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Posted on: July 19, 2019

July 2019 Interest Arbitration Update

In June, mediators appointed by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) issued three interest arbitration awards. The first interest arbitration awards to be issued since the expiration of the 2% cap. Each of these awards arose out of an impasse...

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2% Interest Arbitration

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Budgeting

12 Stories
Posted on: June 30, 2021

State FY 22 Budget Signed

Today, Governor Phil Murphy, along with legislative leaders and cabinet members gathered in Woodbridge for the signing of the 2022 Fiscal Year State Budget, which appropriates $46.3 billion in state funds and $6 billion in federal funds. This year’s budge...

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Budgeting
Posted on: June 28, 2021

2022 Budget on Gov. Murphy's Desk

On Thursday both the Assembly and Senate passed A-5870/S-2022, which appropriates $46.3 billion in state funds and $6 billion in federal funds for New Jersey’s FY22 state budget. The budget will now be sent to Governor Murphy desk for his signature. The G...

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Budgeting
Posted on: June 24, 2021

State FY 22 Budget Introduced

On Tuesday June 22, the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees released A-5870/S-2022, which appropriates $46.3 billion in state funds and $21 billion in federal funds for New Jersey’s FY22 state budget. The Governor’s original proposed budget allocated $4...

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Budgeting
Posted on: April 30, 2021

New Jersey SFY 2022 Budget Update

Over the past month, State Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget hearings have continued to be held by the Legislature. The Governor’s proposed FY 2022 budget includes a full payment to the pension system, a flat increase from the FY 2021 budget to the State, and ...

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Budgeting
Posted on: February 24, 2021

FY 2021 State Budget-Municipal Interest

On Tuesday, February 23, Governor Murphy delivered the annual budget address. The Governor’s proposed $44.8 billion budget will guide the State’s spending through the next (FY 2022) fiscal year. While the full details of the Governor&a...

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Budgeting
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Local Finance Board Oks DLGS 2021 Budget Calendar Year Extension

On Wednesday, the Local Finance Board approved the proposed Division of Local Government Services 2021 Calendar Year (CY) Budget extensions. The revised CY 2019 Budget deadlines follow:

Mayor/Council Faulkner Act (Executive) budget transmission to the gove...

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Budgeting
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Property Tax Relief Bill Hearing on Monday

On Monday, the Assembly State and Local Government Committee will hear A-2991. This legislation will clarify the telecommunications industry's corporate tax responsibilities, and shield local taxpayers from the costs of endless tax court litigation.&n...

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Budgeting
Posted on: September 21, 2020

MIllioniares' Tax to Bolster State Budget

An agreement has been reached by Governor Phil Murphy and Legislative leaders on an income tax rate hike (from 8.97% to 10.75%) on earnings in excess of $1 million. The higher rate currently applies to income over $5 million. Announcing the agreement, Gov...

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Budgeting
Posted on: September 14, 2020

League Position on Governor's Budget Proposed Presented to Legislature

The League of Municipalities’ position on the Governor’s proposed FY 21 budget has been presented by League President Jim Perry and League Executive Director Mike Cerra to the members of both the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committ...

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Budgeting
Posted on: September 11, 2020

State Budget Deliberations Begin

Yesterday, both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee began their review of Governor Murphy’s proposed State Budget for FY ’21. That budget needs to be enacted by the end of this month, and it...

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Budgeting
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Proposed Budget Holds ETR/CMPTRA Level

Today, in Piscataway, Governor Murphy presented his revised budget proposal for State Fiscal Year 2021 (SFY ’21) to the Legislature and people of New Jersey. If adopted by the Legislature, as is, the budget would hold combined appropriations for...

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Budgeting
Posted on: August 9, 2020

DLGS Issues LFN on Enery Tax Receipt & CMPTRA Payment Program

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2020-17 summarizing the Energy Tax Receipt and CMPTRA payment program for CY 2020 and SFY 2020 extension budgets. The Energy Tax Receipt and CMPTRA August 1 installment payment was 45% ...

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Budgeting

News Flash

Posted on: July 2, 2021

Cannabis Facility Tour

As the opt-out August 21 deadline approaches, we have heard from a number of mayors and other municipal officials expressing an interest in touring a cannabis facility to better inform the opt-in/out decision. We have arranged for a tour of Terra Ascend’s...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: June 4, 2021

NJLM President Kovach Presents Municipal Concerns at Cannabis Regulatory Commission Meeting

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) held a meeting this week where League President, Mayor Janice Kovach of Clinton Town, spoke about some of the issues facing municipalities with the rollout of the legalized cannabis, including parking concerns, odo...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Cannabis Regulatory Commission Seeking Input from Municipalities

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) will be holding its next meeting on June 1, 2021, at 12 p.m. The CRC is seeking input from municipal representatives about the emerging cannabis industry. At this meeting, the CRC is asking for input from local off...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: April 27, 2021

NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission Holds Second Meeting

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission held its second public meeting on Thursday. The Commission took action on a number of procedural issues, including adopting a meeting schedule for the year. Although not mentioned during the meeting, the Commission is ta...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Cannabis Survey

With the new law creating a legal marijuana market in New Jersey, the League has worked with the Cannabis Advisory Group (CAG) to develop a survey for New Jersey mayors. The purpose of this survey is to identify the most pressing challenges and concerns f...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Cannabis Regulatory Commission Holds First Meeting

On Monday, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission held its first meeting. The Commission is tasked with creating rules and regulations regarding legalized and medical cannabis within the state. At this first meeting, the Commission took the necessary procedur...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Cannabis Legalization Deadlines

As we have previously reported, any municipal ordinances adopted prior to the February 22, 2021 adoption of P.L.2021, c.16, prohibiting or limiting cannabis establishments are null and void. Municipalities have until August 21, 2021, 180 days from the sig...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Governor Signs Parental Notification Legislation

Earlier today, Governor Murphy signed S-5472/S-3565 requiring law enforcement to provide a parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of a person under the age of 18 with a written notification for any violation for underage consumption or poss...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: March 9, 2021

March 4: Cannabis Legalization

Earlier this week we sent out a special update on guidance on cannabis legalization as well as a full opt-out ordinance template language. On March 3 we held a legislative briefing session on the legalization of recreational use of cannabis and based on t...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Cannabis Legalization Guidance

Guidance on Cannabis LegalizationFull Opt-Out Ordinance Template Language

Background

 In November 2020, New Jersey voters approved Public Question No. 1, which amended the New Jersey Constitution to allow for the legalization of a controlled form o...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Feb. 26, 2021 Cannabis Update

On Monday Governor Murphy signed into law legislation legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older (A-21 – The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act) and decriminal...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: February 24, 2021

NJ AG Launches Marijuana Decriminalization & Legalization Resource Page

This week, on the heels of Governor Murphy signing legislation changing the legal status of marijuana, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the launch of a Marijuana Decriminalization & Cannabis Legalization Resource Page. The webpage is intended ...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Gov. Murphy Signs Legalization Legislation

As of this writing, it has been announced that the Governor has signed the legislation legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis, the decriminalization of cannabis, and the clean-up legislation that addresses possession by those under 21. We will be s...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Appellate Panel Rules on Medical Cannabis Facility Permit Applications

This week, the NJ Appellate Division issued an unpublished decision, allowing the state to resume its review of medical marijuana license applications. The review had previously been put on hold while the court examined a challenge to the application proc...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Marijuana Legalization Update

On December 17, both Houses of the State Legislature gave final approval to two bills related to the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana, following the approval of the ballot question in November. Governor Murphy has until February 8 to act o...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Cannabis Clean Up Legislation Held

Initially, both the Assembly and Senate were scheduled to consider legislation to clarify the recent cannabis legislation, A-5211/S-3320, on Monday. However, as of this afternoon, it appears the deal to legalize and decriminalize cannabis collapsed report...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Cannabis Legislation on Governor’s Desk

Yesterday, both the Assembly, by a vote of 49-24-6, and the Senate, by a vote of 23-17, approved S-21/A-21, which is the enabling legislation, legalizing, and regulating the adult recreational use of cannabis pursuant to passage of the constitutional amen...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Cannabis Legislation Advancing

Late last week Governor Murphy and legislative leaders reached an agreement on the legalization of adult recreational use of cannabis. In the announcement Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin, Senator Scutari and Assemblywoman Quija...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: December 10, 2020

AG Issues Marijuana Charge Guidance

Last week, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued additional guidance to prosecutors concerning the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases, supplementing his August 29, 2018 and November 4, 2020 guidance.The Attorney General’s guidance directs all New Je...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Legalization of Marijuana Legislation

Differences remain between the State Senate and General Assembly on A-21/S-21, the enabling legislation to legalize cannabis pursuant to the voter approval of Ballot Question #1. The pending legislation still contains local tax options as well as a 180 da...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash
Posted on: November 11, 2020

Conference Session Discusses Legalized Cannabis

It’s official, the voters of New Jersey have giving their approval to the ballot question on the legalization of recreational marijuana for those over 21. What’s next?Join our session “Marijuana in the Mile High City – A Collaborative Approach” at the 105...

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Cannabis Legalization News Flash

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Census

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Census Announces Delay in Apportionment Data to States

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that redistricting data to all states will be delivered by September 30, 2021. This is a six-month delay from the announced date of March 31, 2021 to deliver the data. The Census Bureau will deliver information al...

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Census
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Final NJ Census Push in Full Swing

There are just a few weeks remaining until the Census ends on September 30.Across the state, Census takers are knocking on the doors of those households that have not yet responded. New Jersey is officially in the midst of the final Get Out The Count (GOT...

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Census
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Census 2020- Time Is Running Out

The U.S. Census Bureau will stop counting residents in your municipality, and across the State and Nation, in less than four weeks. This year’s – this decade’s – truncated schedule for in-person contact will end on ...

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Census
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Census Bureau Moves to Cut Data Collection Phase Short

Late last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released information on a number of steps being taken to shorten the time for field data collection, to the end of September, and to provide reapportionment data to the Congress by the end of the year. Until this ann...

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Census
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Urge Your Citizens to Respond to the Census

To be blunt about it, the U.S. Census is all about two things: Funding and Representation. Every one of your citizens who remains uncounted is a missed opportunity. And every missed opportunity is a bonus for those living elsewhere. What your citizens do,...

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Census

News Flash

Posted on: July 16, 2021

Week of July 12: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy announced the NJ Docket App for COVID vaccination records and continued to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated. The Division of Pensions and Benefits issued guidance on the termination of retirees who returned employment ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: July 2, 2021

Week of June 26: COVID-19 Update

This week Governor Murphy announced guidance for the 2021/22 school year; highlighted New Jersey reached its vaccination goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated 12 days early while continuing to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated; and noted...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Week of June 7: COVID-19 Update

Since terminating the COVID-19 public health and state of emergency, and signing legislation expiring all COVID-19 executive orders, Governor Murphy continues to promote the vaccination programs to reach the goal of having 4.7 million New Jerseyans fully ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Week of May 31: COVID-19 Update

Yesterday the Assembly and Senate passed A-5820/S-3866, which will expire all COVID-19 Executive Orders 30 days after the Governor signs the bill with limited exceptions. We anticipate the Governor will sign this bill very shortly. For more on th...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Week of May 17: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 240, which extends the public health emergency for additional 30 days as well as Executive Order 241, which eliminates the outdoor mask requirement. In signing the public health emergency ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Week of May 10: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 239  easing of certain COVID-19 restrictions effective May 19. He announced that adolescents between the age of 12 and 16 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations based on CDC’s emergency approva...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: May 13, 2021

Week of May 3: COVID-19 Report

Earlier this week Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 238 easing certain restrictions on indoor dining, bar seating, outdoor gatherings, and more. The Governor also announced that, effective May 19, New Jersey will remove COVID-19 capacity restrictions...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Week of April 26: COVID-19 Weekly Update

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey will be easing restrictions on outdoor gatherings and indoor catered events. Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey will be easing restrictions on outdoor gatherings and in...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Week of April 19: COVID-19 Update

This week COVID-19 continues to focus on vaccinations, gatherings, and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.COVID-19 Data for April 22, 2021

  • New Confirmed Cases – 2,895
  • New Probable Cases – 527
  • Rate of Transmission .093
  • New Lab-Confirmed Dea...
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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Week of April 12:COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week New Jersey paused the administering of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine upon the recommendation, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration pending further investigation into six reported incidences of sev...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Week of April 5, 2021: COVID-19 Update

The Governor this week announced that effective April 19 all New Jersey residents over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and noted that with the more than 750 vaccination sites in New Jersey 98.7% of residents live within five m...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Week of March 29 COVID-19 Update

The Governor this week announced increased outdoor gathering limits and a new COVID-19 vaccine appointment finder. He also discussed the latest modeling from the Department of Health.In regards to the Department of Health modeling, the Governor highlighte...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Week of March 22: COVID-19 Update

Today the Governor announced an expansion of those eligible for the vaccine along with a partnership with the Biden Administration to open a pilot FEMA Community Vaccination Center located in Newark. Earlier this week the Governor noted that working with ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: March 22, 2021

Week of March 15: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week the Governor noted that Thursday marked one year since the closure of schools and the transition to all-remote learning. During his remarks the Governor stated that, “Come September, it is our complete expectation that every school will be open,...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Week of March 8: COVID Update

March 10 was the one-year anniversary of New Jersey’s first COVID-19 confirmed death. Governor Phil Murphy noted that “the toll of this virus has been staggering. It exceeds the numbers of New Jerseyans lost in any war. In one year, we...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: March 9, 2021

COVID-19 Weekly Update: Week of March 1

This week in Trenton on the COVID-19 front: March 4 marked the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Jersey. During his March 3, COVID briefing Governor Phil Murphy reviewed the steps New Jersey has taken in response. In addi...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Week of Feb. 22: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week in Trenton on the COVID-19 front: Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order increasing capacities for religious services, as well as sporting and entertainment events and announced New Jersey should anticipate approximately 70,000 of the Jo...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Week of February 15: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton: Governor Phil Murphy along with Acting Commissioner of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan released a plan on the learning gap. Vaccination deliveries have been delayed due to weather but it is antic...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Week of February 8: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to focus on vaccinations but also included an Executive Order on attendance at youth sporting events, information on upcoming elections, and the reopening of EDA’s applications for small...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Week of February 1: Covid-19 Update

This week Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order expanding indoor dining and limiting the 10 p.m. curfew on closings of restaurants. The Governor announced that Johnson and Johnson has submitted an application for emergency use authorization from ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Week of January 24: Covid-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to center on vaccinations, with the toll-free vaccination hotline going live and all of the mega-sites up and running. The Governor issued an Executive Order permitting both electronic and in-pers...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Week of January 18: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to center on vaccinations.  U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced today that New Jersey’s Department of Health will receive $591 million in federal funding for the vaccination progra...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: January 11, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Week of January 4

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 5,791 new positive cases and an additional 112 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 516,608 confirmed cases, and 17,697 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is 1.02. Sinc...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Week of December 21 COVID-19 Update

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 4,871 new positive cases and an additional 80 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 449,842 confirmed cases, and 16,599 confirmed deaths. The...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Week of December 14: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 3,975 new positive cases and an additional 44 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 423,226 confirmed cases and 16,216 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of December 6

Governor Murphy today announced that there were 3,821 new positive cases and an additional 55 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 390,256 confirmed cases, and 15,794 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.14. The...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of November 29

Earlier today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 5,673 new positive cases and an additional 48 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 356,662 confirmed cases, and 15,419 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of November 16

Covid cases in the Garden State continue to rise with Governor Murphy announcing today 3,635 new cases for a total of 297,370 cases to date, 23 new confirmed deaths for a total of 14,900 confirmed deaths to date, and the rate of transmission at 1.4%. Gove...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: November 11, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of November 2

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 2,199 new positive cases and an additional 13 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 249,380 confirmed cases, and 14,616 confirmed deaths. The ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: November 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Week of October 26, 2020

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 2,089 new positive cases and an additional 7 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 236,523 confirmed cases, and 14,546 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.26, and ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Week of September 6: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 518 new positive cases and an additional nine confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 195,888 confirmed cases and 14,234 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.08. The ...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Week of August 10: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 585 new positive cases and an additional 10 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 187,164 confirmed cases, and 14,064 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,839 probable deaths assoc...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Week of August 2: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 384 new positive cases and an additional 12 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 184,061 confirmed cases, and 14,007 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,853 probable deaths assoc...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Week of July 24: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 699 new positive cases and an additional 10 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 181,660 confirmed cases, and 13,923 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,875 probable deaths assoc...

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COVID-19 Weekly Reports

News Flash

Posted on: July 16, 2021

Week of July 12: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy announced the NJ Docket App for COVID vaccination records and continued to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated. The Division of Pensions and Benefits issued guidance on the termination of retirees who returned employment ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 2, 2021

Week of June 26: COVID-19 Update

This week Governor Murphy announced guidance for the 2021/22 school year; highlighted New Jersey reached its vaccination goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated 12 days early while continuing to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated; and noted...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 2, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act Compliance and Reporting Guidance

Last week the U.S. Department of the Treasury released Compliance and Reporting Guidance for State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) including General Guidance with Key Principles, Statutory Eligible Uses, Treasury&a...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Week of June 21: COVID-19 Update

Governor Murphy continues to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated. As part of the State’s Operation Jersey Summer the Covid-19 Community Corps are working door to door to provide residents with the facts about the vaccines and where to ge...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 14, 2021

GRC Statement Released on OPRA Response Time Reversion

Government Records Council (GRC), Executive Director Frank Caruso issued a Special Statement this week regarding the signing of P.L. 2021, c.103, which resulted in the termination of the State’s COVID-19 public health emergency and reinstated the statutor...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 14, 2021

DLGS Posts Portal for ARP Funding

This week, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) posted the application portal for municipalities with a population under 50,000 to apply for funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan. For more information, please read the League’s recent b...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Week of June 7: COVID-19 Update

Since terminating the COVID-19 public health and state of emergency, and signing legislation expiring all COVID-19 executive orders, Governor Murphy continues to promote the vaccination programs to reach the goal of having 4.7 million New Jerseyans fully ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Week of May 31: COVID-19 Update

Yesterday the Assembly and Senate passed A-5820/S-3866, which will expire all COVID-19 Executive Orders 30 days after the Governor signs the bill with limited exceptions. We anticipate the Governor will sign this bill very shortly. For more on th...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: June 4, 2021

DLGS Provides Application for Municipalities Under 50,000 Population Coronavirus-19 State and Local

This week, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) posted the application portal for municipalities with a population under 50,000 to apply for funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan. For more information, please read the League’s recent b...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: May 24, 2021

NJLM Hosts American Rescue Plan State and Local Funds Guidance Webinar

Today the League hosted a webinar to provide guidance on the U.S. Treasury Interim Final Rule to implement the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).The ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Week of May 17: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 240, which extends the public health emergency for additional 30 days as well as Executive Order 241, which eliminates the outdoor mask requirement. In signing the public health emergency ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: May 18, 2021

OSC Announces COVID-19 Compliance & Oversight Project

Pursuant to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 166, which was signed last year, the Office of the State Comptroller announced a COVID-19 Compliance and Oversight Project to conduct reviews, audit state and local entities, review procurements, and...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Week of May 10: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 239  easing of certain COVID-19 restrictions effective May 19. He announced that adolescents between the age of 12 and 16 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations based on CDC’s emergency approva...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: May 18, 2021

NJLM Hosts ARP Funding Guidance Webinar Friday, May 21

This Friday at noon the League of Municipalities is hosting a free webinar to provide guidance on the American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.The United States Department of Treasury published Guidance and Interim Final Rule...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: May 13, 2021

Week of May 3: COVID-19 Report

Earlier this week Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 238 easing certain restrictions on indoor dining, bar seating, outdoor gatherings, and more. The Governor also announced that, effective May 19, New Jersey will remove COVID-19 capacity restrictions...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: May 13, 2021

U.S. Treasury Provides Guidance on Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds

Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury adopted implementation rules for the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).Please see the League’s recent blog post that goe...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Week of April 26: COVID-19 Weekly Update

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey will be easing restrictions on outdoor gatherings and indoor catered events. Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey will be easing restrictions on outdoor gatherings and in...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Week of April 19: COVID-19 Update

This week COVID-19 continues to focus on vaccinations, gatherings, and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.COVID-19 Data for April 22, 2021

  • New Confirmed Cases – 2,895
  • New Probable Cases – 527
  • Rate of Transmission .093
  • New Lab-Confirmed Deaths 31
  • Hospital-Repor...
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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Week of April 12:COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week New Jersey paused the administering of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine upon the recommendation, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration pending further investigation into six reported incidences of sev...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Week of April 5, 2021: COVID-19 Update

The Governor this week announced that effective April 19 all New Jersey residents over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and noted that with the more than 750 vaccination sites in New Jersey 98.7% of residents live within five m...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Week of March 29 COVID-19 Update

The Governor this week announced increased outdoor gathering limits and a new COVID-19 vaccine appointment finder. He also discussed the latest modeling from the Department of Health.In regards to the Department of Health modeling, the Governor highlighte...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 26, 2021

American Rescue Plan Update

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law on March 11. The U.S. Treasury Department has 60 days to promulgate rules for the program and send federal aid directly to entitlement cities and to the state to be sent, unencumbered, to the mu...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Week of March 22: COVID-19 Update

Today the Governor announced an expansion of those eligible for the vaccine along with a partnership with the Biden Administration to open a pilot FEMA Community Vaccination Center located in Newark. Earlier this week the Governor noted that working with ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 22, 2021

Week of March 15: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week the Governor noted that Thursday marked one year since the closure of schools and the transition to all-remote learning. During his remarks the Governor stated that, “Come September, it is our complete expectation that every school will be open,...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Week of March 8: COVID Update

March 10 was the one-year anniversary of New Jersey’s first COVID-19 confirmed death. Governor Phil Murphy noted that “the toll of this virus has been staggering. It exceeds the numbers of New Jerseyans lost in any war. In one year, we have lost an averag...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: March 9, 2021

COVID-19 Weekly Update: Week of March 1

This week in Trenton on the COVID-19 front: March 4 marked the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Jersey. During his March 3, COVID briefing Governor Phil Murphy reviewed the steps New Jersey has taken in response. In addi...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Week of Feb. 22: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week in Trenton on the COVID-19 front: Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order increasing capacities for religious services, as well as sporting and entertainment events and announced New Jersey should anticipate approximately 70,000 of the Jo...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 22, 2021

House Oversight and Reform Passes Reconciliation Bill that Includes State and Local Government Aid

Last Friday, after a series of amendments were offered, including ones designed to limit and hinder state and local aid distribution, and were defeated, the House Oversight and Reform Committee reported favorably the state and local government ai...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Senators Menendez & Booker Discuss American Rescue Plan

On Thursday, League President, Clinton Town Mayor Janice Kovach, and League staff joined more than 200 elected officials discussed the American Rescue Plan with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on a virtual call. The Senators gave an overview of...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Week of February 15: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton: Governor Phil Murphy along with Acting Commissioner of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan released a plan on the learning gap. Vaccination deliveries have been delayed due to weather but it is antic...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Week of February 8: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to focus on vaccinations but also included an Executive Order on attendance at youth sporting events, information on upcoming elections, and the reopening of EDA’s applications for small and micro business ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Week of February 1: Covid-19 Update

This week Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order expanding indoor dining and limiting the 10 p.m. curfew on closings of restaurants. The Governor announced that Johnson and Johnson has submitted an application for emergency use authorization from ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Week of January 24: Covid-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to center on vaccinations, with the toll-free vaccination hotline going live and all of the mega-sites up and running. The Governor issued an Executive Order permitting both electronic and in-person collect...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: January 22, 2021

President Biden Releases COVID-19 Action Plan and Takes Related Executive Action

On Thursday, Jan. 21, President Joe Biden released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” that outlines seven specific goals to combat the pandemic: 

  • Goal 1: Restore trust with the American people
  • Goal 2: Mount ...
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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Week of January 18: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to center on vaccinations.  U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced today that New Jersey’s Department of Health will receive $591 million in federal funding for th...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: January 11, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Week of January 4

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 5,791 new positive cases and an additional 112 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 516,608 confirmed cases, and 17,697 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is 1.02. Sinc...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: January 11, 2021

U.S. Department of Treasury Announces Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published information for state and local governments about the new $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program that was enacted as part of the most recent COVID-19 emergency relief package. In general, fu...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Larger Stimulus Checks Unlikely

As of Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has not posted the CASH Act for a Senate vote. This legislation would provide an additional $1,400 stimulus check to the previously authorized $600 for a total of $2,000. The CASH Act passed the Hou...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 28, 2020

President Signs Omnibus Funding and COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Despite his previous requests that Congress amend the Omnibus Spending and COVID-19 Relief Bill to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000, President Trump signed the bill on Sunday night with no changes, after many features of the CARES A...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 28, 2020

FEMA Releases $40 Million in Additional Funds for 2020 Mitigation Grants

Each year, FEMA identifies and makes available additional funds from previous grant cycles from projects that were completed under budget or were not implemented. This year, following the release of the fiscal year 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity for t...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 28, 2020

COVID Relief & Omnibus Bill Passed

Along with the passage of an omnibus bill to fund the government through September, Congress overwhelmingly passed a COVID-19 relief bill late Monday night. As previously reported, direct funding for state and local governments was not included in this pa...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Week of December 21 COVID-19 Update

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 4,871 new positive cases and an additional 80 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 449,842 confirmed cases, and 16,599 confirmed deaths. The...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 21, 2020

Federal Update: No Direct State & Local Government Funding

Congressional Leadership announced an agreement on a COVID-19 relief package, which is expected to be voted on Monday. Excluded from that agreement is direct funding for state and local governments.The deadline to utilize existing CARES funding will be ex...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Week of December 14: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 3,975 new positive cases and an additional 44 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 423,226 confirmed cases and 16,216 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 18, 2020

State and Local Aid Excluded From COVID Relief Legislation

Congress continues to negotiate the details of a $900 billion COVID relief package, which will be attached to the $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package that funds the government through September. The current funding bill expires at midnight tonight and ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of December 6

Governor Murphy today announced that there were 3,821 new positive cases and an additional 55 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 390,256 confirmed cases, and 15,794 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.14. The...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Treasury OIG Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQs

Last week, the Department of Treasury Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an update to the Coronavirus Relief Fund “Frequently Asked Questions Related to Reporting and Recordkeeping.” Part of the document lays out the process fo...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of November 29

Earlier today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 5,673 new positive cases and an additional 48 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 356,662 confirmed cases, and 15,419 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of November 16

Covid cases in the Garden State continue to rise with Governor Murphy announcing today 3,635 new cases for a total of 297,370 cases to date, 23 new confirmed deaths for a total of 14,900 confirmed deaths to date, and the rate of transmission at 1.4%. Gove...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: November 11, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of November 2

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 2,199 new positive cases and an additional 13 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 249,380 confirmed cases, and 14,616 confirmed deaths. The ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: November 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Week of October 26, 2020

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 2,089 new positive cases and an additional 7 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 236,523 confirmed cases, and 14,546 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.26, and ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 16, 2020

US Conference of Mayors Partnering with National Restaurant Association for Webinar

The National Restaurant Association is partnering with the US Conference of Mayors to host a webinar, “What Will Your City Be Like Without Restaurants?” They will discuss the challenges that the restaurant industry is facing and what mayors can d...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Comments Sought on Emergency Remote Meeting Regulations

As we have previously reported, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued emergency regulations regarding emergency remote meeting protocols for local public bodies. The DCA is also taking action to make these emergency regulations permanent and wi...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Local Government Emergency Fund Grant Application Now Available

Counties and municipalities excluded from the federal government’s direct Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation plan, as well as those counties and municipalities that are currently the most impacted in comparison to their available resources, are elig...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: October 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Week of October 12, 2020

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 976 new positive cases and an additional 5 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 217,804 confirmed cases, and 14,413 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.18.&nb...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 21, 2020

NJ Delegation Challenges FEMA Sanitation/PPE Policy Change

Bipartisan Members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reverse a new policy stipulating the agency will no longer provide emergency reimbursement to school systems and local gover...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Bipartisant Problem Solvers Look to Break Coronavirus Logjam

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives’ bi-partisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) released the March to Common Ground, a framework for COVID relief designed to reignite negotiations on a critically important Coronavirus Relief bill.The 50-...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Governor Takes Action on Bills

Earlier this week, Governor Phil Murphy signed two bills of interest into law – S-349 (P.L. 2020, c.80), which requires developers to offer electric vehicle charging stations as an option in certain new home construction, and S-2380 (P.L. 2020, ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 14, 2020

NLC Seeks Clarity on Permitted CRF Funding Uses

The March CARES Act provided direct Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) assistance to the State of New Jersey and the State’s nine most populous counties. The law allowed those direct recipients to ‘sub-allocate’ some or all of tho...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 14, 2020

No Congressional Coronavirus Relief Forthcoming

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to advance a scaled-down Coronavirus Relief measure when a procedural motion to invoke closure was defeated on party lines.The $500 billion proposal would have provided zero support for local and state governments. It wou...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Week of September 6: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 518 new positive cases and an additional nine confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 195,888 confirmed cases and 14,234 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.08. The ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Governor Signs Coronavirus Relief Bonds Legislation

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3971/S-2475, reflecting both the initial intent of the legislation and his recommended changes made through a previous conditional veto. This new law will allow municipalities and counties to issue a special em...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Local Aid Crucial for Economic Recovery

In a recent article, originally appearing in the August 13 ‘Bond Buyer,’ Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics, predicts a ‘double-dip’ recession for the U.S. economy if Congress and t...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 25, 2020

FEMA Announces Funding for Hazard Mitigation Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has posted funding notices for two hazard mitigation grant programs for more than $660 million. The two grant programs, the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant and the Building Resilient Infrastructure an...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 14, 2020

Week of August 10: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 585 new positive cases and an additional 10 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 187,164 confirmed cases, and 14,064 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,839 probable deaths assoc...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 14, 2020

NJ Supreme Court Rules COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act Constitutional

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the State’s plan to bond for up to $9.9 billion to deal with revenue shortfalls brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is constitutional, provided certain restrictions are followed.The case was brou...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 11, 2020

President Trump Takes Steps to Address COVID-19 Relief

On Saturday, President Trump signed an Executive Order and three presidential memorandums after talks between the Administration and Democratic leaders on a new COVID-19 relief package broke down. The Democratic leaders are pushing for the HEROES Act ($3 ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Week of August 2: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 384 new positive cases and an additional 12 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 184,061 confirmed cases, and 14,007 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,853 probable deaths assoc...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias Update from Board of Public Utilities (BPU)

As of 1:00 p.m. on Friday approximately 300,000 utility customers remain without power statewide, down from a peak of 1.4 million.The BPU understands that being without power is extremely frustrating and is in constant contact with all utilities to ensure...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Governor Conditionally Vetoes CRB Bill

On July 31 Governor Murphy issued a conditional veto for A-3971, which authorizes the issuance of "coronavirus relief bonds" (CRBs) by municipalities and counties. In the conditional veto language the Governor acknowledge the need for local gove...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 9, 2020

DLGS Issues LFN on Enery Tax Receipt & CMPTRA Payment Program

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2020-17 summarizing the Energy Tax Receipt and CMPTRA payment program for CY 2020 and SFY 2020 extension budgets. The Energy Tax Receipt and CMPTRA August 1 installment payment was 45% ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Local Aid Among Many Issues Delaying Federal Help

Negotiations over Washington’s next response to the COVID-19 continue, with no end in sight, as Congressional Leaders meet with the White House bargaining team. Meanwhile, and also with no end in sight, municipalities across the Nation, and all ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 6, 2020

COVID-19 Research Volunteers Needed

Please let your citizens know about these heroic service opportunities.First, anyone who has recovered from the virus, who has been symptom-free for at least 14 days, and who is otherwise able to donate blood, could be eligible to save lives by donating t...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Governor Issues Four New COVID-19 Related EOs

Since our last update, Governor Murphy issued four new COVID-19 related executive orders: Executive Order 170, which extends certain statutory deadlines across state government; Executive Order 171 which extends the Public Health Emergency that was declar...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Storm Update from NJBPU

As of 2 pm on Wednesday, approximately 908,000 utility customers remain without power statewide, down from a peak of 1.4 million yesterday. More than 2,000 out of state crews are helping our utilities restore electricity. This includes crews from Canada, ...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Week of July 24: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 699 new positive cases and an additional 10 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 181,660 confirmed cases, and 13,923 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,875 probable deaths assoc...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 30, 2020

New Federal COVID Relief Bill Offers No Relief for New Jersey Municipalities

Yesterday in Washington, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a new COVID Relief bill. The product of negotiations within the Senate Republican caucus, and between it and the White House, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protecti...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Bond Legislation Advances, Before Senate

Today the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released S-2475/A-3971, which authorizes the issuance of “coronavirus relief bonds” (CRB) by municipalities and counties. The legislation permits municipalities to issue bonds for th...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Portal Bridge Replacement Project Progress

On Monday, NJ Transit’s Board of Directors approved a project development agreement with Amtrak, moving the Portal Bridge replacement project one step closer to a start. The project, which is expected to cost $1.8 billion, is now scheduled to be...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Governor Murphy Announces Main Street Commercial Corridors Relief

Yesterday, Governor Murphy announced a new relief program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Program (SBL-EAGP) will allow businesses in 64 eligible municipalities&...

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Emergency Management & Public Health

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: July 16, 2021

Metropolitan Statistical Area Definition to Remain Unchanged

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released an initial recommendation to raise the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSAs) core population threshold from 50,000 to 100,000. This change would have resulted in 144 MSAs being removed and would have signi...

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Federal Government
Posted on: July 16, 2021

Senate May Consider Infrastructure Bill Next Week

Over the past two weeks, a bipartisan group of senators has been working to develop legislative text around the bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. During the week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated in news accounts that the Senate ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: July 2, 2021

Infrastructure Update

As reported last week, a bipartisan group of Senators, equally divided among Democrats and Republicans, along with President Joe Biden have come to an infrastructure agreement framework on the traditional infrastructure of roads, bridges, sewer, and broad...

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Federal Government
Posted on: July 2, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act Compliance and Reporting Guidance

Last week the U.S. Department of the Treasury released Compliance and Reporting Guidance for State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) including General Guidance with Key Principles, Statutory Eligible Uses, Treasury’s...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 14, 2021

DLGS Posts Portal for ARP Funding

This week, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) posted the application portal for municipalities with a population under 50,000 to apply for funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan. For more information, please read the League’...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Highlight Municipal Infrastructure Needs and Successes with #LeadWithInfrastructure

As Congress debates the details of an infrastructure package with the Biden Administration, including how it is paid for, it is critical that New Jersey municipalities highlight infrastructure needs and successes on social media and tag federal members.Us...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 14, 2021

FEMA Request for Information on Climate Change & Underserved Communities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to receive input from the public on specific FEMA programs, regulations, collections of information, and policies for the agency to consider modifying, streamlining,...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Highlight Municipal Infrastructure Needs and Successes with #LeadWithInfrastructure

As Congress debates the details of an infrastructure package with the Biden Administration, including how it is paid for, it is critical that New Jersey municipalities highlight infrastructure needs and successes on social media and tag federal members.&a...

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Federal Government
Posted on: June 4, 2021

DLGS Provides Application for Municipalities Under 50,000 Population Coronavirus-19 State and Local

This week, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) posted the application portal for municipalities with a population under 50,000 to apply for funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan. For more information, please read the League’s recent b...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 18, 2021

FEMA Releases Updated COVID-19 Food & Nutrition Resource Roadmap

FEMA recently updated the COVID-19 Food and Nutrition Resource Roadmap to assist local and State partners with the challenges associated with food and nutrition support during the COVID-19 pandemic.In addition to the CARES Act, this version includes resou...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 18, 2021

US Treasury Guidance on State, Local Recovery Funds

On Monday, the U.S. Treasury adopted implementation rules for the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).Please see the League’s recent blog post...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Senators Announce Congressionally Directed Spending

Senators Menendez and Booker announced that the application process for Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests is open after the Senate Appropriations Committee released guidelines for FY22.Public entities, including local units of government an...

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Federal Government
Posted on: May 13, 2021

U.S. Treasury Provides Guidance on Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds

Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury adopted implementation rules for the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).Please see the League’s recent blog pos...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

The American Rescue Plan includes funding for shuttered entertainment venues. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program appropriates over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. The application portal started accepting applications on April 24...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 30, 2021

President Biden Announces American Family Plan

Wednesday evening, during a socially-distanced address before Congress, President Joe Biden proposed a 10-year, $1.8 trillion American Family Plan which includes $1 trillion in new spending and investments and $800 billion in tax cuts and tax credits.For ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Urge Congress to Restore Full SALT Deductibility, Congressional SALT Caucus Established

This week, New Jersey congressional members Bill Pascrell (D-9), Josh Gottheimer (D-5), Mikie Sherrill (D-11), and Tom Malinowski (D-7) joined with seven other congressional members from New York and California to establish the bipartisan Congressional SA...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 26, 2021

The House Announces Federal Community Projects Process

The House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro announced that they will be accepting Members of Congress’ requests for Community Project Funding in appropriations bills for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year. This announcement is ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Census Announces Delay in Apportionment Data to States

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that redistricting data to all states will be delivered by September 30, 2021. This is a six-month delay from the announced date of March 31, 2021 to deliver the data. The Census Bureau will deliver information al...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 26, 2021

American Rescue Plan Update

President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law on March 11. The U.S. Treasury Department has 60 days to promulgate rules for the program and send federal aid directly to entitlement cities and to the state to be sent, unencumbered, to the mu...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Legislative Preview: Federal Front Week of March 15

This week, the House will consider H.R. 1620, the Violence Against Women Act and H.J. Res. 17, to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.Additionally, the House will consider two bills to address the immigration system, includi...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 15, 2021

CISA Issues Emergency Directive

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) partners have observed active exploitation of vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange on-premises products. Please review CISA issued ED 21-02 for Microsoft Exchange on-premises products to update ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 15, 2021

EPA Announces Extension of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that it is extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) to seek further public input, particularly from communities that are most at risk of exposure to lead in drinkin...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 15, 2021

USDA Announces Extension for Summer Meals Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the nationwide extension of several waivers that allow children to continue to receive free nutritious meals this summer when schools are out of session. They are available now through September 30, ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: March 15, 2021

American Rescue Plan Signed Into Law

President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law on Thursday, which includes $350 billion funding for state and local governments.New Jersey is expected to receive $9.4 billion in federal aid. $6.4 billion for the state and $2.9 ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Senators Menendez & Booker Discuss American Rescue Plan

On Thursday, League President, Clinton Town Mayor Janice Kovach, and League staff joined more than 200 elected officials discussed the American Rescue Plan with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on a virtual call. The Senators gave an overview of...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 22, 2021

House Oversight and Reform Passes Reconciliation Bill that Includes State and Local Government Aid

Last Friday, after a series of amendments were offered, including ones designed to limit and hinder state and local aid distribution, and were defeated, the House Oversight and Reform Committee reported favorably the state and local government ai...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 16, 2021

House Oversight and Reform Committee Holds Reconciliation Hearing Aid on State and Local Government

The House Oversight and Reform Committee met Feb. 12 to consider details on the state and local government aid section under the Covid-19 emergency aid reconciliation package. While this is a fluid situation and provisions can change, this information is ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 16, 2021

CALL TO ACTION: Support Congressman Pascrell’s Legislation to Eliminate Cap on SALT Deduction

This week, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell introduced H.R. 946, the Stop the Attack on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act, which eliminates the $10,000 cap and fully restores the deduction for state and local taxes. The measure also eliminates the cap retroa...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Congressman Pascrell Introduces SALT Cap Elimination

New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell introduced H.R. 946, the Stop the Attack on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act, which eliminates the $10,000 cap on property tax deduction. The measure also eliminates the cap retroactively.The measure is co-sponsored by New J...

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Federal Government
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Congressional Activity on SALT Deduction

The entire New Jersey House delegation sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer requesting the repeal of the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction cap. They stated that:

“the SALT Deduction has historically streng...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 22, 2021

President Biden Issued Various Executive Orders

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a total of 17 executive orders on a variety of issues including COVID-19 federal response, environmental, homeland security, immigration, a foreclosure moratorium, and civil rights issues. You can vie...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 22, 2021

President Biden Releases COVID-19 Action Plan and Takes Related Executive Action

On Thursday, Jan. 21, President Joe Biden released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” that outlines seven specific goals to combat the pandemic: 

  • Goal 1: Restore trust with the American people
  • Goal 2: Mount ...
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Federal Government
Posted on: January 11, 2021

U.S. Department of Treasury Announces Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published information for state and local governments about the new $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program that was enacted as part of the most recent COVID-19 emergency relief package. In general, fu...

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Federal Government
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) Announces Activities

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in as the next President and Vice President of the United States. The scaled-back inaugural activities will include a National Day of Service, COVID-19 Mem...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Larger Stimulus Checks Unlikely

As of Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has not posted the CASH Act for a Senate vote. This legislation would provide an additional $1,400 stimulus check to the previously authorized $600 for a total of $2,000. The CASH Act passed the Hou...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

State and Local Aid Excluded From COVID Relief Legislation

Congress continues to negotiate the details of a $900 billion COVID relief package, which will be attached to the $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package that funds the government through September. The current funding bill expires at midnight tonight and ...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Spending Updates

This week, the House and Senate passed a one-week extension of the Continuing Resolution. This gives negotiators one additional week to finalize the details of a spending plan by December 18.Since last week, momentum on a bipartisan COVID-19 funding agree...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Federal Election Rumor vs. Reality Page Posted

To provide citizens with factual information, as they vote and await election results, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is continuously posting updates on its 2020 Election Security Ru...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Hopes for Federal COVID Aid Package Dim ... Again

On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the administration’s point person on COVID relief, stated, “At this point getting something done before the election and executing on that would be difficult, just given where we are in the level of details....

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Federal COVID Relief Bill Adds Local Governments

House Democrats on Monday unveiled a scaled-back $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, in the hope of kick-starting negotiations for a bipartisan deal before the elections.This pared-down HEROES Act — $1.2 trillion less than the original bil...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

NJ Delegation Challenges FEMA Sanitation/PPE Policy Change

Bipartisan Members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reverse a new policy stipulating the agency will no longer provide emergency reimbursement to school systems and local gover...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Bipartisan Problem Solvers Look to Break Coronavirus Logjam

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives’ bi-partisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) released the March to Common Ground, a framework for COVID relief designed to reignite negotiations on a critically important Coronavirus Relief bill.The 50-member Pro...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Call to Action: Transportation Programs Expire Sept. 30

On September 30, the federal surface transportation law, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, expires and immediate Congressional action is needed to keep transportation projects moving across the U.S.America’s trans...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

NLC Seeks Clarity on Permitted CRF Funding Uses

The March CARES Act provided direct Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) assistance to the State of New Jersey and the State’s nine most populous counties. The law allowed those direct recipients to ‘sub-allocate’ some or all of tho...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

No Congressional Coronavirus Relief Forthcoming

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to advance a scaled-down Coronavirus Relief measure when a procedural motion to invoke closure was defeated on party lines.The $500 billion proposal would have provided zero support for local and state governments. It wou...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Federal Election Risk Profile Tool Released

On Wednesday, the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the Election Risk Profile Tool, a user-friendly assessment tool to equip election officials and federal agencies in prioritizing and managing cybersecurity risks to...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Local Aid Crucial for Economic Recovery

In a recent article, originally appearing in the August 13 ‘Bond Buyer,’ Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics, predicts a ‘double-dip’ recession for the U.S. economy if Congress and t...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

FEMA Announces Funding for Hazard Mitigation Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has posted funding notices for two hazard mitigation grant programs for more than $660 million. The two grant programs, the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant and the Building Resilient Infrastructure an...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

9th Circuit Mostly Upholds FCC Order Preempting Local Authority Over 5G Deployment

On Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit largely upheld a series of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Orders aimed at expediting the deployment of small cell and 5G technology at the expense of local control and autonomy. Although many provisions of the Order...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Time is Running Out for the 2020 Census

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau began its full, nationwide follow up, with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Up to 500,000 census takers across the country will go door to door to assist people in responding to the 2020 Census. ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

President’s Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Plan Poses Problems

As reported in our Monday Daily Update, President Trump took action last weekend, to address a few aspects of the economic crisis, caused by the Coronavirus. His Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

President Trump Takes Steps to Address COVID-19 Relief

On Saturday, President Trump signed an Executive Order and three presidential memorandums after talks between the Administration and Democratic leaders on a new COVID-19 relief package broke down. The Democratic leaders are pushing for the HEROES Act ($3 ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Census Bureau Moves to Cut Data Collection Phase Short

Late last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released information on a number of steps being taken to shorten the time for field data collection, to the end of September, and to provide reapportionment data to the Congress by the end of the year. Until this ann...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Local Aid Among Many Issues Delaying Federal Help

Negotiations over Washington’s next response to the COVID-19 continue, with no end in sight, as Congressional Leaders meet with the White House bargaining team. Meanwhile, and also with no end in sight, municipalities across the Nation, and all ...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

New Federal COVID Relief Bill Offers No Relief for New Jersey Municipalities

Yesterday in Washington, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a new COVID Relief bill. The product of negotiations within the Senate Republican caucus, and between it and the White House, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protecti...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Portal Bridge Replacement Project Progress

On Monday, NJ Transit’s Board of Directors approved a project development agreement with Amtrak, moving the Portal Bridge replacement project one step closer to a start. The project, which is expected to cost $1.8 billion, is now scheduled to be...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Experts See Local, State, Federal Cooperation Key to Election Security

On Oct. 3, 2018, in Washington, federal election watchdogs conducted an election security briefing with state officials and members of Congress. William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, and Christopher Krebs, the ...

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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

The American Rescue Plan includes funding for shuttered entertainment venues. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program appropriates over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the federal ...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Week of July 12: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy announced the NJ Docket App for COVID vaccination records and continued to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated. The Division of Pensions and Benefits issued guidance on the termination of retirees who returned employment ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Metropolitan Statistical Area Definition to Remain Unchanged

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released an initial recommendation to raise the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSAs) core population threshold from 50,000 to 100,000. This change would have resulted in 144 MSAs being removed and would have signi...

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Senate May Consider Infrastructure Bill Next Week

Over the past two weeks, a bipartisan group of senators has been working to develop legislative text around the bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. During the week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated in news accounts that the Senate ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Governor Signs Package of Bills Regarding Clean Energy and EV Charging

Last Friday, Governor Murphy signed into law a package of bills related to clean energy and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, three of which will have a direct municipal impact.

  • S-3223, (P.L.2021, c.171) among other things, makes an application for...
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Posted on: June 30, 2021

State FY 22 Budget Signed

Today, Governor Phil Murphy, along with legislative leaders and cabinet members gathered in Woodbridge for the signing of the 2022 Fiscal Year State Budget, which appropriates $46.3 billion in state funds and $6 billion in federal funds. This year&rsq...

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Posted on: June 30, 2021

Senate Holds Preemptive Small Cell/5G Deployment Bill

After being added late on Tuesday to Wednesday’s Senate Voting session, the Senate held and did not consider S-2674/A-1116. This legislation seeks to preempt and supersede local regulation of small cell (5G) deployment within the municipal right...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

2022 Budget on Gov. Murphy's Desk

On Thursday both the Assembly and Senate passed A-5870/S-2022, which appropriates $46.3 billion in state funds and $6 billion in federal funds for New Jersey’s FY22 state budget. The budget will now be sent to Governor Murphy desk for his signature. The G...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Contact Governor's Office on Offshore Wind Projects Bill Preemptions

S-3926/A-5894, fast-tracked legislation preempting local say over offshore wind projects, passed in both houses. This legislation would give the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) authority to preempt and supersede all necessary local approval of projects ne...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Legislators Approve Conditional Veto Recommendations of Bill Exempting Certain Housing from Zoning

In March, legislators passed S-1676/A-3326, which would allow hospitals to construct housing and provide wrap-around services for individuals who are homeless or housing insecure. While we support efforts aimed at providing health care and housing to thos...

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Posted on: June 25, 2021

Responsible Collective Negotiations Held in Both Houses

Many thanks to all of you who reached out to your Legislators and raised objections to the “Responsible Collective Negotiations” bill (S-3810/A-5862). The legislation was held in both houses.The League is by joined and also th...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Act Now! Responsible Collective Negotiations Before Assembly and Senate

Later today (Thursday) both the full Senate and Assembly are scheduled to consider the amended “Responsible Collective Negotiations” bill (S-3810/A-5862). The League has joined the New Jersey Association of Counties, New Jersey Confere...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

State FY 22 Budget Introduced

On Tuesday June 22, the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees released A-5870/S-2022, which appropriates $46.3 billion in state funds and $21 billion in federal funds for New Jersey’s FY22 state budget. The Governor’s original proposed...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Week of June 21: Conference Connections

Your Conference Exhibitors

 It’s been a long time since most local government officials have had the opportunity to check out the latest products and services and connect face-to-face. Exhibitors are eager to network with you and provid...

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Posted on: June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021 Conference Connections: Hotels & Planning

a. Hotel Booking System Open

 Planning for an in-person 106th Annual League Conference this Nov. 16-18 in Atlantic City continues full speed ahead and the hotel booking system is open!Take advantage of the full Conference experience by staying in ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Please Take Action: Fast-Tracked Bill Removing Management Prerogatives

Action is needed to oppose legislation that would remove important management prerogatives and drive up costs for local governments. On Wednesday the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be considering A-5862, which expands the subjects that would becom...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Update on AG Directives on Public Disclosure of Officers' Identities

On June 15, 2020, Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal issued Law Enforcement Directive No. 2020-5 and 2020-6, mandating public disclosure of the identities of law enforcement officers who commit serious disciplinary violations. However, implementation of thes...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Bill Removing Management Prerogative Advances

Senate President Sweeney with Senators Addiego and Greenstein, recently introduced S-3810 known as the “Responsible Collective Negotiations Act” to provide additional worker safeguards in response to the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME ruling. Whi...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Senate Committee Scheduled to Review Small Cell Regulation Bill

The Senate Economic Growth Committee is scheduled to review S-2674 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 10 a.m. The purpose of this legislation is to provide for uniform regulation of small wireless facility deployment in the state and mirrors, and in some cases...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

League Negotiating Amendments to Responsible Dog Ownership Act

On Wednesday, the League testified in opposition to A-2401, the “Responsible Dog Ownership Act” as introduced. While the League has previously opposed this as overly broad, we are working with the sponsor on amendments regarding the en...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

S-1 Passes Senate

Last week S-1, which would encourage shared services, passed the full Senate. We thank Senate President Sweeney for the various amendments to the bill to address our concerns. We appreciate the civil service reforms and are optimistic they will make shari...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

S-1 Passes Senate

Last week S-1, which would encourage shared services, passed the full Senate. We thank Senate President Sweeney for the various amendments to the bill to address our concerns. We appreciate the civil service reforms and are optimistic they will make shari...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

NJDEP Launches Online Toolkit on Climate Resilience in Planning

This week the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced the launch of the Resilient NJ: Local Planning for Climate Change Toolkit. The Toolkit is meant to assist municipalities with creating a climate change-related vulnerability...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

GRC Statement Released on OPRA Response Time Reversion

Government Records Council (GRC), Executive Director Frank Caruso issued a Special Statement this week regarding the signing of P.L. 2021, c.103, which resulted in the termination of the State’s COVID-19 public health emergency and reinstated th...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

DLGS Posts Portal for ARP Funding

This week, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) posted the application portal for municipalities with a population under 50,000 to apply for funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan. For more information, please read the League’s recent b...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

NJLM President Kovach Presents Municipal Concerns at Cannabis Regulatory Commission Meeting

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) held a meeting this week where League President, Mayor Janice Kovach of Clinton Town, spoke about some of the issues facing municipalities with the rollout of the legalized cannabis, including parking concerns, odo...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Expedited Construction Inspection Bill Heads to Governor

Yesterday, the Senate approved S-3095/A-4850, which the League opposes, sending the measure to Governor Murphy for his action. The legislation would establish an expedited construction inspection program that would allow able and willing property...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Highlight Municipal Infrastructure Needs and Successes with #LeadWithInfrastructure

As Congress debates the details of an infrastructure package with the Biden Administration, including how it is paid for, it is critical that New Jersey municipalities highlight infrastructure needs and successes on social media and tag federal members.&a...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

DLGS Provides Application for Municipalities Under 50,000 Population Coronavirus-19 State and Local

This week, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) posted the application portal for municipalities with a population under 50,000 to apply for funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan. For more information, please read the League’...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

May 26 Stormwater Management Rules Webinar Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the May 26, 2021 webinar, “New Jersey’s Green Stormwater Management Rules,” has been postponed. A new date will be set shortly.

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

NJLM Hosts American Rescue Plan State and Local Funds Guidance Webinar

Today the League hosted a webinar to provide guidance on the U.S. Treasury Interim Final Rule to implement the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).The ...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

Assembly Approves EV Charging Station Bill

The Assembly, on Thursday, passed Assembly Committee Substitute for A-2108 & A-5032, which the League opposes.The bill would make an application for development submitted solely for the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment or make-ready s...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

Cannabis Regulatory Commission Seeking Input from Municipalities

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) will be holding its next meeting on June 1, 2021, at 12 p.m. The CRC is seeking input from municipal representatives about the emerging cannabis industry. At this meeting, the CRC is asking for input from local off...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

Week of May 17: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 240, which extends the public health emergency for additional 30 days as well as Executive Order 241, which eliminates the outdoor mask requirement. In signing the public health emergency ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Act Now: Resolution on Bag Ban

Late last year, Governor Murphy signed the most progressive disposable bag law in the country, with the goal of phasing out single-use plastic and paper bags. Though many provisions of P.L.2020, c.117, including the ban on single-use plastic bags, do not ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Week of May 10: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 239  easing of certain COVID-19 restrictions effective May 19. He announced that adolescents between the age of 12 and 16 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations based on CDC’s emergen...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

NJLM Hosts ARP Funding Guidance Webinar Friday, May 21

This Friday at noon the League of Municipalities is hosting a free webinar to provide guidance on the American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.The United States Department of Treasury published Guidance and Interim Final Rule...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

League Testifies, Expresses Concerns on S-3688

On Thursday, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee discussed a committee substitute for S-3688 that requires municipalities to take into account the potential effects of approving the construction and operation of retail warehouses on neighbori...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

The American Rescue Plan includes funding for shuttered entertainment venues. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program appropriates over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. The application portal started accepting applications on April 24...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

President Biden Announces American Family Plan

Wednesday evening, during a socially-distanced address before Congress, President Joe Biden proposed a 10-year, $1.8 trillion American Family Plan which includes $1 trillion in new spending and investments and $800 billion in tax cuts and tax credits.For ...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

New Jersey SFY 2022 Budget Update

Over the past month, State Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget hearings have continued to be held by the Legislature. The Governor’s proposed FY 2022 budget includes a full payment to the pension system, a flat increase from the FY 2021 budget to the S...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Week of April 26: COVID-19 Weekly Update

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey will be easing restrictions on outdoor gatherings and indoor catered events. Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey will be easing restrictions on outdoor gatherings and in...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Governor Signs Law Allowing for Nonresident Municipal Emergency Management Coordinators

This week, Governor Murphy signed into law S-551 (now, P.L.2021, c.50). This new law permits the appointment of a non-resident municipal emergency management coordinator in municipalities with populations under 5,000 persons, if a qualified municipal resi...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

NJLM President Kovach Testifies at Senate Hearing on Forest Stewardship Issues

This week, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee hosted a hearing to take testimony from experts and interested parties on the topics of forest stewardship and prescribed burning, and the roles humans should play in managing the State’s fo...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

New Jersey’s First Climate Change Resilience Strategy is Released

Yesterday, the Murphy Administration released a draft of the state’s first Climate Change Resilience Strategy for public review and comment. The strategy was developed in response to Executive Order 89, issued by Governor Phil Murphy in October 2019. The ...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

New Jersey’s First Climate Change Resilience Strategy is Released

Yesterday, the Murphy Administration released a draft of the state’s first Climate Change Resilience Strategy for public review and comment. The strategy was developed in response to Executive Order 89, issued by Governor Phil Murphy in October 2019. The ...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission Holds Second Meeting

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission held its second public meeting on Thursday. The Commission took action on a number of procedural issues, including adopting a meeting schedule for the year. Although not mentioned during the meeting, the Commission is ta...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Week of April 19: COVID-19 Update

This week COVID-19 continues to focus on vaccinations, gatherings, and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.COVID-19 Data for April 22, 2021

  • New Confirmed Cases – 2,895
  • New Probable Cases – 527
  • Rate of Transmission .093
  • New Lab-Confirmed Deaths 31
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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Urge Congress to Restore Full SALT Deductibility, Congressional SALT Caucus Established

This week, New Jersey congressional members Bill Pascrell (D-9), Josh Gottheimer (D-5), Mikie Sherrill (D-11), and Tom Malinowski (D-7) joined with seven other congressional members from New York and California to establish the bipartisan Congressional SA...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Cannabis Regulatory Commission Holds First Meeting

On Monday, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission held its first meeting. The Commission is tasked with creating rules and regulations regarding legalized and medical cannabis within the state. At this first meeting, the Commission took the necessary procedur...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Senate Committee to Host Hearing on Forest Stewardship and Prescribed Burning Legislation

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Environment and Energy Committee will host a remote hearing to take testimony from experts and interested parties on the topics of forest stewardship and prescribed burning, and the roles humans shou...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Week of March 29 COVID-19 Update

The Governor this week announced increased outdoor gathering limits and a new COVID-19 vaccine appointment finder. He also discussed the latest modeling from the Department of Health.In regards to the Department of Health modeling, the Governor highlighte...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

The House Announces Federal Community Projects Process

The House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro announced that they will be accepting Members of Congress’ requests for Community Project Funding in appropriations bills for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year. This announcement is the first ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Cannabis Legalization Deadlines

As we have previously reported, any municipal ordinances adopted prior to the February 22, 2021 adoption of P.L.2021, c.16, prohibiting or limiting cannabis establishments are null and void. Municipalities have until August 21, 2021, 180 days from the sig...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Court Rules NJ Residency Requirement for Public Employees Violates Constitution

A ruling out of the NJ Superior Court issued in early February of this year has garnered attention this week after it was announced that the decision would be appealed. The ruling (Somerville Board of Education v. Drake) examined the New Jersey First Act ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

ABC Establishes Daily and Annual Seasonal Farm Market Permits

On February 5, 2021, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2021, c.15, requiring the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to establish a permit that would allow the holder of certain alcoholic beverage manufacturing licenses to sell their products at season...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Local Part PERS Legislation Advances

Early this week legislation sponsored by Senate President Sweeney that would divide the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) into two parts: a State PERS for state employees and a Local PERS for all other employees (S-3522) was considered and releas...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Governor Signs Parental Notification Legislation

Earlier today, Governor Murphy signed S-5472/S-3565 requiring law enforcement to provide a parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of a person under the age of 18 with a written notification for any violation for underage consumption or poss...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Week of March 22: COVID-19 Update

Today the Governor announced an expansion of those eligible for the vaccine along with a partnership with the Biden Administration to open a pilot FEMA Community Vaccination Center located in Newark. Earlier this week the Governor noted that working with ...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 15

Various Assembly and Senate committees will be holding hearings and considering numerous pieces of legislation during the week. The municipal issues before the various committees include:Assembly Telecommunications & Utilities: Considering legislation...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Cannabis Briefing March 18

Please join us on Thursday, March 18 at 12 noon for our second free briefing on the new Cannabis law. Don’t miss this opportunity if you missed our first briefing or if you simply want to get an update. Please register to receive a link for the ...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Week of March 8: COVID Update

March 10 was the one-year anniversary of New Jersey’s first COVID-19 confirmed death. Governor Phil Murphy noted that “the toll of this virus has been staggering. It exceeds the numbers of New Jerseyans lost in any war. In one year, we have lost an averag...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 8

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 Various Assembly and Senate committees will be holding hearings and considering numerous pieces of legislation during the week. The municipal issues before the various committees include: 

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Posted on: March 10, 2021

Wear Your Pearls for WIMG Movie Night

Join the Women in Municipal Government Committee Friday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Women’s History month with a special movie screening of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s 2018 biopic, “On the Basis of Sex...

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Posted on: March 10, 2021

American Rescue Plan Overview Webinar

In light of the final passage of the American Rescue Plan and signature by President Joe Biden later this week, the League is hosting a free briefing webinar on Friday, March 12, at 12 noon to provide an overview of the plan. The focus will be the provisi...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Monday Vote: Urge Assemly to Vote No on A-4850 Third-Party Inspection Bill

A-4850, a bill the League opposes, is scheduled for an Assembly vote on Monday, March 1. The legislation would establish an alternate inspection process for property owners willing to pay a premium fee to expedite inspections performed b...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Your Action Needed: PFRS 20 & Out in Assembly on Monday

On Monday, the full Assembly will consider A-2562/S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Week of Feb. 22: COVID-19 Weekly Update

This week in Trenton on the COVID-19 front: Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order increasing capacities for religious services, as well as sporting and entertainment events and announced New Jersey should anticipate approximately 70,000 of the Jo...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Feb. 26, 2022 Cannabis Update

On Monday Governor Murphy signed into law legislation legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older (A-21 – The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act) and decriminal...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

NJ AG Launches Marijuana Decriminalization & Legalization Resource Page

This week, on the heels of Governor Murphy signing legislation changing the legal status of marijuana, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the launch of a Marijuana Decriminalization & Cannabis Legalization Resource Page. The webpage is intended ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

FY 2021 State Budget-Municipal Interest

On Tuesday, February 23, Governor Murphy delivered the annual budget address. The Governor’s proposed $44.8 billion budget will guide the State’s spending through the next (FY 2022) fiscal year. While the full details of the Governor’s budget will be rele...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Legislature Preview: Week of February 22

Today As of this writing, it has been announced that the Governor has signed the legislation legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis, the decriminalization of cannabis, and the clean-up legislation that addresses possession by those under 2...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Gov. Murphy Signs Legalization Legislation

As of this writing, it has been announced that the Governor has signed the legislation legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis, the decriminalization of cannabis, and the clean-up legislation that addresses possession by those under 21. We will be s...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Senators Menendez & Booker Discuss American Rescue Plan

On Thursday, League President, Clinton Town Mayor Janice Kovach, and League staff joined more than 200 elected officials discussed the American Rescue Plan with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on a virtual call. The Senators gave an overview of...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Governor Announces $250 million Transportation Investment

Joined by local, State, and Federal officials on Wednesday, Governor Murphy announced a $250 million investment in Camden’s Walter Rand Transportation Center that will be multimodal, improve accessibility, and connect NJ Transit buses, private b...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Appellate Panel Rules on Medical Cannabis Facility Permit Applications

This week, the NJ Appellate Division issued an unpublished decision, allowing the state to resume its review of medical marijuana license applications. The review had previously been put on hold while the court examined a challenge to the application proc...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

LEAP Challenge Grant Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submission of the LEAP Challenge application is due February 26, 2021. As a reminder, LEAP Implementation grant applications may be submitted at any time, and will be considered on a rolling basis, subject to availabilit...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Program

On national Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day (January 29), the New Jersey Department of Treasury launched a statewide awareness campaign to encourage eligible taxpayers to take advantage of New Jersey’s expanded program. Beginning with the...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

House Oversight and Reform Committee Holds Reconciliation Hearing Aid on State and Local Government

The House Oversight and Reform Committee met Feb. 12 to consider details on the state and local government aid section under the Covid-19 emergency aid reconciliation package. While this is a fluid situation and provisions can change, this information is ...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

CALL TO ACTION: Support Congressman Pascrell’s Legislation to Eliminate Cap on SALT Deduction

This week, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell introduced H.R. 946, the Stop the Attack on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act, which eliminates the $10,000 cap and fully restores the deduction for state and local taxes. The measure also eliminates the cap retroa...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Legislative Alert: Help Stop Legislation With Potential Chilling Effect on Redevelopment & Affordabl

As we have previously reported, ACS A1571 & A-1576 would make any public work done on a property or premises for which a public body provides, approves or authorizes a tax abatement or tax exemption for the property or premises subject to the Prevaili...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Legislative Alert: Help Stop Legislation With Potential Chilling Effect on Redevelopment & Affordabl

As we have previously reported, ACS A1571 & A-1576 would make any public work done on a property or premises for which a public body provides, approves or authorizes a tax abatement or tax exemption for the property or premises subject to the Prevaili...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Amended Shared Service Bill S-1 Advances

Yesterday, the Senate Budget Committee unanimously passed the Senate Committee Substitute S-1, Senate President Steve Sweeney’s Shared Service legislation. S-1 amends the “Uniformed Shared Services and Consolidation Act” and the laws governing th...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Governor Murphy Signs Senate Bill 3220 Into Law

On Thursday, February 4, Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill 3220 into law. This legislation allows the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry law enforcement position applicants who have successfully completed a full basic course for police officer...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

DEP Project Aims to Help Municipalities Stop Illegal Dumping

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the launch of an enforcement project aimed at assisting municipalities stop illegal dumping. To assist, the DEP will procure and provide equipment, bring partners together for broad tr...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Governor Murphy Announces Paycheck Protection Loan Program

On Tuesday, February 9, Governor Murphy announced that his administration will follow the lead of the Federal Government in creating a Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP) to be tax exempt at the state level and enable recipients to deduct business expe...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Week of February 8: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to focus on vaccinations but also included an Executive Order on attendance at youth sporting events, information on upcoming elections, and the reopening of EDA’s applications for small and micro business ...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Congressman Pascrell Introduces SALT Cap Elimination

New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell introduced H.R. 946, the Stop the Attack on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act, which eliminates the $10,000 cap on property tax deduction. The measure also eliminates the cap retroactively.The measure is co-sponsored by New J...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Congressional Activity on SALT Deduction

The entire New Jersey House delegation sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer requesting the repeal of the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction cap. They stated that:

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order 217

On Thursday, January 28, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 217, which mandates the Office of Healthcare and Affordability and Transparency to convene an Interagency Health Care Affordability Working Group to seek opportunities across both private and...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Assembly Committee Reivews Water Systems and Authorities Bill

This week, A-3142 and S-922/A-5043 were before the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. While S-922/A-5043 was only discussed, the committee voted to approve A-3142, sending it to second reading in the Assembly. The League o...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Legislation Subjecting PILOT to Prevailing Wage Advances

The Assembly Labor Committee has advanced an Assembly Committee Substitute A-1571 & A-1576.  ACS A1571 & A-1576 would make any public work done on a property or premises for which a public body provides, approves, or authorizes a tax abat...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Marijuana Legalization Update

On December 17, both Houses of the State Legislature gave final approval to two bills related to the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana, following the approval of the ballot question in November. Governor Murphy has until February 8 to act o...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Week of January 24: Covid-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to center on vaccinations, with the toll-free vaccination hotline going live and all of the mega-sites up and running. The Governor issued an Executive Order permitting both electronic and in-person collect...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

President Biden Issued Various Executive Orders

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a total of 17 executive orders on a variety of issues including COVID-19 federal response, environmental, homeland security, immigration, a foreclosure moratorium, and civil rights issues. You can vie...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

President Biden Releases COVID-19 Action Plan and Takes Related Executive Action

On Thursday, Jan. 21, President Joe Biden released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” that outlines seven specific goals to combat the pandemic: 

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Bill Limiting Municipal Regulation of Electric Fences Now Law

Governor Murphy, on Thursday, signed into law S-2419, which prohibits municipal regulation of “perimeter fence intrusion protection systems” (electric fence) and the regulation of locksmith and alarm businesses, among other things. Effective immediately, ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Assembly Committee to Hear Bill Limiting Appeals of Land Use Decisions

On Monday, the Assembly State and Local Government Committee will review A-4881, a bill which the League supports. A-4881 would prohibit the appeal of land use decisions on grounds attributable to convening the meeting by virtual means, provided that reas...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Week of January 18: COVID-19 Update

This week’s COVID-19 news from Trenton continued to center on vaccinations.  U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced today that New Jersey’s Department of Health will receive $591 million in federal funding for the vaccination progra...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Week of January 4

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 5,791 new positive cases and an additional 112 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 516,608 confirmed cases, and 17,697 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is 1.02. Sinc...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor Signs Tax Incentive Legislation

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed into law A-4, the "New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020." The new law provides for the administration of programs and policies related to; jobs, property development, food deserts, community partner...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Cannabis Clean Up Legislation Held

Initially, both the Assembly and Senate were scheduled to consider legislation to clarify the recent cannabis legislation, A-5211/S-3320, on Monday. However, as of this afternoon, it appears the deal to legalize and decriminalize cannabis collapsed report...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor signs PFRS Enhanced Benefits for Surviving Spouses Act

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed S487, the “Dominick Marino PFRS Enhanced Benefits for Surviving Spouses Act”. This legislation expands accidental death benefits provided to widow of a PFRS member. The benefit paid will now be either 70% of the compensat...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Right to Farm Act Amended to Allow Employees to Live on Horse Farms

Governor Murphy, yesterday, signed A-2768/S-1245, which amends the “Right to Farm Act” to allow housing for equine-related farm employees.The new law requires that, notwithstanding any local health code or zoning ordinance to the contr...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

U.S. Department of Treasury Announces Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published information for state and local governments about the new $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program that was enacted as part of the most recent COVID-19 emergency relief package. In general, fu...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) Announces Activities

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn in as the next President and Vice President of the United States. The scaled-back inaugural activities will include a National Day of Service, COVID-19 Mem...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Larger Stimulus Checks Unlikely

As of Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has not posted the CASH Act for a Senate vote. This legislation would provide an additional $1,400 stimulus check to the previously authorized $600 for a total of $2,000. The CASH Act passed the Hou...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Federal Update and Further Stimulus

On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader McConnell blocked consideration of the CASH Act, which would provide an additional $1,400 stimulus check for a total of $2,000. The CASH Act passed the House of Representatives on Monday by a vote of 275-134. S...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Police Body Camera Funding Legislation Passed

On Wednesday, December 23, Governor Murphy signed A-4907 into law, which appropriates $58 million in funding to support police departments when purchasing body cameras. While P.L. 2020, c. 142 goes a long way to help purchase body cameras, the issue of on...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

President Signs Omnibus Funding and COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Despite his previous requests that Congress amend the Omnibus Spending and COVID-19 Relief Bill to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000, President Trump signed the bill on Sunday night with no changes, after many features of the CARES A...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

COVID Relief & Omnibus Bill Passed

Along with the passage of an omnibus bill to fund the government through September, Congress overwhelmingly passed a COVID-19 relief bill late Monday night. As previously reported, direct funding for state and local governments was not included in this pa...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

NJ Attorney General Issues Two New Law Enforcement Directives

This week, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued two new Law Enforcement Directives.  Directive No. 2020-13 establishes a new, statewide Use of Force Policy applicable to all state, county, and local law enforcement officers in New Jersey. It rep...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

Week of December 21 COVID-19 Update

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 4,871 new positive cases and an additional 80 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 449,842 confirmed cases, and 16,599 confirmed deaths. The...

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Posted on: December 21, 2020

Federal Update: No Direct State & Local Government Funding

Congressional Leadership announced an agreement on a COVID-19 relief package, which is expected to be voted on Monday. Excluded from that agreement is direct funding for state and local governments.The deadline to utilize existing CARES funding will be ex...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Week of December 14: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 3,975 new positive cases and an additional 44 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 423,226 confirmed cases and 16,216 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed to Governor

After advancing through Senate and Assembly committee hearings, yesterday both houses voted to approve A-1135/S-624 & S-357, sending the measure to the Governor’s office for his action. While the League is supportive of a legislative solution to the i...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Senate Passes PFRS 20 and Out Legislation

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that employ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Tax Incentive Legislation Moving Quickly

Late on Wednesday, it was announced that Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin reached an agreement on reforms to the tax incentive programs.According to the announcement  the agreement “includes annual caps, st...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Your Action Needed: Full Senate to Consider PFRS 20 & Out Legislation

On Thursday, the full Senate will be considering S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that employee ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed for Vote

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed for Vote After advancing through Senate and Assembly committee hearings, A-1135/S-624 & S-357 have been scheduled for a vote in both houses on Thursday, December 17, 2020. A-1135 was previously approved by the...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of December 6

Governor Murphy today announced that there were 3,821 new positive cases and an additional 55 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 390,256 confirmed cases, and 15,794 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.14. The...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Cannabis Legislation Advancing

Late last week Governor Murphy and legislative leaders reached an agreement on the legalization of adult recreational use of cannabis. In the announcement Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin, Senator Scutari and Assemblywoman Quija...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Local Finance Board Oks DLGS 2021 Budget Calendar Year Extension

On Wednesday, the Local Finance Board approved the proposed Division of Local Government Services 2021 Calendar Year (CY) Budget extensions. The revised CY 2019 Budget deadlines follow:

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Small Cell Regulation Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee advanced with amendments, A-1116. The purpose of this legislation is to provide for uniform regulation of small wireless facility deployment in the State and attempts to mirror and in some...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Disabled Veterans Property Tax with Reimbursement Advances

Earlier this week the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced S-220, which extends the totally disabled veterans property tax exemption to be retroactive to the effective date of the determination of the veteran’s total disability by the Uni...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Actions on Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras

Last week, Governor Murphy signed S1163 legislation regarding the use of Body Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement and issued Executive Order 201 Establishing an Interagency Working Group on Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras Task Force. Please see the League&...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

LFN Issued on UCC Enforcement

On Tuesday, November 24, the Division of Local Government Services released Local Finance Notice 2020-27 jointly with the Division of Codes and Standards. It is an update to Local Finance Notice 2017-15.Local Finance Notice 2020-27 states that “...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

AG Issues Marijuana Charge Guidance

Last week, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued additional guidance to prosecutors concerning the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases, supplementing his August 29, 2018 and November 4, 2020 guidance.The Attorney General’s guidance directs all New Je...

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Law Requires Use of Body Cameras

Last Tuesday, Governor Murphy signed S1163/A4312 which requires the use of law enforcement body cameras, subject to available funding after the legislature concurred with the changes in his veto message. While P.L. 2020, c. 128 took effect immediately it ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Thank You For Attenting the 105th Annual Conference

Dear Elected and Appointed Officials:We would like to take a moment to thank you for attending the League’s 105th Annual Conference, presented virtually in 2020. When the ball dropped last New Year’s Eve, little did we know what lay ahead in 2020, and now...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Conference Session Discusses Legalized Cannabis

It’s official, the voters of New Jersey have giving their approval to the ballot question on the legalization of recreational marijuana for those over 21. What’s next?Join our session “Marijuana in the Mile High City – A Collaborative Approach” at the 105...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Electronic Review of Construction Permits Up for Hearing

On Monday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider A-1145/S-1739, which the League opposes. A-1145/S-1739 would establish an electronic permit processing review system requiring electronic submission of applications for con...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Gov. Murphy Signs Plastic Ban into Law

On November 4, Governor Murphy signed into law the strictest plastic ban legislation in the United States. For more information on P.L. 2020, c.117 see our blog post. Also, we will be hosting a League Conference Session on the plastic bag ban so don&r...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Governor Rejects Unfunded Body Camera Mandate

Since it was first introduced in 2014, the League has expressed concerns with legislation meant to require law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. Specifically, under the provisions of this bill, every State, county, and municipal law enfo...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

2019 Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

The filing deadline for the 2019 Senior Freeze Program has been extended from November 2 to December 31, 2020. If your residents have questions on the program they can call the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline at 1-800-882-6597. As a reminder, the Senio...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Hospital Propety Tax Bill Held from Vote

After making their way through committee last week, A-1135 and the Senate Committee Substitute for S-357 and S-624 were scheduled yesterday for a vote before the full Assembly and Senate. However, the legislation was removed from the voting session agenda...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Week of October 26, 2020

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 2,089 new positive cases and an additional 7 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 236,523 confirmed cases, and 14,546 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.26, and ...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

NJLM, DCA Seek Innovation in Governance Program Applications

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

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Governor Murphy to Keynote League Conference

We are pleased to announce that Governor Phil Murphy will again deliver the keynote address at the League’s Annual Conference, presented virtually in 2020. The address will be streamed on Thursday, November 19, 12:30 PM.Contact: Mike Cerra, Execu...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Hopes for Federal COVID Aid Package Dim ... Again

On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the administration’s point person on COVID relief, stated, “At this point getting something done before the election and executing on that would be difficult, just given where we are in t...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

EO 186 Implements Task Force to Combat Youth Violence

This week, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 188 (PDF) which directs various state agencies to implement the recommendations of the Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias Report (PDF) that do not require legislation. The purpose of the ...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Comments Sought on Emergency Remote Meeting Regulations

As we have previously reported, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued emergency regulations regarding emergency remote meeting protocols for local public bodies. The DCA is also taking action to make these emergency regulations permanent and wi...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Panel Affirms AG Directive on Police Disciplinary Records

Today, a State Appellate Panel affirmed Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive 2020-5 (AG Directive 2020-5) which made changes to the statewide rules for police internal affairs investigations, known as the Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures (IAPP...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Local Government Emergency Fund Grant Application Now Available

Counties and municipalities excluded from the federal government’s direct Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation plan, as well as those counties and municipalities that are currently the most impacted in comparison to their available resources...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Property Tax Relief Bill Hearing on Monday

On Monday, the Assembly State and Local Government Committee will hear A-2991. This legislation will clarify the telecommunications industry's corporate tax responsibilities, and shield local taxpayers from the costs of endless tax court litigati...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Federal COVID Relief Bill Adds Local Governments

House Democrats on Monday unveiled a scaled-back $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, in the hope of kick-starting negotiations for a bipartisan deal before the elections.This pared-down HEROES Act — $1.2 trillion less than the original bill passed b...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

NJ Delegation Challenges FEMA Sanitation/PPE Policy Change

Bipartisan Members of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reverse a new policy stipulating the agency will no longer provide emergency reimbursement to school systems and local gover...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Call to Action: Transportation Programs Expire Sept. 30

On September 30, the federal surface transportation law, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, expires and immediate Congressional action is needed to keep transportation projects moving across the U.S.America’s trans...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Vegetation Management Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Senate Economic Growth Committee approved S-434, known as the “Vegetation Management Response Act.” In the past, the League has opposed this and similar bills because they would give electric utility companies complete d...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced with committee amendments A-1135, a bill which the League opposes. A-1135 seeks to address the ongoing issue of property tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals with on-site for-profit medical provi...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Governor Takes Action on Bills

Earlier this week, Governor Phil Murphy signed two bills of interest into law – S-349 (P.L. 2020, c.80), which requires developers to offer electric vehicle charging stations as an option in certain new home construction, and S-2380 (P.L. 2020, ...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

MIllioniares' Tax to Bolster State Budget

An agreement has been reached by Governor Phil Murphy and Legislative leaders on an income tax rate hike (from 8.97% to 10.75%) on earnings in excess of $1 million. The higher rate currently applies to income over $5 million. Announcing the agreement, Gov...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

League Position on Governor's Budget Proposed Presented to Legislature

The League of Municipalities’ position on the Governor’s proposed FY 21 budget has been presented by League President Jim Perry and League Executive Director Mike Cerra to the members of both the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

2020 League Conference: Early Registration Discount through Oct. 1

The League is here to help our members navigate through the pandemic & plan for recovery. Join us this November at the 105th Annual Conference presented virtually - no need to travel. Earn CEUs at live sessions, and watch recorded sessions on-demand f...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

State Budget Deliberations Begin

Yesterday, both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee began their review of Governor Murphy’s proposed State Budget for FY ’21. That budget needs to be enacted by the end of this month, and it...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Final NJ Census Push in Full Swing

There are just a few weeks remaining until the Census ends on September 30.Across the state, Census takers are knocking on the doors of those households that have not yet responded. New Jersey is officially in the midst of the final Get Out The Count (GOT...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Governor Signs Coronavirus Relief Bonds Legislation

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3971/S-2475, reflecting both the initial intent of the legislation and his recommended changes made through a previous conditional veto. This new law will allow municipalities and counties to issue a special em...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Census 2020- Time Is Running Out

The U.S. Census Bureau will stop counting residents in your municipality, and across the State and Nation, in less than four weeks. This year’s – this decade’s – truncated schedule for in-person contact will end on ...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Federal Election Risk Profile Tool Released

On Wednesday, the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the Election Risk Profile Tool, a user-friendly assessment tool to equip election officials and federal agencies in prioritizing and managing cybersecurity risks to...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Annual League Conference Early Registration Pricing Available Now

The 105th Annual NJLM Conference has transitioned to a virtual event the week of November 16 through November 20. Read the full announcement.RegistrationRegistration is open! The 2020 Virtual Conference will provide the same benefits that attendees have c...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Proposed Budget Holds ETR/CMPTRA Level

Today, in Piscataway, Governor Murphy presented his revised budget proposal for State Fiscal Year 2021 (SFY ’21) to the Legislature and people of New Jersey. If adopted by the Legislature, as is, the budget would hold combined appropriations for...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Week of August 17: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 313 new positive cases and an additional 13 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 188,817 confirmed cases, and 14,112 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,839 probable deaths assoc...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Local Aid Crucial for Economic Recovery

In a recent article, originally appearing in the August 13 ‘Bond Buyer,’ Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics, predicts a ‘double-dip’ recession for the U.S. economy if Congress and the Trump ...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

FEMA Announces Funding for Hazard Mitigation Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has posted funding notices for two hazard mitigation grant programs for more than $660 million. The two grant programs, the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant and the Building Resilient Infrastructure an...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Membership Alert: 105th Annual Conference will be Virtual

August 14, 2020

Membership Alert: 105th Annual Conference will be Virtual

After careful deliberation, the NJLM Executive Board and Officers announce that the 105th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference will be held as a Virtual Confere...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Week of August 10: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 585 new positive cases and an additional 10 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 187,164 confirmed cases, and 14,064 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,839 probable deaths assoc...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

NJ Supreme Court Rules COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act Constitutional

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the State’s plan to bond for up to $9.9 billion to deal with revenue shortfalls brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is constitutional, provided certain restrictions are followed.The case was brou...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

9th Circuit Mostly Upholds FCC Order Preempting Local Authority Over 5G Deployment

On Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit largely upheld a series of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Orders aimed at expediting the deployment of small cell and 5G technology at the expense of local control and autonomy. Although many provisions of the Order...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Time is Running Out for the 2020 Census

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau began its full, nationwide follow up, with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Up to 500,000 census takers across the country will go door to door to assist people in responding to the 2020 Census. ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

President’s Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Plan Poses Problems

As reported in our Monday Daily Update, President Trump took action last weekend, to address a few aspects of the economic crisis, caused by the Coronavirus. His Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

President Trump Takes Steps to Address COVID-19 Relief

On Saturday, President Trump signed an Executive Order and three presidential memorandums after talks between the Administration and Democratic leaders on a new COVID-19 relief package broke down. The Democratic leaders are pushing for the HEROES Act ($3 ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Week of August 2: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 384 new positive cases and an additional 12 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 184,061 confirmed cases, and 14,007 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,853 probable deaths assoc...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias Update from Board of Public Utilities (BPU)

As of 1:00 p.m. on Friday approximately 300,000 utility customers remain without power statewide, down from a peak of 1.4 million.The BPU understands that being without power is extremely frustrating and is in constant contact with all utilities to ensure...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Governor Conditionally Vetoes CRB Bill

On July 31 Governor Murphy issued a conditional veto for A-3971, which authorizes the issuance of "coronavirus relief bonds" (CRBs) by municipalities and counties. In the conditional veto language the Governor acknowledge the need for local gove...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

DLGS Issues LFN on Enery Tax Receipt & CMPTRA Payment Program

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2020-17 summarizing the Energy Tax Receipt and CMPTRA payment program for CY 2020 and SFY 2020 extension budgets. The Energy Tax Receipt and CMPTRA August 1 installment payment was 45% ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Project Labor Agreements

On Monday Governor Murphy issued a conditional veto for S-1370, which expands the permissible use of project labor agreements for public works projects from building based public works projects to include highways, bridges, pumping stations, and water and...

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Posted on: August 9, 2020

Census Bureau Moves to Cut Data Collection Phase Short

Late last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released information on a number of steps being taken to shorten the time for field data collection, to the end of September, and to provide reapportionment data to the Congress by the end of the year. Until this ann...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Nominations Sought for NJLM Mayors' Hall of Fame

The League is accepting nominations for the 2020 Mayors’ Hall of Fame. To qualify, a mayor must be serving in at least their 10th cumulative year for the silver level, 20th year for the gold level, or 30th year for the platinum level. Mayors who...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

COVID-19 Research Volunteers Needed

Please let your citizens know about these heroic service opportunities.First, anyone who has recovered from the virus, who has been symptom-free for at least 14 days, and who is otherwise able to donate blood, could be eligible to save lives by donating t...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Governor Issues Four New COVID-19 Related EOs

Since our last update, Governor Murphy issued four new COVID-19 related executive orders: Executive Order 170, which extends certain statutory deadlines across state government; Executive Order 171 which extends the Public Health Emergency that was declar...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Storm Update from NJBPU

As of 2 pm on Wednesday, approximately 908,000 utility customers remain without power statewide, down from a peak of 1.4 million yesterday. More than 2,000 out of state crews are helping our utilities restore electricity. This includes crews from Canada, ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Week of July 27: COVID-19 Update

Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 699 new positive cases and an additional 10 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 181,660 confirmed cases, and 13,923 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,875 probable deaths assoc...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Urge Your Citizens to Respond to the Census

To be blunt about it, the U.S. Census is all about two things: Funding and Representation. Every one of your citizens who remains uncounted is a missed opportunity. And every missed opportunity is a bonus for those living elsewhere. What your citizens do,...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

New Federal COVID Relief Bill Offers No Relief for New Jersey Municipalities

Yesterday in Washington, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a new COVID Relief bill. The product of negotiations within the Senate Republican caucus, and between it and the White House, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protecti...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Bond Legislation Advances, Before Senate

Today the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released S-2475/A-3971, which authorizes the issuance of “coronavirus relief bonds” (CRB) by municipalities and counties. The legislation permits municipalities to issue bonds for th...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Portal Bridge Replacement Project Progress

On Monday, NJ Transit’s Board of Directors approved a project development agreement with Amtrak, moving the Portal Bridge replacement project one step closer to a start. The project, which is expected to cost $1.8 billion, is now scheduled to be...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Governor Murphy Announces Main Street Commercial Corridors Relief

Yesterday, Governor Murphy announced a new relief program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Program (SBL-EAGP) will allow businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

State Response to Massive Revenue Gap Preserves ETR/CMPTRA

On Friday, State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced that State revenue losses in the current Fiscal Year, which now will end on September 30, will total $2.75 Billion. As you recall, back in March, in anticipation of COVID’s economic fall...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

State Planning Commission Extends Town Center Designation Period

The State Planning Commission this week issued a Notice of Rule Waiver/Modification/Suspension pursuant to Executive Order No. 103, which temporarily relaxes regulatory provisions concerning the expiration of town center designations made pursuant to the ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

AG Issues Police Well-Being Program Directive

Earlier this week NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a Directive seeking to promote emotional and mental well-being of New Jersey law enforcement officers. The Directive creates the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement (“NJRP-...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

July 2019 Interest Arbitration Update

In June, mediators appointed by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) issued three interest arbitration awards. The first interest arbitration awards to be issued since the expiration of the 2% cap. Each of these awards arose out of an impasse...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

June 23: Conference Connections

Your Conference Exhibitors 

 It’s been a long time since most local government officials have had the opportunity to check out the latest products and services and connect face-to-face. Exhibitors are eager to network with you and provide...

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Posted on: June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021 Conference Connections: Hotels & Planning

a. Hotel Booking System Open

 Planning for an in-person 106th Annual League Conference this Nov. 16-18 in Atlantic City continues full speed ahead and the hotel booking system is open!Take advantage of the full Conference experience by staying in ...

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Posted on: June 10, 2021

Welcome Back to Atlantic City!

After a successful Virtual Conference, the League is happy and proud to plan the League Conference’s return to Atlantic City!According to Meet AC, Atlantic City’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and Spectra, the venue mana...

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Posted on: June 10, 2021

106th Annual Conference: Stay Informed

This week we begin weekly coverage of Conference information in the Conference Connections section of the Wednesday Daily Update. The section will provide information on general attendance issues, education, and exhibit opportunities as they develop.This ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Thank You For Attenting the 105th Annual Conference

Dear Elected and Appointed Officials:We would like to take a moment to thank you for attending the League’s 105th Annual Conference, presented virtually in 2020. When the ball dropped last New Year’s Eve, little did we know what lay ahead in 2020, and now...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Guidance & Outlook for Legalized Marijuana: Hot Sessions

It’s official, the voters of New Jersey have given their approval to the ballot question on the legalization of recreational marijuana for those over 21. What’s next? The Virtual League Conference is offering two sessions specifically ...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Exhibitor Learning Sessions at the NJLM Virtual Conference

Each year Exhibitors at the League Conference provide valuable information, tools, and services to improve local government operations. And each day of this year’s Virtual Conference, midday will feature Exhibitor Learning Sessions that provide ...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Hot Topics for Local Officials: COVID-19 Sessions at the League Conference

Communities have struggled with impactful issues in the past, but perhaps none more impactful than the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the shutdown in March, the lives of every person in the state have been changed. In local governments, COVID-19 has meant chang...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Hot Topics for Local Officials: Environmental Sessions at the League Conference

As caretakers of the land for future generations, the environment remains an ongoing concern for New Jersey’s municipalities. With the nation’s most strict plastic bag ban signed off by Governor Murphy and mask litter cluttering our st...

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Posted on: November 11, 2020

Conference Session Discuses Legalized Cannabis

It’s official, the voters of New Jersey have giving their approval to the ballot question on the legalization of recreational marijuana for those over 21. What’s next?Join our session “Marijuana in the Mile High City – A Collaborative Approach” at the 105...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Governor Murphy to Keynote League Conference

We are pleased to announce that Governor Phil Murphy will again deliver the keynote address at the League’s Annual Conference, presented virtually in 2020. The address will be streamed on Thursday, November 19, 12:30 PM.Contact: Mike Ce...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

2020 League Conference: Early Registration Discount through Oct. 16

The League is here to help our members navigate through the pandemic & plan for recovery. Join us this November at the 105th Annual Conference presented virtually--no need to travel. Earn CEUs at live sessions, and watch recorded sessions on-demand fo...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Annual League Conference Early Registration Pricing Available Now

The 105th Annual NJLM Conference has transitioned to a virtual event the week of November 16 through November 20. Read the full announcement.RegistrationRegistration is open! The 2020 Virtual Conference will provide the same benefits that attendees have c...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Membership Alert: 105th Annual Conference will be Virtual

August 14, 2020

Membership Alert: 105th Annual Conference will be Virtual

After careful deliberation, the NJLM Executive Board and Officers announce that the 105th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference will be held as a Virtual Confere...

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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Governor Signs Legislation Dedicating Annual Funds to Special Needs Housing Trust Fund

On June 29, Governor Murphy signed into law S-1255, which requires that $20 million of certain realty transfer fee revenues are to be credited each year to the Special Needs Housing Trust Fund, beginning with the first fiscal year next f...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: July 2, 2021

Governor Murphy Signs Exempt Firefighter Certificate Bill

On Thursday, June 24, Governor Murphy signed A-4745, which raises the eligibility for exempt firefighter certificates and membership in New Jersey State Fireman’s Association maximum age from 45 to 57. Under previous regulations, firefighters we...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 30, 2021

Senate Holds Preemptive Small Cell/5G Deployment Bill

After being added late on Tuesday to Wednesday’s Senate Voting session, the Senate held and did not consider S-2674/A-1116. This legislation seeks to preempt and supersede local regulation of small cell (5G) deployment within the municipal rights-of-way.T...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 30, 2021

Senate to Consider Bill Preempting Local Control Over Small Cell/5G Deployment in Municipal ROW

Just added to tomorrow’s Senate voting session is S-2674/A-1116, legislation which seeks to preempt and supersede local regulation of small cell (5G) deployment within the municipal rights-of-way. The League opposes S-2674/A-1116 becaus...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 28, 2021

2022 Budget on Gov. Murphy's Desk

On Thursday both the Assembly and Senate passed A-5870/S-2022, which appropriates $46.3 billion in state funds and $6 billion in federal funds for New Jersey’s FY22 state budget. The budget will now be sent to Governor Murphy desk for his signat...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Assembly Approves Bill Preempting Local Control Over Small Cell/5G Deployment in Municipal ROW

The Assembly voted yesterday to approve A-1116(R3), legislation that seeks to preempt and supersede local regulation of small cell (5G) deployment within the municipal rights-of-way. The League opposes A-1116 because it provides broadband telecommunicatio...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Assembly Approves Bill Preempting Local Control Over Small Cell/5G Deployment in Municipal ROW

The Assembly voted yesterday to approve A-1116(R3), legislation that seeks to preempt and supersede local regulation of small cell (5G) deployment within the municipal rights-of-way. The League opposes A-1116 because it provides broadband telecommunicatio...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Contact Governor's Office on Offshore Wind Projects Bill Preemptions

S-3926/A-5894, fast-tracked legislation preempting local say over offshore wind projects, passed in both houses. This legislation would give the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) authority to preempt and supersede all necessary local approval of projects ne...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 28, 2021

Legislators Approve Conditional Veto Recommendations of Bill Exempting Certain Housing from Zoning

In March, legislators passed S-1676/A-3326, which would allow hospitals to construct housing and provide wrap-around services for individuals who are homeless or housing insecure. While we support efforts aimed at providing health care and housing to thos...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 25, 2021

Responsible Collective Negotiations Held in Both Houses

Many thanks to all of you who reached out to your Legislators and raised objections to the “Responsible Collective Negotiations” bill (S-3810/A-5862). The legislation was held in both houses.The League is by joined and also thank the New Jersey A...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Act Now! Responsible Collective Negotiations Before Assembly and Senate

Later today (Thursday) both the full Senate and Assembly are scheduled to consider the amended “Responsible Collective Negotiations” bill (S-3810/A-5862). The League has joined the New Jersey Association of Counties, New Jersey Conference of Mayors, New J...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 24, 2021

State FY 22 Budget Introduced

On Tuesday June 22, the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees released A-5870/S-2022, which appropriates $46.3 billion in state funds and $21 billion in federal funds for New Jersey’s FY22 state budget. The Governor’s original proposed budget allocated $4...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Please Take Action: Fast-Tracked Bill Removing Management Prerogatives

Action is needed to oppose legislation that would remove important management prerogatives and drive up costs for local governments. On Wednesday the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be considering A-5862, which expands the subjects that would becom...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Bill Removing Management Prerogative Advances

Senate President Sweeney with Senators Addiego and Greenstein, recently introduced S-3810 known as the “Responsible Collective Negotiations Act” to provide additional worker safeguards in response to the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court Janus v...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Senate Committee Scheduled to Review Small Cell Regulation Bill

The Senate Economic Growth Committee is scheduled to review S-2674 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 10 a.m. The purpose of this legislation is to provide for uniform regulation of small wireless facility deployment in the state and mirrors, and in some cases...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Senate Committee Scheduled to Review Small Cell Regulation Bill

The Senate Economic Growth Committee is scheduled to review S-2674 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 10 a.m. The purpose of this legislation is to provide for uniform regulation of small wireless facility deployment in the state and mirrors, and in some cases...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 14, 2021

S-1 Passes Senate

Last week S-1, which would encourage shared services, passed the full Senate. We thank Senate President Sweeney for the various amendments to the bill to address our concerns. We appreciate the civil service reforms and are optimistic they will make shari...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Expedited Construction Inspection Bill Heads to Governor

Yesterday, the Senate approved S-3095/A-4850, which the League opposes, sending the measure to Governor Murphy for his action. The legislation would establish an expedited construction inspection program that would allow able and willing property...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Assembly Approves EV Charging Station Bill

The Assembly, on Thursday, passed Assembly Committee Substitute for A-2108 & A-5032, which the League opposes.The bill would make an application for development submitted solely for the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment or make-ready s...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Cannabis Regulatory Commission Seeking Input from Municipalities

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) will be holding its next meeting on June 1, 2021, at 12 p.m. The CRC is seeking input from municipal representatives about the emerging cannabis industry. At this meeting, the CRC is asking for input from local off...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Senate Committee Advances Bill Requiring Regional Approval of Large Warehouse Developments

Yesterday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced a committee substitute for S-3688, legislation that would require a regional economic impact report and allow review by adjacent municipalities for certain proposed retail warehouse develo...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Gov. Takes Action on Legislation

Governor Conditionally Vetoes Hospital Housing Bill

Earlier this week Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed S-1676, a bill which the League opposed. S-1676 would allow hospitals to construct housing and provide wrap-around services for individuals who are h...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Assembly Committee Again Reviews EV Charging Station Bills

On Wednesday, the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee reported Assembly Committee Substitute for A-2108 & A-5032 out of committee. The League opposes. The legislation would establish numerical requirements and zoning standard...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: May 13, 2021

League Testifies, Expresses Concerns on S-3688

On Thursday, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee discussed a committee substitute for S-3688 that requires municipalities to take into account the potential effects of approving the construction and operation of retail warehouses on neighbori...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Governor Signs Law Allowing for Nonresident Municipal Emergency Management Coordinators

This week, Governor Murphy signed into law S-551 (now, P.L.2021, c.50). This new law permits the appointment of a non-resident municipal emergency management coordinator in municipalities with populations under 5,000 persons, if a qualified municipal resi...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: April 27, 2021

NJLM President Kovach Testifies at Senate Hearing on Forest Stewardship Issues

This week, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee hosted a hearing to take testimony from experts and interested parties on the topics of forest stewardship and prescribed burning, and the roles humans should play in managing the State’s forests.Whil...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Senate Committee to Host Hearing on Forest Stewardship and Prescribed Burning Legislation

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Environment and Energy Committee will host a remote hearing to take testimony from experts and interested parties on the topics of forest stewardship and prescribed burning, and the roles humans shou...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Local Part PERS Legislation Advances

Early this week legislation sponsored by Senate President Sweeney that would divide the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) into two parts: a State PERS for state employees and a Local PERS for all other employees (S-3522) was considered ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Governor Signs Parental Notification Legislation

Earlier today, Governor Murphy signed S-5472/S-3565 requiring law enforcement to provide a parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of a person under the age of 18 with a written notification for any violation for underage consumption or poss...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 15

Various Assembly and Senate committees will be holding hearings and considering numerous pieces of legislation during the week. The municipal issues before the various committees include:Assembly Telecommunications & Utilities: Considering legislation...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Recap: Week of March 8 Legislative Committees

During the week various Assembly and Senate committees held hearings and considered numerous pieces of legislation. The following legislation of municipal impact was considered: 

  • A-5231 permits a county or municipality to enter into a revenue-shar...
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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 8

Legislative front:

 Various Assembly and Senate committees will be holding hearings and considering numerous pieces of legislation during the week. The municipal issues before the various committees include: 

  • Assembly Oversight, Reform &am...
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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Early Voting Legislation

On Monday, the full Assembly will be considering A-4830/S-3203, which would require the addition of in-person early voting for certain elections. In-person early voting for the May non-partisan election is permitted upon adoption of an ordinance....

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Monday Vote: Urge Assemly to Vote No on A-4850 Third-Party Inspection Bill

A-4850, a bill the League opposes, is scheduled for an Assembly vote on Monday, March 1. The legislation would establish an alternate inspection process for property owners willing to pay a premium fee to expedite inspections performed b...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Your Action Needed: PFRS 20 & Out in Assembly on Monday

On Monday, the full Assembly will consider A-2562/S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that employee...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Feb. 26, 2022 Cannabis Update

On Monday Governor Murphy signed into law legislation legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older (A-21 – The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act) and decriminal...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Legislature Preview: Week of February 22

Today As of this writing, it has been announced that the Governor has signed the legislation legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis, the decriminalization of cannabis, and the clean-up legislation that addresses possession by those under 2...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Update on S-1

Since 2011, Senate President Sweeney has been advancing legislation (S-1) to encourage shared services by making various civil service reforms, but would permit the state to withhold state aid from municipalities that did not implement a shared service ag...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Legislative Alert: Help Stop Legislation With Potential Chilling Effect on Redevelopment & Affordabl

As we have previously reported, ACS A1571 & A-1576 would make any public work done on a property or premises for which a public body provides, approves or authorizes a tax abatement or tax exemption for the property or premises subject to the Prevaili...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Amended Shared Service Bill S-1 Advances

Yesterday, the Senate Budget Committee unanimously passed the Senate Committee Substitute S-1, Senate President Steve Sweeney’s Shared Service legislation. S-1 amends the “Uniformed Shared Services and Consolidation Act&rd...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Governor Murphy Signs Senate Bill 3220 Into Law

On Thursday, February 4, Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill 3220 into law. This legislation allows the Civil Service Commission to exempt entry law enforcement position applicants who have successfully completed a full basic course for police officer...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Governor Murphy Announces Paycheck Protection Loan Program

On Tuesday, February 9, Governor Murphy announced that his administration will follow the lead of the Federal Government in creating a Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP) to be tax exempt at the state level and enable recipients to deduct business expe...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Assembly Committee Reivews Water Systems and Authorities Bill

This week, A-3142 and S-922/A-5043 were before the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. While S-922/A-5043 was only discussed, the committee voted to approve A-3142, sending it to second reading in the Assembly. The League o...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Assembly Committee Reivews Water Systems and Authorities Bill

This week, A-3142 and S-922/A-5043 were before the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. While S-922/A-5043 was only discussed, the committee voted to approve A-3142, sending it to second reading in the Assembly. The League o...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Legislation Subjecting PILOT to Prevailing Wage Advances

The Assembly Labor Committee has advanced an Assembly Committee Substitute A-1571 & A-1576.  ACS A1571 & A-1576 would make any public work done on a property or premises for which a public body provides, approves, or authorizes a tax abat...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Bill Limiting Municipal Regulation of Electric Fences Now Law

Governor Murphy, on Thursday, signed into law S-2419, which prohibits municipal regulation of “perimeter fence intrusion protection systems” (electric fence) and the regulation of locksmith and alarm businesses, among other things. Eff...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Assembly Committee to Hear Bill Limiting Appeals of Land Use Decisions

On Monday, the Assembly State and Local Government Committee will review A-4881, a bill which the League supports. A-4881 would prohibit the appeal of land use decisions on grounds attributable to convening the meeting by virtual means, provided that reas...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor Signs Tax Incentive Legislation

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed into law A-4, the "New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020." The new law provides for the administration of programs and policies related to; jobs, property development, food deserts, community partner...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Cannabis Clean Up Legislation Held

Initially, both the Assembly and Senate were scheduled to consider legislation to clarify the recent cannabis legislation, A-5211/S-3320, on Monday. However, as of this afternoon, it appears the deal to legalize and decriminalize cannabis collapsed report...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor signs PFRS Enhanced Benefits for Surviving Spouses Act

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed S487, the “Dominick Marino PFRS Enhanced Benefits for Surviving Spouses Act”. This legislation expands accidental death benefits provided to widow of a PFRS member. The benefit paid will now be either ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Right to Farm Act Amended to Allow Employees to Live on Horse Farms

Governor Murphy, yesterday, signed A-2768/S-1245, which amends the “Right to Farm Act” to allow housing for equine-related farm employees.The new law requires that, notwithstanding any local health code or zoning ordinance to the contrary, the rules and r...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Police Body Camera Funding Legislation Passed

On Wednesday, December 23, Governor Murphy signed A-4907 into law, which appropriates $58 million in funding to support police departments when purchasing body cameras. While P.L. 2020, c. 142 goes a long way to help purchase body cameras, the issue of on...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed to Governor

After advancing through Senate and Assembly committee hearings, yesterday both houses voted to approve A-1135/S-624 & S-357, sending the measure to the Governor’s office for his action. While the League is supportive of a legislative solutio...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Senate Passes PFRS 20 and Out Legislation

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that employee to rec...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Tax Incentive Legislation Moving Quickly

Late on Wednesday, it was announced that Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin reached an agreement on reforms to the tax incentive programs.According to the announcement  the agreement “includes annua...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 16, 2020

Your Action Needed: Full Senate to Consider PFRS 20 & Out Legislation

On Thursday, the full Senate will be considering S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 16, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed for Vote

Hospital Property Tax Subsidy Bill Headed for Vote After advancing through Senate and Assembly committee hearings, A-1135/S-624 & S-357 have been scheduled for a vote in both houses on Thursday, December 17, 2020. A-1135 was previously approved by the...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Small Cell Regulation Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee advanced with amendments, A-1116. The purpose of this legislation is to provide for uniform regulation of small wireless facility deployment in the State and attempts to mirror and in some...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Disabled Veterans Property Tax with Reimbursement Advances

Earlier this week the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced S-220, which extends the totally disabled veterans property tax exemption to be retroactive to the effective date of the determination of the veteran’s total disability ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Actions on Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras

Last week, Governor Murphy signed S1163 legislation regarding the use of Body Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement and issued Executive Order 201 Establishing an Interagency Working Group on Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras Task Force. Please see the League’...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 10, 2020

AG Issues Marijuana Charge Guidance

Last week, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued additional guidance to prosecutors concerning the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases, supplementing his August 29, 2018 and November 4, 2020 guidance.The Attorney General’s guidance directs ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: November 11, 2020

Gov. Murphy Signs Plastic Ban into Law

On November 4, Governor Murphy signed into law the strictest plastic ban legislation in the United States. For more information on P.L. 2020, c.117 see our blog post. Also, we will be hosting a League Conference Session on the plastic bag ban so don’t for...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: November 11, 2020

Electronic Review of Construction Permits Up for Hearing

On Monday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider A-1145/S-1739, which the League opposes. A-1145/S-1739 would establish an electronic permit processing review system requiring electronic submission of applications for con...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Vegetation Management Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Senate Economic Growth Committee approved S-434, known as the “Vegetation Management Response Act.” In the past, the League has opposed this and similar bills because they would give electric utility companies complete d...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced with committee amendments A-1135, a bill which the League opposes. A-1135 seeks to address the ongoing issue of property tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals with on-site for-profit medical provi...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Governor Takes Action on Bills

Earlier this week, Governor Phil Murphy signed two bills of interest into law – S-349 (P.L. 2020, c.80), which requires developers to offer electric vehicle charging stations as an option in certain new home construction, and S-2380 (P.L. 2020, ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 21, 2020

MIllioniares' Tax to Bolster State Budget

An agreement has been reached by Governor Phil Murphy and Legislative leaders on an income tax rate hike (from 8.97% to 10.75%) on earnings in excess of $1 million. The higher rate currently applies to income over $5 million. Announcing the agreement, Gov...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Governor Conditionally Vetoes CRB Bill

On July 31 Governor Murphy issued a conditional veto for A-3971, which authorizes the issuance of "coronavirus relief bonds" (CRBs) by municipalities and counties. In the conditional veto language the Governor acknowledge the need for local gove...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: August 9, 2020

Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Project Labor Agreements

On Monday Governor Murphy issued a conditional veto for S-1370, which expands the permissible use of project labor agreements for public works projects from building based public works projects to include highways, bridges, pumping stations, and water and...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Bond Legislation Advances, Before Senate

Today the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released S-2475/A-3971, which authorizes the issuance of “coronavirus relief bonds” (CRB) by municipalities and counties. The legislation permits municipalities to issue bonds for th...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Legislation Requiring Health Insurance Annual Assessment Advances

Legislation that would require certain entities authorized to issue health benefits plan to annually pay an assessment of 2.75% of the entity’s’ net written premiums was amended and released from committee and now await consideration b...

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Legislative Advocacy

News Flash

Notices

25 Stories
Posted on: July 16, 2021

2021 Governor's Conference on Housing & Economic Development

The 2021 Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development virtual conference will be held September 29-30. The agenda includes sessions addressing lessons learned from the pandemic, what has changed, and the efforts the state has made.

The 2021 Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development virtual conference will be held September 29 - 30, 2021. The agenda includes sessions addressing lessons learned from the pandemic, what has changed, and efforts the state has ta...

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Notices
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Division Issues Information on 2021 Financial Disclosure Statement Filing

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2021-08 providing guidance on filing the 2021 Financial Disclosure Statements.

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2021-08 providing guidance on filing the 2021 Financial Disclosure Statements. The Local Finance Notice outlines the filing procedures and contains specific step-by-step instruction...

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Notices
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Program

Beginning with the 2020 tax filing New Jersey’s Earned Income Tax Credit (NJEITC) is increasing to 40% of the federal credit an average of $882 as well as lowering the minimum age eligibility for EITC from 25 to 21 years of age.

On National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, the New Jersey Department of Treasury launched a statewide awareness campaign to encourage eligible taxpayers to take advantage of New Jersey’s expanded program. Beginning with the 2020 tax fil...

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Notices
Posted on: April 20, 2021

NJ Infrastructure Bank 2021 Webinar

The New Jersey Infrastructure Bank will be holding webinars on April 22, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and April 29, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The New Jersey Infrastructure Bank will be holding webinars on April 22, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and April 29, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The webinars will discuss program and financing changes coming in State Fiscal Year 2022 Program Fin...

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Notices
Posted on: March 26, 2021

League Educational Foundation & Walmart Announce Grant Recipients

Recently Walmart provided a grant of $100,000 to the League Foundation. Their wish was to help address educational connectivity issues. After careful review, the NJLM Foundation has awarded first-round grants.

The League’s Educational Foundation is an informational resource for local government that offers timely research and a proactive approach to resolving the complex issues affecting NJ’s diverse communities. We bring together m...

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Notices
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Program

On national Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, the New Jersey Department of Treasury launched a statewide awareness campaign to encourage eligible taxpayers to take advantage of New Jersey’s expanded program.

On national Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, the New Jersey Department of Treasury launched a statewide awareness campaign to encourage eligible taxpayers to take advantage of New Jersey’s expanded program. Beginning with the 2020 tax fil...

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Notices
Posted on: March 15, 2021

NJ Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Municipal Employment Policies

The New Jersey Supreme Court released a decision this week that could have an impact on municipalities as an employer. Delanoy v. Twp. of Ocean considered for the first time the New Jersey Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA).

The New Jersey Supreme Court released a decision this week that could have an impact on municipalities as an employer. Delanoy v. Twp. of Ocean considered for the first time the New Jersey Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The PWFA amended existing po...

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Notices
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Issues Emergency Directive

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) partners have observed active exploitation of vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange on-premises products.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) partners have observed active exploitation of vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange on-premises products. Please review CISA issued ED 21-02 for Microsoft Exchange on-premises products to update ...

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Notices
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Campaign Contribution Notice

Please Note on Campaign Contributions: “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 on Campaign Contributions for the particular attention of each Municipal Clerk. Questions and inquiries for additional information should be directed to the Div...

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Notices
Posted on: November 2, 2020

"Get Covered New Jersey" Insurance Open Enrollment

Governor Murphy recently announced that New Jersey residents will be able to enroll in Get Covered New Jersey starting November 1, 2020, and through to January 31, 2021, extending six weeks longer than it was last year.

Governor Murphy recently announced that New Jersey residents will be able to enroll in Get Covered New Jersey starting November 1, 2020, and through to January 31, 2021, extending six weeks longer than it was last year.Get Covered New Jersey is a new heal...

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Notices
Posted on: November 2, 2020

DLGS Issue LFN on Recent Tax Collection & Appeals Legislation

DLGS issued LFN 2020-25 explaining recently enacted legislation on property tax collection, tax appeals refunds, and the waiver of interest and lien enforcement for certain delinquent water and sewer utility payments during emergency circumstances.

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2020-25 explaining recently enacted legislation pertaining to property tax collection, tax appeals refunds, and the waiver of interest and lien enforcement for certain delinquent water ...

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Notices
Posted on: October 16, 2020

NJ Hall of Fame Holds Induction Ceremony Sunday

On Sunday, 7 PM the NJ Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be broadcast WWOR my9, NJTV, nj.com, and the NJ Hall of Fame Facebook and YouTube pages.

On Sunday, 7 PM the NJ Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be broadcast WWOR my9, NJTV, nj.com and the NJ Hall of Fame Facebook and YouTube pages. The following will be inducted. The hometown for each inductee is included in case you would like ...

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Notices
Posted on: October 16, 2020

US Conference of Mayors Partnering with National Restaurant Association for Webinar

The National Restaurant Association is partnering with the US Conference of Mayors to host a webinar, “What Will Your City Be Like Without Restaurants?”

The National Restaurant Association is partnering with the US Conference of Mayors to host a webinar, “What Will Your City Be Like Without Restaurants?” They will discuss the challenges that the restaurant industry is facing a...

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Notices
Posted on: September 21, 2020

University of Albany Creates Survey to Help Build Smart Communities

The University of Albany released a survey aimed at understanding the relationship between public libraries and the implementation of smart technology to benefit the local governments and their communities.

Earlier this week, The University of Albany released a survey aimed at understanding the relationship between public libraries and the implementation of smart technology into our communities. The survey consists of 60 questions that will take no more than...

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Notices
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Appellate Division Rules Certain Employee Settlement Agreements Exempt from OPRA

The Appellate Division issued a decision regarding OPRA, holding that a settlement agreement between a public body and its employee, resolving an internal disciplinary action against that employee, is exempt from disclosure as a personnel record.

Last week, the Appellate Division issued a notable decision regarding the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). In Libertarians for Transparent Government v. Cumberland County the court held that a settlement agreement between a public body and its employee, re...

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Notices
Posted on: September 14, 2020

State Expands Voter Tools

The Division of Elections has launched the state’s first online voter registration tool as well as functionality to let voters track their mail-in ballot.

The Division of Elections has launched the state’s first online voter registration tool as well as functionality to let voters track their mail-in ballot.To register online, individuals will need their date of birth and one of the following form...

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Notices
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Juneteenth a State Holiday

Governor Murphy signed, S-19, (now, P.L.2020, c.76), designating Juneteenth, the third Thursday in June, as a state and public holiday. New Jersey is the sixth state to designate Juneteenth a state holiday.

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed, S-19, (now, P.L.2020, c.76), designating Juneteenth, the third Thursday in June, as a state and public holiday. The legislation adds Juneteenth as a paid holiday for all State government employees. New Jersey is the sixt...

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Notices
Posted on: August 26, 2020

NJ Dept. of Agriculture Shares Spotted Lanterfly Fight Resources

New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher has shared information and instructions for residents who encounter the Spotted Lanternfly as the Department continues to receive numerous calls about this exotic invasive insect.

New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher has shared information and instructions for residents who encounter the Spotted Lanternfly as the Department continues to receive numerous calls about this exotic invasive insect. The Departmen...

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Notices
Posted on: August 25, 2020

2020 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program Funding Opportunity

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program. This solicitation is administered by NJDOT in partnership with the NJTPA and the other MPO’s. The TA Set-Aside program provides federal funds for com...

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Notices
Posted on: August 25, 2020

BPU Seeking Comments on Improvements to ESIP Program

This week the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced that they are seeking comments and hosting stakeholder meetings, looking to evaluate and refresh the Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP).

This week the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced that they are seeking comments and hosting stakeholder meetings, looking to evaluate and refresh the Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP). The goal of the review is to improve the overall proces...

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Notices
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Applications Now Being Accepted for Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program

The application portal for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program opened and the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) began accepting applications, the closing date is August 26 at 1 p.m.

This week, the application portal for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program opened and the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) began accepting applications. The program will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lo...

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Notices
Posted on: August 25, 2020

LFN Issued on Federal Federal Debarment-Consequences for Certain Public Works Contracts

The Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance 2020-18 regarding Federal Debarment – Consequences for Certain Public Works Contracts.

Yesterday, the Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance 2020-18 regarding Federal Debarment – Consequences for Certain Public Works Contracts. Under P.L. 2019, c. 406 a contractor or any affiliates are prohibited from contracti...

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Notices
Posted on: August 14, 2020

NJ HMFA Launches Small Landlord Emergency Relief Grant Program

This week the NJ HMFA announced the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program. Rental property owners will be reimbursed for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 April-July 2020, if they forgive outstanding back rent/late fees tenants accrued during this time.

This week the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) announced the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program (SLEG). As a reminder, the program will reimburse residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between Apr...

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Notices
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Request from NJ Film Commission

The New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission is hoping you will assist in enabling crews to work within your jurisdiction. Production companies can provide a much-needed boost to your businesses, and put people back to work.

Dear Mayor:I write to you today as a Mayor, the 1st Vice President of the League, and a member of the New Jersey Film Commission.As you may know, the New Jersey film and television industry has blossomed in recent years, creating over $400 million of reve...

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Notices
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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Notices

News Flash

Posted on: September 14, 2020

Appellate Division Rules Certain Employee Settlement Agreements Exempt from OPRA

Last week, the Appellate Division issued a notable decision regarding the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). In Libertarians for Transparent Government v. Cumberland County the court held that a settlement agreement between a public body and its employee, re...

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OPRA & OPMA

News Flash

Posted on: June 14, 2021

Bill Removing Management Prerogative Advances

Senate President Sweeney with Senators Addiego and Greenstein, recently introduced S-3810 known as the “Responsible Collective Negotiations Act” to provide additional worker safeguards in response to the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME ruling. Whi...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Governor Signs 20 and Out Legislation

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed into law P.L. 2021, c. 52 which permits police and firefighters to retire after 20 years of service regardless of age and receive a pension allowance equal to 50% of their final compensation. This benefit will only apply ...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Police and Fire Retirement (PFRS) Board Meeting

At the April 12 Police and Fire Retirement (PFRS) board meeting, the PFRS Board’s Investment Committee noted they were reviewing the illiquid assets in the portfolio and status of comingled accounts.The Board favorably reported on the recommenda...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Local Part PERS Legislation Advances

Early this week legislation sponsored by Senate President Sweeney that would divide the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) into two parts: a State PERS for state employees and a Local PERS for all other employees (S-3522) was considered and releas...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Your Action Needed: PFRS 20 & Out in Assembly on Monday

On Monday, the full Assembly will consider A-2562/S-1017, which permits a PFRS employee who is enrolled before or after the bill's effective date to retire, regardless of age, upon attaining 20 or more years of service credit and would allow that employee...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor signs PFRS Enhanced Benefits for Surviving Spouses Act

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed S487, the “Dominick Marino PFRS Enhanced Benefits for Surviving Spouses Act”. This legislation expands accidental death benefits provided to widow of a PFRS member. The benefit paid will now be either 70% of the compensat...

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Pension & Benefits

News Flash

Posted on: June 14, 2021

S-1 Passes Senate

Last week S-1, which would encourage shared services, passed the full Senate. We thank Senate President Sweeney for the various amendments to the bill to address our concerns. We appreciate the civil service reforms and are optimistic they will make shari...

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Shared Services
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Amended Shared Service Bill S-1 Advances

Yesterday, the Senate Budget Committee unanimously passed the Senate Committee Substitute S-1, Senate President Steve Sweeney’s Shared Service legislation. S-1 amends the “Uniformed Shared Services and Consolidation Act” and the laws governing th...

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Shared Services

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: February 22, 2021

Legislature Preview: Week of February 22

Today As of this writing, it has been announced that the Governor has signed the legislation legalizing adult recreational use of cannabis, the decriminalization of cannabis, and the clean-up legislation that addresses possession by those under 2...

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