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September 11, 2014                           Legislative Alert

Weekly Policy Update:                                
I.    Governor Signs Police Camera Mandate
II.  Governor Conditionally Vetoes Suspension of 2.5% Non-Residential Development
III. Governor vetoes Land Banking Bill

Dear Mayor:

On Wednesday, the Governor took action of a number of bills, including the following.

I. Governor Signs Police Camera Mandate

Despite our request for a veto, the Governor has signed A-2280/S-1305. This initiative will require certain new or used municipal police vehicles to be equipped with mobile video recording systems or that officers performing traffic duty “or other law enforcement action” be equipped with, and use, a mobile device video recording system.

While the bill increases by $25 the surcharge imposed on persons convicted of driving while intoxicated and dedicates the additional surcharge to fund the cost of equipping police vehicles with video recording systems; an Office of Legislative Services analysis states that the new revenues will, most likely, prove insufficient to buy the new technology, to maintain the new technology in working order and to replace the new technology, as needed. Further concerns have been raised about Open Public Records Act access and retention implications, which could raise privacy concerns.

Accordingly, we had urged the Governor to veto the bill so that the decision as to whether or not to invest in these devices would remain with local elected officials and not become a State mandate. The camera mandate, and the additional surcharge, will go into effect on March 1, 2015. In the meantime, the Attorney General will develop regulations “to effectuate the provisions of this act.”
Contact: Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, x 121 or jmoran@njslom.com.

II. Governor Conditionally Vetoes Suspension of 2.5% Non-Residential Development

On Wednesday, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed A-1907, which would reinstate a moratorium on the collection of the 2.5% fee on non-residential development. The previous expiration expired on July 1, 2013.   Municipalities with an affordable housing trust fund should continue to collect this fee.    

In his conditional veto, the Governor states, “…the moratorium on the non-residential fee cannot be considered in isolation.  Instead, as a component of the existing patchwork of affordable housing laws, our approach to funding affordable housing must operate in concert with concrete reforms to improve affordable housing policies and assist municipalities in meeting their affordable housing goals....meaningful, long-term affordable housing reform cannot be realized as long as the Legislature refuses to fix the Fair Housing Act.”

From there, the Governor’s recommendations essentially mirror his recommendations in the conditional veto of S-1 from the 2010-2011 Legislature.  For more on that conditional veto, please see the League’s January 26, 2011 Dear Mayor letter at: http://www.njslom.org/letters/2011-0124-cond-veto.html
The Legislature did not act on those recommendations.

The Governor’s recommendations now go back to the Assembly for its consideration.
Contact: Mike Cerra at 609-695-3481 x120 or mcerra@njslom.com.

III. Governor vetoes Land Banking Bill

The Governor issued an absolute veto of A-441/S-438, which the League supported.   This bill would allow municipalities to designate redevelopment entities, including the municipality itself and certain non-profit entities, to act as a land bank
Contact: Mike Cerra, 609-695-3481x120 or  mcerra@njslom.com;

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

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