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November 26, 2012

Re:      Two New Local Finance Board Rule Proposals

Dear Mayor:

I wanted to makes sure you were aware of two new rule proposals that will affect local governments.  There is still time left to comment, and the League is engaged with multiple stakeholders and experts to ensure that your interests are protected before we offer comment.

First, The Local Finance Board is proposing amendments to N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A.2 through 5:30-9A.7 with respect to procurement card usage.  These proposed amendments eliminate the mandatory per-transaction monetary limit for contracting units with a Qualified Purchasing Agent managing its procurement card program.  The amendments also allow procurement card use on the county level for travel, room, and board expenses of defendants, witnesses, or experts required for matters before the courts.  These proposed amendments super cede an earlier Local Finance Board proposal published in the June 18, 2012 NJ Register.

The full proposal can be viewed online at:
www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/PRN_2012-172.pdf.

Next, The Local Finance Board is proposing rules N.J.A.C. 5:30-18.1 through 18.4 to implement changes to the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) enacted under P.L. 2011, c.78.  These rules will implement the cost comparison requirements for local employers seeking to incorporate a non-SHBP health insurance plan into a collective negotiated agreement.  The full proposal can be viewed online at:
www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/PRN_2012-171.pdf

Comments for both proposed rules are due January 18, 2013.

We will keep you updated as we develop a response to these rules.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to weigh in on how these proposed rules would affect your town.  If you have any questions, please contact League Staff Attorney Matthew Weng at 609-695-3481 ext 137 or at mweng@njslom.com.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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