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
October 2006

Assembly Bills
Senate Bills

Scales of justice

New Publication!
2005 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 211th 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 2004 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-2042
Robert E. Littell

Joseph M. Kyrillos

Implements certain changes affecting the administration and performance of the urban enterprise zone program.

           

 

Senate Economic Growth Committee

A

S-2053
Joseph V. Doria


Permits county and municipal sewerage and utilities authorities to provide broadband telecommunications service.

           
Senate Economic Growth Committee

A

S-2093
Ronald L. Rice

Allocates 20 percent of each homestead rebate to claimant's resident municipality. 

Commendable intent, however timing and approach would dilute the overall concept of property tax reform.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-2149
Nicholas P. Scutari

Requires purchasing agents to complete a course in green product  purchasing; requires Department of the Treasury to compile and maintain a list of green product purchasing sources.

We disagree State  Treasury is appropriate party to develop source lists for purchasing "green" products.

Senate Economic Growth Committee

O

S-2150
Ellen Karcher

Robert W. Singer

Authorizes municipal planning boards to adopt green buildings and environmental sustainability municipal master plan element.

           
Senate Economic Growth Committee
A

S-2153
Ronald L. Rice

Martha W. Bark

Facilitates long-term municipal contracts for energy efficiency services and goods. 

Elimination of standards is problematic.  The BPU sets pricing guidelines.

Senate Economic Growth Committee
O

S-2163
Ronald J. Lesniak

Permits local employers in SHBP to negotiate benefits and cost sharing with employees; permits local employers to offer incentives to employees for waivers of SHBP coverage; requires annual independent review of SHBP.

           
Senate State Government Committee
A
S-2170
Stephen M. Sweeney

Provides that regular work week of all newly-hired full-time State or local government employees will be 40 hours. 

Same as A-3495
This is a mandate.  Contractual obligations should prevail.

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-2171
Stephen M. Sweeney

Joseph M. Kyrillos

Limits administrative leave to three days and reduces number of  paid holidays from 13 to 10 for State and local government employees.

Poses difficulties for local government in finding a formula to reduce pay while maintaining contractual obligations.

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-2172
Stephen M. Sweeney

Joseph M. Kyrillos

Permits unused vacation and sick leave by public employee to be carried forward for one year only; requires unused administrative leave to be cancelled.

Same as A-3497
Employee leave issues should be left to discretion of the municipality.

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-2173
Stephen M. Sweeney

Changes payment obligation of State and other public employers for SHBP coverage for employees and dependents to no more than 90 percent of SHBP cost.

Same as A-3499
Conflicts with contractual and salary negotiations.

           
Senate State Government Committee
O
S-2174
Stephen M. Sweeney

Provides State and local governments will pay 90 percent of cost of post-retirement SHBP benefits for future retirees.

Same A-3504
A mandate that would create problems with contract negotiations.

           
Senate State Government Committee
O
S-2175
Stephen M. Sweeney

Requires that public employees who are married or with domestic partners receive health care benefits from only one public employer.

           
Senate State Government Committee
A
S-2176
Stephen M. Sweeney

Changes prospectively definition of compensation used to calculate benefits in PERS and TPAF to average of five highest-paid years and in PFRS, SPRS, and JRS to average of three highest-paid years.                                        

           
There should be parity among all pension systems.
Senate State Government Committee
O
S-2178
Stephen M. Sweeney

Eliminates membership in various State-administered retirement systems for part-time public employees and elected officials commencing service after enactment; clarifies that part-time public employees and officials are ineligible for employer-paid health care.

Devastates concept of shared services at local level. Removes municipal ability to analyze what is in the best interest of property taxpayers.

Senate State Government Committee
O
S-2187
Ronald L. Rice

Requires municipalities to create and maintain list of abandoned property.

           
State mandate;  unnecessary in many municipalities.
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-1897
John F. McKeon

Joseph J. Roberts

Extends application deadline for financing for closure and associated remediation of regulated underground storage tanks; requires notification to municipalities by DEP of underground storage tank fund.

Same as S-1879

Senate Environment Committee A

A-2879
Reed Gusciora

Directs AG to develop mandatory guidelines for municipal prosecutors.

Limits local discretion.  Allows AG to dictate local spending.

Assembly Judiciary Committee
O

A-3262
Ronald S. Dancer

Permits certain oaths, affirmations, and affidavits to be taken before township and village mayors.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-3271
Sean T. Kean


Requires AG to defend challenges to certain municipal ordinances that establish residency requirements for convicted sex offenders.

           
Assembly Judiciary Committee A

A-3411
Gordon M. Johnson

Extends eligibility for total property tax exemption to 100% disabled Cold War veterans; requires State to reimburse municipality for local tax revenue loss.

           
Shrinks tax base and adds to Pension costs.
Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee O

A-3421
Larry Chatzidakis

Requires municipalities with fewer than 500 persons to consolidate with larger municipalities.

An arbitrary mandate that would violate the rights of local voters.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3434
Ronald S. Dancer

Permits property tax bills to contain listing of amount of reserve for uncollected taxes required to be maintained by municipality.

Unnecessary.  This is presently a permissive existing practice.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

AJR-116
John S. Wisniewski

Creates study commission on certain drainage pipes, suspends use.

No evidence that use of so-called "combustable materials" is dangerous, when properly installed.

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee O

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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

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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 w NJLM - October 2006 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
October 2006


Scales of justice

New Publication!
2005 LAWS OF INTEREST TO
NEW JERSEY MUNICIPALITIES

Scales of Justice

Over 125 measures affecting municipal affairs became law during the final session of the 211th 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 2004 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-2042
Robert E. Littell

Joseph M. Kyrillos

Implements certain changes affecting the administration and performance of the urban enterprise zone program.

           

 

Senate Economic Growth Committee

A

S-2053
Joseph V. Doria


Permits county and municipal sewerage and utilities authorities to provide broadband telecommunications service.

           
Senate Economic Growth Committee

A

S-2093
Ronald L. Rice

Allocates 20 percent of each homestead rebate to claimant's resident municipality. 

Commendable intent, however timing and approach would dilute the overall concept of property tax reform.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

S-2149
Nicholas P. Scutari

Requires purchasing agents to complete a course in green product  purchasing; requires Department of the Treasury to compile and maintain a list of green product purchasing sources.

We disagree State  Treasury is appropriate party to develop source lists for purchasing "green" products.

Senate Economic Growth Committee

O

S-2150
Ellen Karcher

Robert W. Singer

Authorizes municipal planning boards to adopt green buildings and environmental sustainability municipal master plan element.

           
Senate Economic Growth Committee
A

S-2153
Ronald L. Rice

Martha W. Bark

Facilitates long-term municipal contracts for energy efficiency services and goods. 

Elimination of standards is problematic.  The BPU sets pricing guidelines.

Senate Economic Growth Committee
O

S-2163
Ronald J. Lesniak

Permits local employers in SHBP to negotiate benefits and cost sharing with employees; permits local employers to offer incentives to employees for waivers of SHBP coverage; requires annual independent review of SHBP.

           
Senate State Government Committee
A
S-2170
Stephen M. Sweeney

Provides that regular work week of all newly-hired full-time State or local government employees will be 40 hours. 

Same as A-3495
This is a mandate.  Contractual obligations should prevail.

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-2171
Stephen M. Sweeney

Joseph M. Kyrillos

Limits administrative leave to three days and reduces number of  paid holidays from 13 to 10 for State and local government employees.

Poses difficulties for local government in finding a formula to reduce pay while maintaining contractual obligations.

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-2172
Stephen M. Sweeney

Joseph M. Kyrillos

Permits unused vacation and sick leave by public employee to be carried forward for one year only; requires unused administrative leave to be cancelled.

Same as A-3497
Employee leave issues should be left to discretion of the municipality.

Senate State Government Committee

O

S-2173
Stephen M. Sweeney

Changes payment obligation of State and other public employers for SHBP coverage for employees and dependents to no more than 90 percent of SHBP cost.

Same as A-3499
Conflicts with contractual and salary negotiations.

           
Senate State Government Committee
O
S-2174
Stephen M. Sweeney

Provides State and local governments will pay 90 percent of cost of post-retirement SHBP benefits for future retirees.

Same A-3504
A mandate that would create problems with contract negotiations.

           
Senate State Government Committee
O
S-2175
Stephen M. Sweeney

Requires that public employees who are married or with domestic partners receive health care benefits from only one public employer.

           
Senate State Government Committee
A
S-2176
Stephen M. Sweeney

Changes prospectively definition of compensation used to calculate benefits in PERS and TPAF to average of five highest-paid years and in PFRS, SPRS, and JRS to average of three highest-paid years.                                        

           
There should be parity among all pension systems.
Senate State Government Committee
O
S-2178
Stephen M. Sweeney

Eliminates membership in various State-administered retirement systems for part-time public employees and elected officials commencing service after enactment; clarifies that part-time public employees and officials are ineligible for employer-paid health care.

Devastates concept of shared services at local level. Removes municipal ability to analyze what is in the best interest of property taxpayers.

Senate State Government Committee
O
S-2187
Ronald L. Rice

Requires municipalities to create and maintain list of abandoned property.

           
State mandate;  unnecessary in many municipalities.
Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
O

Return to Top

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

A-1897
John F. McKeon

Joseph J. Roberts

Extends application deadline for financing for closure and associated remediation of regulated underground storage tanks; requires notification to municipalities by DEP of underground storage tank fund.

Same as S-1879

Senate Environment Committee A

A-2879
Reed Gusciora

Directs AG to develop mandatory guidelines for municipal prosecutors.

Limits local discretion.  Allows AG to dictate local spending.

Assembly Judiciary Committee
O

A-3262
Ronald S. Dancer

Permits certain oaths, affirmations, and affidavits to be taken before township and village mayors.

           
Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee A

A-3271
Sean T. Kean


Requires AG to defend challenges to certain municipal ordinances that establish residency requirements for convicted sex offenders.

           
Assembly Judiciary Committee A

A-3411
Gordon M. Johnson

Extends eligibility for total property tax exemption to 100% disabled Cold War veterans; requires State to reimburse municipality for local tax revenue loss.

           
Shrinks tax base and adds to Pension costs.
Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee O

A-3421
Larry Chatzidakis

Requires municipalities with fewer than 500 persons to consolidate with larger municipalities.

An arbitrary mandate that would violate the rights of local voters.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

A-3434
Ronald S. Dancer

Permits property tax bills to contain listing of amount of reserve for uncollected taxes required to be maintained by municipality.

Unnecessary.  This is presently a permissive existing practice.

Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee O

AJR-116
John S. Wisniewski

Creates study commission on certain drainage pipes, suspends use.

No evidence that use of so-called "combustable materials" is dangerous, when properly installed.

           
Assembly Transportation and Public Works 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. 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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