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January 14, 2014

Re:  Final Actions of New Jersey’s 215th Legislature

Dear Mayor:

Yesterday in Trenton, final action was taken in the State Senate and General Assembly on bills introduced for consideration during the 2012-2013 Session. At this point, any bill that has not passed both Houses is dead. It can be reintroduced in the new session (with a new bill number), and remain viable through 2014 and 2015; but, it will begin its journey through the legislature at “Square One.”  Any bill that has passed both Houses must be approved by the Governor within 7 days (January 21), or it will be dead; and, again, need to be reintroduced (with a new number) for consideration during the next two years.

Please contact the Governor’s Office and urge him to sign the following bills, which the League supports.

A-266 - Requires, for roof mounted solar photovoltaic systems, identifying emblem on certain structures, and fire department notification for all structures. (Staff contact: Michael Cerra)

A-329 - Authorizes prescribed burning in certain circumstances. (Staff contact: Michael Cerra)

A-1273 - Requires SHBP and joint insurance funds to provide certain information to participating public employers. (Staff contact: Lori Buckelew)

A-1521 - Modifies process for contested case hearings by OAL with regard to telephone and video conferences, delegation of final decision authority, oral decisions, checklist decisions, electronic filings, and settlements. (Staff contact: Jon Moran)

A-1588 - Requires DCA to establish procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential buildings and school facilities, certification programs for mold inspectors and mold hazard abatement workers. (Staff contact: Michael Cerra)

A-3254 - Permits municipal court to order certain offenders to perform community service in lieu of payment of penalty. (Staff contact: Jon Moran)

A-3362 - Exempts certain properties acquired by municipalities from county, school, and fire district taxes immediately upon acquisition. (Staff contact: Lori Buckelew)

A-3764 - Permits counties and municipalities to use snow removal reserve funds for clearance of debris following declaration of emergency by President or Governor. (Staff contact: Lori Buckelew)

A-3898 - Authorizes municipalities to finance water conservation, storm shelter construction, and flood and hurricane resistance projects. (Staff contact: Lori Buckelew)

S-124 – Prohibits certain advertising on real property and structures without prior permission of owner. (Staff contact: Michael Cerra)
S-2271 - Clarifies that a single State college may enter into a joint purchasing agreement with other contracting units. (Staff contact: Lori Buckelew)

Please contact the Governor’s Office and urge him to NOT sign the following bills, which the League opposes.

A-3359 – Concerns registration of contractors and sets criteria for responsible bidders in public work. We are concern that the definition of “responsible bidder” in the Prevailing Wage Act could conflict with the Local Public Contracts Law. (Staff contact: Lori Buckelew)

A-3783 – Concerns disclosure and reimbursement procedures for municipal and board of education employee health benefit contracts. The Office of Legislative Services asserts, “The enactment of this legislation would result in an increase in costs incurred by certain local units.” This bill would, then, constitute an unfunded mandate. (Staff contact: Lori Buckelew)

A-4193 – Requires certain police vehicles to be equipped with video cameras. While we appreciate the legislative intent, the fiscal estimate prepared by OLS indicates, “…that total municipal costs associated with enactment of this bill will likely be higher than the municipal share of revenue raised by the increased fee on DUI convictions.”  (Staff contact: Jon Moran)

S-436 – Expands DNA database to require samples from disorderly persons. The bill provides no funding to cover this new mandate. (Staff contact: Jon Moran)

S-1682 – Permits registered voters to receive mail-in ballots automatically for all elections, under certain conditions. This could allow for fraudulent voting and impose a cumbersome administrative burden on County Clerks. (Staff contact: Ed Purcell)

To contact Governor Christie on these or any other matters, you can write or call his Office at:

Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-292-6000

Or you can access his e-mail link at http://www.state.nj.us/governor/contact/

To contact your League staff, dial 609-695-3481 and: for Michael Cerra, ext. 120 (or mcerra@njslom.com); for Lori Buckelew, ext. 112 (or lbuckelew@njslom.com); for Ed Purcell, ext. 137 (or epurcell@njslom.com); and for Jon Moran, ext. 121 (or jmoran@njslom.com).  

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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