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January 7, 2014

Re:  Lame Duck Issues

Dear Mayor:

With less than a week before the end of this legislative term, we would like to advise you of some bills of interest to municipalities which may see action between now and Monday.  We also suggest contacting your Legislators on these bills.

The League  opposes S-2114/A-3317, which will preempt any municipal ordinance requiring registration for multi-family dwellings, defined by statute as 3 or more units. Both remain at 2nd reading in their respective Houses.    For more please see the June 11 Dear Mayor letter. Staff contact:  Mike Cerra 609-695-3481 x120 or

The League supports A-3764/S-3052, which permits counties and municipalities to use snow removal reserve funds for clearance of debris following declaration of an emergency by the President or Governor. It is scheduled for a floor vote for this Thursday.    If the Senate approves, it must return to the Assembly for concurrence.    For more, please see the December 13 Dear Mayor letter.  Staff contacts:  Mike Cerra at 609-695-3481 x120 or or Lori Buckelew at 609-695-3481 x112 or

The League opposes S-2860 and A-4193, which would require municipal police departments to equip certain police vehicles with video recording systems.    While the League certainly recognizes the benefit of such systems and appreciates the surcharge intended to defray costs, the fiscal estimate prepared by the Office of Legislative Services (OLS) indicates that this funding source would be insufficient and that it cannot estimate the financial impact on individual municipalities.  This legislation has passed the Assembly and could be voted on by the full Senate on Thursday or Monday.  Staff contact: Mike Cerra at 609-695-3481 x120 or

The League has concerns with A-4562/S-3085, which contains provisions that would require that vehicle warranty repair and service work be done solely by a franchised dealer.  This jeopardizes existing practices for fleet customers, including communities that complete their own service and warranty work in-house, and those who have relationships with local businesses. The bill would also require that fleet customers purchase their parts through dealerships, significantly limiting the choice of municipal customers and raising costs in the process. A-4562 is scheduled for consideration by the Assembly Budget Committee on Thursday, January 9. Staff contact is Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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