Year: 2015

Proposed Fire District Consolidation Legislation Advances

Proposed Fire District Consolidation Legislation Advances

The New Jersey Senate recently advanced legislation that would make it easier to consolidate fire districts. The Assembly approved the measure this summer. Under Assembly Bill No. 3006, New Jersey municipalities would be authorized to consolidate fire districts if the commissioners of each of the fire districts within each municipality

Assembly Passes Bill to Allow Volunteer Firefighters to Receive Public Employee Retirement Benefits

NJ Appeals Court Addresses Employer-Employee Relations Act

The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently addressed when public employers can be held liable under the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, which prohibits the discharge of employees for union activity. In its decision, the court confirmed broad remedial authority of the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC)

Proposed NJ Bill Reinstates Municipal Authority to License Property Rentals

Proposed NJ Bill Reinstates Municipal Authority to License Property Rentals

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would expand municipal authority to license rental of real property. Assemblyman John Burzichelli proposed the bill (A-4764) in the wake of the Appellate Division’s recent decision in Timber Glen v. Township of Hamilton.  As previously discussed on this blog, the Appellate Division

NJ Appeals Court Rules Police Dash Cam Videos Subject to OPRA

NJ Appeals Court Interprets Police Promotion Statute

In a recent decision, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court interpreted several public employment statutes that impose hiring and promotional restrictions upon police departments in smaller New Jersey cities that are not of the “first class” or “second class” in population and which are not civil service

Third Circuit Holds Media Not Entitled to Court Docs in Bridgegate Case

Year in Review: OPRA Developments for 2015

As the year winds down, we will be taking a look back at the public law issues that impacted New Jersey municipalities. With regard to the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA), there were a number of legal developments, several of which involved the increased use of technology. In case

Do Public Entities Have to Accept OPRA Requests Via Email?

The New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC) recently considered the electronic transmission of public records request under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). While the GRC concluded that records custodians are not required to accept requests via email, it did find that excluding all forms of electronic transmission would

NJ Supreme Court to Address OPRA’s Applicability to Security Camera Footage

NJ Supreme Court to Address OPRA’s Applicability to Security Camera Footage

The Supreme Court of New Jersey has agreed to consider how to apply the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to security camera footage. The case, Patricia Gilleran v. Township of Bloomfield, specifically involves whether a municipality must publicly disclose security video footage captured by a stationary camera in a