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Posted on: January 24, 2023

Show Off Your City Contest Deadline Approaching

The Annual Show Off Your City Contest is accepting entries through February 10. Municipalities are invited to send us photos of their tourist attractions, downtown areas, economic development initiatives, parks, city halls, community groups, special momen...

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

Governor Delivered State of State Address

On Tuesday, Governor Phil Murphy delivered his 2023 State of the State address. In his speech, Governor Murphy announced plans to overhaul New Jersey’s antiquated liquor laws, something that has been a longtime League priority; the extension of ...

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

Key Liquor License Reform Takeaways from State of the State

In Governor Murphy’s State of the State address, he revisited the topic of Liquor License reform, which he discussed during his speech of the League Conference in November. The Governor’s proposed plan includes phasing out the populati...

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

FEMA Announces Firefighters Grant Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program that opened January 9. The application deadline period closes February 10.

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

FEMA and NJDEP To Host Federal Flood Risk Management Standards Training

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 Floodplain Management and Insurance Office and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) State National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator's office will be offering two ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2023

Governor Murphy Delivers State of the State Address

Today, Governor Phil Murphy delivered his 2023 State of the State address. This marks the first time in three years that the speech was given in person as the last two addresses were virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Posted on: January 9, 2023

SHBP Municipalities: Please Continue to Reach Out to Governor & Your Legislators

The New Year has come and the 379 municipalities participating in the State Health Benefits system, along with their employees, and ultimately their taxpayers, will still have to fund a 22% increase in health benefits costs, unless an immediate solution i...

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Posted on: January 9, 2023

Governor Signs Bill Allowing Use of Third-Party Private Construction Inspectors

On Thursday, Governor Murphy signed A-573, which makes several changes to the Uniform Construction Code Act (UCC). The bill codifies the three-day construction inspection turnaround and allows for developers to contract with private on-site inspe...

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Posted on: January 9, 2023

Deadline for the ANCHOR Program is Fast Approaching

The deadline for the ANCHOR program application is January 31. The state will begin paying ANCHOR benefits in late spring of 2023 in the form of a direct deposit or check, not as credits to property tax bills.   Applica...

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Posted on: January 9, 2023

State Extends Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance

New Jersey extended its health benefits contract with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield for another year, media outlets report. This occurred after state officials alleged the health insurer failed to meet the terms of the deal.   ...

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Pension & Health Benefits
Posted on: January 9, 2023

Opportunity to Comment on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program

The League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities (NLC), alerted us to an opportunity for municipalities to comment on the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) mode...

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Posted on: January 9, 2023

FY2023 Federal Omnibus Budget Passed

In the final week of December, the House and Senate passed, and President Biden signed a $1.7 trillion FY2023 federal budget through September 30, 2023. For provisions of state and local interest, please read the League’s two blog posts, the fir...

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Posted on: December 30, 2022

SHBP Update: No Relief In New Year

Earlier today the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) met to consider items including the transfer of Federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds. The transfers, which were already outlined in the State budget, included:

  • $300 million for various ca...
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Pension & Health Benefits
Posted on: December 23, 2022

White House Releases Inflation Reduction Act Clean Energy Guidebook

Last week, the White House released the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Guidebook of Clean Energy provisions in the law. This guidebook provides an overview of the clean energy, climate mitigation and resilience, agriculture, and conservation-relat...

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Posted on: December 23, 2022

FCC Grant Opportunity and National Broadband Map Challenge Deadlines Approaching

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a funding opportunity for the Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program and the process to challenge the FCC’s National Broadband Map.   Affordable C...

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Posted on: December 23, 2022

RAISE Grant Funding and Upcoming Webinars Set

The next round of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program is now open. $1.5 billion in competitive grant funding is available for a broad range of infrastruct...

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Posted on: December 23, 2022

Federal Budget Update

On Thursday, the Senate, by a vote of 68-29 passed the FY2023 federal budget. As of this writing on Friday morning, the House is expected to pass the budget bill. The $1.7 trillion document funds all governmental departments through September 202...

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Posted on: December 23, 2022

NJ Receives Federal “Internet for All” Grant from BIL

This week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that New Jersey received its first “Internet for All” grants for deploying high-speed internet networks and developing digital skills t...

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Grants
Posted on: December 23, 2022

Department of Treasury Releases Russia-Belarus List

P.L. 2022, c. 3, which prohibits government dealings with businesses associated with Belarus and Russia, requires the New Jersey Department of Treasury to develop a list of companies it determines engage in prohibited activities associated with Russia or ...

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Posted on: December 23, 2022

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony on Car Theft Prevention

On December 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from invited guests concerning the increase in motor vehicle thefts in New Jersey over the last two years and consider a package of legislation.   Invited g...

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Posted on: December 23, 2022

LEAP Grants Now Available

The Division of Local Government Services and the Shared Services Czars recently announced that LEAP Challenge Grants and LEAP County Coordinator Fellowship Grants are due no later than March 15, 2023.  LEAP Challenge Grants all...

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Grants
Posted on: December 23, 2022

Division Issues Guidance on CY 2023 Budget Matters

The statutory deadlines for budget introduction and adoption have been revised. Municipal budgets must be introduced by March 31, instead of February 10, and adopted by April 28, instead of March 20. The Mayor/Council Faulkner Act budget transmission to g...

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Budgeting
Posted on: December 20, 2022

RAISE Grant Funding and Upcoming Webinars Set

The next round of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program is now open. $1.5 billion in competitive grant funding is available for a broad range of infrastruct...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 20, 2022

Call your Member of Congress TODAY for ARPA Flexibility

Congress' last task before the holidays is the FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, and as of Friday, the ARPA Flexibility provisions that the League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities (NLC), has been advocating wa...

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Posted on: December 20, 2022

SHBP Municipalities: Reach Out to Governor & Your Legislators

In less than two weeks, the 379 municipalities participating in the State Health Benefits system, along with their employees, and ultimately their taxpayers, will have to fund a 22% increase in health benefits costs. It is imperative that the Governor and...

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Pension & Health Benefits
Posted on: December 19, 2022

Unions and Local Government Management Submit Plan to Address Pending SHPB Increase

The League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, and New Jersey Association of Counties have been working with other interested stakeholders, including the major public sector union representative...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Local Finance Board Approves CY 2023 Budget Deadline Extensions

During the December 14 Local Finance Board Meeting, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) proposed revised schedule for 2023 Introduction and Adoption of Municipal Budget Deadlines. The motion carried and the revised 2023 Calendar Year municipa...

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Budgeting
Posted on: December 19, 2022

Bill Providing Appropriation Cap Relief Before Senate

On Monday the Senate will be considering S-3380, which would exempt gasoline and diesel fuel costs; solid waste and recycling collection and disposal costs, as well as disposal of yard waste; cyber insurance costs; liability insurance costs; work...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Please Consider Adopting Resolution in Support of Municipal Holiday Tree Burning Events

S-861 would permit municipalities to conduct an annual event for the open burning of holiday trees. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) would be tasked with establishing rules, regulations, and standards for the open burning of C...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Federal Budget Update

This week, the House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through next Friday, December 23, and sent it to President Joe Biden for his signature. This allows them time to complete the federal budget next week. Had the f...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Rep. Sherrill Introduces Auto Theft Prevention Act

U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) has introduced the bipartisan Auto Theft Prevention Act with U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02), which would dedicate funding to local law enforcement agencies for resources to combat auto thefts under the U.S. Departmen...

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Federal Government
Posted on: December 5, 2022

State Health Benefits Update

State Health Benefits Update

The League continues to work pro-actively and collaboratively with our partners at the NJ Conference of Mayors and NJ Association of Counties to identify a workable plan and means toward a resolution by the Governor and the le...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

Governor Signs School Security Legislation

Governor Signs School Security Legislation 

On December 1 Governor Murphy signed into law S-2426, which requires public schools and nonpublic schools to submit critical incident mapping data for all schools and school grounds to local law enforcem...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

Revised Model Procurement Forms

Revised Model Procurement Forms

 

Recently, the Division of Local Government Services updated two model procurement forms – the Ownership Disclosure Form and the Federal Non-Debarment Certification. The Ownership Disclosure Form was updat...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

EPA Announces New Funding Opportunities for Brownfield Technical Assistance and Research Grants

EPA Announces New Funding Opportunities for Brownfield Technical Assistance and Research Grants 

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Requests for Applications for $57 million in funding that is available for two new ...

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Posted on: November 11, 2022

State Health Benefits Commission Meets – No New Action on SHBP 2023 Increase

Earlier this week, the State Health Benefits Commission (SHBC) met to consider regular business and appeal requests. During the meeting, SHBC Committee member Dudley Burge asked for an update on and solutions to the 22% cost increase in local government h...

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Posted on: November 11, 2022

Governor Supports Legislation to Combat Auto Theft

On Monday, along with Senate President Nick Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Governor Murphy announced his support for proposed legislation to combat auto theft in New Jersey. Among the proposals highlighted:

  • Establishing a persistent auto thef...
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Posted on: October 31, 2022

NJDEP Releases Copy of Inland Flood Protection Rules

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has released a courtesy copy of the proposed Inland Flood Protection Rules. These rules are scheduled to be published in the December 5 register, triggering a 60-day comment period tha...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

DLGS Announces Municipal Budget Appropriations for Fire Districts

On October 19 the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) released Local Finance Notice 2022-19 (LFN). The notice reports that municipalities may appropriate funds for use by their volunteer fire companies or boards of fire commissioners in ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

OSC Municipal Sick and Vacation Leave Corrective Action

If you were one of the municipalities that had their sick and vacation time policy reviewed by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) earlier this year and asked to make corrective action by September, we ask you to share your response with the League ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Assembly Advances Legislation to Allow Police to be Present at Certain Polling Places

On Thursday, the Assembly favorably reported S-2912 which permits police officers to be present at senior residential centers or schools that are used as polling places. The legislation also requires school districts to establish election day sec...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

SHBP Plan Design Committee Meets & Labor Launches Campaign

On Oct. 26, the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) Plan Design Committee (PDC) held its regularly scheduled meeting. Agenda items included a review of 2023 Dental CDT codes and the bi-annual Optum Rx formulary review.   ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

MS4 Tier A Permit Renewal Comment Period Closed, Advocacy Efforts Continue

The comment period for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Draft Tier A Permit renewal closed on September 20. The League in partnership with the New Jersey Conference of Mayors submitted comments focusing on...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

SHBP Rate Increase Adopted

Last week, the State Health Benefits Commission adopted the rate increase as proposed in the AON Rate Renewal Report Local Government Employee/Retiree Group and State Employee/Retiree Group. Municipalities in the State Health Benefits Plan will s...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Increasing Offshore Wind Goal by 2040

Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 307, increasing New Jersey’s offshore wind goal by nearly 50% to 11,000 megawatts (MW) by 2040. The Executive Order, which increases the state’s current goal of 7,500 ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Bill Authorizing Special Occasion Events on Preserved Farmland is Conditionally Vetoed

On Thursday, Governor Murphy issued a conditional veto of S-757. The legislation sought to expand authorization of special occasion events at commercial farms and wineries on preserved farmland. The League opposed S-757 as passed by the legislatu...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Duct Cleaning Subject to Prevailing Wage Law

On September 22 Governor Murphy signed into law S-1027/A2208, which makes duct cleaning as public work subject to the prevailing wage law. P.L. 2022, c. 113 took effect immediately.  Contact: Lori Buckelew, Deputy Executive Dire...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Legislation Will Add Local Representation to State Health Benefits Commission

Senators Ruiz and Sarlo have introduced legislation that would expand the State Health Benefits Commission from five members to nine members and add local representation to Commission. S-3033 would add two local government management members, a m...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Blog Post: Available Federal Grants

Please read the League’s recent blog post for newly announced and application instructions for various competitive federal grants that are available to municipalities.  Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst, ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Financial Data Transparency Act of 2022: A Costly Unfunded Mandate for Municipalities

As Congress prepares to pass the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), municipalities should be aware of a provision that may have a negative impact on their operations through the imposition of a new unfunded mandate. Senators Mark Warner (D-...

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Posted on: September 14, 2022

State Health Benefits Commission Approves 2023 Rate Increase

Today, during the Annual Rate Renewal meeting of the State Health Benefits Commission (SHBC), the trustees voted to approve a nearly 23% local government health insurance rate increase and a 21% increase in state employee health insurance rates. The three...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

ABC Special Ruling on Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced a special ruling that would allow for third-party delivery services of alcoholic beverages to customers. Please see our blog post for an in-depth review of the special ruling. &a...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

State Health Benefits Program Plan Design Committee Meets

Yesterday, the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) Plan Design Committee met, and the members were given an Overview of the Rate Setting Environment by AON, a risk management firm assisting the SHBP. AON’s overview offered a number of reasons f...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

Governor Signs Law Requiring Municipalities to Create Business Insurance Registry

Last Friday, Governor Murphy signed into law S-1368 requiring all business owners and owners of multifamily rental units to maintain certain levels of liability insurance. In addition, the new law requires that all business owners and owners of m...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

County and Municipal Airport Financial Law Changes

On August 5, Governor Murphy signed into law legislation that authorizes a county that acquires, establishes, and operates an airport to maintain, operate, and manage the airport as a public utility. In addition, the new law clarifies that counties and mu...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

ARP Project & Expenditure Reporting to DLGS

If you are among the municipalities that have yet to file your American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Project and Expenditure Report that was due on April 30, please be advised that the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) has ...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

President Signs CHIPS and Science Act

On Tuesday, August 9, President Joe Biden signed H.R. 4346, the CHIPS and Science Act, into law. In addition to authorizing funding for research and innovation programs, the law appropriates a total of $54.2 billion to support domestic semiconduc...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

U.S. Treasury Releases ARPA SLFRF Affordable Housing Guidance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced How-to Guidance on increasing the ability of state, local, and tribal governments to use American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Recovery Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) payments to boost the...

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

Governor Signs Law Requiring Municipalities to Create Business Insurance Registry

Friday afternoon, Governor Murphy signed into law S-1368 requiring all business owners and owners of multifamily rental units to maintain certain levels of liability insurance. In addition, the new law requires that all business owners and owners...

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

NJ CRC Proposes New and Amended Personal Use Cannabis Rules

On Monday, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJ CRC) published proposed new rules and amendments of previously adopted rules. Amendments to the previously adopted rules include clarification of certain application processes and other...

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

Governor Appoints Director of the Office of the Food Security Advocate

This week, Governor Murphy announced the appointment of Mark Dinglasan as Director of the Office of the Food Security Advocate, a position created last year through a comprehensive legislative package aimed at combatting food insecurity. The Office of Foo...

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Emergency Management & Public Health
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Ground Broken on Portal North Bridge

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and other officials broke ground on the Portal North Bridge, a critical link in the congested territory between New Jersey and New York. Replacement of the 111-year-old b...

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Federal Government
Posted on: July 25, 2022

Proposed Increase to State Health Benefits Rates Update

Earlier this week we advised you that the State Health Benefits Commission (SHBC) was scheduled to meet Monday, July 25, via conference call for its Annual Rate Renewal meeting. The SHBC has removed the rate hike proposal from the July 25 agenda for consi...

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

Governor Murphy Signs Police Licensing Program Into Law

On Thursday, July 21, Governor Murphy signed into law S2742/A4194, establishing a statewide police licensing program and appropriating $6 million to establish the program. Governor Murphy highlighted that with this new law New Jersey would join t...

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

New Lead-Based Paint Inspections Requirements Now Law – Resources and Training Available

As a reminder, the new lead-based paint inspection requirements, pursuant to P.L.2021, c.182, take effect today, July 22, 2022. The law, signed by Governor Murphy last year, imposes an obligation on municipalities to perform or hire a certified l...

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

NJEDA Expanding Electric Vehicle Voucher Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced a $45 million expansion of the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program (NJ ZIP), doubling the amount of funding dedicated to the program. NJ ZIP provides vouchers to businesses an...

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

DLGS Issues State Aid Payment Schedule

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2022-14, CY 2022/FY 2023 State Aid payment schedule. Consolidated Municipal Property Tax Relief (CMPTRA), Energy Tax Receipts (ERT), and the Municipal Relief Fund aid ACH d...

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Posted on: June 29, 2022

Energy Tax Receipt Funding Update

The FY 2023 Budget legislation was favorably released from both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee along a party-line vote in both committees on the evening of June 27. The Budget legislation includes an alloc...

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Posted on: June 29, 2022

FY2023 Budget Update

With the FY2023 budget deadline of June 30 fast approaching, Governor Murphy and the State Legislature continue to consider how to use the $6.9 in surplus revenue. Governor Murphy and majority leadership continue to follow their affordability agenda for N...

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Posted on: June 29, 2022

Assembly Committee Advances Firefighter Cancer Screening Mandate

On Thursday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee favorably reported A-4127, which mandates access to periodic cancer screening examinations for firefighters who are not enrolled in the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). This provides for the approxim...

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

NJLM Lunch and Learn: Lead-Paint Guidance Materials Available

NJLM’s Lunch and Learn series continued on June 3 with a briefing featuring Kia King, Director of Policy & External Affairs for the Department of Community Affairs, and Marie Daniels, Program Specialist 2, Regulatory Program, Code Developmen...

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Second Tranche of ARP SLRF Expected

According to statute, the second tranche payment for local governments in areas defined as Metropolitan Cities by U.S. Treasury will be made available no earlier than 12 months after the first tranche. The second tranche payment for localities will occur ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

NJDEP Issues Compliance Advisory on MS4 Permits

On June 1 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued a Compliance Advisory noting that MS4 Permit Compliance Submissions are past due. DEP’s Division of Water Enforcement is conducting compliance evaluation inspections ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Acting Governor Scutari Signs Pedicab Alcoholic Beverage Consumption Legislation

The weekend of June 4 while Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver were out of the state on personal business, acting Governor Scutari signed P.L 2022, c.16 allowing for the consumption of alcoholic beverages in pedicabs under the following circum...

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Action Needed to Advance ETR Fund Restoration

A-3804/S-330, which would restore distributions to municipalities from the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Municipal Distribution Program (ETR) over two years and require additional funding to be subtracted from the municipal property tax levy, is the fi...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

988 Suicide & Crisi Lifeline

988 Suicide & Crisi Lifeline

On July 16, 2022, 9-8-8 will become the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for crisis and suicide prevention, replacing the 1-800 number currently used by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. When dialed, 9-8-8 connects t...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Update on Legislation Undermining Local Planning and Zoning

Update on Legislation Undermining Local Planning and Zoning

The League is continuing to monitor and advocate against A-1294/S-2103. This legislation would authorize the conversion of certain office parks and retail centers to mixed-use development...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Governor Conditionally Vetoes Political Bribery Bill

On Monday, May 9, Governor Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed legislation aimed at addressing a perceived judicial misinterpretation of the law concerning political bribery. A-2472 was introduced after federal and state trial courts both interprete...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Assembly Oversight Committee Held Hearing on Liquor License Reform

On Monday, May 9, the Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations Committee heard testimony from key stakeholders of the New Jersey alcoholic beverage industry on the current state of the industry and discussed ways to improve the manufacturing, dis...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

ARP & BIL Presentation

This past Wednesday, May 11, at the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, League Senior Legislative Analyst Paul Penna participated in a panel: American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Program Funds: Leveraging Federal, ...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

NTIA Announces Municipal Broadband Funding Opportunity

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) featuring Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure, which is direct competitive funding. Municipalities are among the e...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Cannabis Use by Off-Duty Law Enforcement

Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin sent a memo to law enforcement chief executives regarding compliance with P.L. 2021, c. 16, the Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act. In the memo, Acting Attorney Gener...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

FY 2023 Budget Hearings Continue

Budget hearings continued this week with the Senate Budget and Appropriations meeting on Thursday, April 21. A number of individuals testified including some who reaffirmed the League's requests to restore fund...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

DEP Announces Two New Grant Opportunities

As earth week kicked off, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection launched a $10 million public lakes grant program to help improve water quality, and a $15 million investment through Blue and Green Carbon Grants to help enhance New...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

SCOTUS Issues Decision of Municipal Interest

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has released its decision in City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Austin, LLC, Et al. This case examined the City of Austin’s sign ordinance, which regulates “...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Rural Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook

The White House released a new resource to help identify and apply for funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook. The League has created a spreadsheet to help communities navig...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Departments of Education, Agriculture Give Budget Testimony

On April 14, both the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) gave testimony before the Assembly Budget Committee. DOE Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillian's testimony high...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

New Law Permits Existing Police and Fire Chiefs to Serve Longer

On April 12, Governor Murphy signed into law A-2158, which took effect immediately. P.L. 2022, c. 9 permits an existing police chief or fire chief who attains the age of 65 within the next two years to continue serving as chief until the end of t...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Executive Order Clarifies Vaccine Requirements

On April 13, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 294 clarifying that vaccination requirements for covered workers at health care and high-risk congregate settings under Executive Order No. 283 include only one booster dose of the COVID-19 vacc...

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Posted on: April 13, 2022

Scam Targeting ARPA SLFRF NEUs

We want to share correspondence from the U.S. Treasury that was sent to the League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities, regarding a SAM.gov registration scam targeting Non-Entitlement Units (NEUs) as classified by the federal government.&...

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Posted on: April 13, 2022

May 4: Single-Use Plastic Ban Takes Effect

Starting on Wednesday, May 4, New Jersey will implement P.L 2020, C.117, which bans single-use plastic bags, straws, and polystyrene foam foodservice products. The law states that New Jersey businesses are banned from providing or selling single-use plast...

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Posted on: April 13, 2022

Office of Legislative Services and Department of Treasury Give Testimony on FY2023 Budget

On Monday, April 4, the legislative hearings on Governor Murphy’s proposed $48.9 billion FY2023 budget began. The Assembly Budget committee heard testimony from the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services (OLS) and the New Jersey Department of Treasury....

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Proposed Rule Change Would Eliminate Tool Available to Municipalities to Control Flooding

Yesterday, the Site Improvement Advisory Board (SIAB) considered advancing a proposal to amend the Residential Site Improvement Standards (RSIS). However, the SIAB tabled the proposal for further review by their Stormwater subcommittee. The proposed rule ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

DCA Issues Local Finance Notice on State Aid Certification

On Tuesday, March 15, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued Local Finance Notice 2022-10 (LFN 2022-10), outlining the 2023 State Aid Certification process. The Calendar Year (CY) 2022)/State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2023 Aid Certification for each mun...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

NJ Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Case Involving Disclosure of Police Internal Affairs Reports

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued its decision in Rivera v. Union County Prosecutor’s Office. This case dealt with a request made under the Open Public Records Act and the common law for a police internal affairs...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Cybersecurity Update

With the uncertainty in the world because of the conflict involving Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we want to remind you to take steps to protect municipal assets from a cyber-attack. Once malware is deployed, it has the potential to infect syste...

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Posted on: March 9, 2022

Governor Delivers FY 2023 Budget Address

Governor Murphy delivered his Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Address. The proposed budget is $48.93 billion, which is a 5.3% increase over FY 2022 state budget. The budget does not include any new taxes or fees.  The overall state aid ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2022

Act Now: Impact of Diversion of Energy Tax Receipts

As the State begins to consider its FY 22-23 budget, it is critical for municipalities to advocate for S-330, which will increase distribution to municipalities from the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Fund over five years, restore munici...

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Posted on: February 24, 2022

CRC Hosting Hearings on Using Tax Revenue for Social Equity

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) will be hosting three virtual regional hearings on the use of tax revenue for social equity purposes on March 7 for northern New Jersey, March 9 for central New Jersey, and 16 for southern New Jersey. Al...

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

Legislation Restoring Energy Tax Receipts Advancing

On Thursday the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee unanimously approved S-330, which increases distribution to municipalities from the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Fund over five years to restore municipal aid reductions and requires ...

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

Recently Adopted Changes to Daniel's Law

In November of 2020, Governor Murphy signed Daniel’s Law, amending the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and other statutes intending to protect certain people in public service.  Despite its laudable goals Daniel’s Law, as initi...

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

DEP Accepting Applications for Stormwater Grants

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking applicants for its latest round of grant funding, which prioritizes projects that will restore and protect New Jersey’s watersheds while better managing stormwater runoff and...

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

Week of January 24,2022 COVID-19 update

At this week’s briefing Governor Murphy announced the new emergency rescue mortgage assistance program and the opening of new vaccination megasites in Passaic and Bergen counties. The Governor noted that COVID-19 cases are down by roughly two-thirds from ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Governor Signs Parental Notification Legislation

Earlier today, Governor Murphy signed S-5472/S-3565 requiring law enforcement to provide a parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of a person under the age of 18 with a written notification for any violation for underage consumption or poss...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Week of March 8: COVID Update

March 10 was the one-year anniversary of New Jersey’s first COVID-19 confirmed death. Governor Phil Murphy noted that “the toll of this virus has been staggering. It exceeds the numbers of New Jerseyans lost in any war. In one year, we have lost an averag...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 8

Legislative front:

 Various Assembly and Senate committees will be holding hearings and considering numerous pieces of legislation during the week. The municipal issues before the various committees include: 

  • Assembly Oversight, Reform &am...
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Posted on: February 24, 2021

FY 2021 State Budget-Municipal Interest

On Tuesday, February 23, Governor Murphy delivered the annual budget address. The Governor’s proposed $44.8 billion budget will guide the State’s spending through the next (FY 2022) fiscal year. While the full details of the Governor’s budget will be rele...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Thank You For Attenting the 105th Annual Conference

Dear Elected and Appointed Officials:We would like to take a moment to thank you for attending the League’s 105th Annual Conference, presented virtually in 2020. When the ball dropped last New Year’s Eve, little did we know what lay ahead in 2020, and now...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

July 2019 Interest Arbitration Update

In June, mediators appointed by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) issued three interest arbitration awards. The first interest arbitration awards to be issued since the expiration of the 2% cap. Each of these awards arose out of an impasse...

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