New Jersey Conference of Mayors Legislative Committee Conference Call Thursday – January 12, 2017

Roll Call:
Mayor Tim McDonough
Mayor Sue Howard
Mayor Jim Perry
Mayor Chuck Chiarello
Mayor Maria DiGiovanni
Mayor Gary Passanante
Hon. Guy Piserchia
Paul Bent
Jack Morrissey
Bill Caruso


Items for Discussion:
• Shared Services – Senate President Sweeney Op-Ed
• Governor’s State of the State Address – Will push for healthcare to cover costs of recovery methods

Bills for Review:
• A-4409 (Singleton) – Establishes “Safe Streets Law Enforcement Grant Program Fund” to disburse grant funds to eligible municipalities. Monitor, needs further clarification
• A-4436 (Handlin) – Permits municipality to publish legal notices in newspaper published in another municipality in certain circumstances. Monitor
• A-4438 (Space) – Eliminates authorization for municipalities to impose mandatory affordable housing development fees. – Motion to Oppose by Mayor Perry, seconded by Mayor DiGiovini. All in favor.
• A-4455 (Dancer) – Requires “miscellaneous revenues” in municipal budget expected to be realized from municipal court to be listed under “Fines and Costs” line item. Monitor
• S-2873 (Smith) – Requires municipal land use plan element of master plan to address smart growth, storm resiliency, and environmental sustainability issues. Mayor McDonough will follow up with Senator Smith.
• S-2907 (Greenstein) – Requires public employers to implement certain policies for handling and responding to reports of domestic violence. (Note: The Conference has previously taken the position to monitor this legislation). Monitor

Note: At this time, we are tracking 113 bills.

Legislative Activity Since our Last Meeting of December 15th:
• A-1655 (Schaer) – Creates exclusion from municipal property tax levy cap for amounts necessary to provide required matching funds to qualify for grants and other funds. Released by the Assembly State & Local Government Committee on December 15th by a vote of 4 to 1. Now at second reading in the Senate. Support
• A-2514 (DeAngelo) / S-2178 (Beach) – Permits local units of government to enter into shared services agreements with federal military installations located in the State. Passed in the Senate 37 to 0 on December 19th and now at second reading in the Assembly to concur with Senate amendments. Support
• A-4375 (Houghtaling) / S-1744 (Turner) – Requires property tax bills to contain eligibility information on State tax relief programs. Released by the Assembly State & Local Government Committee on December 15th by a vote of 4 to 1 and now at second reading in the Assembly. Monitor
• S-1 (Sweeney) – Encourages sharing of services; makes appropriations. Released by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee, with amendments, on December 15th by a vote of 3 to 1. Now before the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. Monitor
• S-981 (Smith) – Revises “Electronic Waste Management Act.” Signed into law by Governor Christie on January 9, 2017 (PL2016, c.87). Monitor.



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