Tag: New Jersey Government Law

Proposed Legislation Would Bring Port Authority Under OPRA

Legislative efforts are underway in New Jersey to amend the state’s Open Public Records Act to bring the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under its purview. The legislation (S-2292 and A-3400) follows the Appellate Division’s decision in Dittrich v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,

What Do New Jersey Municipalities Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act?

New Jersey municipalities should begin working to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act, if they have not done so already. While some provisions have already taken effect, the most significant changes will be phased in over the next two years. Overall, the ACA will not drastically alter how New

Subs Appointed to New Jersey Supreme Court

New Jersey continues to be plagued by judicial vacancies, with two seats on the state’s highest court still unfilled. As a temporary fix, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has elevated Judges Mary Cuff and Ariel Rodriguez to sit on the New Jersey Supreme Court starting October 1. As we have previously

Proposed Sexual Abuse Law Could Lead to Liability for New Jersey Municipalities

Legislation is currently pending in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature that would eliminate the statute of limitations on civil actions for sexual abuse. While we certainly do not question the intent of these bills, New Jersey municipalities should be aware of the potential legal consequences. The current statute

Should New Jersey Schools Reconsider 24/7 Conduct Policies?

The courts have struck down New Jersey schools conduct policy as ultra vires, raising the question of whether any policy that regulates out of school or after hours conduct will survive judicial scrutiny. The decision is significant given that at least 54 schools are currently using these policies. In the

Update: Court Rules Rutgers Open Meeting Law Violations Not Actionable

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that violations of the state’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) by Rutgers University are not actionable. While the court acknowledged that the university’s Board of Governors did not fully comply with the letter of the law, it held that the minor violations did

Public Entities Immune from Vicarious Liability in 9-1-1 Operations

Earlier this week, we told you about Wilson v. City of Jersey City, in which the Appellate Division (on remand from the Supreme Court) held that the conduct of Jersey City’s 9-1-1 operators was not “wanton and willful” and thus they were entitled to immunity pursuant Title 52, N.J.S.A. 52:17C-10.

New Jersey Governor and Legislature Authorize Public Entities To Use Solar Energy Generation to Offset Overall Electric Bills

Legislation approved by the New Jersey Legislature on June 25, 2012 and expected to be signed by Governor Christie has removed what had been a major obstacle to the widespread installation of solar energy facilities by municipalities, school districts and other public entities. Until now, if a public entity wanted