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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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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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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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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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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 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

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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