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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Division Extends CY 2019 Budget Deadlines

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-28 regarding 2019 Calendar Year (CY) Budget Matters, including information on the Financial Automation Submission Tracking (FAST).  All CY 2019 budgets must be submitt...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Colleagues Honor Retiring New Jersey Congressman

The U.S. Coast Guard’s $10 billion two-year appropriations bill, that has passed Congress and awaits the President’s signature, has been named The Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act. In naming the Act for the retiring New Jer...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

BYOB Advertising Ban Found Unconstitutional

Last week, a federal judge ruled that New Jersey’s law prohibiting BYOB establishments from advertising their BYOB status violates constitutional free speech rights. The GJJM Enterprises, LLC v. NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control ruling effectively...

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

Water Infrastructure Funding Bills Enacted

On October 23, President Donald Trump signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. This initiative was approved by Congress earlier last month. The new statute reauthorizes the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) at $50 milli...

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

FCC ROW Rules Take Effect Early 2019

As we previously noted, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules this September that restricts the kinds and types of limitations and standards that local governments can set for wireless facilities seeking access to the ROW. This include...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Comprehensive Anti-Opioid Abuse Measure Enacted

H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act will advance treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect communities, and bolster efforts to fight dea...

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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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Posted on: December 3, 2018

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Posted on: November 20, 2018

NJEDA Now Accepting Applications for a Second Round of the Innovation Challenge Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is accepting applications for the Innovation Challenge, which provides funding for municipalities and counties to develop plans to build or augment their local innovation ecosystems. The program is onl...

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Posted on: October 30, 2018

Major Changes to Superstorm Sandy Recovery Housing Programs Announced

Changes to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) Program and the Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Homeowner Rebuilding Program, the two main housing recovery programs for homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy, have been announ...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

EDA Launches 21st Century Redevelopment Program to Help Communities Revive Underutilized Properties

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) 21st Century Redevelopment Program provides planning grants for communities to develop solutions for repurposing local vacant or underutilized commercial and retail properties.

This program wi...

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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: December 14, 2018

Update on Marijuana Legalization

As previously reported, in late November the Senate Budget and Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted out legislation to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana. The amended bills now stand at the “2nd reading&am...

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Posted on: December 14, 2018

ROW Vegetation Management Vote Expected

On Monday (December 17, 2018), the Assembly is scheduled to vote on A-2558, known as the “Vegetation Management Response Act.”  A-2558 would provide electric utility companies completely unfettered authority to clear, move, cu...

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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Update on Marijuana Legalization

Last week the Senate Budget and Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted out legislation to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana.  The amended bills now stand at “2nd reading” and could be sch...

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Posted on: December 7, 2018

$15 Minimum Wage Legislation Introduced

On Monday the Assembly Labor Committee will consider A-15, which will over time raise the hourly minimum wage to $15.00. We call your attention to Allen v. Fauver, 327 N.J. Super. 14 (App. Div. 1999), an appellate division case which held that the State i...

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

League Annual Survey

As 2018 comes to a close, we here at the League would like to know what you thought about our services provided throughout the year. Please forward this to your municipal staff, administration, elected and appointed officials so they can complete our shor...

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

December Grants Posted

The League’s December 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 munici...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Marijuana Legalization Advances

During a joint hearing Monday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted out legislation to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana.  The amended bills now stand at “2nd reading&rd...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

BYOB Advertising Ban Found Unconstitutional

Last week, a federal judge ruled that New Jersey’s law prohibiting BYOB establishments from advertising their BYOB status violates constitutional free speech rights. The GJJM Enterprises, LLC v. NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control ruling e...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Opioid Survey Deadline Extended

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 Gene...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Division Extends CY 2019 Budget Deadlines

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-28 regarding 2019 Calendar Year (CY) Budget Matters, including information on the Financial Automation Submission Tracking (FAST).  All CY 2019 budgets must be submitt...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Shared Services Pilot Program Expanded

On November 27, Governor Murphy signed into law A-1100, which added Monmouth and Atlantic County as pilot counties for the purposes of “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act.” Effective immediately municipal governing bodies l...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Current Taxpayers Could Pay If Legislature Extends Statute of Limitations

In its current form, the League of Municipalities must oppose S-477, which would extend the statute of limitations on civil actions for sexual abuse, including claims against public bodies, and expand the categories of people who are potentially liable fo...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Local Control Denied in ABC Portion of Food Dessert Grocer Bill

On Thursday, November 29, the Assembly Human Services Committee held a hearing on a number of bills meant to address the problem of hunger in New Jersey. One bill, A-4700, the “Food Desert Elimination Act,” is intended to provide incen...

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

FCC ROW Rules Take Effect Early 2019

As we previously noted, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules this September that restricts the kinds and types of limitations and standards that local governments can set for wireless facilities seeking access to the ROW. This include...

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

Water Infrastructure Funding Bills Enacted

On October 23, President Donald Trump signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. This initiative was approved by Congress earlier last month. The new statute reauthorizes the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) at...

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

Youth Justice Task force created

On October 26, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 42 creating a task force for the Continued Transformation of Youth Justice in New Jersey. This 25-member task force will be responsible for providing recommendations on strategies and actions to contin...

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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: 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: 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: December 7, 2018

$15 Minimum Wage Legislation Introduced

On Monday the Assembly Labor Committee will consider A-15, which will over time raise the hourly minimum wage to $15.00. We call your attention to Allen v. Fauver, 327 N.J. Super. 14 (App. Div. 1999), an appellate division case which held that the State i...

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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Update on Marijuana Legalization

Last week the Senate Budget and Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted out legislation to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana.  The amended bills now stand at “2nd reading” and could be scheduled for a final f...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Local Control Denied in ABC Portion of Food Dessert Grocer Bill

On Thursday, November 29, the Assembly Human Services Committee held a hearing on a number of bills meant to address the problem of hunger in New Jersey. One bill, A-4700, the “Food Desert Elimination Act,” is intended to provide incentives to supermarket...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Current Taxpayers Could Pay If Legislature Extends Statute of Limitations

In its current form, the League of Municipalities must oppose S-477, which would extend the statute of limitations on civil actions for sexual abuse, including claims against public bodies, and expand the categories of people who are potentially liable fo...

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Legislative Advocacy
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Marijuana Legalization Advances

During a joint hearing Monday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted out legislation to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana.  The amended bills now stand at “2nd reading” and could be sc...

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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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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: December 14, 2018

Application Period Open for “We Value Our Veterans” Award

The application period is now open for Gov. Murphy's "We Value Our Veterans" Community Award.

Many municipalities already recognize veterans in numerous ways. This award provides an additional avenue to honor New Jerseyans who have answered the call to arms in the defense of American values. Through this program, municipalities must accumulate 145...

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Notices
Posted on: December 7, 2018

Dept. of Agriculture Alters Proposed Beekeeping Rules

Earlier this week the State Department of Agriculture issued a Notice of Proposed Substantial Change concerning proposed beekeeping and apiary standards that were first published this time last year.

Earlier this week the State Department of Agriculture issued a Notice of Proposed Substantial Change concerning proposed beekeeping and apiary standards that were first published this time last year. The proposed changes, among others, include increase hi...

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Notices
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Division Extends CY 2019 Budget Deadlines

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-28 regarding 2019 Calendar Year (CY) Budget Matters, including information on the Financial Automation Submission Tracking (FAST).

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2018-28 regarding 2019 Calendar Year (CY) Budget Matters, including information on the Financial Automation Submission Tracking (FAST).  All CY 2019 budgets must be submitt...

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Reminder: 21st Annual Elected Officials Hall of Fame

In recognition of the many municipal governing body members who are selflessly serving for 20 or more years, the League of Municipalities is pleased to once again accept nominations for the Elected Officials Hall of Fame.

In recognition of the many municipal governing body members who are selflessly serving for 20 or more years, the League of Municipalities is pleased to once again accept nominations for the Elected Officials Hall of Fame. This special honor is reserved fo...

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Posted on: October 22, 2018

Sample SALT Documents Now Available

The Division of Local Government Services has posted a model donor information form and donor receipt form for those municipalities that wish to implement a charitable trust.

The Division of Local Government Services has posted a model donor information form and donor receipt form for those municipalities that wish to implement a charitable trust. The donor information form is to be completed by a donor and submitted with thei...

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Posted on: October 22, 2018

NJ Department of Labor Publishes Proposed Earned Sick Leave Rules

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development published proposed new rules implementing P.L. 2018, c. 10, which requires all employers, including local governments, to provide employees with earned sick leave. It takes effect Oct. 29.

On Monday the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development published proposed new rules implementing P.L. 2018, c. 10, which requires all employers, including local governments, to provide employees with earned sick leave. As you should alread...

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Posted on: October 22, 2018

CY 2018/SFY 2019 Best Practices Checklist Issued

CY 2018/SFY 2019 Best Practices Checklist is out. Local Finance Notice 2018-26 provides guidance on this year’s process. Calendar Year municipalities' Best Practices checklist is due Nov. 12, 2018, and State Fiscal Year municipalities April 5, 2019.

On October 15, the Division of Local Government Services issued the CY 2018/SFY 2019 Best Practices Checklist. Local Finance Notice 2018-26 provides guidance on this year’s process. Calendar Year municipalities must submit their Best Pr...

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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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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: 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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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: December 3, 2018

Shared Services Pilot Program Expanded

On November 27, Governor Murphy signed into law A-1100, which added Monmouth and Atlantic County as pilot counties for the purposes of “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act.” Effective immediately municipal governing bodies located in Atlantic a...

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