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Posted on: September 24, 2018

2% Interest Arbitration Cap

As you know, despite overwhelming support from municipal and county officials and the business community, and conclusive evidence for an extension, the Legislature and the Governor failed to act by December 31, 2017, to renew the 2% cap on interest arbitr...

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2% Interest Arbitration

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Awards

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

NJLM 24th Annual Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Winners Named

Ali Raza Husaini of East Windsor Township, Aaryn S. Ross of Fanwood Borough, and
Akanksha Chauhan, Millburn Township, were named the statewide winners of the League's Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition for 2018.

Congratulations to the three statewide winners of the Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition! Over 40 municipalities have participated this year. We would like to also applaud all of our participants for submitting excellent well-written essays, the League...

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Awards

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Ethics

1 Story
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Office of Public Integrity & Accountability Launched

On Monday, NJ Attorney General Grewal announced the creation of a special unit within the Office of Attorney General to combat corruption and strengthen public confidence in government institutions. The new unit, called the Office of Public Integrity and ...

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Ethics

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

League and Others Submit Comments Opposing SALT Regulations

Earlier this week, on behalf of our members the League submitted comments opposing proposed amendments to IRS regulations which would have eliminated the effectiveness of New Jersey’s efforts to dampen the effects of the recent $10,000 cap on St...

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Federal Government
Posted on: October 15, 2018

Anti-Opioid Epidemic Bill Specifics

As reported the week of Oct. 8, Congress has sent to the White House a major initiative, designed to provide new tools to combat the national opioid epidemic. Despite the rancor and polarization most issues seem to cause, this battle has been generated br...

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Federal Government
Posted on: October 8, 2018

Experts See Local, State, Federal Cooperation Key to Election Security

On Oct. 3, 2018, in Washington, federal election watchdogs conducted an election security briefing with state officials and members of Congress. William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, and Christopher Krebs, the ...

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Federal Government
Posted on: October 8, 2018

Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization Advances

On Oct. 2 in Washington, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced legislation that would renew the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which had lapsed on September 30. Since its creation in 1964, the fund has provided billi...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 28, 2018

FCC Approves Order Preempting Municipal Control of the Public Right-of-Way

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) held a public meeting where it voted to approve a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order (“Order”) that substantially limits local control of public rights-of-way (“ROW”). As we previously...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 28, 2018

League Calls on USDOT for Northeast Corridor Repair Funding

On Thursday, the Coalition for the Northeast Corridor, of which the League is a member, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao urging the immediate release of $275 million, already appropriated by Congress, for Amtrak Northeast Corr...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 24, 2018

Action on Opioid Epidemic awaits Presidential Consideration

We most recently reported on the Congressional response to America’s opioid epidemic in our September 21 Issue Alert.  Identical legislation has now passed both Houses. The bill, H.R.6, now awaits the President’s cons...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 24, 2018

Congress Advances Spending Package to Prevent Government Shutdown

Just before recessing for the observance of Yom Kippur, the United States Senate approved legislation that will appropriate $854 Billion in funding for the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Education. The House will return...

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Federal Government
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Permanent SALT Deduction CAP on Federal Slate

Earlier this week, Federal lawmakers introduced a series of bills which seek to make permanent certain revisions made last year to the tax code. Among those provisions sought to be made permanent is the controversial, $10,000 cap placed on the deduction o...

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Federal Government
Posted on: July 27, 2018

U.S. House Passes NFIP Extension

The House of Representatives has approved legislation to extend the life of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on a vote of 366-52. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell forecast Senate approval of the four-month extension before the planned rec...

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Federal Government

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Grants

1 Story
Posted on: October 12, 2018

The Corporation for National and Community Service Grants Available

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has announced several new grant opportunities.

CNCS is the independent federal agency dedicated to improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic participation through service and v...

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Posted on: October 19, 2018

Call Your State Legislators to Oppose S-2636/A-3731

On October 22, S-2636 and A-3731 will be considered by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee, respectively.  The League opposes this legislation, which would allow counties to establish a constru...

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Posted on: October 19, 2018

Call to Action: First Responders' Workers' Comp Re-Write Advances in Assembly

On Oct. 16 in Trenton, the Assembly Labor Committee approved S-716/A-1741, companion bills that make it much easier for any public safety worker – volunteer or professional – to receive a workers’ compensation award. The Leag...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Cannabis Legalization

The week of Oct. 8,  the League, the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association and the New Jersey Conference of Mayors issued a coalition letter to the Governor and the State Legislature on the anticipated legalization of cannabis. The three organizati...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Dates Set For Public Hearings Regarding Proposed Order to Dismiss Older Municipal Court Cases

As we have previously alerted our members, on July 19, 2018 the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an Order appointing a three-judge panel to conduct a series of hearings in the northern, central, and southern part of the State as to why minor municipal cour...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

OPRA & OPMA Bills

We anticipate that the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will soon be considering two significant bills. S-106 makes various changes to the law addressing meetings of public bodies. This bill aims to provide the public with greater access to meet...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

New Jersey Opioid Litigation – Municipal & County Survey

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-25 requesting municipalities and counties assistance in the New Jersey Opioid Litigation. As part of a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic, the Attorney General and t...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Governor Outlines Strategy for Economic Development

On Oct. 1, 2018, Governor Murphy presented his outline to grow the New Jersey economy. In a speech in Nutley, the Governor presented a vision focused on investments in the state’s education system and workforce development programs so t...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

2018 Conference App Now Available!

Ready for the Annual League Conference? There is an app for that!You can now download the official conference app. Create your personal schedule before you go to Atlantic City. Don’t miss important sessions, speakers or exhibits. All the Annual Conference...

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Posted on: October 4, 2018

October Grants Posted

The League’s October grants page has been posted and includes links to several funding opportunities. Visit the League’s Grant Resource Center.The League’s Grant Resource Center features links and resources to assist municipa...

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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Attorney General Suspends Enforcement of Micro-Brewery/Brewpub Rule

Enforcement of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC’s) “Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses” has been suspended. The   “Special Ruling” was issued on September 21. We reported on the s...

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Posted on: September 28, 2018

League Calls on USDOT for Northeast Corridor Repair Funding

On Thursday, the Coalition for the Northeast Corridor, of which the League is a member, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao urging the immediate release of $275 million, already appropriated by Congress, for Amtrak Northeast Corr...

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Home
Posted on: September 28, 2018

FCC Approves Order Preempting Municipal Control of the Public Right-of-Way

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) held a public meeting where it voted to approve a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order (“Order”) that substantially limits local control of public...

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Posted on: September 28, 2018

DLGS Issues Local Finance Notice on SALT Charitable Contribution Law

On September 25 the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) issued Local Finance Notice 2018-23 providing guidance on the implementation of the SALT Charitable Contribution Law. As you may recall, in response to the 2017 Federal Tax Reform, which inc...

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Home
Posted on: September 24, 2018

2% Interest Arbitration Cap

As you know, despite overwhelming support from municipal and county officials and the business community, and conclusive evidence for an extension, the Legislature and the Governor failed to act by December 31, 2017, to renew the 2% cap on interest arbitr...

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Home
Posted on: September 24, 2018

State Health Benefits Plan Rate Renewal Recommendations Announced

AON (the independent auditing experts) has recommended to the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) Board of Trustees, Local Government SHBP overall premium rate adjustments for Plan Year 2019. They are recommending for Active Employees a 1.7% increase, for E...

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Posted on: September 24, 2018

Update on Marijuana/Cannabis Legalization

In case you have not seen it, we call your attention to the League’s September 12 Urgent Alert regarding the anticipated legalization of adult recreational use marijuana.

 

Since that alert went out, draft amendments to Senator Scutari’s bill have ...

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Posted on: September 24, 2018

Comments Sought for PERC Proposed Rules

On Monday, the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) published proposed rules implementing the recently passed Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act (WDEA). The proposed rules would implement sections of the WDEA dealing with:

•   &...

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Home
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Permanent SALT Deduction CAP on Federal Slate

Earlier this week, Federal lawmakers introduced a series of bills which seek to make permanent certain revisions made last year to the tax code. Among those provisions sought to be made permanent is the controversial, $10,000 cap placed on the deduction o...

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Home
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Office of Public Integrity & Accountability Launched

On Monday, NJ Attorney General Grewal announced the creation of a special unit within the Office of Attorney General to combat corruption and strengthen public confidence in government institutions. The new unit, called the Office of Public Integrity and ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Governor Signs Law UI Benefits Disqualification Law

Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3871/S-2439, which concerns disqualification from unemployment benefits for misconduct. The new law reduces the duration of time that a worker is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits, if the worker...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Gov. Conditionally Vetoes Temporary Disability/Family Leave Bill

On August 27, Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed A-4118, which permits individuals to submit temporary disability and family leave insurance claims up to 60 days prior to the commencement of leave if the individual knowns in advance when the leave will ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Jake's Law for Inclusive Playgrounds Signed

Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law A-2187, otherwise known as “Jake’s Law.” The law incentives counties to build inclusive playgrounds for children and adults with disabilities by prioritizing Green Acres fund applica...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

DLGS Issues Guidance on Storm Response & Recovery

In issuing Executive Order 33, Governor Murphy declared a state of emergency in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic Counties as a result of this past weekend’s torrential rains. The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

Gov. Ok on Revised Animal Cruelty Law Date Changes

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed A-4225 into law. A-4225 revises the effective dates of certain sections of the recently enacted reforms to the Animal Cruelty Laws (P.L. 2017, C.331). Specifically, Section 6 (which pertains to the appointment of certifie...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Certain Local Taxes Extended to Include "Transient Accommodations"

P.L. 2018, c. 49, signed by Governor Murphy on July 1, authorizes municipalities to impose, where applicable, the Hotel Occupancy Tax; Municipal Occupancy Tax; Atlantic City Luxury Tax; Atlantic City Promotion Fee; Cape May County Tourism Sales Tax; Cape ...

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News Flash

Posted on: October 19, 2018

OPRA & OPMA Bills

On October 15, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee held consideration of both S-106, which makes various changes to law addressing meetings of public bodies and S-107, which makes certain access changes to open public records act; esta...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: October 19, 2018

Call Your State Legislators to Oppose S-2636/A-3731

On October 22, S-2636 and A-3731 will be considered by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee, respectively.  The League opposes this legislation, which would allow counties to establish a constru...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: October 19, 2018

Call to Action: First Responders' Workers' Comp Re-Write Advances in Assembly

On Oct. 16 in Trenton, the Assembly Labor Committee approved S-716/A-1741, companion bills that make it much easier for any public safety worker – volunteer or professional – to receive a workers’ compensation award. The League has joined the Mun...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: October 2, 2018

Attorney General Suspends Enforcement of Micro-Brewery/Brewpub Rule

Enforcement of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC’s) “Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses” has been suspended. The   “Special Ruling” was issued on September 21. We reported on the s...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: October 8, 2018

Dates Set For Public Hearings Regarding Proposed Order to Dismiss Older Municipal Court Cases

As we have previously alerted our members, on July 19, 2018 the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an Order appointing a three-judge panel to conduct a series of hearings in the northern, central, and southern part of the State as to why minor municipal cour...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: October 15, 2018

Cannabis Legalization

The week of Oct. 8,  the League, the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association and the New Jersey Conference of Mayors issued a coalition letter to the Governor and the State Legislature on the anticipated legalization of cannabis. The three organizati...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: October 9, 2018

Mayors' Coalition Statement on Cannabis Legalization

October 5, 2018

A Statement to Governor Murphy and the New Jersey State Legislature on behalf of:

The New Jersey League of Municipalities,

The New Jersey Conference of Mayors, and

The New Jersey Urban Mayors Association.

Re: Marijuana/Cannabis Legalization

Dear...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 28, 2018

New ABC Rule for Limited Brewery Licensees Issued

Last Friday, September 21, 2018, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Director David P. Rible issued, effective immediately, a ‘Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses.’ The Special Ruling is meant to c...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 24, 2018

2% Interest Arbitration Cap

As you know, despite overwhelming support from municipal and county officials and the business community, and conclusive evidence for an extension, the Legislature and the Governor failed to act by December 31, 2017, to renew the 2% cap on interest arbitr...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 24, 2018

Comments Sought for PERC Proposed Rules

On Monday, the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) published proposed rules implementing the recently passed Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act (WDEA). The proposed rules would implement sections of the WDEA dealing with:

•    ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: September 24, 2018

Update on Marijuana/Cannabis Leagalization

In case you have not seen it, we call your attention to the League’s September 12 Urgent Alert regarding the anticipated legalization of adult recreational use marijuana.

 

Since that alert went out, draft amendments to Senator Scutari’s bill have ...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: March 23, 2018

2% Interest Arbitration Extension

Unanimously approved by the Legislature and the Governor in  June 2014, the extension on the 2% cap on Interest Arbitration awards expired on December 31, 2017. While the 2% property tax levy cap will continue, the cap on Interest Arbitration awa...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

NJ Homeowners Guide to Property Taxes

League affiliate the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey collaborated with NJCPA, NJ Realtors, investors Foundation, and Rutgers to produce a “Homeowners Guide To Property Taxes”.

League affiliate the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey collaborated with NJCPA, NJ Realtors, investors Foundation, and Rutgers to produce a “Homeowners Guide To Property Taxes”. We have posted the guide for you to downlo...

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Notices
Posted on: October 15, 2018

Attorney General 21/21 Community Policing Project

The Attorney General has asked the 21 County Prosecutors to organize quarterly public events to discuss issues relevant to community policing in the 21st century.

The Attorney General has asked the 21 County Prosecutors to organize quarterly public events to discuss issues relevant to community policing in the 21st century (the “21/21 Community Policing Project”). The goal of the project is to s...

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Notices
Posted on: September 27, 2018

Invitation to League Business Meeting

League President, Mayor James Cassella of East Rutherford, invites League members to attend the annual business meeting on Nov. 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton in the 2nd Floor Pearl Ballroom in Atlantic City.

From the President: Invitation to the Annual League Business Meeting

Thursday, November 15, 2018

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Sheraton Convention Center Hotel

Pearl Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Atlantic City, New Jersey

 

Coming up shortly, we&r...

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Notices
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Unauthorized Hospitality Functions

The League urges you not to attend daytime hospitality functions offered by commercial firms. Instead, plan your daytime activities so you can derive the greatest educational benefit from attending the League Conference.

The 103rd Annual League Conference will soon be upon us and we know you are looking forward to a productive and educational week.

Numerous exhibitors and groups have scheduled receptions and hospitality functions during the evening hours in Atlantic City. ...

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Notices
Posted on: October 3, 2018

2018 Conference App Now Available!

Ready for the Annual League Conference? There is an app for that now available! Download the official conference app and have the Annual Conference information at your fingertips in a searchable format that can be input into a customized schedule.

Ready for the Annual League Conference? There is an app for that!You can now download the official conference app. Create your personal schedule before you go to Atlantic City. Don’t miss important sessions, speakers or exhibits. All the Annual Conference...

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Notices
Posted on: September 13, 2018

At the League Conference: Ethics Sessions

To help you to prepare for your Annual Conference, we will be sending a series of letters, each of which will focus on a specific area of importance to municipal officials. We kick off the series with Ethics sessions highlights.

To help you to prepare for your Annual Conference, we will be sending a series of letters, each of which will focus on a specific area of importance to municipal officials. We hope these letters will help you to prepare to make the most of your time at ou...

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Notices
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Appellate Div. Upholds Inspection Fee to Landlords

The Appellate Division, in a published decision, rejected challenges to municipal ordinances that require landlords to pay a fee to offset the costs of annual inspections and registration of rental units.

Last week, in Cona v. Twp. of Washington, et al., the Appellate Division, in a published decision, rejected challenges to municipal ordinances that require landlords to pay a fee to offset the costs of annual inspections and registration of rental units. ...

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Notices
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Dept. of Agriculture Seeks Spotted Lanternfly Fight Assistance

NJ Department of Agriculture has recently enacted a state quarantine in Warren, Hunterdon, and Mercer counties to prevent movement of the Spotted Lanternfly to un-infested areas of the state. They are asking municipalities for help fighting the insect.

As we reported in January and May, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) poses a threat to forests, ornamental trees, orchards, vegetables, grapes, hops, and other agricultural commodities. Since its initial discovery in Pennsylvania, it ha...

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Notices
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Energy Project Grants Available

Sustainable Jersey and the Gardinier Environmental Fund are offering two $30,000 grants and nine $10,000 grants to municipalities and school districts for energy-related projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy.

Sustainable Jersey is pleased to announce it has once again partnered with the Gardinier Environmental Fund to offer grants to municipalities and school districts for energy-related projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. This ...

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Notices
Posted on: July 27, 2018

Nomination Petitions Must Include Email Address

Petitions for nomination of a candidate for any state, county, school, or municipal elective public office must include a functioning email address for the candidate. P.L. 2018, c. 66 was signed by Governor Murphy July 20.

Effective immediately, petitions for nomination of a candidate for any state, county, school, or municipal elective public office must include a functioning email address for the candidate. P.L. 2018, c. 66 was signed by Governor Murphy July 20. ...

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Notices
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Statewide Special Events List

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and Office of the NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center request your assistance to help compile the statewide Special Events list.

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and Office of the NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center request your assistance to help compile the statewide Special Events list. Officials can submit a “Special Events Submission...

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Notices
Posted on: May 18, 2018

NJLM 24th Annual Louis Bay 2nd Future Leaders Winners Named

Ali Raza Husaini of East Windsor Township, Aaryn S. Ross of Fanwood Borough, and
Akanksha Chauhan, Millburn Township, were named the statewide winners of the League's Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition for 2018.

Congratulations to the three statewide winners of the Louis Bay 2nd Scholarship Competition! Over 40 municipalities have participated this year. We would like to also applaud all of our participants for submitting excellent well-written essays, the League...

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Notices
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Correct Version of the State Flag

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag. The underskirts of the goddesses are silver as set forth by the NJ legislature in 1928. Non-approved versions show the underskirts incorrectly in blue.

The League would like to encourage municipalities to purchase the correct version of the State flag.On behalf of the New Jersey State Treasury Printing Service, we are distributing this information so that municipalities will be aware of the correct and a...

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Notices

News Flash

Posted on: October 15, 2018

OPRA & OPMA Bills

We anticipate that the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will soon be considering two significant bills. S-106 makes various changes to the law addressing meetings of public bodies. This bill aims to provide the public with greater access to meet...

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OPRA & OPMA

News Flash

Posted on: September 24, 2018

State Health Benefits Plan Rate Renewal Recommendations Announced

AON (the independent auditing experts) has recommended to the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) Board of Trustees, Local Government SHBP overall premium rate adjustments for Plan Year 2019. They are recommending for Active Employees a 1.7% increase, for E...

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Pension & Benefits
Posted on: September 24, 2018

Comments Sought for PERC Proposed Rules

On Monday, the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) published proposed rules implementing the recently passed Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act (WDEA). The proposed rules would implement sections of the WDEA dealing with:

•    ...

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Pension & Benefits

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Posted on: September 5, 2018

Annual Conference Session Highlight

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Session Title: Shared Services Forum

Date: Nov-15-2018

Time: 9:00 AM 10:40 AM

Description: The two gubernatorial appointees, aka Czars, to lead the Murphy Administration’s efforts to encourage shared services among local governments will address their vision...

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Shared Services

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