Tag: Public law

Significant Provisions of New Jersey’s School Regionalization Bill

Significant Provisions of New Jersey’s School Regionalization Bill

Legislation that would overhaul school regionalization is primed to move quickly through the New Jersey Legislature… Legislation that would overhaul school regionalization is primed to move quickly through the New Jersey Legislature. The bill, Senate Bill 3488, provides a road map for school districts to study and implement school regionalization

NJ Assembly Advances Legislation Targeting Student Mental Health

NJ Assembly Advances Legislation Targeting Student Mental Health

The mental health of New Jersey students was a growing concern before the COVID-19 pandemic hit… The mental health of New Jersey students was a growing concern before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Nationally, as well as in New Jersey, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people

What NJ Municipalities Need to Know About the State’s New Cannabis Laws

What NJ Municipalities Need to Know About the State’s New Cannabis Laws

On February 22, 2021, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation legalizing cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older… On February 22, 2021, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation legalizing cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older, establishing the regulatory framework for legal cannabis. Gov. Murphy also

NJ Attorney General Adopts Revised Use of Force Policy

NJ Attorney General Adopts Revised Use of Force Policy

Last month, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced significant changes to the statewide “Attorney General Directive Establishing the Use of Force Policy and Procedures” (Use of Force Policy) that must be followed by all state, county, and local law enforcement officers in New Jersey. This is the first time that

NJ Appeals Court Highlights Importance of Timeliness When Challenging Planning Board Decisions

Federal District Court Strikes Down New Jersey Cemetery Act

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently struck down the New Jersey Cemetery Act. In Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery Association v. Twp. of Readington, the federal court ruled that the statute, which empowers municipalities to consent to new cemeteries within their borders, is unconstitutionally vague.  

NJ Appeals Court Highlights Importance of Timeliness When Challenging Planning Board Decisions

NJ Appeals Court Highlights Importance of Timeliness When Challenging Planning Board Decisions

In Hassan v. Borough of Emerson, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court held that a plaintiff’s complaint in lieu of prerogative writs challenging a resolution granting site approval for a redevelopment project was time-barred because it was not filed within the required 45-day period. The court’s decision

Legislative Update: Senate Education Committee Advances Teacher Diversity Bill Package

Legislative Update: Senate Education Committee Advances Teacher Diversity Bill Package

The Senate Education recently advanced eight bills that will impact New Jersey school districts if they are enacted in law. The legislative package, introduced by Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz, aims to increase diversity among the state’s teachers. “During our hearing on teacher diversity, we heard from countless educators

NJ Supreme Court Rules Teacher “Release Time” Does Not Violate State Constitution

NJ Supreme Court Rules Teacher “Release Time” Does Not Violate State Constitution

In Rozenblit v. Lyles, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a significant decision rejecting statutory and constitutional challenges to provisions in a collective negotiations agreement [CNA] between the Jersey City School District [District] and the Jersey City Education Association [Association] that authorized two teachers [“releasees”], employed and paid by the District,