PENDING BILLS: Click here for full text of bills
S2912 - Provides police officers may be present at senior residential center or school being used as polling place under certain circumstances; requires school to establish election day security plan (2nd Reading in Senate to concur w/ Assembly Amendments on 11/3/22)
A220 - Prohibits payment to public employees at retirement for certain unused sick leave, provides for forfeiture of payment for unused sick leave for certain criminal convictions, and requires documentation for use of sick leave.
A3915 - Requires State to pay for costs to conduct new election if the State is at fault for errors during initial election that requires new election to be held. (2nd Reading in House on 6/23/22)
S757 - Authorizes special occasion events at certain commercial farms on preserved farmland, under certain conditions; appropriates $85,000. Governor conditional veto, 2nd reading in assembly to concur w/ Governor’s recommendations on 10/20/22)
A2472 - Establishes bribery in official and political matters applies to person soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept benefit as consideration to act even though not yet in office or otherwise qualified to act. Governor conditional veto, 2nd reading in Senate to concur w/ Governor’s recommendations)
S2000 - Exempts certain health information contained in 9-1-1 calls from definition of government record. (2nd Reading in 1st House on 6/23/22)
S435 - Authorizes certain local authorities to distribute live recordings of certain public hearings in lieu of transcript requirement. (2nd Reading in House on 6/2/22)
A2002 - Requires State registrar to permit county surrogate to provide certified copy of death certificate to authorized person under certain circumstances. (2nd Reading in House on 6/2/22)
A2026 Reduces from 18 to 12 specific credit hours required for Animal Health Technician job title in civil service; allows substitution of five years of experience for education requirement.Sent to Governor on 10/27/22)
S856 - Allows canvassing of early votes and mail-in ballots before election day under certain conditions.
NEWLY ENACTED LAWS: Click Here for Text of Laws
- P.L.2022 c.120 Concerns timely payment of UI benefits. (Approved 11/3/22)
- P.L. 2022 c.113 - Includes duct cleaning as public work subject to the prevailing wage law. Approved 9/22/22
- P.L. 2022 c.93 - Permits counties to operate airports as county utilities; provides that bonds for county and municipal airport purposes be issued in accordance with provisions of "Local Bond Law." Approved 8/5/22
- P.L. 2022 c.92 - Requires business owners and rental unit owners to maintain certain liability insurance policies. Approved 8/5/22
- P.L. 2022 c.85 - Concerns use of tents and other fixtures for outdoor dining on certain property. Approved 8/3/22
- P.L. 2022 c.23 - Waives fees for marriage and civil union licenses in Fiscal Year 2023; appropriates $2 million. Approved 6/30/2022
- P.L. 2022 c. 66 - Allows minors to serve as election workers between 5:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on elections days.
- P.L. 2022 c. 67- Requires ballot privacy sleeves at polling place; makes various changes to early and mail-in voting procedures; creates online form to update name and residence on existing voter registration record.
- P.L. 2022 c. 68- Specifies circumstances when voter will be removed from permanent vote by mail status and when ballot will be sent to primary address; requires educational campaign; makes appropriation of $5 million.
- P.L. 2022 c. 69 - Prohibits an unaffiliated mail-in voter from receiving a mail-in ballot for a primary election. This bill also requires election officials to provide an unaffiliated voter a political party affiliation declaration form and relevant information for voting in a primary election. This bill also prohibits mail-in ballot envelopes from containing a visible political affiliation or designation for certain elections.
- P.L. 2022 c. 70- Changes certain deadlines for the mailing of mail-in ballots; requires the number of ballots that have been received, have been counted, and are remaining to be counted to be posted on the websites of the county boards of elections/Div. of Elections; permits county board of elections to establish a pickup schedule for mail-in ballots in ballot drop boxes; requires Secretary of State to send confirmation notice to a voter that changes their party affiliation when updating an existing voter requisition at the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Deadline for prep. of primary ballot for printing is changed from the 50th to the 45th day before the election; Deadline for prep. of ballot for a federal primary or any general election would continue to be the 50th day before the election; Changes mailing of mail-in ballots for a Primary from 38th to 45th before an election; requires that petitions be filed before 4 pm of the 71st day next preceding the day of the holding of a Primary; requires that no later than noon on 61st day preceding the Primary for the General election, the municipal clerk would certify to the county clerk the full/correct names/addresses/political party/slogan/designation of candidates; County boards of elections would be permitted to open the inner envelopes for mail-in ballots and canvassing the ballot five days prior to election day.
- P.L. 2022 c. 71- Requires enhanced review of death records two months prior to election; permits remote training for certain election workers; exempts election worker compensation from taxation and remuneration.
- P.L. 2022 c. 72- Allows certain voters residing overseas to vote in certain elections in this State depending on overseas residency or intent to return.
- P.L. 2022 c. 80- Adjusts municipal ballot question for amusement games for future elections and repeals section of law creating office of Amusement Games Control Commissioner.
- P.L. 2022 c. 23 - Waives fees for marriage and civil union licenses in Fiscal Year 2023; appropriates $2 million. (Signed 6/30/22) https://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2022/A4000/3733_R1.PDF
- P.L. 2022, c. 40 - College Credit for Serving as Poll Workers: authorizes students attending institutions of higher education to earn credit towards graduation for serving as poll workers permits an institution of higher education to award and apply academic credit for each full shift of service a student serves as a poll worker. The student is also entitled to receive their pay as a poll worker and cannot be required to forego the pay as a condition of receiving the academic credit. The law took effect on June 30, 2022. https://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2022/A4000/3733_R1.PDF
- P.L.2022 c. 22 - Provides one-year waiver of certain MVC fees imposed for driver's licenses and non-driver identification cards. (Signed 6/30/22) https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A4401
- P.L.2022 c. 21 - Establishes annual sales tax holiday for retail sales of computers, school computer supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials and sport or recreational equipment. (Signed 6/30/22) https://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2022/A2000/1522_U1.PDF
- P.L. 2022, c. 48 Economic Incentives for Certain Cannabis Businesses (Signed 6/30/22) https://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2022/S3000/2945_I1.PDF
- P. L. 2022 c. 15 - Changes deadline for filing of acceptance by successful write-in candidate for primary election to on or before the seventh day following certification of election results. https://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2022/PL22/15_.PDF adopted June 2022
- P.L. 2022 c. 16 - Permits operation of pedicabs and alcoholic beverage consumption by passengers of pedicabs in certain circumstances. https://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2022/PL22/16_.PDF adopted June 2022
- P.L.2022, c.2 - Extends period of time for filing special education due process petitions related to COVID-19 school closures and periods of virtual, remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction.
- P.L.2022, c.12 - Increases contribution limit by counties and municipalities to volunteer first aid, ambulance, and rescue squads.
- P.L.2022, c.7 - Changes certain primary election deadlines.
- P.L.2022, c.5 - Raises pay for election workers to $300 per day; permits counties to provide additional compensation to election workers; appropriates $7,000,000 to Department of State.
- P.L. 2021, c.180 - Social Affair Permit Increase
- P.L. 2021, c.230 - Prohibiting appeals of the decision to hold Land Use meetings electronically
- P.L. 2021 c. 270 - Connection fees for municipal electric
- P.L. 2021 c. 255 - Certain County Ordinances to be mailed to Municipal Clerks
- P.L. 2021, c.179 - Notary Law Revisions and Authorizing Electric Signatures
- P.L. 2021 c. 40 - Early Voting/Appointment of Challengers/Electronic Poll Books
- P.L. 2021, c.287 - Prohibits municipal licensure of children operating temporary businesses
- P.L. 2021 c.267 - Permits counties and municipalities to bond for alternative fuel vehicles.
- P.L. 2021, c.258 - Authorizes operator s of motor vehicles to display electronic proof of registration; requires MVC to send application for registration renewal to lessee of leased vehicle
- P.L. 2021, c.343 - Codifies same-sex marriage in the statutes.
- P.L. 2021, c.334 - Expands workers' compensation coverage to parking areas provided by employer.
- P.L. 2022, c. 3 - requires the State Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to develop, based on credible information available to the public, a list of persons and entities engaging in prohibited activities in Russia or Belarus. Once the list is established, a contracting unit shall, prior to contract award, require a vendor or contractor to certify that they are not identified on Treasury's Russia-Belarus list and review the Russia-Belarus list to determine whether the vendor or contractor appears on the list. Please be advised that the vendor/contractor certification requirement is not currently in effect for local governments and boards of education, and will not take effect until such time as Treasury finalizes the Russia-Belarus list. The Division of Local Government Services will provide further updates as needed.
- Ernest Bozzi v. City of Jersey City (A-12-20) (084392) Argued March 15, 2021 -- Decided September 20, 2021 (OPRA-Dog License Lists)
- On June 21, 2022, the New Jersey Appellate Division in S.W. v. Elizabeth Board of Education confirmed in an unpublished opinion that a request made under the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) to an attorney for a public entity is invalid. The Appellate Division held that OPRA explicitly requires a request for access to a government record to be "to the appropriate custodian," and counsel for a board of education is not a custodian within the meaning of OPRA under N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5(g).
- NJ Supreme Court Clarification on Municipal Vacancy Law Linden Democratic Committee v. City of Linden, https://www.njcourts.gov/attorneys/assets/opinions/supreme/a_30_21.pdf?c=3rB
- Teaneck Court Case Over Electronic Petition Signatures
- Responsible Dog Ownership Act
- NJ Supreme Court decision could impact municipal employment policies