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Weekly Policy Update
I.   Transportation Trust Fund (TTF)
II.  Governor Conditionally Vetoes Bill on Banning Smoking in Parks and Beaches
III.  New Jersey Supreme Court Grants Petition for Certification in Important OPRA Case
IV. Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZs)
V. Legislative Alert: Affordable Housing “Gap” Period
VI. Conversations on Race Relations, Justice, Policing and Equality

Conversations on race relations, justice, policing and equality
The National League of Cities (NLC), the League’s national affiliate, is working with the White House and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to encourage local officials to convene 100 community conversations on race relations, justice, policing and equality.

Important Affordable Housing Ruling on “Gap” Issue
Today, the Appellate Division ruled that municipal affordable housing obligations do not include a separate and distinct “gap period” calculation.

Daily Alert
I. Transportation Trust Fund
II. Best Practices and CMPTRA
III. Sequestration of Transitional Aid Funding

Federal Update: Three issues
I.    FAA Recognizes Local Authority in New Drone Regs
II.   Help Shape National Broadband Policy
III. EPA Announces Brownfields Funding Availability

Request for Guidance on Executive Orders 209 & 210
The League’s Friday recap letter included a brief summary of the Governor’s Executive Orders 209 and 210.

Local Governments Urge State Leaders to Restore Transportation Funding
The New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJSLOM) and the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) are urging State leaders to reach a fair and equitable compromise on reauthorizing the insolvent Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) in the wake of Governor Chris Christie’s decision to declare a state of emergency and shut down all work funded by the TTF, which includes vital local road and bridge projects.

Federal Update:
I.     Invitation to Attend NLC Events at the Party Conventions
II.   Water Resources Bill Action Needed
III.  New Overtime Requirements Update
IV.  Interior-Environment Appropriations Bills Advance
V.   New HUD Broadband Plans for Low-Income Households
VI.   Net Neutrality Rules Upheld
VII. Information on Zika Virus Prevention and Preparation
VIII. Seminars Scheduled on Supreme Court Decisions

Reauthorization of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF)
Late Monday evening, the New Jersey General Assembly approved an amended version of A-10 and the newly introduced A-12, as part of a compromise with the Governor on the reauthorization of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

19th Annual Elected Officials Hall of Fame
In recognition of the many municipal governing body members who are selflessly serving for twenty or more years, the League of Municipalities is pleased to once again accept nominations for the Elected Officials Hall of Fame.

Transportation Funding Proposal Benefits Motorists and Taxpayers
Thank you for contacting your legislators and stressing the need for adequate and reliable funding to meet local and State transportation infrastructure funding needs for the next 10 years.

Receive the Recognition Your Town Deserves!
I’d like to extend a personal invitation for you to submit an article to the League magazine, NJ Municipalities sometime this year. With a circulation of 7,558 and a much larger pass along readership, the magazine provides a unique opportunity to bring attention to your community.

Urgent Legislative Alert, Affordable Housing “Gap” Period S-2254 & A-3821
We urge your immediate attention to bipartisan legislation that will clarify municipal affordable housing obligations in a more rational and constructive manner.

Governor Presents State Budget Proposal for Next Fiscal Year
Yesterday in Trenton, Governor Christie highlighted components of his State Fiscal Year 2017 (SFY ’17) Budget proposal. Noting that the proposal would give New Jersey a balanced budget without any new taxes, the Governor spoke of the “two key principles” undergirding his proposal: fiscal restraint and a willingness to pursue “hard reforms” to build a stronger economy and to make the State a better place to live.

League Releases Reports on Affordable Housing
In June, the League Executive Board retained two expert consulting firms to provide an analysis of the State’s affordable housing policies and an April report issued by the Fair Share Housing Center.

NJLM Classified Ads Section
Need to fill an open position? Looking to place an ad for equipment for sale? The New Jersey League of Municipalities website offers a Classified Ads section.

 


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