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Supreme Court Sides With Church in Grant Funding Suit

NJ Supreme Court to Determine Constitutionality of Church Grants t

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently agreed to consider whether the New Jersey Constitution bans a county government from giving historic preservation grants to local churches. The case is Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The suit, which was brought by the Freedom From

NJ Council on Local Mandates Rejects Bail Reform Challenge

NJ Council on Local Mandates Rejects Bail Reform Challenge

The New Jersey Council on Local Mandates recently issued a formal decision rejecting the New Jersey Association of Counties’ challenge to the state’s bail reform law. The Counties had alleged that the reforms set forth in the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) constitute an unfunded mandate and are thus unconstitutional.

Proposed NJ Bill Bans Third Party Tax Appeals

Proposed NJ Bill Bans Third Party Tax Appeals

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would prohibit third parties from filing property tax appeals with respect to the property of others. Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and the Assembly. Under current law, property taxpayers may challenge the assessment or exempt status of their own

DLGS Highlights Newly Enacted NJ Procurement Laws

DLGS Highlights Newly Enacted NJ Procurement Laws

The New Jersey Department of Community Affair’s Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently published a Local Finance Notice regarding several new laws that impact local government and/or school procurement. Covered topics include bidder ownership disclosure, competitive contracting, contracts for asphalt work, claimant certification for utility bills, federal military equipment

Gov. Christie Signs Electronic Payments Bill into Law

Gov. Christie Signs Electronic Payments Bill into Law

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a bill into law that will make it easier and cheaper for New Jersey municipalities to process electronic payments. The bill, Assembly Bill No. 3851, authorizes certain local units to adopt policies for the payment of certain claims through the use of standard electronic funds

Third Circuit Holds Media Not Entitled to Court Docs in Bridgegate Case

New Jersey Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Key OPRA Issue

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently granted certification in Paff v. Galloway Twp. The case involves a key interpretation of the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA).  In April, the Appellate Division concluded that municipalities do not have to create records when responding to an OPRA request. The appeals