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
MAY 2003

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

New Publication!
2002 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 209th New Jersey Legislative term. For the tenth consecutive year, the League is publishing the complete text of these laws enacted.

Provides immediate access to enacted 2002 laws

Highly rated, quick reference desk copy

Invaluable asset for busy municipal officials

PRICE: $25.00 Members* $35.00 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-1489
Sweeney, Stephen M.

Concerns use of $242.8 million of federal "Reed Act" funds for UI benefits and improved administration of UI benefit payments and employment services; appropriates $37 million.

Will negatively impact municipal budgets.
Senate Labor Committee

O

S-1675
Codey, Richard J.
Singer, Robert W.

Concerns municipal authority to deal with abandoned properties; establishes pilot program.

Removes authority from municipal governing bodies to comprehensively address issues of abandoned properties and transfers that authority to not for profit organizations.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

S-1798
Bagger, Richard H.

Concerns workers' compensation benefits and certain volunteer emergency personnel.

See A-2350
2nd Reading in the Senate
O

S-2320
Sacco, Nicholas J.

Removes requirement that elected officials in municipalities operating under commission form of government publish election and campaign expenses. Passed Senate; Awaiting referral in the Assembly A

S-2362
Adler, John H.
Gormley, William L.

Requires Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to prepare a public health emergency response plan for biological threats, chemical weapons, and radiation based attacks. Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee A
S-2429
Adler, John H.
Prohibits discharge of untreated or pre-treated wastewater from Superfund former landfill sites into publicly owned treatment works; and imposes certain remediation requirements on Superfund former landfill sites with radionuclide pollutants. Senate Environment Committee O
S-2445
Cardinale, Gerald
Makes total property tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans retroactive to effective date of determination of total disability; requires State to reimburse municipalities for reimbursement of property taxes paid to veteran.

Approval is granted on condition that the provision to reimburse municipalities is not tampered with and remains in the bill.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A*
SCR-89
Gill, Nia H.
Adler, John H.
Provides for special session of Legislature to consider property tax reform. Assembly Appropriations Committee A
SCR-93
Cardinale, Gerald
Proposes constitutional amendment to require municipal referendum on reducing assessment of all real property within qualified common interest communities.

See ACR-158
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O

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

A-2350
Friscia, Arline M.
Greenstein, Linda R.

Concerns use of $242.8 million of federal "Reed Act" funds for UI benefits and improved administration of UI benefit payments and employment services; appropriates $37 million.

Will negatively impact municipal budgets.
Assembly Labor Committee O

A-2543
Watson Coleman,
Bonnie Green, Jerry

Concerns municipal authority to deal with abandoned properties; establishes pilot program.

Removes authority from municipal governing bodies to comprehensively address issues of abandoned properties and transfers that authority to not for profit organizations.
Assembly Appropriations Committee O

A-2712
Merkt, Richard A.
Arnone, Michael J.

Concerns workers' compensation benefits and certain volunteer emergency personnel.

Places responsibility for costs on municipality.
Assembly Labor Committee O

A-3049
Sires, Albio
Burzichelli, John J.

Prohibits sale or distribution of cigarettes in packs of less than 20.

Would deny product to only the very poor.
Passes Assembly; Referred To Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. O
A-3131
Russo, David C.
Provides for appointment of not more than three alternate members to board of commissioners of municipally owned public golf course. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A
A-3145
Cryan, Joseph
Greenwald, Louis D.
Establishes lawn watering restrictions; authorizes DEP to adopt water conservation regulations and to reduce water supply application backlog; and requires installation of automatic rain sensor devices under certain circumstances.

Cumbersome process that places additional notice, enforcement and costs requirements on municipalities.
2nd Reading in Assembly O
A-3174
Smith, Robert J.
Greenwald, Louis D.
Prohibits discharge of untreated or pre-treated wastewater from Superfund former landfill sites into publicly owned treatment works; and imposes certain remediation requirements on Superfund former landfill sites with radionuclide pollutants. 2nd Reading in Assembly A
A-3407
Stanley, Craig A.
Authorizes county prosecutor to assume control of law enforcement agencies under certain circumstances, and suspend or terminate officers for misconduct.

Not needed. Current process preferable.
Assembly Judiciary Committee A
A-3425
Wisniewski, John S.
Limits materials which may be used in storm drains, sewer systems, and water retention and detention systems to noncombustible materials.

This is a regulatory issue. This Legislation would circumvent the regulatory process.
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee O
ACR-158
Vandervalk, Charlotte
Rooney,John E.
Proposes constitutional amendment to require municipal referendum on reducing assessment of all real property within qualified common interest communities.

This is another piecemeal approach that further highlights the need for reform of the entire property tax system. Moreover, a reduced "unit" assessment would be difficult to administer.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
ACR-161
McKeon, John F.
Provides for special session of Legislature to consider property tax reform. Assembly Appropriations Committee A

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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 atten NJLM - May 2003 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
MAY 2003


Scales of justice

New Publication!
2002 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 209th New Jersey Legislative term. For the tenth consecutive year, the League is publishing the complete text of these laws enacted.

Provides immediate access to enacted 2002 laws

Highly rated, quick reference desk copy

Invaluable asset for busy municipal officials

PRICE: $25.00 Members* $35.00 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


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-1489
Sweeney, Stephen M.

Concerns use of $242.8 million of federal "Reed Act" funds for UI benefits and improved administration of UI benefit payments and employment services; appropriates $37 million.

Will negatively impact municipal budgets.
Senate Labor Committee

O

S-1675
Codey, Richard J.
Singer, Robert W.

Concerns municipal authority to deal with abandoned properties; establishes pilot program.

Removes authority from municipal governing bodies to comprehensively address issues of abandoned properties and transfers that authority to not for profit organizations.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

O

S-1798
Bagger, Richard H.

Concerns workers' compensation benefits and certain volunteer emergency personnel.

See A-2350
2nd Reading in the Senate
O

S-2320
Sacco, Nicholas J.

Removes requirement that elected officials in municipalities operating under commission form of government publish election and campaign expenses. Passed Senate; Awaiting referral in the Assembly A

S-2362
Adler, John H.
Gormley, William L.

Requires Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to prepare a public health emergency response plan for biological threats, chemical weapons, and radiation based attacks. Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee A
S-2429
Adler, John H.
Prohibits discharge of untreated or pre-treated wastewater from Superfund former landfill sites into publicly owned treatment works; and imposes certain remediation requirements on Superfund former landfill sites with radionuclide pollutants. Senate Environment Committee O
S-2445
Cardinale, Gerald
Makes total property tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans retroactive to effective date of determination of total disability; requires State to reimburse municipalities for reimbursement of property taxes paid to veteran.

Approval is granted on condition that the provision to reimburse municipalities is not tampered with and remains in the bill.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A*
SCR-89
Gill, Nia H.
Adler, John H.
Provides for special session of Legislature to consider property tax reform. Assembly Appropriations Committee A
SCR-93
Cardinale, Gerald
Proposes constitutional amendment to require municipal referendum on reducing assessment of all real property within qualified common interest communities.

See ACR-158
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O

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

A-2350
Friscia, Arline M.
Greenstein, Linda R.

Concerns use of $242.8 million of federal "Reed Act" funds for UI benefits and improved administration of UI benefit payments and employment services; appropriates $37 million.

Will negatively impact municipal budgets.
Assembly Labor Committee O

A-2543
Watson Coleman,
Bonnie Green, Jerry

Concerns municipal authority to deal with abandoned properties; establishes pilot program.

Removes authority from municipal governing bodies to comprehensively address issues of abandoned properties and transfers that authority to not for profit organizations.
Assembly Appropriations Committee O

A-2712
Merkt, Richard A.
Arnone, Michael J.

Concerns workers' compensation benefits and certain volunteer emergency personnel.

Places responsibility for costs on municipality.
Assembly Labor Committee O

A-3049
Sires, Albio
Burzichelli, John J.

Prohibits sale or distribution of cigarettes in packs of less than 20.

Would deny product to only the very poor.
Passes Assembly; Referred To Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. O
A-3131
Russo, David C.
Provides for appointment of not more than three alternate members to board of commissioners of municipally owned public golf course. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A
A-3145
Cryan, Joseph
Greenwald, Louis D.
Establishes lawn watering restrictions; authorizes DEP to adopt water conservation regulations and to reduce water supply application backlog; and requires installation of automatic rain sensor devices under certain circumstances.

Cumbersome process that places additional notice, enforcement and costs requirements on municipalities.
2nd Reading in Assembly O
A-3174
Smith, Robert J.
Greenwald, Louis D.
Prohibits discharge of untreated or pre-treated wastewater from Superfund former landfill sites into publicly owned treatment works; and imposes certain remediation requirements on Superfund former landfill sites with radionuclide pollutants. 2nd Reading in Assembly A
A-3407
Stanley, Craig A.
Authorizes county prosecutor to assume control of law enforcement agencies under certain circumstances, and suspend or terminate officers for misconduct.

Not needed. Current process preferable.
Assembly Judiciary Committee A
A-3425
Wisniewski, John S.
Limits materials which may be used in storm drains, sewer systems, and water retention and detention systems to noncombustible materials.

This is a regulatory issue. This Legislation would circumvent the regulatory process.
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee O
ACR-158
Vandervalk, Charlotte
Rooney,John E.
Proposes constitutional amendment to require municipal referendum on reducing assessment of all real property within qualified common interest communities.

This is another piecemeal approach that further highlights the need for reform of the entire property tax system. Moreover, a reduced "unit" assessment would be difficult to administer.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
ACR-161
McKeon, John F.
Provides for special session of Legislature to consider property tax reform. Assembly Appropriations 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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