Tag: New Jersey Municipal Law

Will New Jersey School Districts Be Required to Go Green?

Will New Jersey School Districts Be Required to Go Green?

As New Jersey takes steps to transition to clean energy, school districts may soon be required to create their own plans to go green. The New Jersey Senate recently advanced legislation requiring school districts to include environmental sustainability plans in the long-range facilities plans submitted to the Commissioner of Education.

Should Your Municipality Establish a Municipal Property Tax Rewards Program?

Should Your Municipality Establish a Municipal Property Tax Rewards Program?

Under a law that took effect last year, New Jersey municipalities can establish property tax rewards programs encouraging residents to shop at local retail establishments. The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently issued a Local Finance Notice (LFN) aimed to guide municipalities in creating and implementing these new programs. 

NJ Supreme Court Rules Settlement Agreement Involving Terminated Corrections Officer Must Be Disclosed Under OPRA

NJ Supreme Court Rules Settlement Agreement Involving Terminated Corrections Officer Must Be Disclosed Under OPRA

In Libertarians for Transparent Government v. Cumberland County, (A-34-20/084956) (Decided March 7, 2022), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that a settlement agreement between a former corrections officer and his employer, defendant Cumberland County, may be disclosed under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), subject to redaction. According to

Proposed New Jersey Bills Promote Municipal Consolidation

Proposed New Jersey Bills Promote Municipal Consolidation

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering two companion bills that would make it easier for New Jersey communities to pursue municipal consolidation. The legislation, which has bi-partisan support, recently cleared the by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee. The goal of the proposed bill (A-1739/S-316) is to increase the

SCOTUS to Decide If the Government Can Challenge Patents

Year in Review: Key Decisions Impacting New Jersey Municipalities

In 2014, New Jersey state and federal courts issued several important decisions that impacted municipalities and local agencies. In case you missed our posts, below is a brief summary: Open Public Records Act: In O’Boyle v. Borough of Longport, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the common interest rule

New Jersey Police Camera Mandate Signed into Law

Last month, Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation that will require police vehicles to be equipped with mobile video recording systems. While this new mandate may help greatly in cases of alleged police misconduct, many municipalities are understandably concerned about the potential costs and privacy concerns generated by the new law. 

OPRa guidance COVID-19

Corporations Created to Manage NJ Business Improvement Districts Covered Under OPRA

The Appellate Division recently provided further guidance regarding when quasi-public agencies are subject to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA). In Kennedy v. Montclair Center Corporation Business Improvement District, the court held that the corporation responsible for managing Montclair’s business improvement district is subject to OPRA. The Facts

Supreme Court Cell Phone Search Decision Impacts NJ Municipalities

Supreme Court Cell Phone Search Decision Impacts NJ Municipalities

New Jersey municipalities should be aware of a key privacy decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court late last month. The Court held that police officers must obtain a search warrant prior to reviewing a suspect’s cell phone, even if the search is incident to an arrest. In the digital