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December 4, 2009

Re:       Bills scheduled for Monday

Dear Mayor:

As the lame duck session begins we are asking for your assistance with key legislation.  Below is a summary of legislation scheduled for action on Monday.  Please contact your representatives to express our position.

We supportthepassage of the following bills:
  
A-931Grants volunteers affiliated with Citizen Corps immunity from civil liability when responding to emergency.  A-931 is sponsored by Assemblyman Scalera and before the full Assembly on 2nd reading.

A-3056Permits municipalities to adopt ordinances requiring bond from landlords in certain circumstances.  A-3056 is sponsored by Assemblyman Wisniewski and before the full Assembly on 2nd reading.

A-3396Provides authorized emergency vehicles protection under lemon law.  A-3396 is sponsored by Assemblyman Chiusano and before the full Assembly on 2nd reading.

A-3791Requires DEP to notify coastal municipalities of certain settlement discussions.  A-3791 is sponsored by Assemblyman Milam and before the full Assembly on 2nd reading.

A-4247Permits municipalities to auction taxi licenses to highest bidder and requires taxicabs to post taxi license number and name of licensing municipalities on exterior.  A-4247 is sponsored by Assemblyman Wisniewski and before the full Assembly on 2nd reading.

S-869Permits municipalities to adopt ordinances requiring bond from landlords in certain circumstances.  S-869 sponsored by Senator Turner has passed the Senate and is before the full Assembly on 2nd reading.

S-924Requires DEP to notify coastal municipalities of certain settlement discussions.  S-924 sponsored by Senator VanDrew has passed the Senate and is before the full Assembly on 2nd reading.

 

S-2336Repeals the requirement for local public contracts to allow bidders to avoid an unresponsive bid if they inadvertently omit business registration from bid proposal, provided the bidder was registered before bid submission deadline and presents the Business Registration Certificate before award of contract.  S-2336 sponsored by Senator Buono and is before the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

 

The NJ League of Municipalities opposes passage of the following bills:

A-2185Provides exceptions for removal of snow and ice from certain parking spaces within 24 hours after inclement weather or state of emergency.  This statutory expansion of responsibilities places another burden on local governments.  We are most concerned that towns with long commercial stretches, particularly along heavy trafficked highways, would be put in a very difficult position should a storm occur at the beginning of a weekend.  A-2185 is sponsored by Assemblyman Rumpf and before the full Assembly on 2nd reading. 

S-3094:  Requires any contractor or subcontractor who registers to contract for public work pursuant to the “Public Works Contractor Registration Act,” to submit, as part of the registration, a certification, with documentation, that the contactor participates in a “Class A Apprenticeship Program” for each separate trade or classification in which it employs craft employees.  A “Class A Apprenticeship Program” is defined as a registered apprenticeship program which has active, employed, registered apprentices, or has graduated apprentices to journeyperson status during a majority of the years that the program has been in operation or during three of the last five years. The bill also clarifies that the contractor registration requirements apply to any contractor bidding for any work in which prevailing wage rates must be paid.  We oppose S-3094 as it will increase the cost of public contracts.  S-3094 is sponsored by Senator Madden and is before the Senate Labor Committee.

If you have any questions on any of the legislation listed above please contact Jon Moran at ext. 121 or at jmoran@njslom.com, Mike Cerra at ext. 120 or at mcerra@njslom.com or Lori Buckelew at ext 112 or lbuckelew@njslom.com
Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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