Author: Monica E. de los Rios

Legislation Introduced to Make Interest Arbitration Cap Permanent

The two percent cap on interest arbitration awards expired at the end of the year 2017. In response, lawmakers in both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly recently introduced legislation to permanently extend the 2% Interest Arbitration cap, which limits how much compensation arbitrators can award police and firefighters who have

New Jersey Voters to Decide Library Funding Question

This month, New Jersey voters will decide whether to approve funding to finance capital projects at the state’s public libraries. The state has not approved new borrowing for library facilities for eight years.  As more fully discussed in a prior post, the proposed bond act authorizes the issuance of $125 million

NJ Appeals Court Enjoins City of Orange Referendum Over Deficient Interpretative Question

In City of Orange Township Board of Education v. City of Orange Township, the Appellate Division granted the City of Orange Board of Education’s application for an injunction to prevent the City of Orange from acting on a voter-approved referendum to change from a Type I to Type II school

Gov. Christie Approves Library Bond Funding Bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently approved the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act.” The bi-partisan legislation authorizes the issuance of $125 million in State general obligation bonds to provide grants for the construction, expansion, and equipping of New Jersey’s public libraries. For the library funding to become a reality,

Assembly Passes Bill Barring Confidential Whistleblower Settlements

Assembly Passes Bill Barring Confidential Whistleblower Settlements

The Assembly recently passed legislation that would prohibit public agencies from incorporating confidentiality provisions into settlement agreements with a whistleblower. Assembly Bill No. 4243 also provides that such settlements constitute public records. Assemblyman John McKeon introduced the bill in response to a settlement agreement in which the state agreed to

NJ Dept. of Ed to Overhaul Regulation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

NJ Dept. of Ed to Overhaul Regulation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

The New Jersey Department of Education is currently considering amendments that would overhaul how the state regulates Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities (APSSDs). The proposed changes are intended to increase oversight and crack down on alleged nepotism and improper spending. Role of APSSDs in New Jersey There are

NJ Senate Committee Advances Bill to Amend PILOT Process

Urban Enterprise Zone Bills Advancing in NJ Assembly

Two bills intended to strengthen the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) are advancing in the New Jersey Assembly. One measure addresses urban enterprise zone sales tax revenues, while the other extends the UEZ designation in all qualifying municipalities for additional 10 years. New Jersey’s Urban Enterprise (UEZ) Program, which dates back