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January 18, 2012

Re:      Governor Pocket Veto Bills

Dear Mayor:

Yesterday was the last day for the Governor to take action on bills that passed both houses in the 214th Legislative Session. The following are bills that expired without any gubernatorial action:

A-1463/S-1080 – Requires designated fire command structure in municipal emergency operations plans involving mutual aid responses to fires. 

A-2769/S-2552 – Provides that subcontractors who furnish non-specialty trade work shall not be named in local public bid documents.  

A-3142/S-2196 – Directs BPU to establish standards concerning local government renewable energy generation demonstration projects utilizing renewable energy technologies.   

A-3167/S-2278 – Authorizes zero-interest loans to local governments for certain brownfield remediations; changes priorities for financial assistance from Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund. 

A-3633/S-3007 – Requires plans, specifications, and bid proposal documents for certain local public contracts to address soil contamination. 

A-4366/S-3190 – -Authorizes annulments of marriage and civil unions without cause within 30 days of the ceremony; eliminates waiting period for marriage and civil union licenses; and increases fees for such licenses. 

A-4389/S-3139 – Permits registered voters to receive mail-in ballots automatically for all elections under certain conditions; limits number of sample ballots transmitted to each residence. 

S-317/A-3990 – Requires contracting units and boards of education to credit contractors with interest earned on certain funds withheld from payment to contractors. 

S-463/A-915 – Authorizes creation of local renewable energy collaboratives and central renewable energy generation systems, and provides for sale of renewable power generation. 

S-2100/A-4160– Prohibits new employees of certain organizations, including the League, from enrolling in State-administered retirement system or health care plan of public employer.

S-2232/A-3527 – Permits chief financial officer to recommend reduced appropriation for reserve for uncollected taxes in certain circumstances. 

S-2434/A-3507 – Requires Governor notify local government to fly United States and State flags at half-staff upon death of member of Armed Forces of United States or National Guard who was State resident. 

S-2771/A-3895 – Requires periodic inspection of exterior walls of certain buildings. 

S-2888/A-3898 – Establishes uniform real property taxation for commercial renewable energy systems and limits municipal construction permit fees for non-commercial renewable energy systems. 

In addition to the above bills, the legislature did not act on the Governor’s conditional veto of S-2220, which would have capped accumulated sick leave.  As a result that bill has expired.  

In order for any of these bills to become law, the bill would have to be introduced, pass both houses and be signed by the Governor.

If you have any questions on the legislation above please contact Jon Moran at, Mike Cerra at or Lori Buckelew at

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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