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
July 2007

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

New Publication!
2006 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 2005 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-2123
Joseph Coniglio

Establishes pilot program for traffic control signal monitoring.

Conditional approval.  Should be expanded to more towns and a shorter pilot.

           
2nd Reading in Senate

A*

S-2649
Barbara Buono

Requires Treasurer and Division of Pensions and Benefits Director to report on status of State-administered pension plans to Legislature by April 15 and October 15 each year.

Same as A-4273

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

                       

A

S-2654
Joseph F. Vitale.

Increases fee for burial, removal and transit permits and provides for deposit of fee in NJ Electronic Death Registration Support Fund.

Oppose until a fixed municipal fee is determined.

On Governor's Desk
O

S-2707
Joseph V. Doria Jr.

Permits bond ordinance to be adopted by affirmative votes of simple majority of local governing body.

Important to financial stability of towns to maintain minimum vote of 2/3 of governing body members.

           
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-2724
Nicholas J. Sacco

Exempts municipal off-street parking regulations from preemption by Statewide site improvement standards where municipal regulations require greater numbers of parking spaces.
Senate Transportation Committee
A

S-2802
Leonard T. Connors Jr.

Bars companies which hire illegal aliens from public contracts, grants, loans, or tax incentives for seven years.

Same as A-4432
Could result in confusion and litigation regarding local contract awards.

           
Senate State Government Committee
O

S-2808
Shirley K. Turner

Clarifies intent and effect of requirements of P.L.2004, c.183 with respect to historic site real property tax exemptions.

Same as A-4126

On Governor's Desk
A

S-2813
Joseph V. Doria Jr..

Imposes conditions on contracts for collection, treatment or disposal of sewage by sewerage authorities; requires contracts to be renegotiated when conditions are not met.

Opens window for extensive litigation.  Also affects every sewerage authority in the state.

           
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-2823
Bob Smith

Paul A. Sarlo

Permits designation of certain areas that do not utilize solar energy systems as areas in need of redevelopment.

The bill is crafted in such a narrow fashion that it can be only applied in very rare circumstances.

           
Senate Economic Growth Committee
O

S-2826
Gerald Cardinale

Changes maximum stream length and width restrictions on certain county or municipal stream cleaning activities.

Senate Environment Committee
A

S-2831
Ron L. Rice

Requires affirmative vote of majority of full membership of municipal council in mayor-council form of government to

Could delay or prevent the award of contracts, if governing body members had to recuse themselves in certain circumstances.

           
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

SCS-2053
Stephen M. Sweeney

Joseph V. Doria Jr.

Shirley K. Turner

Joseph J. Roberts Jr.

Upendra J. Chivukula

Robert M. Gordon

           

Authorizes certain local units to develop broadband telecommunications infrastructure used for providing broadband telecommunications service via wirelesss community networks.

Same as A-3752
*League supports the concept but believes amendments are appropriate to expand opportunities and local protections

On Governor's Desk
A

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

A-164
Charlotte Vandervalk

 Upendra J. Chivukula

Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.

Requires police departments and parole board to adopt maternity.

Unnecessary legislation.  The Family Medical Leave Act and other state and federal laws provide sufficient guidance and protection in this area.

           
Passed Assembly. Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affiars Committee O

A-4053
Robert M. Gordon

Nilsa Cruz-Perez    

Joseph R. Malone III

Gordon M. Johnson 

Louis M. Manzo

Regulates certain tows and requires licensure of towing companies.

Though intended to only apply to towing from private property, this bill could require municipalities to alter local towing procedures.

                       
On Governor's Desk O

A-4197
Amy H. Handlin

Authorizes Commissioner of Transportation to extend current ban on large trucks outside of National Network to 96-inch wide trucks.

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee A

A-4266
Christopher J. Conners

Brian E. Rumpf

Permits waiving of illegal parking charges in certain cases.

Same as S-2803
Unnecessary legislation

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

A-4275
Reed Gusciora

Allows certain law enforcement officers to photograph motor vehicle operators upon issuance of citation

           
Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-4282
David C. Russo

Clarifies authority of municipalities to utilize zoning authority to regulate billboards or outdoor advertising bearing commercial advertisements.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-4290
Thomas P. Giblin

Joseph V. Egan

Nelson T. Albano

Sets standards regarding New Jersey Transit Corporation  contracts privatizing public transit services

No purpose to this legislation.  It would hurt municipal and
county operations seeking to improve transportation opportunities for their residents

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

A-4302
Upendra J. Chivukula

Provides for development of universal public procurement application for use by public entities at all levels of government; provides for collaboration to streamline procurement application.

Legislation does not define "universal."  A universal public procurement application does not consider the diversity of governmental units and the business community. One size does not fit all.

           
Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee O

A-4351
Linda R. Greenstein

Authorizes automatic expungement of law enforcement officers' records when not guilty of criminal charges filed in course of   official duties.

Unnecessary legislation.  Current effective procedure provides better safeguards for officer and municipality.

           
Passed Assembly. Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affiars Committee O

A-4356
Charlotte Vandervalk

Eliminates procedure by which taxpayer may appeal assessed   value of property directly to State Tax Court.

Administratively burdensome and costly to municipalities.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-4367
Jack Conners

Frederick Scalera

Requires cigarette receptacles to be placed at entrances of buildings in which smoking is prohibited.

Many prefer placement of smoking areas away from front doors and receptacles can be stolen or abused

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-4378
Jeff Van Drew

Nelson T. Albano

Returns pension loan interest rate in TPAF, PERS, JRS, PFRS and SPRS to fixed 4%.

The economic benefits of eliminating the low interest rate on pension loans result in improved earnings on pension assets.  This is a step towards fiscal solvency.

           
Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4384
Joseph V. Egan

Requires local public contracts to contain provision for renegotiation upon key construction material's price change    based on recognized industry price index.

As a mandate, this poses difficulty for towns to monitor fluctuations in price index.  This should be permissive legislation since benchmarks currently exist.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-4393
John S. Wisniewski

Requires certain public contract bid advertisements to contain projected cost estimate range and specifies grounds for rejection of all bids.

Same as S-2878
Replaces a responsible, competitive bidding process that is driven by the marketplace with a new process pinned to estimated costs.

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

A-4398
Frederick Scalera

Johmn M. Quigley

Grants members of Community Emergency Response Team immunity from civil liability when responding to emergency.
Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee A

A-4414
Neil M. Cohen

Provides that the State pay health care coverage for certain survivors of members of PFRS and SPRS.

Provides disparate treatment for members of state pensionsystems.

           
Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4415
Bonnie Watson Coleman

Requires AG to develop mandatory guidelines for municipal prosecutors and to develop a computer system for use by municipal prosecutors.

This legislation could impose new costs and duties on local offices and overturn locally responsible practices.

           
Assembly Judiciary 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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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
July 2007


Scales of justice

New Publication!
2006 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 2005 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-2123
Joseph Coniglio

Establishes pilot program for traffic control signal monitoring.

Conditional approval.  Should be expanded to more towns and a shorter pilot.

           
2nd Reading in Senate

A*

S-2649
Barbara Buono

Requires Treasurer and Division of Pensions and Benefits Director to report on status of State-administered pension plans to Legislature by April 15 and October 15 each year.

Same as A-4273

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

                       

A

S-2654
Joseph F. Vitale.

Increases fee for burial, removal and transit permits and provides for deposit of fee in NJ Electronic Death Registration Support Fund.

Oppose until a fixed municipal fee is determined.

On Governor's Desk
O

S-2707
Joseph V. Doria Jr.

Permits bond ordinance to be adopted by affirmative votes of simple majority of local governing body.

Important to financial stability of towns to maintain minimum vote of 2/3 of governing body members.

           
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-2724
Nicholas J. Sacco

Exempts municipal off-street parking regulations from preemption by Statewide site improvement standards where municipal regulations require greater numbers of parking spaces.
Senate Transportation Committee
A

S-2802
Leonard T. Connors Jr.

Bars companies which hire illegal aliens from public contracts, grants, loans, or tax incentives for seven years.

Same as A-4432
Could result in confusion and litigation regarding local contract awards.

           
Senate State Government Committee
O

S-2808
Shirley K. Turner

Clarifies intent and effect of requirements of P.L.2004, c.183 with respect to historic site real property tax exemptions.

Same as A-4126

On Governor's Desk
A

S-2813
Joseph V. Doria Jr..

Imposes conditions on contracts for collection, treatment or disposal of sewage by sewerage authorities; requires contracts to be renegotiated when conditions are not met.

Opens window for extensive litigation.  Also affects every sewerage authority in the state.

           
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-2823
Bob Smith

Paul A. Sarlo

Permits designation of certain areas that do not utilize solar energy systems as areas in need of redevelopment.

The bill is crafted in such a narrow fashion that it can be only applied in very rare circumstances.

           
Senate Economic Growth Committee
O

S-2826
Gerald Cardinale

Changes maximum stream length and width restrictions on certain county or municipal stream cleaning activities.

Senate Environment Committee
A

S-2831
Ron L. Rice

Requires affirmative vote of majority of full membership of municipal council in mayor-council form of government to

Could delay or prevent the award of contracts, if governing body members had to recuse themselves in certain circumstances.

           
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

SCS-2053
Stephen M. Sweeney

Joseph V. Doria Jr.

Shirley K. Turner

Joseph J. Roberts Jr.

Upendra J. Chivukula

Robert M. Gordon

           

Authorizes certain local units to develop broadband telecommunications infrastructure used for providing broadband telecommunications service via wirelesss community networks.

Same as A-3752
*League supports the concept but believes amendments are appropriate to expand opportunities and local protections

On Governor's Desk
A

Return to Top

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

A-164
Charlotte Vandervalk

 Upendra J. Chivukula

Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.

Requires police departments and parole board to adopt maternity.

Unnecessary legislation.  The Family Medical Leave Act and other state and federal laws provide sufficient guidance and protection in this area.

           
Passed Assembly. Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affiars Committee O

A-4053
Robert M. Gordon

Nilsa Cruz-Perez    

Joseph R. Malone III

Gordon M. Johnson 

Louis M. Manzo

Regulates certain tows and requires licensure of towing companies.

Though intended to only apply to towing from private property, this bill could require municipalities to alter local towing procedures.

                       
On Governor's Desk O

A-4197
Amy H. Handlin

Authorizes Commissioner of Transportation to extend current ban on large trucks outside of National Network to 96-inch wide trucks.

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee A

A-4266
Christopher J. Conners

Brian E. Rumpf

Permits waiving of illegal parking charges in certain cases.

Same as S-2803
Unnecessary legislation

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

A-4275
Reed Gusciora

Allows certain law enforcement officers to photograph motor vehicle operators upon issuance of citation

           
Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-4282
David C. Russo

Clarifies authority of municipalities to utilize zoning authority to regulate billboards or outdoor advertising bearing commercial advertisements.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-4290
Thomas P. Giblin

Joseph V. Egan

Nelson T. Albano

Sets standards regarding New Jersey Transit Corporation  contracts privatizing public transit services

No purpose to this legislation.  It would hurt municipal and
county operations seeking to improve transportation opportunities for their residents

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

A-4302
Upendra J. Chivukula

Provides for development of universal public procurement application for use by public entities at all levels of government; provides for collaboration to streamline procurement application.

Legislation does not define "universal."  A universal public procurement application does not consider the diversity of governmental units and the business community. One size does not fit all.

           
Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee O

A-4351
Linda R. Greenstein

Authorizes automatic expungement of law enforcement officers' records when not guilty of criminal charges filed in course of   official duties.

Unnecessary legislation.  Current effective procedure provides better safeguards for officer and municipality.

           
Passed Assembly. Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affiars Committee O

A-4356
Charlotte Vandervalk

Eliminates procedure by which taxpayer may appeal assessed   value of property directly to State Tax Court.

Administratively burdensome and costly to municipalities.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-4367
Jack Conners

Frederick Scalera

Requires cigarette receptacles to be placed at entrances of buildings in which smoking is prohibited.

Many prefer placement of smoking areas away from front doors and receptacles can be stolen or abused

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-4378
Jeff Van Drew

Nelson T. Albano

Returns pension loan interest rate in TPAF, PERS, JRS, PFRS and SPRS to fixed 4%.

The economic benefits of eliminating the low interest rate on pension loans result in improved earnings on pension assets.  This is a step towards fiscal solvency.

           
Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4384
Joseph V. Egan

Requires local public contracts to contain provision for renegotiation upon key construction material's price change    based on recognized industry price index.

As a mandate, this poses difficulty for towns to monitor fluctuations in price index.  This should be permissive legislation since benchmarks currently exist.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-4393
John S. Wisniewski

Requires certain public contract bid advertisements to contain projected cost estimate range and specifies grounds for rejection of all bids.

Same as S-2878
Replaces a responsible, competitive bidding process that is driven by the marketplace with a new process pinned to estimated costs.

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

A-4398
Frederick Scalera

Johmn M. Quigley

Grants members of Community Emergency Response Team immunity from civil liability when responding to emergency.
Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee A

A-4414
Neil M. Cohen

Provides that the State pay health care coverage for certain survivors of members of PFRS and SPRS.

Provides disparate treatment for members of state pensionsystems.

           
Assembly State Government Committee O

A-4415
Bonnie Watson Coleman

Requires AG to develop mandatory guidelines for municipal prosecutors and to develop a computer system for use by municipal prosecutors.

This legislation could impose new costs and duties on local offices and overturn locally responsible practices.

           
Assembly Judiciary 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.

Return to Top

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