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May 2, 2011

Re:    Recently Signed Bills
I.        Municipal Consolidation Study Commission
II.      Reporting of Certain Injuries to local and State police
III.     Mandatory Training for Certifying Officers

Dear Mayor:

Governor Christie has recently signed the following bills:

I.        Municipal Consolidation Study Commission

P.L. 2011, c. 55, S-2465, would permit the combination of voter petitions and application by municipal governing body for approval of Municipal Consolidation Study Commission by Local Finance Board.  If each municipality submits an application by its governing body, any proposed consolidation plan must be approved by referendum.  P.L. 2011, c. 55 took effect April 20, 2011.

II.      Reporting of Certain Injuries to local and State police

P.L. 2011, c. 53, S-1712, requires every case of a wound, burn or injury arising from or caused by a firearm, destructive device, explosive or weapon be reported at once to the police department where the person reporting is located and the State Police.  P.L. 2011, c. 53 takes effect September 1st.

III.     Mandatory Training for Certifying Officers

P.L. 2011, c. 52, S-1392, requires PERS and PFRS, as well as TPAF and SPRS, boards of trustees to require a certifying officer to complete training on eligibility for enrollment in the pension fund or retirement system.  The Division of Pensions and Benefits will be required to develop, and the respective board shall approve, the form and content of the training.  Each Board of Trustees will determine when a certifying officer must complete the training and may require additional training as it deems necessary to ensure compliance. 

The certifying officer training will be provided through the Internet and accessible from the State’s website.  The certifying officer will be required to complete the training and submit to the Division of Pensions and Benefits an acknowledgement of completion of training. 

The certifying officer and their immediate supervisor must also provide certification, written or electronic, annually and at the time of an enrollment that the person enrolled is eligible for enrollment in the pension fund or retirement system. The certification will also require the certifying officer and their immediate supervisor to acknowledge that any person who knowingly makes a false statement, or falsifies or permits to be falsified any record, application, form, or report of a pension fund or retirement system, in an attempt to defraud the fund or system as a result of such act shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.  

P.L. 2011, c. 52 shall take effect on June 19th, however, the boards of trustees and the Division of Pensions and Benefits may take such anticipatory administrative action as may be necessary to implement the provisions of P.L. 2011, c. 52.

For more information on any of these matters, please contact one of our Senior Legislative Analysts – Lori Buckelew, lbuckelew@njslom.com, Mike Cerra, mcerra@njslom.com, or Jon Moran jmoran@njslom.com.  

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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