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
August 2005

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

New Publication!
2004 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 210th 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-322
Martha W. Bark

Walter J. Kavanaugh

Delays imposition of new State fees and fee increases on counties, municipalities and local school boards until next local budget year.

2nd Reading in the Senate

A

S-2439
John H. Adler

Ellen Karcher

Imposes mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment and forfeiture of pension and retirement benefits for public officers or employees convicted of crimes involving or touching their office or employment.

2nd Reading in the Senate

A

S-2519
John H. Adler

Robert J. Martin

Concerns dispersal of information on advance directives by issuer of marriage certificates and certificates of domestic partnership.

A costly mandate that could expose municipalities to legal issues.

2nd Reading in the Senate
O
S-2578
Bob Smith

"Preservation of Landfill Space Act."

Well-intended, but problematic to enforce. This also raises some troublesome interstate commerce issues.

Senate Environment Committee

O

S-2611
Ellen Karcher

Nicholas P. Scutari

Authorizes increased fines for certain trucks violating truck route ordinances on steep grades.

*Same as A-3096.

Passed Both Houses
A

SCR-137
Thomas H. Kean

Martha W. Bark

Proposes constitutional amendment to forbid imposition of a local or State property tax or certain other State taxes on intangible property.

Encroachment on local and state taxing authority will hinder revenue raising capabilities.

Senate Environment and Siolid Waste Committee
O

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

A-1095
Gordon M. Johnson,
Nellie Poy,
Joseph Vas

Requires Police Training Commission to develop basic training course for all law enforcement officers and advanced specialized courses applicable to position.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-1217
Joseph Malone

Includes local emergency management volunteers in Emergency Services Volunteer Length of Service Award Program.

Potential costs to taxpayers outweigh benefits.

2nd Reading in the Assembly
O

A-3961
Sean T. Kean

Establishes Statewide moratorium on revaluation of reassessment of real property.

Nobody wants a revaluation, but to declare a two year moratorium is to intrude on any decision a municipality may render in this area

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee
O

A-3966
Louis Manzo

Authorizes sheriff's officers and local law enforcement officers to enforce truck weigh limits in certain cases.

Assembly Transportation Committee
A

A-3978
Guy R. Gregg,

Bill Baroni

 

Establishes a pothole repair and research program in the Department of Transportation and provides funding from new motor vehicle tire fee revenue.

The redistribution of "tire tax" revenues to NJDOT will result in a negative impact on the local tire management program

Assembly Transportation Committee O

A-4005
Charlotte Vandervalk

Requires certain public utilities to notify municipal health officer of service shutoffs to residential customers under certain circumstances.

Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee A

A-4058
Jeff Van Drew

Requires paramedics, emergency medical technicians and mobility assistants to undergo criminal history record background check.

We prefer local checks to state process.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee O

A-4063
Charlotte Vandervalk

Exempts municipal clerk from penalties for Open Public Records Act violations under certain circumstances. Assembly State Government Committee A

A-4101
Patrick J. Diegnan

Requires paramedics, emergency medical technicians and mobility assistants to undergo criminal history record background check.

This is a mandate that limits options for local boards of educations.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4108
Kevin J. O'Toole

David C. Russo

Prohibits public entities from engaging certain governmental affairs agents.

Undue intrusion on local affairs. Could cause increased costs.

Assembly State Government Committee O
A-4109
Christopher J. Connors

Repeals State and local hotel and motel occupancy taxes and voids existing municipal implementing ordinances.

It is unconscionable for the Legislature to purposely set out to remove revenues from municipalities.

Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee O

A-4112
Jack Conners

Herb Conaway

Permits certain senior citizens or disabled persons to qualify as " eligible claimant" for homestead property tax reimbursement even if fourth quarter property taxes are delinquent.

Will harm municipalities due to adverse affect on reserve for uncollected taxes. Moreover, removes incentive to pay fourth quarter taxes.

Assembly Senior Issues Committee O

A-4119
John C. Gibson

Ronald R. Dancer

Jeff Van Drew

Requires DEP to approve water usage certification for water diverted on farmland enrolled in a State or local farmland preservation program.
Assembly Agricultural
and Natural Resources
Committee
A
A-4140
Joseph Cryan

Decreases certain public document copy fees to $0.10 per letter size page and $0.15 per legal size page.

Current fee structure is adequate

Assembly State Government Committee
O

A-4162
Jeff Van Drew

Frederick Scalera

Joseph V. Egan

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Concerns grievance arbitration clauses in public employment collective negotiation agreement.

Will prove costly to public employers.

Passed by the Assembly,
Referred to Senate Labor Committee
O

A-4183
Herb Conaway

Jack Conners

Revises death record requirements.

Without physician's certificate, the death record is incomplete and cannot be filed by municipality.

Assembly Health
and Human Services Committee
O
A-4189
John McKeon

Permits local governing body to grant lowest contract bidder five additional business days for submission of business registration to avoid unresponsive bid.

*This bill provides a temporary fix. We will support concept while DCA and Treasury work on amendments to BRC Act.

Assembly Housing
and Local Government Committee
A*
A-4220
Vincent Prieto
Requires costs of contract for construction be revealed to municipal construction office for construction permit
Assembly Housing
and Local Government Committee
A

A-4243
Loretta Weinberg

Gordon M. Johnson

Permits each municipality to set amount of dog license fee.
Assembly Housing
and Local Government Committee
A
A-4250
Wilfredo Caraballo

Authorizes access to abandoned properties by electric and gas public utilities to disconnect utility service.

*Approve with conditions; There is a cost factor involved when utility must be accompanied by local law enforcement officer. Will support if amended to pay officer at the prevailing extra duty rate.

Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
A*

A-4301
John F. McKeon

Linda R. Greenstein

Requires DEP to provide written notice to municipality concerning possible contaminated sites.
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
A

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 municip NJLM - August 2005 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
August 2005


Scales of justice

New Publication!
2004 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 210th 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-322
Martha W. Bark

Walter J. Kavanaugh

Delays imposition of new State fees and fee increases on counties, municipalities and local school boards until next local budget year.

2nd Reading in the Senate

A

S-2439
John H. Adler

Ellen Karcher

Imposes mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment and forfeiture of pension and retirement benefits for public officers or employees convicted of crimes involving or touching their office or employment.

2nd Reading in the Senate

A

S-2519
John H. Adler

Robert J. Martin

Concerns dispersal of information on advance directives by issuer of marriage certificates and certificates of domestic partnership.

A costly mandate that could expose municipalities to legal issues.

2nd Reading in the Senate
O
S-2578
Bob Smith

"Preservation of Landfill Space Act."

Well-intended, but problematic to enforce. This also raises some troublesome interstate commerce issues.

Senate Environment Committee

O

S-2611
Ellen Karcher

Nicholas P. Scutari

Authorizes increased fines for certain trucks violating truck route ordinances on steep grades.

*Same as A-3096.

Passed Both Houses
A

SCR-137
Thomas H. Kean

Martha W. Bark

Proposes constitutional amendment to forbid imposition of a local or State property tax or certain other State taxes on intangible property.

Encroachment on local and state taxing authority will hinder revenue raising capabilities.

Senate Environment and Siolid Waste Committee
O

Return to Top

 

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

A-1095
Gordon M. Johnson,
Nellie Poy,
Joseph Vas

Requires Police Training Commission to develop basic training course for all law enforcement officers and advanced specialized courses applicable to position.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-1217
Joseph Malone

Includes local emergency management volunteers in Emergency Services Volunteer Length of Service Award Program.

Potential costs to taxpayers outweigh benefits.

2nd Reading in the Assembly
O

A-3961
Sean T. Kean

Establishes Statewide moratorium on revaluation of reassessment of real property.

Nobody wants a revaluation, but to declare a two year moratorium is to intrude on any decision a municipality may render in this area

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee
O

A-3966
Louis Manzo

Authorizes sheriff's officers and local law enforcement officers to enforce truck weigh limits in certain cases.

Assembly Transportation Committee
A

A-3978
Guy R. Gregg,

Bill Baroni

 

Establishes a pothole repair and research program in the Department of Transportation and provides funding from new motor vehicle tire fee revenue.

The redistribution of "tire tax" revenues to NJDOT will result in a negative impact on the local tire management program

Assembly Transportation Committee O

A-4005
Charlotte Vandervalk

Requires certain public utilities to notify municipal health officer of service shutoffs to residential customers under certain circumstances.

Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee A

A-4058
Jeff Van Drew

Requires paramedics, emergency medical technicians and mobility assistants to undergo criminal history record background check.

We prefer local checks to state process.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee O

A-4063
Charlotte Vandervalk

Exempts municipal clerk from penalties for Open Public Records Act violations under certain circumstances. Assembly State Government Committee A

A-4101
Patrick J. Diegnan

Requires paramedics, emergency medical technicians and mobility assistants to undergo criminal history record background check.

This is a mandate that limits options for local boards of educations.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4108
Kevin J. O'Toole

David C. Russo

Prohibits public entities from engaging certain governmental affairs agents.

Undue intrusion on local affairs. Could cause increased costs.

Assembly State Government Committee O
A-4109
Christopher J. Connors

Repeals State and local hotel and motel occupancy taxes and voids existing municipal implementing ordinances.

It is unconscionable for the Legislature to purposely set out to remove revenues from municipalities.

Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee O

A-4112
Jack Conners

Herb Conaway

Permits certain senior citizens or disabled persons to qualify as " eligible claimant" for homestead property tax reimbursement even if fourth quarter property taxes are delinquent.

Will harm municipalities due to adverse affect on reserve for uncollected taxes. Moreover, removes incentive to pay fourth quarter taxes.

Assembly Senior Issues Committee O

A-4119
John C. Gibson

Ronald R. Dancer

Jeff Van Drew

Requires DEP to approve water usage certification for water diverted on farmland enrolled in a State or local farmland preservation program.
Assembly Agricultural
and Natural Resources
Committee
A
A-4140
Joseph Cryan

Decreases certain public document copy fees to $0.10 per letter size page and $0.15 per legal size page.

Current fee structure is adequate

Assembly State Government Committee
O

A-4162
Jeff Van Drew

Frederick Scalera

Joseph V. Egan

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Concerns grievance arbitration clauses in public employment collective negotiation agreement.

Will prove costly to public employers.

Passed by the Assembly,
Referred to Senate Labor Committee
O

A-4183
Herb Conaway

Jack Conners

Revises death record requirements.

Without physician's certificate, the death record is incomplete and cannot be filed by municipality.

Assembly Health
and Human Services Committee
O
A-4189
John McKeon

Permits local governing body to grant lowest contract bidder five additional business days for submission of business registration to avoid unresponsive bid.

*This bill provides a temporary fix. We will support concept while DCA and Treasury work on amendments to BRC Act.

Assembly Housing
and Local Government Committee
A*
A-4220
Vincent Prieto
Requires costs of contract for construction be revealed to municipal construction office for construction permit
Assembly Housing
and Local Government Committee
A

A-4243
Loretta Weinberg

Gordon M. Johnson

Permits each municipality to set amount of dog license fee.
Assembly Housing
and Local Government Committee
A
A-4250
Wilfredo Caraballo

Authorizes access to abandoned properties by electric and gas public utilities to disconnect utility service.

*Approve with conditions; There is a cost factor involved when utility must be accompanied by local law enforcement officer. Will support if amended to pay officer at the prevailing extra duty rate.

Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
A*

A-4301
John F. McKeon

Linda R. Greenstein

Requires DEP to provide written notice to municipality concerning possible contaminated sites.
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
A

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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