Tag: Public law

What NJ Municipalities Need to Know About the SCOTUS Decision in Shurtleff v. City of Boston

What NJ Municipalities Need to Know About the SCOTUS Decision in Shurtleff v. City of Boston

The U.S. Supreme Court continues to issue decisions impacting New Jersey municipalities. In Shurtleff v. City of Boston, 596 U. S. ____ (2022), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it rejected an application to fly a Christian flag on one of

NJ Supreme Court Issues Important Decision Regarding Disclosure of Internal Affairs Records

NJ Supreme Court Issues Important Decision Regarding Disclosure of Internal Affairs Records

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently clarified when police internal affairs (IA) reports must be disclosed to the public under both the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law right of access. The court ultimately concluded that while OPRA does not permit access to internal affairs reports, records can

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Extending Deadline for COVID-19 Special Education Claims

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Extending Deadline for COVID-19 Special Education Claims

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation extending the period of time a parent, guardian, or local educational agency has to request a due process hearing regarding the education of a child with disabilities during a COVID-19 school closure or during periods of virtual, remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction. The extension is

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Incentivizing School District Regionalization

New Jersey has about 600 public school districts, which exceeds the total number of municipalities in the state. Changes could be coming under a school district regionalization bill Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed into law.  The new law, Senate Bill No. 3488, modifies certain procedures pertaining to school district regionalization,

What School Districts Should Know About Key Changes to New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Law

What School Districts Should Know About Key Changes to New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Law 

On January 10, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law S-1790/A-1662 to amend and strengthen New Jersey’s existing anti-bullying law (“New Law”). Many of the changes aim to create a school climate that will decrease harassment, intimidation and bullying (“HIB”), using various tools, such as the creation of a School Climate State

New Law Creates Special Education Unit Within Office of Administrative Law

New Law Creates Special Education Unit Within Office of Administrative Law

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation, S-2160/A-5701, that establishes a special education unit within the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The special education unit will consist of Administrative Law Judges having expertise in special education law.   The goal of the special education unit is to help address the long-standing special

NJ Appeals Court Addresses Validity of Referendum Petition Using E-Signatures

In Township of Montclair Committee of Petitioners v. Township of Montclair, the Appellate Division addressed the validity of a referendum petition that relied on voters’ electronic signatures. The appeals court held that the Clerk of the Township of Montclair (Clerk) acted arbitrarily and capriciously when she determined that a petition

Education Law Update – Gov. Murphy Signs Several Bills into Law

Education Law Update – Gov. Murphy Signs Several Bills into Law

Gov. Phil Murphy took action on several education bills in recent weeks… Gov. Phil Murphy took action on several education bills in recent weeks. The legislation signed into law addresses issues ranging from school nurse shortages to school bus driver safety. Gov. Murphy also issued conditional vetoes on some closely-watched