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
June 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-2701
Richard J. Codey

Stephen M. Sweeney

Prohibits use of public funds by employers for certain employee influence activities.

This is clearly a union bill.  The required registration and record keeping would be onerous for towns.

           
Senate Labor Committee

0

S-1192
John H. Adler

Ellen Karcher


Establishes the crime of corruption of public resources.

Same as A-2645

Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading in Assembly

                       

A

S-1318
Ellen Karcher

Fred H. Madden, Jr.

Establishes the "Public Corruption Profiteering Penalty Act."

Same as A-3005

Passed Senate: 2nd Reading in Assembly
A

S-1519
Loretta Weinberg

Joseph Coniglio

Permits county board of taxation to extend municipality's filing deadline for assessment appeals for any year in which revaluation is implemented.
 
Same as A-2751
This bill is unnecessary.  Presently, the reval process provides an ample timetable for assessment appeal…April 1st or 45 days from notice of assessment.

           
2nd Reading in Senate

O

S-2511
Joseph Coniglio

Paul A. Sarlo

Authorizes construction of curb extensions for pedestrian safety on local roadways without Commissioner of Transportation's approval.

League reconsidered position based on comments from the Department of Transportation

           
2nd Reading in Senate
A

S-2626
Nicholas Asselta

Revises law governing compulsory arbitration for public fire and police departments.

Would weaken an arbitrators consideration of local levy limits and lead to higher contract awards.

           
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-3379
Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.

Permits municipal utilities to earn 10 percent profit for use municipal property tax relief.

It is presently permissable to appropriate 5 % of profits according to BPU regulations.  This bill would override BPU to require ratepayers to subsidize municipal utilities

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3386
John S. Wisniewski

Makes residential fire extinguisher requirement optional at municipal level. Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading A

A-3616
Nelson T. Albano

Jeff Van Drew

Prohibits possession of firearms and weapons in public parks. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3939
John J. Burzichelli
Douglas H. Fis
her          

Nelson T. Albano

Daniel Mackay's Law; requires certain information be given to next of kin of relatives killed or incapacitated in motor vehicle accident; caps certain abandoned vehicle storage fees.

                        Same as S-2494
Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading A

A-4081
Jeff M. Voss

Ronald S. Dancer

Requires all elected or appointed members of a local governing body to receive budget and fiscal affairs training.

Good concept; but no resourses available to DCA to provide training.  Moreover, the bill contains no provisions to grandfather local officials who had prior training in local finance.

           
Assembly Appropriations Committee O

A-4124
John J. Burzichelli

Nelson T. Albano

Provides triggers for reductions of employer unemployment insurance taxes.

Same as S-2384

Assembly Appropriations Committee A

A-4126
Reed Gusciora

Clarifies law concerning historic site property tax exemptions.

Same as S-2570

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-4174
Christopher Bateman

Peter J. Biondi

The "Flood Disaster Relief Act of 2007"; appropriates $20 million. Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

A-4177
Christopher Bateman

Authorizes certain non-emergency mutual agreements between municipalities for law enforcement purposes.

Same as S-2749

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-4184
Amy Handlin

Requires public officers or employees convicted of certain crimes or found at fault in certain civil actions to reimburse public entities for legal expenses. Assembly State Government Committee A

A-4237
Douglas H. Fisher

John J. Burzichelli

Permits municipalities to agree to share municipal court services while each appointing their own municipal court judge. Assembly Judiciary Committee A

A-4243
Jeff Van Drew

Permits exclusion from calculation of adjusted municipal tax levy of increases greater than four percent in amounts required to be raised for emergency service purposes.

Goes contrary to good management and will neuter the 4% Levy Cap Law, which has some merit.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-4251
Jim Whelan

Requires government records to be made available on the Internet.

A laudable goal, but considerable local staffing would need to be added for compliances with this new mandates.

           
Assembly State Government Committee O

ACR-256
Jeff Van Drew

Amends State Constitution to require use of generally accepted actuarial standards to fund State-administered public employee retirement systems and to require annual payments to systems by public employers.

Same as SCR139
Placing operational language in the Constitution sets a bad precedent that would cause a major disruption to State Government

  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

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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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Please e-mail your questions to Bulletin Staff at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities

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There are no formal procedures involved in getting information or assistance from the League NJLM - June 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
June 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-2701
Richard J. Codey

Stephen M. Sweeney

Prohibits use of public funds by employers for certain employee influence activities.

This is clearly a union bill.  The required registration and record keeping would be onerous for towns.

           
Senate Labor Committee

0

S-1192
John H. Adler

Ellen Karcher


Establishes the crime of corruption of public resources.

Same as A-2645

Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading in Assembly

                       

A

S-1318
Ellen Karcher

Fred H. Madden, Jr.

Establishes the "Public Corruption Profiteering Penalty Act."

Same as A-3005

Passed Senate: 2nd Reading in Assembly
A

S-1519
Loretta Weinberg

Joseph Coniglio

Permits county board of taxation to extend municipality's filing deadline for assessment appeals for any year in which revaluation is implemented.
 
Same as A-2751
This bill is unnecessary.  Presently, the reval process provides an ample timetable for assessment appeal…April 1st or 45 days from notice of assessment.

           
2nd Reading in Senate

O

S-2511
Joseph Coniglio

Paul A. Sarlo

Authorizes construction of curb extensions for pedestrian safety on local roadways without Commissioner of Transportation's approval.

League reconsidered position based on comments from the Department of Transportation

           
2nd Reading in Senate
A

S-2626
Nicholas Asselta

Revises law governing compulsory arbitration for public fire and police departments.

Would weaken an arbitrators consideration of local levy limits and lead to higher contract awards.

           
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-3379
Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.

Permits municipal utilities to earn 10 percent profit for use municipal property tax relief.

It is presently permissable to appropriate 5 % of profits according to BPU regulations.  This bill would override BPU to require ratepayers to subsidize municipal utilities

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3386
John S. Wisniewski

Makes residential fire extinguisher requirement optional at municipal level. Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading A

A-3616
Nelson T. Albano

Jeff Van Drew

Prohibits possession of firearms and weapons in public parks. Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3939
John J. Burzichelli
Douglas H. Fis
her          

Nelson T. Albano

Daniel Mackay's Law; requires certain information be given to next of kin of relatives killed or incapacitated in motor vehicle accident; caps certain abandoned vehicle storage fees.

                        Same as S-2494
Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading A

A-4081
Jeff M. Voss

Ronald S. Dancer

Requires all elected or appointed members of a local governing body to receive budget and fiscal affairs training.

Good concept; but no resourses available to DCA to provide training.  Moreover, the bill contains no provisions to grandfather local officials who had prior training in local finance.

           
Assembly Appropriations Committee O

A-4124
John J. Burzichelli

Nelson T. Albano

Provides triggers for reductions of employer unemployment insurance taxes.

Same as S-2384

Assembly Appropriations Committee A

A-4126
Reed Gusciora

Clarifies law concerning historic site property tax exemptions.

Same as S-2570

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-4174
Christopher Bateman

Peter J. Biondi

The "Flood Disaster Relief Act of 2007"; appropriates $20 million. Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A

A-4177
Christopher Bateman

Authorizes certain non-emergency mutual agreements between municipalities for law enforcement purposes.

Same as S-2749

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-4184
Amy Handlin

Requires public officers or employees convicted of certain crimes or found at fault in certain civil actions to reimburse public entities for legal expenses. Assembly State Government Committee A

A-4237
Douglas H. Fisher

John J. Burzichelli

Permits municipalities to agree to share municipal court services while each appointing their own municipal court judge. Assembly Judiciary Committee A

A-4243
Jeff Van Drew

Permits exclusion from calculation of adjusted municipal tax levy of increases greater than four percent in amounts required to be raised for emergency service purposes.

Goes contrary to good management and will neuter the 4% Levy Cap Law, which has some merit.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-4251
Jim Whelan

Requires government records to be made available on the Internet.

A laudable goal, but considerable local staffing would need to be added for compliances with this new mandates.

           
Assembly State Government Committee O

ACR-256
Jeff Van Drew

Amends State Constitution to require use of generally accepted actuarial standards to fund State-administered public employee retirement systems and to require annual payments to systems by public employers.

Same as SCR139
Placing operational language in the Constitution sets a bad precedent that would cause a major disruption to State Government

  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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