October 15 Legislative Committee Meeting

October 15 Legislative Committee Agenda

Items Discussed:

COAH

Transportation Trust Fund

Bills Reviewed

A-3993 (Fiocchi) Requires consideration of ecotourism when evaluating and ranking applications by local government units or qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations for acquisition or development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes. Committee voted to oppose this bill.

A-4455 (Dancer) Requires certain gas companies to use existing right-of-way when constructing new transmission lines where practicable and to seek consent of municipalities prior to initiating certain projects. Committee voted to support this bill.

A-4565 (Oliver) Applies local public contract bid threshold amounts to local pay to play and prevailing wage laws. Committee voted to support this bill.

A-4589 (Eustace) Facilitates identification of municipal liens on residential property of certain seniors and disabled persons.  Committee will continue to monitor this bill.

S-2764 (Van Drew) Requires DCA to post on its Internet website information about enforcement of maintenance violations for vacant and abandoned properties under foreclosure. Committee voted to oppose this bill.

S-3054 (Vitale) Requires DEP to offer to purchase and demolish certain contaminated residential property. Committee voted to oppose this bill.

S-3070 (Weinberg) Establishes award of attorney’s fees to prevailing party in municipal services dispute. Committee voted to oppose this bill.

S-3132 (Lesniak) Provides that two members of board of education of Type II school district will be appointed by mayor or other chief executive officer of municipality constituting district.  Committee will continue to monitor this bill.                                         

Review of Bills Raised at the Committee’s September 29th Meeting:

S-781 (Weinberg) Makes various changes to law addressing meetings of public bodies to provide public with greater access to meetings and information about meetings. The NJCM Legislative Committee has previously voted to oppose this legislation. Committee voted to oppose this bill.

S-782 (Weinberg) Makes certain access changes to open public records act; establishes State public finance website and creates program for development of local websites; makes appropriation. Committee has previously voted to oppose this legislation.

A-4435 (Burzichelli) Requires non-binding mediation for disputes regarding access to public records. Committee will continue to monitor this bill.

To review any of the above legislative proposals click on link below.

New Jersey Legislaturewww.njleg.state.nj.us

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