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October 24, 2012

Re:    Assembly Action Update for October 18

Dear Mayor:

On Thursday, October 18, the General Assembly voted on a number of bills important to municipalities. Here is an update on that action.

A-2593 - Requires designated fire command structure in municipal emergency operations plans involving mutual aid responses to fires. 

The League opposes this legislation. We believe that it would impose an inflexible and overly specific delineation of the chain of command, which could disrupt current arrangements. We believe current mutual aid agreements include sufficient guidance for emergency fire operations. There is a further concern with the new mandate to include, by title, “deputy chiefs and battalion chiefs” in the chain of command. As we are unaware of any deficiencies under current mutual aid arrangements, we are concerned that the new mandate could disrupt effective procedures.

This bill passed the Assembly and will move to the Senate Floor where it will join companion legislation, S-1397. Please contact your State Senator to express your concerns with A-2593/S-1397.

A-2641 - Authorizes creation of storm water utilities for certain local government entities.

The League supports this bill. It passed the Assembly and moves on to the Senate, where it will likely join companion bill, S-1557 in the Budget and Appropriations Committee.

A-2870 - Requires Secretary of State to establish secure Internet website for online voter registration; authorizes use of digitized signature from New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission database.

We support this bill, which passed the Assembly. It will likely join S-2168, its companion bill, in the Budget and Appropriations Committee.

A-3038- Requires public water utilities to provide customers notice in utility bills of request for increase in rates.

The League supports this bill. It passed the Assembly and now heads over to the Senate, where it will soon be referred to a committee for further action.
S-2156/A-3248 - Establishes summary action to foreclose mortgages on vacant and abandoned residential property. S-2156, which had already passed the Senate, was substituted for A-3248. The bill, which we support, passed the Assembly. It now proceeds to the Governor for his consideration.

If you have any questions on the above legislation 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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