Author: Michael A. Jimenez

NJ Senate Committee Advances Bill to Amend PILOT Process

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would increase oversight over local tax abatement agreements. Senate Bill 1701 aims increase transparency regarding payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), particularly with respect to how they impact school funding.  As previously discussed in the Scarinci Hollenbeck Government & Law Blog, many New

Gov. Murphy Signs NJ Voter Registration Bill

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation into law that expands voter registration in New Jersey. Pursuant to Assembly Bill No. 2014, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will automatically register to vote and update voter registration for eligible applicant when applying for motor vehicle driver’s license, examination permit, probationary

Cannabis Legalization Requires NJ Municipalities to Make Important Choice

With New Jersey poised to legalize recreational cannabis, local municipalities have some tough decisions to make. Many are already crafting regulations to either allow or prohibit cannabis dispensaries and other businesses. Proposed NJ Cannabis Bill Allows Local Ordinances Sen. Nicholas Scutari recently reintroduced legislation that would legalize recreational use of small

NJ Appeals Court Clarifies ELEC Authority to Issue Complaint

In New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission v. DiVincenzo, the Appellate Division held that the Election Law Enforcement Commission (also known as “ELEC” or the “Commission”) still had jurisdiction to issue a complaint even though only two members voted due to vacancies.  According to the appeals court, the common-law quorum

Gov. Christie Vetoes Airbnb Bill to Tax Short-Term Rentals

Gov. Chris Christie recently vetoed legislation that would have made rentals via Airbnb and similar online marketplaces subject to the same state and local occupancy taxes as hotel and motel rooms.  According to the Governor, he would not support imposing additional taxes on “already overly taxed New Jersey property owners.”

NJ Appeals Court Affirms Broad Power of State Comptroller

In Larkins v. Solter, the Appellate Division recently affirmed the broad audit authority of the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller (OSC). The appeals court held that the State Comptroller was not obligated to disclose his reasons for selecting the North Bergen District Board of Education (NBBOE) for a