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
February 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.

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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-2374
Bob Smith

Permits the appointment of joint municipal court judges by agreement of affected municipalities.

Same as A-11

2nd Reading

A

S-2409
Bob Smith

Stephen M. Sweeney

Provides tax exemption for portion of property value attributable to energy cost savings measures that reduce consumption of water or energy.

Bad fiscal policy.

Senate Economic Growth Committee

O

S-2418
Bob Smith

Paul A. Sarlo

Provides matching grant program for local governments to facilitate energy efficiency and conservation of resources in public buildings; appropriates $50 million.

This is improper in today's fiscal environment.  Indirect tax subsidy that is simply unaffordable.

Senate Economic Growth Committee
O

S-2429
Joseph F. Vitale

Ellen Karcher

Permits, rather than requires, participants in death registration process to use New Jersey Electronic Death Registration System.

Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee

A

S-2433
Leonard T. Connors

Exempts municipal parking from sales and use tax.

Same as A-3823

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
A

S-2441
Ronald L. Rice

Shirley K. Turner

Reestablishes and revises public contract set-aside program.

Same as A 3597

Confusing provisions dealing with local contracts need to be clarified.  Needs of smaller municipalities need to be considered.

Senate State Government Committee
O

S-2463
Ronald L. Rice

Requires retail businesses to be licensed by the municipality; requires Director of Division of Public Interest Advocacy to create and maintain a public website that catalogues those

           

Do not understand why this should be under Public Interest Advocacy.  Redundant and unnecessary.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O
S-2468
Robert E. Littell

Prohibits the imposition of any fees under the "Fair Housing Act" under certain circumstances.

No reason to constrain flexibility of municipalities.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

S-2472
Ronald L. Rice

Allows municipalities to provide broadband telecommunications infrastructure and service in partnership with private entities.

           
Senate Economic Growth Committee

A

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

A-3336
Louis M. Manzo

Charles T. Epps

Brian P Stack

Robert M Gordon

Requires DEP to hold local public hearing for certain major developments located in a State park of forest.

           


2nd Reading, Assembly A

A-3415
Vincent Prieto

Imposes a four percent gross revenues tax on providers of direct-to-home satellite services. 

           
Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
A

A-3563
Alex DeCroce

Christopher Bateman

Alison Little McHose

Requires Attorney General to defend certain local law enforcement officers.

           

Same as S-2501

           
Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3609
Neil M. Cohen


Modifies required content of annual notice of property tax.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-3692
Pamela R. Lampitt

Louis D. Greenwald

John F. McKeon

Authorizes municipalities to regulate and impose fees on sexually oriented businesses and requires municipalities to station security personnel at certain locations in proximity to such
businesses when children are present.

Costly and potentially unconstitutional provisions force us tooppose this well-intended bill.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3695
Marcia A. Karrow

Provides for exclusion of certain farm dwellings from the determination of a municipality's fair share of low and moderate income housing obligation

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-3717
Jeff Van Drew

Nelson T. Albano

Places 2-1/2 percent limit on annual increases on municipal service fees imposed on manufactured homes in mobile home.

A cap on annual service charge hinders the provision of municipal services.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3742
Joseph R. Malone

Requires certain municipalities to regionalize a percentage of municipal services by 2008. 

Rather than a new law, we prefer existing barriers to shared services be removed.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3755
Steve Corodemus

Requires removal of campaign signs from public property within 10 days after election; establishes $25 per sign per day penalty for failure to do so.

Creates enforcement issues; this is better addressed by local ordinance.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3825
Marcia A. Karrow

Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns for New Jersey - Local Open Space and

           
Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee A

A-3828
Reed Gusciora

Requires DEP to develop a plan to eliminate municipal park management and establish a county-based park management

Unnecessary and impractical; DEP should not have jurisdiction over local parks.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3830
Reed Gusciora

Provides that benefits under State Health Benefits Program will not be reduced below current level. 

Impractical;  health benefit costs will not remain the same over time.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3831
John S. Wisniewski

Creates PFRS non-accidental disability retirement option for disability incurred in performance of duty other than as result of   

           
This benefit should apply to all systems.
Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3843
Peter J. Biondi

Exempts certain State authorities and local government contracting units from bidding requirements when goods and services are procured below prices available under State contract.

           
Unnecessary.  Options are available in current law.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3844
Peter J. Biondi

Increases maximum municipal contribution to fire districts and volunteer fire companies; indexes amount biennially for inflation.

Municipal budgets are strained.  There are other options available to help fire districts.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3860
Jerry Green

Nilsa Cruz-Perez

Modifies intent, purpose and standard of construction of  "Municipal Land Use Law."

Invites additional variance applications; unnecessary.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3864
Linda R. Greenstein

Authorizes municipalities to establish receiving zones for transfer of development rights from Highlands Region or pinelands area; provides for impact fees and other incentives.

           
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

A-3888
Neil M. Cohen

Authorizes local units to invest in federally insured certificates of deposit under certain circumstances.

Same as S-2417

Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee A

A-3899
Amy H. Handlin

Uprenda J. Chivukula

 Clarifies time by which public bodies are required to make minutes of meetings available to the public.

Inflexible mandates.  Does not consider unique problems, especially in smaller municipalities.  Needs to be amended.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3907
Peter J. Barnes

Joseph V. Egan

Increases membership of PFRS board of trustees.

Unnecessary.  Present representation sufficient.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3918
Patrick J. Diegnan

Wilfredo Carabello

Brian P. Stack

Requires written notice to be provided to county health departments and certified local health agencies concerning

           
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

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There are no formal procedures involved in getting information or assistance from the League office. Mer by clicking on the
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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, yo NJLM - February 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
February 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-2374
Bob Smith

Permits the appointment of joint municipal court judges by agreement of affected municipalities.

Same as A-11

2nd Reading

A

S-2409
Bob Smith

Stephen M. Sweeney

Provides tax exemption for portion of property value attributable to energy cost savings measures that reduce consumption of water or energy.

Bad fiscal policy.

Senate Economic Growth Committee

O

S-2418
Bob Smith

Paul A. Sarlo

Provides matching grant program for local governments to facilitate energy efficiency and conservation of resources in public buildings; appropriates $50 million.

This is improper in today's fiscal environment.  Indirect tax subsidy that is simply unaffordable.

Senate Economic Growth Committee
O

S-2429
Joseph F. Vitale

Ellen Karcher

Permits, rather than requires, participants in death registration process to use New Jersey Electronic Death Registration System.

Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee

A

S-2433
Leonard T. Connors

Exempts municipal parking from sales and use tax.

Same as A-3823

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
A

S-2441
Ronald L. Rice

Shirley K. Turner

Reestablishes and revises public contract set-aside program.

Same as A 3597

Confusing provisions dealing with local contracts need to be clarified.  Needs of smaller municipalities need to be considered.

Senate State Government Committee
O

S-2463
Ronald L. Rice

Requires retail businesses to be licensed by the municipality; requires Director of Division of Public Interest Advocacy to create and maintain a public website that catalogues those

           

Do not understand why this should be under Public Interest Advocacy.  Redundant and unnecessary.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O
S-2468
Robert E. Littell

Prohibits the imposition of any fees under the "Fair Housing Act" under certain circumstances.

No reason to constrain flexibility of municipalities.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

S-2472
Ronald L. Rice

Allows municipalities to provide broadband telecommunications infrastructure and service in partnership with private entities.

           
Senate Economic Growth Committee

A

Return to Top

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

A-3336
Louis M. Manzo

Charles T. Epps

Brian P Stack

Robert M Gordon

Requires DEP to hold local public hearing for certain major developments located in a State park of forest.

           


2nd Reading, Assembly A

A-3415
Vincent Prieto

Imposes a four percent gross revenues tax on providers of direct-to-home satellite services. 

           
Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
A

A-3563
Alex DeCroce

Christopher Bateman

Alison Little McHose

Requires Attorney General to defend certain local law enforcement officers.

           

Same as S-2501

           
Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3609
Neil M. Cohen


Modifies required content of annual notice of property tax.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-3692
Pamela R. Lampitt

Louis D. Greenwald

John F. McKeon

Authorizes municipalities to regulate and impose fees on sexually oriented businesses and requires municipalities to station security personnel at certain locations in proximity to such
businesses when children are present.

Costly and potentially unconstitutional provisions force us tooppose this well-intended bill.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3695
Marcia A. Karrow

Provides for exclusion of certain farm dwellings from the determination of a municipality's fair share of low and moderate income housing obligation

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-3717
Jeff Van Drew

Nelson T. Albano

Places 2-1/2 percent limit on annual increases on municipal service fees imposed on manufactured homes in mobile home.

A cap on annual service charge hinders the provision of municipal services.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3742
Joseph R. Malone

Requires certain municipalities to regionalize a percentage of municipal services by 2008. 

Rather than a new law, we prefer existing barriers to shared services be removed.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3755
Steve Corodemus

Requires removal of campaign signs from public property within 10 days after election; establishes $25 per sign per day penalty for failure to do so.

Creates enforcement issues; this is better addressed by local ordinance.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3825
Marcia A. Karrow

Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns for New Jersey - Local Open Space and

           
Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee A

A-3828
Reed Gusciora

Requires DEP to develop a plan to eliminate municipal park management and establish a county-based park management

Unnecessary and impractical; DEP should not have jurisdiction over local parks.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3830
Reed Gusciora

Provides that benefits under State Health Benefits Program will not be reduced below current level. 

Impractical;  health benefit costs will not remain the same over time.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3831
John S. Wisniewski

Creates PFRS non-accidental disability retirement option for disability incurred in performance of duty other than as result of   

           
This benefit should apply to all systems.
Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3843
Peter J. Biondi

Exempts certain State authorities and local government contracting units from bidding requirements when goods and services are procured below prices available under State contract.

           
Unnecessary.  Options are available in current law.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3844
Peter J. Biondi

Increases maximum municipal contribution to fire districts and volunteer fire companies; indexes amount biennially for inflation.

Municipal budgets are strained.  There are other options available to help fire districts.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3860
Jerry Green

Nilsa Cruz-Perez

Modifies intent, purpose and standard of construction of  "Municipal Land Use Law."

Invites additional variance applications; unnecessary.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3864
Linda R. Greenstein

Authorizes municipalities to establish receiving zones for transfer of development rights from Highlands Region or pinelands area; provides for impact fees and other incentives.

           
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

A-3888
Neil M. Cohen

Authorizes local units to invest in federally insured certificates of deposit under certain circumstances.

Same as S-2417

Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee A

A-3899
Amy H. Handlin

Uprenda J. Chivukula

 Clarifies time by which public bodies are required to make minutes of meetings available to the public.

Inflexible mandates.  Does not consider unique problems, especially in smaller municipalities.  Needs to be amended.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3907
Peter J. Barnes

Joseph V. Egan

Increases membership of PFRS board of trustees.

Unnecessary.  Present representation sufficient.

Assembly State Government Committee O

A-3918
Patrick J. Diegnan

Wilfredo Carabello

Brian P. Stack

Requires written notice to be provided to county health departments and certified local health agencies concerning

           
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. 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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