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March 18, 2011

Re: Legislative Preview for Monday, March 21

Dear Mayor:

On Monday, March 21, the State Senate will meet in the final voting session before they recess until early May in order to focus on the State Budget.  A number of bills of interest to local governments are scheduled for floor votes, including:

  • A-3766 and S-2664, the “Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act.”   Please see our Dear Mayor letter of March 16  for a summary of why the League continues to oppose this legislation.  If you have not done so already, we would urge you to contact and ask your State Senator to oppose A-3766/S-2664 until the issues raised by municipalities are addressed.  This bill has already passed the Assembly and if passed by the Senate on Monday, it will head to the Governor for his consideration.
  • A-2032 and S-1917, which the League supports, would permit older members of Junior Firemen’s Auxiliaries to perform non-hazardous support duties at fire sites in certain cases.
  • A-1471 and S-1823, which the League supports, makes various changes to the laws governing taxicabs, including permitting a municipality to auction the licenses to the highest bidder.  The bill also authorizes a municipality issuing taxi licenses to require the licensee to reimburse the municipality for any costs incurred by the municipality in complying with the public notice requirements established under the bill. 

The Senate will also vote to accept Governor Christie’s conditional veto of S-2126, which will permit development of solar and wind facilities and structures on landfills and resource extraction operations under certain circumstances.   This will not be a final vote, but if the Senate accepts the Governor’s conditional veto, which is expected, the bill can brought back for a final vote in May. It would then need to go back to the Assembly for its consideration of the Governor’s conditional veto.  Please see our Dear Mayor letter of February 16, 2011 for more on this bill.  

Questions on this letter can be directed to Mike Cerra at 609-695-3481 x120 or at mcerra@njslom.com

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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