407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481
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William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director

Legislative Bulletin
APRIL 2003

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

New Publication!
2002 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 209th New Jersey Legislative term. For the tenth consecutive year, the League is publishing the complete text of these laws enacted.

Provides immediate access to enacted 2002 laws

Highly rated, quick reference desk copy

Invaluable asset for busy municipal officials

 

PRICE: $25.00 Members* $35.00 Non-Members
*Only municipalities (in the state of New Jersey) who are dues-paying members of the League may take advantage of the Member Price.

Click Here for Printable Order Form


You can order bill copies electronically by placing a check in the box to the left of the bill(s) you want to receive, then complete the recipient information form and press the Submit button at the bottom of this page. Please note this service is only available to League members.

SENATE BILLS
REQ. BILL NO.
AND
SPONSOR
BILL SUMMARY CURRENT STATUS LEAGUE
POSITION
A-Approve
O=Oppose

S-605
Ciesla, Andrew R.
Bucco, Anthony R.

Provides a thermal imaging camera to each fire organization. Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee

A

S-1118
Vitale, Joseph F.

Permits certain emergency management volunteers to display blue emergency warning lights on vehicles. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee

A

S-1256
Bucco, Anthony R.

Subjects minor subdivisions to the provisions of the Map Filing Law.

Cost-prohibitive. Removes option of filing subdivision by deed. Principle of local discretion in such matters should be preserved.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-1308
Allen, Diane B.

Provides that employees no longer must pay full cost of purchase of PERS, PFRS or TPAF credit for military service.

The buy back of percentage of military service is an added expense on local government.
Senate State Government Committee O

S-2270
Kean, Thomas H.
Bucco, Anthony R.

Establishes guidelines for operating authorized emergency vehicles in emergency situations.

Existing guidelines and regulations work well. Not necessary to alter.
Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee O
S-2276
Sweeney, Stephen M.
Establishes a cause of action for intentional failure of employer to follow or correct known health or safety violations or standards.

Opens door to litigation on employers.
Senate Labor Committee O
S-2312
Adler, John H.
Permits awards of local public contracts without public advertising for bids under certain circumstances.

Subverts intent of Local Public Contracts Law. Open to perception of collusion.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-2322
Bennett, John O.
Permits monthly payment of interest on fire districts bonds. Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A
S-2330
Adler, John H.
Requires certain small municipalities to share services of certain licensed municipal professionals.

Infringement on home rule.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-2359
Allen, Diane B.
Provides penalties for injuring or killing search and rescue dogs. Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee A
S-2367
Girgenti, John A.
McNamara, Henry P.
Permits counties and municipalities to enact ordinance or resolution requesting background check for official governmental purpose. Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee A
S-2402
Keny, Bernard F.
Kyrillos, Joseph M.
Makes various changes to "Long Term Tax Exemption Law."

Unmanageable. Shrinks tax base and diminishes home rule.
Passed Senate O
S-2444
Cardinale, Gerald
Provides exemption from municipal rent control for up to 30 years for abandoned properties rehabilitated into multiple dwellings.

This is already optional for municipalities. It is best left as local option.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
SCR-94
Inverso, Peter A.
Proposes constitutional amendment to extend eligibility for property tax deduction to New Jersey resident who is the surviving spouse of a nonresident veteran.

This resolution is another piecemeal approach and further indication of the need for a constitutional convention to address the whole issue of property tax reform.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O

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ASSEMBLY BILLS
REQ. BILL NO.
AND
SPONSOR
BILL SUMMARY CURRENT
STATUS
LEAGUE
POSITION
A-Approve
O=Oppose

A-125
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa

Prohibits sale of tobacco products in vending machines and establishes requirements for retail sales of tobacco.

2nd Reading in Assembly

A

A-403
Kean, Thomas H.

Establishes guidelines for operating authorized emergency vehicles in emergency situations.

Existing guidelines and regulations work well. Not necessary to alter.
2nd Reading in Assembly O

A-1884
Impreveduto, Anthony
Moran, Jeffrey W.

Subjects minor subdivisions to the provisions of the Map Filing Law.

Cost - prohibitive. Removes option of filing subdivision by deed. Principle of local discretion in such matters should be preserved.
Passed Assembly O

A-2746
Van Drew, Jeff

Authorizes county clerk to act as local registrar of vital statistics.

Removes authority from local level and would inconvenience residents when requesting vital records.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-2941
Impreveduto, Anthony
Sarlo, Paul A.
Ahearn, Matt

Releases certain purchasers of public property from reverter clause under certain circumstances.

The mandatory reverter clause was placed in the law to prevent undue gain from something that serves the public.
2nd Reading in Assembly O
A-3124
Doria, Joseph V.
Steele, Alfred E.
Provides contributory SHBP benefits to certain PFRS, CPFPF and PERS retirees.

Selective and Expensive.
Assembly State Government Committee O
A-3164
Van Drew, Jeff
Conners, Jack
Provides that employees no longer must pay full cost of purchase of PERS, PFRS or TPAF credit for military service.

The buy back of a percentage of military service is an added expense on local government.
Assembly State Government Committee O
A-3193
Friscia, Arline M.
Establishes a cause of action for intentional failure of employer to follow or correct known health or safety violations or standards.

Opens door to litigation on employers.
Assembly Labor Committee O
A-3195
Johnson, Gordon M.
Guear, Gary L.
Van Drew, Jeff
Provides penalties for injuring or killing search and rescue dogs. Passed Assembly; Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee A
A-3214
Cryan, Joseph
Gusciora, Reed
"New Jersey Water Supply Infrastructure Act."

Unnecessary to place a new tax on water customers. It simply raises money that will go towards supporting an additional state bureaucracy.
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee O
A-3247
Kean, Sean T.
Corodemus, Steve
Provides a thermal imaging camera to each fire organization. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A
A-3299
Hackett, Mims
Updates payments in lieu of taxes for certain real property owned by the New Jersey Transit Corporation. Assembly Transportation Committee A
A-3315
Smith, Robert J.
Greenstein, Linda R.
Provides that area surrounding a child care center and playground be designated as a drug free zone. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A
A-3324
Smith, Robert J.
Conners, Jack
Permits Municipal Court to waive marriage license waiting period in emergency

Bill too vague on conditions for wait waiver.
Assembly Judiciary Committee O
A-3349
Ahearn, Matt
Permits municipality to authorize lease of certain real or personal property by resolution.

Adoption of resolution procedure short changes the ordinance. Actions of the governing body should be open to public notification.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3388
Gregg, Guy R.
McHose, Alison Littell
Revises definition of manufactured or mobile home under "State Uniform Construction Code Act."

Too restrictive for municipalities.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3404
Sires, Albio
Roberts, Joseph J.
Makes various changes to "Long Term Tax Exemption Law."

Unmanageable. Shrinks tax base and diminishes home rule.
Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee O
A-3408
Diegnan, Patrick J.
Egan, Joseph V.
Permits local contracting units to award public contracts to certain bidders whose offered price does not exceed price of lowest responsible bidder by more than one percent.

Municipalities abide by the directives of the Local Public Contracts Law to award contract to lowest, responsible bidder.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3422
O'Toole, Kevin J.
Permits certain emergency management volunteers to display blue emergency warning lights on vehicles. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A
A-3443
Weinberg, Lorretta
Requires local public, educational, and governmental access channels and New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority to provide free airtime for legislative candidates.

This mandate could force local access channels to confront controversial issues and lead to litigation.
Assembly State Government Committee O
ACR-159
Greenstein, Linda R.
Proposes constitutional amendment to extend eligibility for property tax deduction to New Jersey resident who is the surviving spouse of a nonresident veteran.

This resolution is another piecemeal approach and further indication of the need for a constitutional convention to address the whole issue of property tax reform.
Assembly State Government Committee O

Recipient Information


First Name Last Name (required)
Street Address (required)
P.O. Box
City (required) State (required)
Zip/Postal Code (required) E-Mail Address (required)
Day Phone Number Fax Number

You can now order bill copies electronically by placing a check in the box to the left of the bill(s) and pressing Please note this service is available to League members only.

It's easy and it's fast.
Or, just "Fax" your bill copy requests to: (609) 695-5156

(press to clear the choices and recipient information)


You can now view and print bills immediately by clicking on the
NJ STATE LEGISLATURE BILL ROOM


Please e-mail your questions to Bulletin Staff at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities

As Close As Your Telephone

There are no formal procedures involved in getting information or assistance from the League office. Merely telephone or write - whichever is more convenient. You will receive prompt, knowledgeable attention to your problem. And remember - dues which your municipality pays, entitle you to use the League's information services at no extra cost, with the exception of small charges for the magazine and special reports. The League was created to serve local officials. It is your organization, your partnership. Take advantage of your membership.

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407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481
 NJLM logo 

William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director

Legislative Bulletin
APRIL 2003


Scales of justice

New Publication!
2002 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 209th New Jersey Legislative term. For the tenth consecutive year, the League is publishing the complete text of these laws enacted.

Provides immediate access to enacted 2002 laws

Highly rated, quick reference desk copy

Invaluable asset for busy municipal officials

 

PRICE: $25.00 Members* $35.00 Non-Members
*Only municipalities (in the state of New Jersey) who are dues-paying members of the League may take advantage of the Member Price.

Click Here for Printable Order Form


You can order bill copies electronically by placing a check in the box to the left of the bill(s) you want to receive, then complete the recipient information form and press the Submit button at the bottom of this page. Please note this service is only available to League members.

SENATE BILLS
REQ. BILL NO.
AND
SPONSOR
BILL SUMMARY CURRENT STATUS LEAGUE
POSITION
A-Approve
O=Oppose

S-605
Ciesla, Andrew R.
Bucco, Anthony R.

Provides a thermal imaging camera to each fire organization. Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee

A

S-1118
Vitale, Joseph F.

Permits certain emergency management volunteers to display blue emergency warning lights on vehicles. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee

A

S-1256
Bucco, Anthony R.

Subjects minor subdivisions to the provisions of the Map Filing Law.

Cost-prohibitive. Removes option of filing subdivision by deed. Principle of local discretion in such matters should be preserved.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-1308
Allen, Diane B.

Provides that employees no longer must pay full cost of purchase of PERS, PFRS or TPAF credit for military service.

The buy back of percentage of military service is an added expense on local government.
Senate State Government Committee O

S-2270
Kean, Thomas H.
Bucco, Anthony R.

Establishes guidelines for operating authorized emergency vehicles in emergency situations.

Existing guidelines and regulations work well. Not necessary to alter.
Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee O
S-2276
Sweeney, Stephen M.
Establishes a cause of action for intentional failure of employer to follow or correct known health or safety violations or standards.

Opens door to litigation on employers.
Senate Labor Committee O
S-2312
Adler, John H.
Permits awards of local public contracts without public advertising for bids under certain circumstances.

Subverts intent of Local Public Contracts Law. Open to perception of collusion.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-2322
Bennett, John O.
Permits monthly payment of interest on fire districts bonds. Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A
S-2330
Adler, John H.
Requires certain small municipalities to share services of certain licensed municipal professionals.

Infringement on home rule.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-2359
Allen, Diane B.
Provides penalties for injuring or killing search and rescue dogs. Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee A
S-2367
Girgenti, John A.
McNamara, Henry P.
Permits counties and municipalities to enact ordinance or resolution requesting background check for official governmental purpose. Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee A
S-2402
Keny, Bernard F.
Kyrillos, Joseph M.
Makes various changes to "Long Term Tax Exemption Law."

Unmanageable. Shrinks tax base and diminishes home rule.
Passed Senate O
S-2444
Cardinale, Gerald
Provides exemption from municipal rent control for up to 30 years for abandoned properties rehabilitated into multiple dwellings.

This is already optional for municipalities. It is best left as local option.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
SCR-94
Inverso, Peter A.
Proposes constitutional amendment to extend eligibility for property tax deduction to New Jersey resident who is the surviving spouse of a nonresident veteran.

This resolution is another piecemeal approach and further indication of the need for a constitutional convention to address the whole issue of property tax reform.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O

Return to Top

 

ASSEMBLY BILLS
REQ. BILL NO.
AND
SPONSOR
BILL SUMMARY CURRENT
STATUS
LEAGUE
POSITION
A-Approve
O=Oppose

A-125
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa

Prohibits sale of tobacco products in vending machines and establishes requirements for retail sales of tobacco.

2nd Reading in Assembly

A

A-403
Kean, Thomas H.

Establishes guidelines for operating authorized emergency vehicles in emergency situations.

Existing guidelines and regulations work well. Not necessary to alter.
2nd Reading in Assembly O

A-1884
Impreveduto, Anthony
Moran, Jeffrey W.

Subjects minor subdivisions to the provisions of the Map Filing Law.

Cost - prohibitive. Removes option of filing subdivision by deed. Principle of local discretion in such matters should be preserved.
Passed Assembly O

A-2746
Van Drew, Jeff

Authorizes county clerk to act as local registrar of vital statistics.

Removes authority from local level and would inconvenience residents when requesting vital records.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-2941
Impreveduto, Anthony
Sarlo, Paul A.
Ahearn, Matt

Releases certain purchasers of public property from reverter clause under certain circumstances.

The mandatory reverter clause was placed in the law to prevent undue gain from something that serves the public.
2nd Reading in Assembly O
A-3124
Doria, Joseph V.
Steele, Alfred E.
Provides contributory SHBP benefits to certain PFRS, CPFPF and PERS retirees.

Selective and Expensive.
Assembly State Government Committee O
A-3164
Van Drew, Jeff
Conners, Jack
Provides that employees no longer must pay full cost of purchase of PERS, PFRS or TPAF credit for military service.

The buy back of a percentage of military service is an added expense on local government.
Assembly State Government Committee O
A-3193
Friscia, Arline M.
Establishes a cause of action for intentional failure of employer to follow or correct known health or safety violations or standards.

Opens door to litigation on employers.
Assembly Labor Committee O
A-3195
Johnson, Gordon M.
Guear, Gary L.
Van Drew, Jeff
Provides penalties for injuring or killing search and rescue dogs. Passed Assembly; Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee A
A-3214
Cryan, Joseph
Gusciora, Reed
"New Jersey Water Supply Infrastructure Act."

Unnecessary to place a new tax on water customers. It simply raises money that will go towards supporting an additional state bureaucracy.
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee O
A-3247
Kean, Sean T.
Corodemus, Steve
Provides a thermal imaging camera to each fire organization. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A
A-3299
Hackett, Mims
Updates payments in lieu of taxes for certain real property owned by the New Jersey Transit Corporation. Assembly Transportation Committee A
A-3315
Smith, Robert J.
Greenstein, Linda R.
Provides that area surrounding a child care center and playground be designated as a drug free zone. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A
A-3324
Smith, Robert J.
Conners, Jack
Permits Municipal Court to waive marriage license waiting period in emergency

Bill too vague on conditions for wait waiver.
Assembly Judiciary Committee O
A-3349
Ahearn, Matt
Permits municipality to authorize lease of certain real or personal property by resolution.

Adoption of resolution procedure short changes the ordinance. Actions of the governing body should be open to public notification.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3388
Gregg, Guy R.
McHose, Alison Littell
Revises definition of manufactured or mobile home under "State Uniform Construction Code Act."

Too restrictive for municipalities.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3404
Sires, Albio
Roberts, Joseph J.
Makes various changes to "Long Term Tax Exemption Law."

Unmanageable. Shrinks tax base and diminishes home rule.
Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee O
A-3408
Diegnan, Patrick J.
Egan, Joseph V.
Permits local contracting units to award public contracts to certain bidders whose offered price does not exceed price of lowest responsible bidder by more than one percent.

Municipalities abide by the directives of the Local Public Contracts Law to award contract to lowest, responsible bidder.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3422
O'Toole, Kevin J.
Permits certain emergency management volunteers to display blue emergency warning lights on vehicles. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A
A-3443
Weinberg, Lorretta
Requires local public, educational, and governmental access channels and New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority to provide free airtime for legislative candidates.

This mandate could force local access channels to confront controversial issues and lead to litigation.
Assembly State Government Committee O
ACR-159
Greenstein, Linda R.
Proposes constitutional amendment to extend eligibility for property tax deduction to New Jersey resident who is the surviving spouse of a nonresident veteran.

This resolution is another piecemeal approach and further indication of the need for a constitutional convention to address the whole issue of property tax reform.
Assembly State Government Committee O

Recipient Information


First Name Last Name (required)
Street Address (required)
P.O. Box
City (required) State (required)
Zip/Postal Code (required) E-Mail Address (required)
Day Phone Number Fax Number

You can now order bill copies electronically by placing a check in the box to the left of the bill(s) and pressing Please note this service is available to League members only.

It's easy and it's fast.
Or, just "Fax" your bill copy requests to: (609) 695-5156

(press to clear the choices and recipient information)


You can now view and print bills immediately by clicking on the
NJ STATE LEGISLATURE BILL ROOM


Please e-mail your questions to Bulletin Staff at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities

As Close As Your Telephone

There are no formal procedures involved in getting information or assistance from the League office. Merely telephone or write - whichever is more convenient. You will receive prompt, knowledgeable attention to your problem. And remember - dues which your municipality pays, entitle you to use the League's information services at no extra cost, with the exception of small charges for the magazine and special reports. The League was created to serve local officials. It is your organization, your partnership. Take advantage of your membership.

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