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June 28, 2011

State Senate and the General Assembly voting sessions for Wednesday

Dear Mayor:

On Wednesday, June 29, both the State Senate and the General Assembly will be in Trenton for voting sessions tomorrow. As the Legislature speeds towards Summer recess, action on the following bills is scheduled.

In The General Assembly, votes are scheduled for:

  • A-3908 – Requires State, regional and local authorities, boards and commissions to establish an internet website and post information related to each entity’s mission, finances, meetings and employees.

Though we originally testified in opposition to the bill, we were able to work out remedial amendments, thanks to the sponsor of the companion bill (S-2765), Senator Jennifer Beck. However, we remain concerned with one of the amendments that was added to this bill in the Assembly.  S-2765 is up for action in the Senate tomorrow, as well. If both Houses vote in favor of the bill, it will go to the Governor for final action.

  • S-483 – Expands availability of general development plan approvals and long-term vesting of preliminary and final site plan approvals in Smart Growth areas.

As conditionally vetoed by the Governor, we support this bill.  The Senate has already concurred with the Governor’s recommendations. Assembly action would lead to enactment.

The State Senate, votes are scheduled for:

The League supports the following:

  • A359 / S1651 The "Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act."
  • A3777 / S2883 - Eliminates separate presidential primary election; provides for delegates and alternates to political party national conventions to be elected at regular June primary election.
  • S2557 Authorizes sale of certain property interests in public roads by local governments to connect certain electric generating facilities with customers; provides for net metering, virtual net metering and connections by public utility.

The League opposes:

  • S1924  "Anti-Snow Dumping Act"; prohibits commercial snowplow operators on private property from depositing snow in public roads, streets, and highways or on public lands.   Currently, municipalities can impose such prohibitions by ordinance. We prefer that to the approach taken by these bills, which could be overly-broad. Residents in urban settings, for example, may have no place to put accumulated snows, pursuant to such a statewide prohibition. A municipal ordinance can recognize, and account for, such differences caused by unique local circumstances.
  • S2565 Requires State Comptroller to perform compliance audit to verify municipal implementation of corrective action plan following performance audit.  We believe this bill is unnecessary as the State Comptroller has the authority to conduct such an audit.  In addition, the bill would impose new costs on municipalities that is contrary to N.J.S.A. 52:15C-8(e) which states “in carrying out the duties, functions and responsibilities of the Office of the State Comptroller under this act, the State Comptroller shall not charge any costs incurred by the office against a unit of local government or board of education
  • S2765  Requires State, regional, and local authorities, boards, and commissions to establish an Internet website and post information related to each entity's mission, finances, meetings, and employees.  Though we originally testified in opposition to the bill, we were able to work out remedial amendments, thanks to the sponsor of the bill , Senator Jennifer Beck. However, we remain concerned with one of the amendments that was added to this bill in the Assembly
  • S2795 Re-aligns enforcement responsibility of State Housing Code concerning multiple dwellings from municipalities to the State under the "Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law."  (Please see our Dear Mayor letter of May 13, 2011.)  (Please note that this bill was amended on June 27.  The amendments are not posted online yet.  The League maintains its opposition.)

 Additional bills of interest to municipalities include:

  • S2888 Establishes uniform real property taxation for commercial renewable energy systems and limits municipal construction permit fees for non-commercial renewable energy systems.
  • S2974 (Lesniak / Sweeney) - Extends moratorium on the imposition of Statewide non-residential development fees; requires return of fees paid subsequent to June 30, 2010.  (Please see our Dear Mayor letter from earlier today, June 28.)

We urge you to contact your State Legislators to express our position on these bills.

If you have any questions or need additional information on any of these bills please contact our legislative staff – Jon Moran at jmoran@njslom.com, Mike Cerra at mcerra@njslom.com, Lori Buckelew at lbuckelew@njslom.com or Matt Weng at mweng@njslom.com

 

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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