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June 28, 2013

RE: Legislative Recap for week of June 24.

Dear Mayor:

The State Senate and General Assembly held voting sessions on Monday and Thursday.   While normally these final sessions are the last before a summer recess, it appears that both houses will be returning at some point in July to complete some unfinished business.

Here is a quick recap of some developments of interest to municipalities.

On Monday, both Houses approved the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act and sent it to the Governor for his signature.  The Governor is expected to sign the budget without any line-item vetoes.    For more, please see the League’s June 25 Dear Mayor letter at: http://www.njslom.org/letters/2013-0625-Budget.html.      Contact: Jon Moran at jmoran@njslom.com or at 609-695-3481 x121.

The following bills, opposed by the League, were HELD and not acted upon:

S-2511, amending the Open Public Meetings Act;
S-2512, amending the Open Public Records Act; and
S-2114, prohibits municipal registration of multifamily units.

We thank you for your outreach to your Legislators on the above issues.

For more on S-2511 and S-2512, please see the League’s June 17 Dear Mayor letter at: http://www.njslom.org/letters/2013-0617-OPMA-OPRA.html.
Contact: Lori Buckelew at lbuckelew@njslom.com or at 609-695-3481 x112.

For more on S-2114, please see the League’s June 11 Dear Mayor letter: http://www.njslom.org/letters/2013-0611-S2114-A3317.html
Contact: Mike Cerra at mcerra@njslom.com or at 609-695-3481 x120.

On Monday, the Assembly did not act on ACR-179, a proposed Constitutional amendment asking voters to dedicate approximately $200 million per year (estimated to be 1/5th of a penny) of the sales tax revenue annually for the next 30 years for open space projects, such as Green and Blue Acres projects, farmland and historic preservation projects.   The Office of Legislative Services (OLS) issued a Fiscal Note that the amendment would result in expenditures of $17 billion over 30 years.  As a result of the Fiscal Note, a new constitutional amendment has been proposed placing caps on the amount raised to $200 million per year and $6 billion over 30 years.  We are uncertain if the question will appear on this November’s ballot due to the procedural process needed to approve the amendment. Contact: Mike Cerra at mcerra@njslom.com or at 609-695-3481 x120.

The following pieces of legislation were advanced this week.

S-533/A-1401, the “Common Sense Shared Services Act”, which is supported by the League, was amended and approved on the floor of the Assembly.  The bill must now go back to the State Senate for concurrence.    The League has not reviewed the amendments, but will review and advise accordingly.   For more on this bill, please see the League’s June 21 Dear Mayor letter at: http://www.njslom.org/letters/2013-0621-leg-recap.html
Contact: Lori Buckelew at lbuckelew@njslom.com or at 609-695-3481 x112.

Governor Christie signed into law S-69/A-1080, which increases fines and imposes license suspension for talking or texting on hand-held device while driving.   If you recall, the League worked with the sponsors to secure amendments to the bill to assure adequate funding for court administration and costs.   For more on this, please see the League’s February 21 Dear Mayor letter at: http://www.njslom.org/letters/2013-0221-texting.html
Contact: Jon Moran at jmoran@njslom.com or at 609-695-3481 x121.

Very truly yours,

Janice S. Mironov, President,                                     William G. Dressel, Jr.
New Jersey State League of Municipalities,               Executive Director
Mayor, East Windsor Township

 

 

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