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March 14, 2012

Re:      Senate and Assembly Voting Sessions on Thursday

Dear Mayor:

Tomorrow the Assembly and Senate will hold their final voting session before the budget break.  Below is a list of bills of interest scheduled for a vote.

Assembly Voting Session

The League of Municipalities supports the passage of the following bills before the Assembly:

A-1660Increases contribution limit by counties and municipalities to volunteer first aid, ambulance, and rescue squads.  Please note that we have withdrawn our opposition to A-1660 as the bill is permissive.

A-1968Permits surety companies to issue blanket bonds for certain local government officers and employees; applies rating criteria and underwriting standards to blanket bond coverage.

A-1151 – Authorizes State and local governments to enter into group purchasing agreement for advance technology vehicles and alternative fueled vehicles.

A-2003 – Revises sales and use tax to specify certain persons deemed to be sellers and to clarify tax collection responsibilities of certain other persons and agents.

A-2395 – Changes priorities for financial assistance from Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund.

The League of Municipalities opposes the passage of the following bill before the Assembly:

A-1338 – Extends expiration date of certain permits pursuant to the “Permit Extension Act of 2008”.  This legislation unnecessarily expands the implementation of the Act to include Planning Area 3 (PA3) and Planning Area 4A (PA4A) and the entire planning area in the Highlands.   Further, the reference to and reliance upon planning areas in the State Plan is inconsistent with the proposed State Strategic Plan, in which Planning Areas are being phased out with the final phase out accomplished upon expiration of the 2008 Permit Extension Act.

Senate Voting Session

The League of Municipalities supports the passage of the following bill before the Senate:

S-420Requires Governor notify local governments 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.

The League of Municipalities opposes the passage of the following bills before the Senate:

S-450Requires property tax bills to contain eligibility information on State tax relief programs.  While we appreciate the sponsor’s intent we are concern with the cost associated with the new insertion and a possible unfunded state mandate.  Municipalities are using mailing services to prepare and send out their tax bills.  Most of these services charge a fee for each item inserted in the mailing.  We believe that the State can address this mandate directly by including the information with the income tax documentation.

S-743Extends expiration date of certain permits pursuant to the "Permit Extension Act of 2008."  This legislation unnecessarily expands the implementation of the Act to include Planning Area 3 (PA3) and Planning Area 4A (PA4A) and the entire planning area in the Highlands.  Further, the reference to and reliance upon planning areas in the State Plan is inconsistent with the proposed State Strategic Plan, in which Planning Areas are being phased out with the final phase out accomplished upon expiration of the 2008 Permit Extension Act.

S-900Requires all State firefighter training to be accredited.  We are concerned that the bill imposes an unfunded mandate and will cost volunteers additional limited resources.

Please contact your Senator and Assembly representatives on these bills. 

If you have any questions or need additional information on any of the bills please contact your Legislative team at 609-695-3481: Jon Moran at ext. 121 or jmoran@njslom.com, Mike Cerra at ext. 120 or mcerra@njslom.com or Lori Buckelew at ext. 112 or lbuckelew@njslom.com.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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