Month: March 2020

Public bidding

The DLGS Issues Guidance on COVID 19 – Key Takeaways from Local Finance Notice on Emergency Procurement

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently issued a Local Finance Notice regarding the need for emergency procurement in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. The guidance, LFN 2020-06, also addresses public bidding concerns and the use of storm recovery reserves. Emergency Procurement As highlighted by the DLGS, the COVID-19 public health

Sign executive order

Gov. Murphy Signs COVID-19 Legislation and Executive Orders Impacting New Jersey Municipalities

On March 20, 2020 Gov. Phil Murphy took action on several bills aimed to help New Jersey municipalities address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He also issued several Executive Orders impacting public entities.  Below is a brief summary: Mail-in Ballots (A-3095/S-1982): The legislation addresses concerns from county clerks regarding sufficient time to prepare mail-in


NJ Supreme Court Rules Police Stop Lacking Reasonable Suspicion Was Unconstitutional

In State v. Donna M. Alessi (A-41/42-17/079255) (Decided January 27, 2020), the New Jersey Supreme Court confirmed that the police may not pull over a driver for questioning in furtherance of an investigation without reasonable suspicion that she committed a crime or traffic violation. As the court explained, “A law

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Deemer Statute

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Deemer Statute

In Felix v. Richards, (A-27-18/081799) (Decided February 26, 2020), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the creation of the basic automobile insurance policy option, without bodily injury liability coverage, did not modify the state’s deemer statute (N.J.S.A. 17:28-1.4). The divided court further rejected the Government Employee Insurance Company’s (GEICO)