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

AGENDA

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
• COAH

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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