Category: Municipal Law

DLGS Offers Guidance to Aid NJ Municipalities in Continuity of Operations

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently issued guidance aimed to help New Jersey municipalities maintain their operations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Division, the guidance “aims to provide some answers, and some structure, to help each of New Jersey’s local units successfully maintain continuity of government

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Executive Order Allows Electronic Submission of Referendum Petitions

COVID-19 continues to change the way local government business is conducted in New Jersey. On April 29, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing county and municipal clerks to accept initiative and referendum petitions electronically. Executive Order 132 also authorizes signatures for these petitions to be collected electronically. The measure aims

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DLGS and GRC Provide OPRA Guidance to Records Custodians Impacted by COVID-19

In these uncertain times, New Jersey municipalities are working hard to maintain operations, which includes responding to requests under the state’s Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”). However, reduced staff hours and office closures are making the process more challenging. In response to COVID-19 the state enacted legislation relaxing the deadline

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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

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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

Gov. Murphy Signs Election Bills into Law

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed several bills into law that seek to improve New Jersey’s election process. The measures establish an online voter registration center, require district boundaries and corresponding election results to be posted online, and mandate that incarcerated individuals be counted at their last known street address for legislative

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NJ Appeals Court Rules 311 Message Is Sufficient Notice Under TCA

With pothole season underway, New Jersey municipalities should be aware of a recent Appellate Division decision. In Martinez v. City of Hoboken, the Appellate Division held that a plaintiff’s message to the city of Hoboken on the City’s electronic 311 online reporting system regarding an injury she sustained stepping in a pothole was sufficient

New Law Amends MLUL to Address Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy has made clean energy one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities released a draft Energy Master Plan to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050, which includes reducing emissions by encouraging electric vehicle adoption.  In June, the Murphy Administration announced the New Jersey Partnership