated or county health district, was to be determined by an affirmative vote of the citizens.
The League actively endorsed the proposed Public Employees' Retirement System, a system that gave New Jersey's public employees a retirement program that appropriately rewards their hard work and commitment.