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.
The Appellate Division recently held that the City of Elizabeth (City) and Elizabeth Board of Education (BOE) are immune from liability under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (TCA) for injuries sustained by a child who was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the street near a municipal park
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
As we approach the New Year, we will be reviewing the major public law issues that impacted public entities in New Jersey. In the area of public employment law, 2016 saw a number of legal developments, including new laws and precedential court decisions. DOL Overtime Law: A federal judge is
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. 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
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
The New Jersey Assembly is currently considering legislation that would impose new obligations on municipalities that grant long-term tax exemptions. Under the proposed bill, cities and towns would be required to share funds collected under payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements with school districts. As we have previously discussed on the Scarinci Hollenbeck