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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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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 12, 2018

Local Gov. Assistance in Wake of Florence

Municipalities wishing to lend assistance, assets, or personnel to communities stricken by hurricane Florence should review the Sept 1, 2017, Local Finance Notice. The notice outlines what donations and lending are permissible; the function of the EMAC sy...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Cannabis/Marijuana Legalization and the Local Option Tax

 As you are aware, Governor Murphy identified the legalization of the adult use of marijuana as a top priority for his Administration. Senate President Sweeney also supports this and has publicly indicated that there is sufficient support in the ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2018

2018 League Conference Resolutions

2018 League Conference Resolutions

Dear Mayor:

One of the most important functions of the Annual League Conference is the adoption of resolutions from our member municipalities. These resolutions play a major part in setting the League’s legislati...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Parking Privileges for Home Health Care Providers Gets CV

The Governor conditionally vetoed A-3683/S-2416. Pursuant to the bill, the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) would issue placards, which would entitle home care service employees to park their motor vehicles in on-street areas that are generally reserved ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

CV for Out-of-State Sales Tax Bill

Governor Murphy sent A-4261/S-2794 back to the Legislature, with recommended amendments. This bill is a response to the US Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, which cleared the way for States wishing to require the application o...

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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

Law Requires Public Display of Vote Counts & Updates on Election Days

On August 24, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3463/S-1957, which requires district boards of election to report every two hours the number of voters who have voted at each precinct, and authorizes challengers to request reported count. Within two hours ...

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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: September 7, 2018

Alyssa's Law Gets Conditional Veto

Last week, the Governor conditionally vetoed A-764/S-365. This bill would require all public school buildings in New Jersey to be equipped with at least one silent panic alarm directly linked to local law enforcement for use in the event of a school secur...

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Posted on: August 31, 2018

Law Oks Assessments/Bonds for Lead Line Replacement

On August 24, Governor Murphy signed into law A-4120/S-2695, which authorizes municipalities to levy special assessments, and issue bonds, to replace certain lead-contaminated water service lines. However, all projects under this new law must be (a) under...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

Governor Vetoes Bag Fee Bill

On Monday, Governor Murphy vetoed A-3267/S-2600. This bill would have placed a $0.05 fee on single-use carryout bags provided by certain types of stores to customers. The League opposed the bill, which, if signed as is, would have preempted local legislat...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

AG Issues Marijuana Prosecution Guidance

On Wednesday, NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a Memorandum of Guidance regarding “Municipal Prosecutors’ Discretion in Prosecuting Marijuana and Other Criminal Offenses.”

 

Addressing the question of whether m...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

IRS Issues Regulations Invalidating SALT Workaround

Yesterday, the IRS released proposed regulations which thwart efforts made by the State to lessen the impact felt from the recent changes to the Federal tax code, which placed a $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. In Ma...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

AG Grewal Issues New Directive Aimed at Combating Firearms Trafficking

On Wednesday, State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued AG Directive 2018-4 which instructs all municipal law enforcement agencies within the State to participate in the ATF’s eTrace System “Collective Data Sharing” program...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

Post-Retirement Volunteer Bill Ok'd

On August 17 Governor Murphy signed into law A-1627/S-1873, which protects the pension rights of former employees who continue to serve their communities as volunteer first responders. The League strongly supported this legislation that stems from a 2014 ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2018

Law Permits County to Change Assessment Calendar

On August 17 Governor Murphy signed into law A-538/S2257, which permits a county governing body, with the approval of the county board of taxation, to revise the real property assessment calendar. Effective immediately, P.L. 2018, c. 94 permits a...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

Audit of State Health Benefits Program Legislation Signed

On August 10, Governor Murphy signed into law A-4228 which requires the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employee Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) to establish and contract for Medicare Primary Assignment and Audit Program. The League suppor...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

NJ Infrastructure Bank Changes

On August 10, Governor Murphy signed into law S-2645, which makes various changes to New Jersey Infrastructure Bank's enabling act. The League supports this Legislation. Specifically, the law provides that each bond, note, or other obligation issued by th...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

Additional Connection Fee Legislation Signed

Governor Murphy signed into law S-1247, which authorizes certain local government utilities to impose additional connection fees, and requires certain new credits and reductions for these fees. Specifically, the law authorizes sewer authorities, municipal...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

Automatic Mail-In Ballots Get Gov. Ok

Governor Murphy signed S-647, which permits registered voters to receive mail-in ballots automatically for all elections under certain conditions. Specifically, the law would allow a qualified voter to vote using a mail-in ballot not only for a single ele...

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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: August 20, 2018

High Court Exempts Certain Police Dash Camera Footage from OPRA

Earlier this week, the NJ Supreme Court released its decision in Paff v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. This case deals with whether or not police dash camera footage is required to be disclosed under an OPRA request. In a 4-3 decision the Co...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

US Interagency Force Looks to Tackle Medicare Fraud and Opioid Abuse in NJ and Eastern PA

On Monday, in Washington, United States Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced the formation of the Newark/Philadelphia Regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force (Regional Strike Force)...

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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

State Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Protect Criminal Justice Grant Money

On Wednesday, the State announced that it had joined other states in bringing a lawsuit against the federal government seeking to undo a policy, which could cause the state and local governments to be excluded from receiving federal grant money from the E...

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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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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Local Government Funding Maintained in Federal Budget Draft

The annual Congressional Appropriations process begins with the introduction and consideration of 12 annual spending bills, each focused on one or more areas of Federal spending. The bills are put together by the subcommittees of the Senate and House Appr...

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