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 2008

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

2007 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 212th 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 2007 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-74
Rice, Ronald L.

Provides that taxes assessed on new property during period pending municipal-wide property revaluation shall not exceed 105 percent of taxes assessed on replaced property.

Using a different standard for re-valuation presents an issue with the uniformity clause of the State Constitution.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

S-90
Connors, Christopher J.

Ends the transitional energy facilities assessment, caps the State use portion of State energy tax revenues and ensures the balance of such State revenues are paid annually as municipal aid.

Senate Economic Growth Committee

                       

A

S-184
Bucco, Anthony R.

Sweeney, Stephen

Requires Department of Children and Families to provide Safe Haven information to county and municipal agencies, social service agencies, physicians, pregnancy crisis centers, adoption agencies and colleges and universities.
2nd Reading in the Senate
A

S-283
Kean, Thomas H

Establishes "Government Functions and Services Study Commission," appropriates $95,000.

This analysis should be conducted by the already existing local unit alignment and reorganization commission.
Senate State Government Committee
O

S-299
Kean, Thomas H.

Allows certain local public entities to enter into contracts of up to 15 years for provision of renewable energy production at buildings owned by such entities.

Senate Economic Growth Committee

                       

A

S-394
Bateman, Christopher

Exempts solar energy systems from real property taxation and from fees for municipal construction permits.

Opposed to any waiver of permit fees.
Senate Economic Growth Committee
O

S-544
Girgenti, John A.

Amends Health Enterprise Zone law to allow municipalities more discretion in granting property tax exemptions to medical offices.

The League supports property tax reform across-the-board.
2nd Reading in the Senate
O

S-772
Rice, Ronald L..

Concerns certificates of occupancy for public housing projects.

Undermines code enforcement.
2nd Reading in the Senate
O

S-773
Rice, Ronald L.

Establishes division of Department of Treasury to oversee and enforce equal employment opportunity requirements with regard to public works contracts.

Financing training costs should not fall to the public body but to the vendor awarded the contract.  Also opposed to mandatory allocation of contract value.
Senate State Government Committee
O

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

A-219
Bramnick, Jon M.

Gusciora, Reed  

Moriarty, Paul D.

Regulates the placing or posting of certain commercial advertisements on public or private property.

Lack of Local discretion.

 

           
Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee O

A-781
Conners, Jack

C
onaway, Herb, Jr.  

Fisher, Douglas H.

Requires keg registration; makes the unlawful possession of an unregistered keg a petty disorderly persons offense.

Imposes burden on merchant, police and the public.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committe O

A-1567
Greenstein, Linda

Reduces municipal library tax levy cap from 15% to 4%.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-1603
Cohen, Neil M.

Diegnan, Patrick   

Merkt, Richard A.

Revises vicious and potentially dangerous dog law; designated Congo's Law.

Places unnecessary financial and administrative burdens on municipalities.
Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee O

A-1802
Milam, Matthew M.

Concerns certain workers’ compensation survivor benefits and certain supplemental benefits.

Current law is sufficient.
Assembly Labor Committee O

A-1848
Johnson, Gordon M

Provides DYFS caseworkers with personnel and law enforcement assistance when conducting DYFS investigations.
Assembly Human Services Committee A

A-1880
Doherty, Michael J.

Chivukula, Upendra J.

Biondi, Peter J.

Requires public referendum prior to issuance of general obligation bonds by local units.

Delays process, which could often increase public cost.  Could jeopardize bond ratings, increasing public costs.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-1882
Cohen, Neil M.

Permits three year pay-off of accumulated deficits of municipal health insurance funds.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-1910
McKeon, John F.

Delays effective date of recycling tax.

*Municipalities who pay into the fund should have that exempted from the levy cap.
2nd Reading in the Assembly A*

A-1913
Fisher, Douglas H.
 
Karrow, Marcia A.  

Albano, Nelson T.

Milam, Matthew

Removes appropriations for gypsy moth suppression from the municipal expenditure cap and county and municipal tax levy cap.
Assembly Appropriations Committee A

A-1919
Connors, Jack

Authorizes municipality to require enhanced notice of applications for development under MLUL by posting signs and expanding scope of individual notice to property owners within 400 feet of subject property.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-1977
Scalera, Frederick

Requires sports and entertainment facilities to submit evacuation plan with municipal emergency management coordinator.
Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness 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.

NJLM - February 2008 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 2008


Scales of justice

2007 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 212th 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 2007 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-74
Rice, Ronald L.

Provides that taxes assessed on new property during period pending municipal-wide property revaluation shall not exceed 105 percent of taxes assessed on replaced property.

Using a different standard for re-valuation presents an issue with the uniformity clause of the State Constitution.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

S-90
Connors, Christopher J.

Ends the transitional energy facilities assessment, caps the State use portion of State energy tax revenues and ensures the balance of such State revenues are paid annually as municipal aid.

Senate Economic Growth Committee

                       

A

S-184
Bucco, Anthony R.

Sweeney, Stephen

Requires Department of Children and Families to provide Safe Haven information to county and municipal agencies, social service agencies, physicians, pregnancy crisis centers, adoption agencies and colleges and universities.
2nd Reading in the Senate
A

S-283
Kean, Thomas H

Establishes "Government Functions and Services Study Commission," appropriates $95,000.

This analysis should be conducted by the already existing local unit alignment and reorganization commission.
Senate State Government Committee
O

S-299
Kean, Thomas H.

Allows certain local public entities to enter into contracts of up to 15 years for provision of renewable energy production at buildings owned by such entities.

Senate Economic Growth Committee

                       

A

S-394
Bateman, Christopher

Exempts solar energy systems from real property taxation and from fees for municipal construction permits.

Opposed to any waiver of permit fees.
Senate Economic Growth Committee
O

S-544
Girgenti, John A.

Amends Health Enterprise Zone law to allow municipalities more discretion in granting property tax exemptions to medical offices.

The League supports property tax reform across-the-board.
2nd Reading in the Senate
O

S-772
Rice, Ronald L..

Concerns certificates of occupancy for public housing projects.

Undermines code enforcement.
2nd Reading in the Senate
O

S-773
Rice, Ronald L.

Establishes division of Department of Treasury to oversee and enforce equal employment opportunity requirements with regard to public works contracts.

Financing training costs should not fall to the public body but to the vendor awarded the contract.  Also opposed to mandatory allocation of contract value.
Senate State Government Committee
O

Return to Top

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

A-219
Bramnick, Jon M.

Gusciora, Reed  

Moriarty, Paul D.

Regulates the placing or posting of certain commercial advertisements on public or private property.

Lack of Local discretion.

 

           
Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee O

A-781
Conners, Jack

C
onaway, Herb, Jr.  

Fisher, Douglas H.

Requires keg registration; makes the unlawful possession of an unregistered keg a petty disorderly persons offense.

Imposes burden on merchant, police and the public.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committe O

A-1567
Greenstein, Linda

Reduces municipal library tax levy cap from 15% to 4%.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-1603
Cohen, Neil M.

Diegnan, Patrick   

Merkt, Richard A.

Revises vicious and potentially dangerous dog law; designated Congo's Law.

Places unnecessary financial and administrative burdens on municipalities.
Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee O

A-1802
Milam, Matthew M.

Concerns certain workers’ compensation survivor benefits and certain supplemental benefits.

Current law is sufficient.
Assembly Labor Committee O

A-1848
Johnson, Gordon M

Provides DYFS caseworkers with personnel and law enforcement assistance when conducting DYFS investigations.
Assembly Human Services Committee A

A-1880
Doherty, Michael J.

Chivukula, Upendra J.

Biondi, Peter J.

Requires public referendum prior to issuance of general obligation bonds by local units.

Delays process, which could often increase public cost.  Could jeopardize bond ratings, increasing public costs.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-1882
Cohen, Neil M.

Permits three year pay-off of accumulated deficits of municipal health insurance funds.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-1910
McKeon, John F.

Delays effective date of recycling tax.

*Municipalities who pay into the fund should have that exempted from the levy cap.
2nd Reading in the Assembly A*

A-1913
Fisher, Douglas H.
 
Karrow, Marcia A.  

Albano, Nelson T.

Milam, Matthew

Removes appropriations for gypsy moth suppression from the municipal expenditure cap and county and municipal tax levy cap.
Assembly Appropriations Committee A

A-1919
Connors, Jack

Authorizes municipality to require enhanced notice of applications for development under MLUL by posting signs and expanding scope of individual notice to property owners within 400 feet of subject property.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-1977
Scalera, Frederick

Requires sports and entertainment facilities to submit evacuation plan with municipal emergency management coordinator.
Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness 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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