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Posted on: August 10, 2018

NJ Economic & Fiscal Policy Workgroup Issues Report

On Thursday, the Legislative Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup issued its report. When created by Senate President Sweeney, the workgroup was charged with a “broad mission to identify ways to address soaring pension and benefit costs, hold do...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

NJ SC Seeks Comment on Potential Municipal Court Charge Dismissals

Late last week, the State Supreme Court issued a notice that it would be conducting hearings and seeking public feedback on a proposal to dismiss older, pending, minor municipal court matters. The notice comes on the heels of the recently released Report ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

NJ AG to Issue Guidance for Municipal Courts re: Charging Marijuana-Related Offenses

On Tuesday, State Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal circulated a letter to municipal prosecutors regarding the appropriate use of prosecutorial discretion in marijuana-related offenses in municipal court. The letter was in response to Jersey City’...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

Gov. Ok on Revised Animal Cruelty Law Date Changes

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed A-4225 into law. A-4225 revises the effective dates of certain sections of the recently enacted reforms to the Animal Cruelty Laws (P.L. 2017, C.331). Specifically, Section 6 (which pertains to the appointment of certifie...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Municipal Court Report Released by NJ Supreme Court Committee

NJ Supreme Court Report on Municipal Courts On Tuesday, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a report, entitled Report of the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines, and Fees, prepared by the Supreme Court’s Committ...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

State Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Protect Criminal Justice Grant Money

On Wednesday, the State announced that it had joined other states in bringing a lawsuit against the federal government seeking to undo a policy, which could cause the state and local governments to be excluded from receiving federal grant money from the E...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Assembly Joins Us in Support of Local Businesses

On June 28, on a 77-0 vote, the State Assembly approved AR-11. The Resolution, sponsored by Assembly members Wayne DeAngelo, F. Christopher Tully, and Lisa Swain, urges New Jersey residents to shop locally and support local businesses. Our Main S...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Certain Local Taxes Extended to Include "Transient Accommodations"

P.L. 2018, c. 49, signed by Governor Murphy on July 1, authorizes municipalities to impose, where applicable, the Hotel Occupancy Tax; Municipal Occupancy Tax; Atlantic City Luxury Tax; Atlantic City Promotion Fee; Cape May County Tourism Sales Tax; Cape ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Local Government Funding Maintained in Federal Budget Draft

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

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