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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-sharing agreement with a concessionaire permit holder used in connecting with a premise located within the county or municipality was reported out of Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee and is now awaiting consideration by the full assembly. 
  • A-5310 changes the limit on the number of Social Affair permits for any premise owed by a municipality or the event is sponsored by the municipality was amended and reported out of Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee. The amendment changed the limit from no limit to 52 in a calendar year for events sponsored by a municipality or premises owned by a municipality. The bill now awaits consideration by the full assembly. 
  • A-4297 permits bingo and raffle games to be conducted remotely was amended and reported out of Assembly Tourism, Gaming & the Arts Committee. The committee amended the bill to mirror the Senate floor amendments. The bill now awaits consideration by the full assembly.
  • A-5052 would permit emergency medical responders to dispense opioid antidotes passed the Assembly Health Committee and now awaits consideration by the full assembly. 
  • A-1172 permits police departments to establish designated safe areas for internet purchase transactions was amended and reported out by Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. The amendments clarified that the Attorney General is to notify chief law enforcement agencies that they are permitted to establish designated safe areas and to allow county and municipal police departments to establish a public awareness campaign. The bill now awaits consideration by the full assembly. 
  • A-3804 designating 9-1-1 operators or dispatchers as 9-1-1 first responders’ dispatchers was reported out of Assembly Law and Public Safety and now awaits consideration by the full assembly. 
  • A-1925 requires certain motor vehicle surcharge revenues to be dedicated to the Special Needs Housing Trust Fund was amended and reported out of Assembly Housing Committee. The bill was amended to mirror the Senate companion S-1255 to provide the funding from certain realty transfer fee revenues in an amount equal to $20 million annually. The bill now awaits consideration by the full assembly.
  • S-3491 expands the ability of any person to acquire and administer opioid antidotes was amended and reported out of Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee. The bill was amended to update the terminology used and to specify what specific actions are required and permitted for laypersons as opposed to professionals authorized to prescribe and dispense prescription drugs; update cross-references to the “Overdose Prevention Act”; amended the effective date, and revise the title and synopsis of the bill to reflect these changes. The bill now awaits consideration by the full senate.
  •  A-1653/S-2142 encourages the development of zero-emission vehicle fueling and charging infrastructure in redevelopment projects was amended and reported out of Senate Community and Urban Affairs. The bill now awaits consideration by the full senate. 
  • S-306 creates a streamlined and expanded landlord registration process, make changes to multiple dwelling inspections and maintenance, establishes protections for tenants, and permit municipalities to satisfy up to 10% of their affordable housing obligations by establishing a program encouraging the rehabilitation of substandard dwelling units and the dedication of rehabilitated units for rental as low-income housing was amended and reported out of Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The bill now awaits consideration by the full senate.
  • S-466 requires development applicants owners or landlords to deliver notice of a hearing on the development application to each residential tenant at least 10 days prior to the hearing as well as outlining additional notice requirements was reported out of Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The bill now awaits consideration by the full senate. 
  • S-1787 establishing “Tiny Home Pilot Program” in three regions of the State was reported out of Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The bill now awaits consideration by the full senate.
  • S-3459 would amend various public finance laws to remove existing restrictions on the ability of local governments and authorities to finance the costs of lead service line replacements was amended and reported out of Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The bill now awaits consideration by the full senate. 

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Assistant Executive Director, lbuckelew@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x112.

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