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 2007

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

New Publication!
2005 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 211th New Jersey Legislative term. For the eleventh consecutive year, the League is publishing the complete text of these laws enacted.

Provides immediate access to enacted 2004 laws

Highly rated, quick reference desk copy

Invaluable asset for busy municipal officials

PRICE: $30.00 Members* $40.00 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 Adobe PDF document


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-2351
Fred H. Madden, Jr.

Provides surviving spouses of certain fire and police personnel who die in line of duty with workers' compensation for entire period of survivorship.
                                       
Same as A-3589
Current benefit mechanisms meet the needs of surviving spouses when this unfortunate situation occurs

Senate Labor Committee

0

S-2359
Ellen Karcher


Authorizes New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to obtain Class C plenary retail consumption to provide alcoholic beverages at off-track wagering facilities.
                                       
Same as A-3642
It is imperative that these licenses be subject to municipal approval, as we will be responsible for policing these facilities and responding to citizen concerns.

Senate Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee

O

S-2492
Stephen M. Sweeney

Amends Tort Claims Act concerning liability for discretionary acts.

Senate Judiciary Committee
A

S-2509
Robert W. Singer

Maintains property tax exemption of non-profit organizations like Boys Scouts if organization manifests intent to reconstruct its demolished, damaged, or destroyed building.

The proposal provides no time limit to effect repairs or improvements.  Moreover, the list of organizations is too limited.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

S-2536
Nia H. Gill

Revises laws for the regulation of massage, bodywork and somatic therapists.

Would supercede all local regulations of these practices.
Senate Commerce Committee
O

S-2549
Leonard T. Connors, Jr.

Andrew R. Ciesla

Authorizes municipalities to adopt ordinances requiring maintenance and repair of certain wharves, piers, docks and

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-2599
Loretta Weinberg

Ellen Karcher

Barbara Buono

Requires local government officer to file financial disclosure statement within 30 days of taking office.

  *Approval subject to amendment:                                     Newly elected officials will need a bit more time and must be assured of adequate notice.

Senate State Government Committee
A*
S-2612
Leonard Lance

Defines compensation for calculation of PERS contributions and benefits as amount taxed for Social Security purposes for new members.
                                       
Same as A-3811
Unnecessary legislation.  This issue is addressed in S-17 which is  on the Governor's desk

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-2617

 Increases contribution limit by counties and municipalities to volunteer first aid, ambulance, and rescue squads.

Same as A-4048
There are other available avenues to pursue to raise monies for volunteer first aid squads.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

SCR-129
Martha W. Bark

Proposes constitutional amendment to prohibit the creation of new local taxing districts after January 1, 2008.

Same as ACR-223
This would result in an administrative burden

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-1429
Frederick Scalera

Nellie Pou

Vincent Prieto

Requires certain pools, spas and hot tubs comply with certain barrier requirements.

Difficult to enforce; Many homes do not require a resale certificate.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-2551
Jerry Green

Permits price adjustments in local public contracts for asphalt cement and fuel.

The bill has some merits, however, there is no need foradjustments for projects of short duration

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-2926
Marcia A. Karrow

Alex DeCroce

Requires DEP to refund application fee to certain persons exempt from Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

A-3733
Kevin J. O'Toole


 Requires local officer or employee employed by more than one local unit to submit combined timesheet to discourage double
billing; increases certain fraud penalties; establishes biometric
fingerprint scanner grant program.

Criminal penalties are in place to deal with double billing.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3782
Frederick Scalera

Gary S. Schaer

Requires weekly reporting of construction and building permit
approvals to municipal tax assessor.

There is nothing to prevent these weekly reports as part of
internal municipal procedures.  The PAMS system will ultimately provide all such information.

Assembly Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading O

A-3820
David C. Russo

Kevin J. O'Tolle

Exempts local governmental units from supplemental titling fees on passenger automobiles they purchase or lease.

Assembly Appropriations Committee A

A-3829
Reed Gusciora

Requires DHSS to develop a plan to eliminate municipal health boards and establish a county health department system.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-3939
Marcia A. Karrow

Establishes clean energy efficiency credit against societal benefits charge for purchase of energy conservation products or services.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

A-3959
Jennifer Beck

Expands polling place hours by one hour in the evening. 

Any expansion in polling hours could lead to reduction in poll workers.  Present polling hours are adequate.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3966
Joan M. Quigley

Nellie Pou

Vincent Prieto

 Increases fee law enforcement agencies may charge for certain copies of motor vehicle accident reports.

           
Uniform fee for all documents is preferable.
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

A-3999
Amy H. Handlin

Requires electronic bulletin board on DCA website for State independent authorities to advertise shared services opportunities, and development of computerized survey to match State independent authorities with each other and with local units for shared services.
                                       
No existing provision in present law for state authorities to enter shared services with local units.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4039
Jeff Van Drew

Nelson T. Albano

Provides additional retirement benefits for certain police and firefighter members of PFRS.

Financial burden on property taxpayers.
Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4073
Robert M. Gordon

Creates surcharge to fund court security.

Money should not go to counties but to municipalities which serve as collecting agents

Assembly Judiciary Committee O

A-4095
Neil M. Cohen

Authorizes reimbursement for EMT training from EMT Training Fund for certain volunteer firefighters.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-4116
Valerie Vainieri Huttle

Nilas Cruz-Perez

Establishes qualifications for zoning enforcement officers.

Unnecessary and bureaucratic; limits local management's discretion.

Assembly Housing and Local 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. Mer 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 of NJLM - April 2007 Legislative Bulletin


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 2007


Scales of justice

New Publication!
2005 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 211th New Jersey Legislative term. For the eleventh consecutive year, the League is publishing the complete text of these laws enacted.

Provides immediate access to enacted 2004 laws

Highly rated, quick reference desk copy

Invaluable asset for busy municipal officials

PRICE: $30.00 Members* $40.00 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 Adobe PDF document


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-2351
Fred H. Madden, Jr.

Provides surviving spouses of certain fire and police personnel who die in line of duty with workers' compensation for entire period of survivorship.
                                       
Same as A-3589
Current benefit mechanisms meet the needs of surviving spouses when this unfortunate situation occurs

Senate Labor Committee

0

S-2359
Ellen Karcher


Authorizes New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to obtain Class C plenary retail consumption to provide alcoholic beverages at off-track wagering facilities.
                                       
Same as A-3642
It is imperative that these licenses be subject to municipal approval, as we will be responsible for policing these facilities and responding to citizen concerns.

Senate Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee

O

S-2492
Stephen M. Sweeney

Amends Tort Claims Act concerning liability for discretionary acts.

Senate Judiciary Committee
A

S-2509
Robert W. Singer

Maintains property tax exemption of non-profit organizations like Boys Scouts if organization manifests intent to reconstruct its demolished, damaged, or destroyed building.

The proposal provides no time limit to effect repairs or improvements.  Moreover, the list of organizations is too limited.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

S-2536
Nia H. Gill

Revises laws for the regulation of massage, bodywork and somatic therapists.

Would supercede all local regulations of these practices.
Senate Commerce Committee
O

S-2549
Leonard T. Connors, Jr.

Andrew R. Ciesla

Authorizes municipalities to adopt ordinances requiring maintenance and repair of certain wharves, piers, docks and

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-2599
Loretta Weinberg

Ellen Karcher

Barbara Buono

Requires local government officer to file financial disclosure statement within 30 days of taking office.

  *Approval subject to amendment:                                     Newly elected officials will need a bit more time and must be assured of adequate notice.

Senate State Government Committee
A*
S-2612
Leonard Lance

Defines compensation for calculation of PERS contributions and benefits as amount taxed for Social Security purposes for new members.
                                       
Same as A-3811
Unnecessary legislation.  This issue is addressed in S-17 which is  on the Governor's desk

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-2617

 Increases contribution limit by counties and municipalities to volunteer first aid, ambulance, and rescue squads.

Same as A-4048
There are other available avenues to pursue to raise monies for volunteer first aid squads.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

SCR-129
Martha W. Bark

Proposes constitutional amendment to prohibit the creation of new local taxing districts after January 1, 2008.

Same as ACR-223
This would result in an administrative burden

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-1429
Frederick Scalera

Nellie Pou

Vincent Prieto

Requires certain pools, spas and hot tubs comply with certain barrier requirements.

Difficult to enforce; Many homes do not require a resale certificate.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-2551
Jerry Green

Permits price adjustments in local public contracts for asphalt cement and fuel.

The bill has some merits, however, there is no need foradjustments for projects of short duration

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-2926
Marcia A. Karrow

Alex DeCroce

Requires DEP to refund application fee to certain persons exempt from Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

A-3733
Kevin J. O'Toole


 Requires local officer or employee employed by more than one local unit to submit combined timesheet to discourage double
billing; increases certain fraud penalties; establishes biometric
fingerprint scanner grant program.

Criminal penalties are in place to deal with double billing.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3782
Frederick Scalera

Gary S. Schaer

Requires weekly reporting of construction and building permit
approvals to municipal tax assessor.

There is nothing to prevent these weekly reports as part of
internal municipal procedures.  The PAMS system will ultimately provide all such information.

Assembly Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading O

A-3820
David C. Russo

Kevin J. O'Tolle

Exempts local governmental units from supplemental titling fees on passenger automobiles they purchase or lease.

Assembly Appropriations Committee A

A-3829
Reed Gusciora

Requires DHSS to develop a plan to eliminate municipal health boards and establish a county health department system.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-3939
Marcia A. Karrow

Establishes clean energy efficiency credit against societal benefits charge for purchase of energy conservation products or services.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

A-3959
Jennifer Beck

Expands polling place hours by one hour in the evening. 

Any expansion in polling hours could lead to reduction in poll workers.  Present polling hours are adequate.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3966
Joan M. Quigley

Nellie Pou

Vincent Prieto

 Increases fee law enforcement agencies may charge for certain copies of motor vehicle accident reports.

           
Uniform fee for all documents is preferable.
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

A-3999
Amy H. Handlin

Requires electronic bulletin board on DCA website for State independent authorities to advertise shared services opportunities, and development of computerized survey to match State independent authorities with each other and with local units for shared services.
                                       
No existing provision in present law for state authorities to enter shared services with local units.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4039
Jeff Van Drew

Nelson T. Albano

Provides additional retirement benefits for certain police and firefighter members of PFRS.

Financial burden on property taxpayers.
Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4073
Robert M. Gordon

Creates surcharge to fund court security.

Money should not go to counties but to municipalities which serve as collecting agents

Assembly Judiciary Committee O

A-4095
Neil M. Cohen

Authorizes reimbursement for EMT training from EMT Training Fund for certain volunteer firefighters.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-4116
Valerie Vainieri Huttle

Nilas Cruz-Perez

Establishes qualifications for zoning enforcement officers.

Unnecessary and bureaucratic; limits local management's discretion.

Assembly Housing and Local 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. Mer 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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