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May 21, 2014 REVISED
Re: Assembly Voting Session for May 22
The General Assembly returns for its first voting session
since late March, when it recessed before consideration of the
Governor’s conditional veto of S-1969/A-3067. Thursday marked 8 weeks
since the State Senate acted immediately to accept the conditional
veto, which effectively extends the 2% cap on interest arbitration
awards. The conditional veto is NOT scheduled for consideration by the
Assembly on Thursday.
In advance of the Thursday voting session, we urge
you to again reach out to your Assembly representatives and ask them
to advocate for and support the Governor’s conditional veto.
In addition, the League supports the following the bills scheduled for the Assembly vote:
A-1348 (PDF)-- Requires boil water notices to be provided by certain public water systems via telephone, email or text message.
A-1396-- Enacts the "Reader Privacy Act."
Amends "Flood Hazard Area Control Act" to require DEP to take certain
actions concerning delineations of flood hazard areas and floodplains.
Revises exemption from license requirement for raffles for door prizes
of donated or purchased merchandise; increases total retail value from
$50 to $200 or higher if permitted.
A-2479 (PDF) - Requires elevators in new buildings be at least a certain size.
The League opposes the following bills:
Requires municipalities which license canvassers, peddlers, and
solicitors to accept certain background check results from other
The League opposes this bill because it eliminates local discretion to secure most up-to-date information.
A-1244 (PDF)-- Permits sale of home-baked goods under certain circumstances.
Without inspection of facilities by a qualified
health officer there is no way to ensure the quality and type of
ingredients used, nor the sanitation standards in place in the kitchen.
Standards currently in place have evolved over decades, too often in
response to incidents resulting from a casual disregard of basic
hygienic practices. We believe the public should continue to enjoy the
protection provided by inspections designed to ensure compliance with
Requires county elections board give notice by Internet posting, mail
or electronic means when polling place location changes unexpectedly
before election; requires board develop plan for polling place change
We believe the requirements of A-1947 may be an
unfunded mandate. Specifically, the section requiring counties to
detail a police officer or other competent individual to provide
guidance is vague; it does not indicate if the county is permitted to
require municipal employees or police officers to provide guidance, and
if so, whether the county will pay that employee’s salary for the time
spent at the former polling location.
A-2280 (PDF)-- Requires certain police vehicles to be equipped with cameras.
The League concurs with the fiscal estimate prepared
by the Office of Legislative Services (OLS), which indicates that the
revenues generated by this bill will likely be insufficient to cover
the costs. A-2280 is therefore an unfunded state mandate.
Please reach out to your Assembly representatives on these bills. For more information, please contact Mike Cerra by email or 609-695-3481, ext. 120.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.