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
Updated November 14, 2002

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

New Publication!
2001 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

TENTH ANNIVERSARY

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 in 2001.

Provides immediate access to enacted 2000 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-169
Smith, Bob

The "New Jersey Clean Water Trust Fund Act."

Among others, our concern is that monies produced by this bill will lapse into State General Revenue rather than undertake corrective action on water projects.
Senate Environment Committee

O

S-418
Bryant, Wayne R.
Littell, Robert E.

Requires building permit for work done pursuant to a home repair financing contract under certain circumstances.

This unnecessarily complicates the entire process. See A-2795
Passed both houses

O

S-1415
Gill, Nia H.
Cohen, Neil M.
Wisniewski, John S.

Concerns witness fees in workers' compensation cases.

Will increase costs for local government.
See A-1836
Passed Assembly and Senate
O

S-1700
Codey, Richard J.
Sweeney, Stephen M.

Provides for municipal regulation of liverycar service; establishes livery and taxicab license plates.

Good intent, but reduction in liability makes bill problematic.
2nd Reading in Assembly O

S-1818
Bucco, Anthony R.

Allows imposition of $10,000 and $15,000 municipal fines on landlords for overcrowding. Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A
S-1884
Bucco, Anthony R.
Kavanaugh, Walter J.
Allows veteran to claim veterans' property tax deduction or disabled veterans' property tax exemption on spouse's property in certain circumstances.

See A-2686
Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee O
S-1927
Inverso, Pete A.
Clarifies that responsibility for investment of assets under management of Division of Investment vests in State Investment Council. Senate State Government Committee A
S-1936
Connors, Leonard T.
Ciesla, Andrew R.
Permits municipality to create drug free zone around publicly assisted housing. Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee A
S-1945
Bagger, Richard H.
Alder, John H.
Protects certain compliant municipalities from builder's remedy under "Fair Housing Act" pending readoption of methodologies, criteria and guidelines. 2nd Reading in Senate A
S-1954
Palaia, Joseph A.
Prohibits waiver of certain rights in actions under "Law Against Discrimination" and "Family Leave Act."

Would limit availability of arbitration in procedure. See A-2911.
Senate Labor Committee O
S-1961
Ciesla, Andrew R.
Increases PFRS accidental disability retirement benefit from 2/3 to 75% of member's highest annual compensation.

Our issue is equity. Other pension systems are not afforded these enhancements.
Senate State Government Committee A
S-1962
Codey, Richard J.
Requires that annual allocation for local government open space acquisition and park development projects from the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund be evenly split between acquisition and development projects.

Priority is to save dwindling farmland. Bond ordinance already adopted to address Green Acres Preservation issues.
Senate Environment Committee O
S-1967
Sweeney, Stephen M.
Matheussen, John J.
Provides non-forfeitable right to post-retirement medical benefits provided by law to certain public employees with 25 years of service.

Expensive for municipalities.
Senate State Government Committee O
S-1978
Turner, Shirley K.
Provides for payment of standby water service under Condo Services Law.

Illegal to use public taxpayer dollars for a private benefit.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-1989
Inverso, Peter A.
Allen, Diane B.
Provides a senior and disabled citizens property tax deduction of $25 for installation of a home water conservation system to be reimbursed by State.

Shrinks tax base, moreover conservation system should pay for itself.
Senate Environment Committee O
S-2002
Bark, Martha W.
Exempts certain alternative electrical energy systems from real property taxation.

This shrinks the tax base. See A-2934
Senate Economic Growth, Agriculture and Tourism Committee O
S-2044
Allen, Diane
Permits municipalities to place "stop" signs on certain intersections near schools, playgrounds and youth recreational facilities. Proposed for introduction. A
SRC-14
Bark, Martha W.
Urges counties and municipalities to adopt policies and procedures which foster increased communication and coordination with public utilities when planning and conducting transportation infrastructure improvements. Assembly Transportation Committee A
SCR-57
Smith, Bob
Amends Constitution to dedicate water consumption user fee revenue for State and local resources and water quality projects. Senate Environment Committee A

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

A-378
Wisniewski, John S.
Edwards, Willis

Permits municipality to create drug free zone around publicly assisted housing.

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

A

A-1836
Cohen, Neil M.
Wisniewski, John S.

Concerns witness fees in workers' compensation cases.

Will increase costs for local government
Passed Assembly and Senate O

A-2387
Merkt, Richard A.
Gregg, Guy R.

Bans intentional feeding of deer. Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee A

A-2649
Quigley, Joan M.
Fraguela, Rafael J.

Concerns permits to excavate within or disturb public highway or railroad rights-of-way under DOT jurisdiction. Assembly Appropriations Committee A

A-2651
Stender. Linda

Increases maximum penalty for "State Uniform Construction Code Act" violations from $500 to $5,000. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-2682
Cohen, Neil M.
Conaway, Herb

Enhances rights and remedies of employees who disclose or refuse to participate in fraudulent employer practices.

Unnecessary. Employees already enjoy appropriate protection.
2nd Reading in Assembly O

A-2686
Wisniewski, John S.

Revises property ownership requirements for veterans' property tax deduction and disabled veterans' property tax exemption.

Unneccessary legislation provides no benefit to taxpayers overall. Only affects small segment of population.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-2782
Bateman, Christopher

Permits municipalities to apply excess development fees collected to certain infrastructure improvement costs. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A
A-2783
Bateman, Christopher
Requires certain notices when public agencies take possession of abandoned vehicle. Assembly Transportation Committee A
A-2785
Sarlo, Paul A.
Greenstein, Linda R.
Provides non-forfeitable right to post-retirement medical benefits provided by law to certain public employees with 25 years of service.

Expensive for municipalities.
Assembly State Government Committee O
A-2794
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
Authorizes municipalities to require a special additional dog license for unsterilized dogs and establishes maximum fee that may be charged therefor. Authorizes municipalities to require a special additional dog license for unsterilized dogs and establishes maximum fee that may be charged therefor. Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee A
A-2795
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
Edwards, Willis
Requires building permit for work done pursuant to a home repair financing contract under certain circumstances.

This unnecessarily complicates the entire process.
Substituted by S-418, passed Assembly and Senate O
A-2811
Wisniewski, John S.
Friscia, Arline M.
Prohibits waiver of certain rights in actions under "Law Against Discrimination" and "Family Leave Act."

Would limit availibility of arbitration procedure.
Assembly Labor Committee O
A-2846
Guear, Gary L.
Requires dogs licensed out of state that are brought into NJ to be licensed in NJ within 60 days, and raises penalties for violations of law requiring licensing of dogs and of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds. Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee A
A-2904
Greenstein, Linda R.
Greenwald, Louis D.
Protects certain compliant municipalities from builder's remedy under "Fair Housing Act" pending readoption of methodologies, criteria and guidelines. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A
A-2930
Burzichelli, John J.
Hackett, Mims
The "Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Licensing Act"; authorizes municipalities to require a license for a person to own, keep or harbor a pit bull. 2nd Reading in the Assembly A
A-2930
Wisniewski, John S.
Stender, Lisa
Permits municipalities to place "stop" signs on certain intersections near schools, playgrounds and youth recreational facilities Assembly Transportation Committee A
A-2934
Chatzidakis, Larry
Exempts certain alternative electrical energy systems from real property taxation.

This shrinks the tax base.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-2949
Egan, Joseph V.
Requires release of bid list prior to bid date under "Local Public Contracts Law."

Detrimental to open and fair competition.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-2996
Gusciora, Reed
Provides for payment of standby water service under Condo Services Law.

Illegal to use public taxpayers dollars for a private benefit.
Proposed for introduction. O
ACR-22
Bodine, Francis L.
Chatzidakis,Larry
Urges counties and municipalities to adopt policies and procedures which foster increased communication and coordination with public utilities when planning and conducting transportation infrastructure improvements. 2nd Reading in Assembly 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 NJLM - November 2002 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
Updated November 14, 2002


Scales of justice

New Publication!
2001 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

TENTH ANNIVERSARY

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 in 2001.

Provides immediate access to enacted 2000 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-169
Smith, Bob

The "New Jersey Clean Water Trust Fund Act."

Among others, our concern is that monies produced by this bill will lapse into State General Revenue rather than undertake corrective action on water projects.
Senate Environment Committee

O

S-418
Bryant, Wayne R.
Littell, Robert E.

Requires building permit for work done pursuant to a home repair financing contract under certain circumstances.

This unnecessarily complicates the entire process. See A-2795
Passed both houses

O

S-1415
Gill, Nia H.
Cohen, Neil M.
Wisniewski, John S.

Concerns witness fees in workers' compensation cases.

Will increase costs for local government.
See A-1836
Passed Assembly and Senate
O

S-1700
Codey, Richard J.
Sweeney, Stephen M.

Provides for municipal regulation of liverycar service; establishes livery and taxicab license plates.

Good intent, but reduction in liability makes bill problematic.
2nd Reading in Assembly O

S-1818
Bucco, Anthony R.

Allows imposition of $10,000 and $15,000 municipal fines on landlords for overcrowding. Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A
S-1884
Bucco, Anthony R.
Kavanaugh, Walter J.
Allows veteran to claim veterans' property tax deduction or disabled veterans' property tax exemption on spouse's property in certain circumstances.

See A-2686
Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee O
S-1927
Inverso, Pete A.
Clarifies that responsibility for investment of assets under management of Division of Investment vests in State Investment Council. Senate State Government Committee A
S-1936
Connors, Leonard T.
Ciesla, Andrew R.
Permits municipality to create drug free zone around publicly assisted housing. Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee A
S-1945
Bagger, Richard H.
Alder, John H.
Protects certain compliant municipalities from builder's remedy under "Fair Housing Act" pending readoption of methodologies, criteria and guidelines. 2nd Reading in Senate A
S-1954
Palaia, Joseph A.
Prohibits waiver of certain rights in actions under "Law Against Discrimination" and "Family Leave Act."

Would limit availability of arbitration in procedure. See A-2911.
Senate Labor Committee O
S-1961
Ciesla, Andrew R.
Increases PFRS accidental disability retirement benefit from 2/3 to 75% of member's highest annual compensation.

Our issue is equity. Other pension systems are not afforded these enhancements.
Senate State Government Committee A
S-1962
Codey, Richard J.
Requires that annual allocation for local government open space acquisition and park development projects from the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund be evenly split between acquisition and development projects.

Priority is to save dwindling farmland. Bond ordinance already adopted to address Green Acres Preservation issues.
Senate Environment Committee O
S-1967
Sweeney, Stephen M.
Matheussen, John J.
Provides non-forfeitable right to post-retirement medical benefits provided by law to certain public employees with 25 years of service.

Expensive for municipalities.
Senate State Government Committee O
S-1978
Turner, Shirley K.
Provides for payment of standby water service under Condo Services Law.

Illegal to use public taxpayer dollars for a private benefit.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-1989
Inverso, Peter A.
Allen, Diane B.
Provides a senior and disabled citizens property tax deduction of $25 for installation of a home water conservation system to be reimbursed by State.

Shrinks tax base, moreover conservation system should pay for itself.
Senate Environment Committee O
S-2002
Bark, Martha W.
Exempts certain alternative electrical energy systems from real property taxation.

This shrinks the tax base. See A-2934
Senate Economic Growth, Agriculture and Tourism Committee O
S-2044
Allen, Diane
Permits municipalities to place "stop" signs on certain intersections near schools, playgrounds and youth recreational facilities. Proposed for introduction. A
SRC-14
Bark, Martha W.
Urges counties and municipalities to adopt policies and procedures which foster increased communication and coordination with public utilities when planning and conducting transportation infrastructure improvements. Assembly Transportation Committee A
SCR-57
Smith, Bob
Amends Constitution to dedicate water consumption user fee revenue for State and local resources and water quality projects. Senate Environment Committee A

Return to Top

 

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

A-378
Wisniewski, John S.
Edwards, Willis

Permits municipality to create drug free zone around publicly assisted housing.

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

A

A-1836
Cohen, Neil M.
Wisniewski, John S.

Concerns witness fees in workers' compensation cases.

Will increase costs for local government
Passed Assembly and Senate O

A-2387
Merkt, Richard A.
Gregg, Guy R.

Bans intentional feeding of deer. Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee A

A-2649
Quigley, Joan M.
Fraguela, Rafael J.

Concerns permits to excavate within or disturb public highway or railroad rights-of-way under DOT jurisdiction. Assembly Appropriations Committee A

A-2651
Stender. Linda

Increases maximum penalty for "State Uniform Construction Code Act" violations from $500 to $5,000. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-2682
Cohen, Neil M.
Conaway, Herb

Enhances rights and remedies of employees who disclose or refuse to participate in fraudulent employer practices.

Unnecessary. Employees already enjoy appropriate protection.
2nd Reading in Assembly O

A-2686
Wisniewski, John S.

Revises property ownership requirements for veterans' property tax deduction and disabled veterans' property tax exemption.

Unneccessary legislation provides no benefit to taxpayers overall. Only affects small segment of population.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-2782
Bateman, Christopher

Permits municipalities to apply excess development fees collected to certain infrastructure improvement costs. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A
A-2783
Bateman, Christopher
Requires certain notices when public agencies take possession of abandoned vehicle. Assembly Transportation Committee A
A-2785
Sarlo, Paul A.
Greenstein, Linda R.
Provides non-forfeitable right to post-retirement medical benefits provided by law to certain public employees with 25 years of service.

Expensive for municipalities.
Assembly State Government Committee O
A-2794
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
Authorizes municipalities to require a special additional dog license for unsterilized dogs and establishes maximum fee that may be charged therefor. Authorizes municipalities to require a special additional dog license for unsterilized dogs and establishes maximum fee that may be charged therefor. Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee A
A-2795
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
Edwards, Willis
Requires building permit for work done pursuant to a home repair financing contract under certain circumstances.

This unnecessarily complicates the entire process.
Substituted by S-418, passed Assembly and Senate O
A-2811
Wisniewski, John S.
Friscia, Arline M.
Prohibits waiver of certain rights in actions under "Law Against Discrimination" and "Family Leave Act."

Would limit availibility of arbitration procedure.
Assembly Labor Committee O
A-2846
Guear, Gary L.
Requires dogs licensed out of state that are brought into NJ to be licensed in NJ within 60 days, and raises penalties for violations of law requiring licensing of dogs and of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds. Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee A
A-2904
Greenstein, Linda R.
Greenwald, Louis D.
Protects certain compliant municipalities from builder's remedy under "Fair Housing Act" pending readoption of methodologies, criteria and guidelines. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A
A-2930
Burzichelli, John J.
Hackett, Mims
The "Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Licensing Act"; authorizes municipalities to require a license for a person to own, keep or harbor a pit bull. 2nd Reading in the Assembly A
A-2930
Wisniewski, John S.
Stender, Lisa
Permits municipalities to place "stop" signs on certain intersections near schools, playgrounds and youth recreational facilities Assembly Transportation Committee A
A-2934
Chatzidakis, Larry
Exempts certain alternative electrical energy systems from real property taxation.

This shrinks the tax base.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-2949
Egan, Joseph V.
Requires release of bid list prior to bid date under "Local Public Contracts Law."

Detrimental to open and fair competition.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-2996
Gusciora, Reed
Provides for payment of standby water service under Condo Services Law.

Illegal to use public taxpayers dollars for a private benefit.
Proposed for introduction. O
ACR-22
Bodine, Francis L.
Chatzidakis,Larry
Urges counties and municipalities to adopt policies and procedures which foster increased communication and coordination with public utilities when planning and conducting transportation infrastructure improvements. 2nd Reading in Assembly 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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