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April 8, 2008

Senate Voting Session of April 7, 2008



Dear Mayor:

The following bills were forwarded to the Governor’s desk.

Paid Family Leave  

Despite a long fought battle to halt A-873 (S-786), the Paid Family Leave bill passed in the Senate by vote of 21-15 and was sent to the Governor who has indicated many times that he will sign it into law.  We expect this to happen soon.

The bill extends Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) to provide six weeks of paid benefits to employees caring for sick family members, newborn and newly adopted children.  Upon adoption of this bill, New Jersey becomes the third state in the nation to offer paid family leave.

The League maintains municipalities are already laboring under numerous State mandates as they relate to leave and benefits to public employees. Adding another mandated leave benefit, such as Paid Family Leave, will result in increased costs passed on to resident taxpayers.

Municipal Library Over-Funding Relief Bill

This would allow a municipal public library to return excess funding to the municipality for property tax relief. 

The local library funding law requires a municipality with a local public library to annually dedicate a sum equal to one third of a mil of the total assessed value of all local properties to the municipal library.  In many cases, the local public library can adequately fund services at a lesser amount.  Therefore, the over funded amount will allow the governing body to limit property taxes on residents.

We are grateful to the sponsor, Assemblyman Moriarty for his willingness to work with all interested parties to perfect this legislation and guide this bill through the process. We also thank League past president, Mayor Dave DelVecchio for his tireless efforts in working on this good public policy.

A-1265 was signed into law as chapter 8 of the Public Laws of 2008.

For copies of these laws, contact Shirley Cade at (609) 695-3481 ext. 114.


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                                                        Executive Director





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