Year: 2016

Gov. Murphy Conditionally Vetoes PFRS Legislation

NJ Tax Court Clarifies Eligibility for Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption

In Galloway Township v. Duncan, the New Jersey Tax Court addressed when a veteran who suffers from a service-connected 100 percent permanent disability meets the legislatively imposed requirements for the personal residence tax exemption.  The Facts of the Case Defendant taxpayer, Lucienne Reed Duncan, M.D., sought personal residence tax exemption

Bill Would Ban Punitive Damages Against NJ Public Entities

Bill Would Ban Punitive Damages Against NJ Public Entities

A bill currently under consideration in the New Jersey Assembly would ban punitive damages against public entities. It would also eliminate awards of noneconomic damages against both public entities and public employees except in certain cases involving physical injury.  Specifically, Assembly Bill No. 4252 amends the New Jersey Tort Claims

NJ Supreme Court to Consider Disclosure of Police Dash Cam Videos

AG’s New Directive Requires On-Going Police Training

A new directive from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General requires the state’s police officers to complete annual in-service training. The goal of the police training is to promote positive interactions between officers and the communities that they serve.  This summer, Gov. Chris Christie signed Assembly Bill No.

NJ Appeals Court Overturns Ordinance Over Council Member’s Conflict of Interest

NJ Appeals Court Overturns Ordinance Over Council Member’s Conflict of Interest

In Mollica v. Township of Bloomfield, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court invalidated a township ordinance adopted to acquire land to build a public park. Citing the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Grabowsky v. Township of Montclair, the Appellate Division held that a council member’s ownership

NJ Appeals Court Holds School District Not Liable for Abuse

NJ Bill Would Require School Board Members to Confirm Eligibility

A bill pending in the New Jersey Assembly would require school board candidates to affirm that they have not been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from office when filing their nominating petitions. The legislation, Assembly Bill 4206, is currently pending before the Assembly Judiciary Committee.  Under N.J.S.18A:12-1, individuals

Proposed DLGS Rule Defines “Managerial Executive Employees” Under Local Government Ethics Law

Proposed DLGS Rule Defines “Managerial Executive Employees” Under Local Government Ethics Law

The Local Government Ethics Law requires “local government officers” to annually file financial disclosure statements. In addition to covering elected officials, the law also applies to anyone who is a managerial executive employee of a local government agency.  Last month, the Local Finance Board of the Division of Local Government

NJ Supreme Court Rejects Appellate Division’s Expanded Rice Notice Requirements

Third Circuit Holds Media Not Entitled to Bridgegate Docs

In North Jersey Media Group Inc. v. United States, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the media has no public right of access to a letter sealed by the court in the criminal prosecution of William Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, commonly referred to as the “Bridgegate” case.