Category: Municipal Law

Transition Reports Offer Roadmap for New Murphy Administration

Given the stark differences in policy, the leadership change from Gov. Chris Christies election of Gov. Phil Murphy is certain to result in changes for local governments and state agencies. Since taking office, Gov. Murphy has issued ten executive orders, which tackle issues such as wind energy, equal pay, and

NJ Senate Poised to Vote on Shared Services Bill

The New Jersey Senate is currently considering legislation that aims to encourage and facilitate the provision of local and regional services through shared service agreements and joint contracts. Notably, Senate Bill 1 provides that a municipality would be subject to a reduction in State aid if it fails to approve a recommendation

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

Local Finance Notice Addresses Construction Code Fees

The Division of Local Government Services and the Division of Codes and Standards recently issued a Local Finance Notice (Notice) reminding municipalities about the construction code fee limitations established under state law and how construction code enforcement offices must budget and account for such fees. They issued the Notice after

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,

New Jersey Municipal Consolidation Bill Signed into Law

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation aimed to make it easier for New Jersey communities to pursue municipal consolidation. Senate Bill 956 authorizes special emergency appropriations for the payment of certain expenses incurred to implement a municipal consolidation. Consolidations are governed by the Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act, which