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
November 2004

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

New Publication!
2003 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 2003 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-206
Smith, Bob

Lance, Leonard

Allows commercial nonagricultural activities to occur on preserved farmland under certain circumstances.

Same as A-559

2nd Reading in the Assembly

O

S-1112
Rice, Ronald

Allows emergency medical technicians to transfer to and enroll in

Costly to municipalities.

 

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-1642
Connors, Leonard T.

Establishes municipal authority to supervise, disipline and terminate employment of construction code officials.

 

2nd Reading in the Senate
A

S-1761
Scutari, Nicholas P.

Appropriates $500,000 for the development of a pilot program for a videoconferencing network in municipal courtrooms.

 

Senate Judiciary Committee A

S-1762
Connors, Leonard T.

Authorizes mechanism for independent determination of legal sufficiency of initiated ordinances and referendum petitions.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A

S-1849
Martin, Robert J.

Standardizes maximum fine for violation of municipal and county ordinances and resolutions at $1,250.

 

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A

S-1856
Kyrillos, Joseph M.

Permits appointment of municipal emergency management coordinator from contiguous or adjoining municipality.

 

Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee

A

S-1865
Connors, Leonard T.

Rice, Ronald L.

Supplemental appropriation of $250,000 to DLPS to assist local police departments in paying for new National Crime Information terminals.

Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee A

S-1868
Bucco, Anthony R.

Girgenti, John A.

Requires municipalities that receive State aid to certify that all municipal buildings adhere to fire codes.

Administrative nightmare. Irrational to hold CFO personally responsible.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-1906
Kean, Thomas H.

Permits municipal police officers to make arrests for any disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense outside the territorial limits of their municipality.

Imposes liability on a jurisdiction that will have no supervisory authority over officers' actions.

Senate Judiciary Committee O
S-1921
Rice, Ronald L.

Concerns venue for certain workers' compensation cases involving local government agencies.

Potentially burdensome for employer.
Senate Labor Committee O

S-1926
Adler, John H.

Kean, Thomas H.

"New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act"; prohibits smoking in indoor public places and workplaces.

Removes all local discretion and imposes mandate upon local board of health.

Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee O
S-1927
Bryant, Wayne R.

Changes polling place hours for certain elections.

Current hours are suitable.

Senate State Government Committee

O
S-1937
Doria, Joseph V.

Provides uniform period for certain contracting entities to issue changes or addenda to bid advertisements.

Senate State Government Committee A
S-1978
Palaia, Joseph A.

Provides State aid to finance revaluation relief abatements in "urban aid" municipalities.

There is no demonstrated need for this bill.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-1979
Palaia, Joseph A.

Creates "Post-Revaluation Fiscal Shock Property Tax Deferral Loan Program;" appropriates $2,000,000.

There is no demonstrated need for this bill. Residents do survive municipal re-valuations.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-1980
Palaia, Joseph A.

Permits municipal assessor to implement partial reassessment compliance plan without approval from county or State.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A
S-1982
Bark, Martha W.

Requires DEP to send copy of dam repair orders to municipalities and counties

Senate Environment Committee A
S-2008
Asselta, Nicholas

Distinguishes campgrounds from private residential leasehold communities.

  A

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

A-559
Chivukula, Upendra J.

Smith, Robert J.

Allows commercial nonagricultural activities to occur on preserved farmland under certain circumstances

Development rights are already sold in current farmland preservation programs.

2nd Reading in the Assembly
O

A-2374
Van Drew, Jeff

Chippone, Anthony

Allows emergency medical technicians to transfer to and enroll in PFRS

Costly to municipalities

Assembly State Government Committee
O

A-2961
Connors, Christopher J.

Rumpf, Brian E.

Establishes municipal authority to supervise, discipline and terminate employment of construction code officials.

 

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee
A

A-3050
Vas, Joseph

Quigley, Joan M.

Authorizes issuance of bonds for refurbishment of certain public safety vehicles.

This can be accomplished now by using capital notes. Opposed to taking operating cost and placing into debt.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

A-3166
McKeon, John F.

Diegnan, Patrick J.

Permits municipalities to purchase and issue certain surplus retail alcoholic beverage licenses.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3129
Greenstein, Linda R.

Requires all cats and dogs released from pounds and shelters be sterilized with certain exceptions; establishes special fund for sterilizations; increases certain dog-related fees and dedicates increases to the fund.

Towns will not benefit from increased licensed fees.
Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
O

A-3225
Diegnan, Patrick J.

Barnes, Peter J.

Increases host community benefit for municipalities wherein solid waste transfer stations are located from fifty cents to one dollar per ton of solid waste processed at such facilities.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
A

A-3232
McKeon, John F.

Concerns powers of political subdivisions with respect to labor regulations.

 

Assembly Labor Committee A

A-3234
Johnson Gordon M.

Chivukula, Uprenda J.

Permits public employers to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of PFRS members.

This is not allowed in PERS.

Assembly State Government Committee
O

A-3247
Kean, Sean T.

Corodemus, Steve

Distinguishes campgrounds from private residential leasehold communities.

 

2nd Reading in the Assembly A
A-3293
Van Drew, Jeff

Makes employment matters not exempted by statute mandatory subjects of public employment collective bargaining.

Weakens management prerogatives
Assembly Labor Committee O

A-3296
Conaway, Herb

Conners, Jack

Permits municipalities to defer 100% of payment of property taxes owed by senior citizen homeowners enrolled in PAAD.

Unworkable under current tax assessment system and would create an incredible shift in tax burden.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3320
Connors, Christopher J.

Rimpf, Brian E.

Supplemental appropriation of $250,000 to DLPS to assist local police departments in paying for new National Crime Information terminals.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3342
Johnson, Gordon M.

Manzo, Louis

Scalera, Frederick

Allows law enforcement officers in PERS to transfer to and enroll in PFRS; requires all law enforcement officers to be enrolled in PFRS.

Costly for municipalities.

Assembly State Government Committee O
A-3347
Azzolina, Joseph

Permits appointment of municipal emergency management coordinator from contiguous or adjoining municipality.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3373
Bodine, Francis L.

Chatzidakis, Larry

Requires DEP to send copy of dam repair orders to municipalities and counties. Solid Waste Committee

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A
A-3387
Kean, Sean T.

Permits municipal assessor to implement partial reassessment compliance plan without approval from county or State.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A
A-3388
Kean, Sean T.

Creates "Post-Revaluation Fiscal Shock Property Tax Deferral Loan Program;" appropriates $2,000,000.

There is no demonstrated need for this bill. Residents do survive municipal re-valuations.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3389
Kean, Sean T.

Provides State aid to finance revaluation relief abatements in "urban aid" municipalities.

There is no demonstrated need for this bill.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3399
Chiappone, Anthony

Provides for priority by municipality over State on lien filed on contaminated property under certain circumstances.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A
A-3404
Carroll, Michael Patrick

Requires greater voter identification at polling place; restricts access to absentee ballots; makes appropriation.

Limits voter options and will create administrative problems.
Assembly State Government Committee O
A-3406
Corodemus, Steve

Requires local governing body to prepare capital budget benefit cost analysis. Government Committee

Governing body members are duly elected by residents as guardians of the public purse. State law to require justification of expenditures is unnecessary.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3424
Munoz, Eric

New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act"; prohibits smoking in indoor public places and workplaces.

Removes all local discretion and imposes mandate upon local board of health.

Assembly Health and Human Services Committee O

A-3458
DeCroce, Alex

Pennacchio, Joseph

Standardizes maximum fine for violation of municipal and county ordinances and resolutions at $1,250.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

ACR-195
Bodine, Francis L.

Chatzidakis, Larry

Proposes constitutional amendment to allow Council on Mandates to examine existing statutes, rules and regulations for unfunded mandates and make recommendations to Legislature.

Assembly Housing and Local Government 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.

NJLM - November 2004 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
November 2004


Scales of justice

New Publication!
2003 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 2003 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 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-206
Smith, Bob

Lance, Leonard

Allows commercial nonagricultural activities to occur on preserved farmland under certain circumstances.

Same as A-559

2nd Reading in the Assembly

O

S-1112
Rice, Ronald

Allows emergency medical technicians to transfer to and enroll in

Costly to municipalities.

 

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-1642
Connors, Leonard T.

Establishes municipal authority to supervise, disipline and terminate employment of construction code officials.

 

2nd Reading in the Senate
A

S-1761
Scutari, Nicholas P.

Appropriates $500,000 for the development of a pilot program for a videoconferencing network in municipal courtrooms.

 

Senate Judiciary Committee A

S-1762
Connors, Leonard T.

Authorizes mechanism for independent determination of legal sufficiency of initiated ordinances and referendum petitions.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A

S-1849
Martin, Robert J.

Standardizes maximum fine for violation of municipal and county ordinances and resolutions at $1,250.

 

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A

S-1856
Kyrillos, Joseph M.

Permits appointment of municipal emergency management coordinator from contiguous or adjoining municipality.

 

Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee

A

S-1865
Connors, Leonard T.

Rice, Ronald L.

Supplemental appropriation of $250,000 to DLPS to assist local police departments in paying for new National Crime Information terminals.

Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee A

S-1868
Bucco, Anthony R.

Girgenti, John A.

Requires municipalities that receive State aid to certify that all municipal buildings adhere to fire codes.

Administrative nightmare. Irrational to hold CFO personally responsible.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-1906
Kean, Thomas H.

Permits municipal police officers to make arrests for any disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense outside the territorial limits of their municipality.

Imposes liability on a jurisdiction that will have no supervisory authority over officers' actions.

Senate Judiciary Committee O
S-1921
Rice, Ronald L.

Concerns venue for certain workers' compensation cases involving local government agencies.

Potentially burdensome for employer.
Senate Labor Committee O

S-1926
Adler, John H.

Kean, Thomas H.

"New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act"; prohibits smoking in indoor public places and workplaces.

Removes all local discretion and imposes mandate upon local board of health.

Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee O
S-1927
Bryant, Wayne R.

Changes polling place hours for certain elections.

Current hours are suitable.

Senate State Government Committee

O
S-1937
Doria, Joseph V.

Provides uniform period for certain contracting entities to issue changes or addenda to bid advertisements.

Senate State Government Committee A
S-1978
Palaia, Joseph A.

Provides State aid to finance revaluation relief abatements in "urban aid" municipalities.

There is no demonstrated need for this bill.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-1979
Palaia, Joseph A.

Creates "Post-Revaluation Fiscal Shock Property Tax Deferral Loan Program;" appropriates $2,000,000.

There is no demonstrated need for this bill. Residents do survive municipal re-valuations.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee O
S-1980
Palaia, Joseph A.

Permits municipal assessor to implement partial reassessment compliance plan without approval from county or State.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee A
S-1982
Bark, Martha W.

Requires DEP to send copy of dam repair orders to municipalities and counties

Senate Environment Committee A
S-2008
Asselta, Nicholas

Distinguishes campgrounds from private residential leasehold communities.

  A

Return to Top

 

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

A-559
Chivukula, Upendra J.

Smith, Robert J.

Allows commercial nonagricultural activities to occur on preserved farmland under certain circumstances

Development rights are already sold in current farmland preservation programs.

2nd Reading in the Assembly
O

A-2374
Van Drew, Jeff

Chippone, Anthony

Allows emergency medical technicians to transfer to and enroll in PFRS

Costly to municipalities

Assembly State Government Committee
O

A-2961
Connors, Christopher J.

Rumpf, Brian E.

Establishes municipal authority to supervise, discipline and terminate employment of construction code officials.

 

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee
A

A-3050
Vas, Joseph

Quigley, Joan M.

Authorizes issuance of bonds for refurbishment of certain public safety vehicles.

This can be accomplished now by using capital notes. Opposed to taking operating cost and placing into debt.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

A-3166
McKeon, John F.

Diegnan, Patrick J.

Permits municipalities to purchase and issue certain surplus retail alcoholic beverage licenses.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3129
Greenstein, Linda R.

Requires all cats and dogs released from pounds and shelters be sterilized with certain exceptions; establishes special fund for sterilizations; increases certain dog-related fees and dedicates increases to the fund.

Towns will not benefit from increased licensed fees.
Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
O

A-3225
Diegnan, Patrick J.

Barnes, Peter J.

Increases host community benefit for municipalities wherein solid waste transfer stations are located from fifty cents to one dollar per ton of solid waste processed at such facilities.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
A

A-3232
McKeon, John F.

Concerns powers of political subdivisions with respect to labor regulations.

 

Assembly Labor Committee A

A-3234
Johnson Gordon M.

Chivukula, Uprenda J.

Permits public employers to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of PFRS members.

This is not allowed in PERS.

Assembly State Government Committee
O

A-3247
Kean, Sean T.

Corodemus, Steve

Distinguishes campgrounds from private residential leasehold communities.

 

2nd Reading in the Assembly A
A-3293
Van Drew, Jeff

Makes employment matters not exempted by statute mandatory subjects of public employment collective bargaining.

Weakens management prerogatives
Assembly Labor Committee O

A-3296
Conaway, Herb

Conners, Jack

Permits municipalities to defer 100% of payment of property taxes owed by senior citizen homeowners enrolled in PAAD.

Unworkable under current tax assessment system and would create an incredible shift in tax burden.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3320
Connors, Christopher J.

Rimpf, Brian E.

Supplemental appropriation of $250,000 to DLPS to assist local police departments in paying for new National Crime Information terminals.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3342
Johnson, Gordon M.

Manzo, Louis

Scalera, Frederick

Allows law enforcement officers in PERS to transfer to and enroll in PFRS; requires all law enforcement officers to be enrolled in PFRS.

Costly for municipalities.

Assembly State Government Committee O
A-3347
Azzolina, Joseph

Permits appointment of municipal emergency management coordinator from contiguous or adjoining municipality.

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee A

A-3373
Bodine, Francis L.

Chatzidakis, Larry

Requires DEP to send copy of dam repair orders to municipalities and counties. Solid Waste Committee

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A
A-3387
Kean, Sean T.

Permits municipal assessor to implement partial reassessment compliance plan without approval from county or State.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A
A-3388
Kean, Sean T.

Creates "Post-Revaluation Fiscal Shock Property Tax Deferral Loan Program;" appropriates $2,000,000.

There is no demonstrated need for this bill. Residents do survive municipal re-valuations.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3389
Kean, Sean T.

Provides State aid to finance revaluation relief abatements in "urban aid" municipalities.

There is no demonstrated need for this bill.
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3399
Chiappone, Anthony

Provides for priority by municipality over State on lien filed on contaminated property under certain circumstances.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A
A-3404
Carroll, Michael Patrick

Requires greater voter identification at polling place; restricts access to absentee ballots; makes appropriation.

Limits voter options and will create administrative problems.
Assembly State Government Committee O
A-3406
Corodemus, Steve

Requires local governing body to prepare capital budget benefit cost analysis. Government Committee

Governing body members are duly elected by residents as guardians of the public purse. State law to require justification of expenditures is unnecessary.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O
A-3424
Munoz, Eric

New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act"; prohibits smoking in indoor public places and workplaces.

Removes all local discretion and imposes mandate upon local board of health.

Assembly Health and Human Services Committee O

A-3458
DeCroce, Alex

Pennacchio, Joseph

Standardizes maximum fine for violation of municipal and county ordinances and resolutions at $1,250.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

ACR-195
Bodine, Francis L.

Chatzidakis, Larry

Proposes constitutional amendment to allow Council on Mandates to examine existing statutes, rules and regulations for unfunded mandates and make recommendations to Legislature.

Assembly Housing and Local Government 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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