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town-crier_facebookWe would like to alert you to a few new rules and amendments being proposed by various state agencies.  The League is in the process of working with stakeholders in reviewing the proposed rules and will be providing an analysis of the potential municipal impact.  We encourage you to review these proposed rules and if you have any comments or concerns which you would like to bring to our attention please feel free to contact us.  After our review and with feedback from our members we anticipate submitting comments on these proposed rules and amendments.

N.J.A.C. 2:24-2.3(a), 2.4, 4.2, 5.1 (Proposed Amendments)N.J.A.C. 2:24-7 (Proposed New Rule) – Disease of Bees

  • The rules proposed by the State Board of Agriculture have not yet been published in the NJ Register but are available for review in their pre-publication form.  These rules seek to implement the Board’s exclusive authority to regulate beekeeping within the State.  Specifically, these rules seek to define certain industry terms and set standards governing the breeding and keeping of bees within the state.  These rules are of particular importance to municipalities as local units must adopt the rules by specific reference in order for the local unit to enforce them.

Repeals and New Rules, N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A.4 and 9A.6 / Amendments, N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A.1, 9A.2, 9A.3, 9A.5, and 9A.7 and 5:31-4.1 and 4.2 / Repeal, N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A.8     – Electronic Disbursements and Claimant Certification

  • The Local Finance Board seeks to expand the current use of procurement cards to include the authorized use of standard electronic funds transfer technologies.  The proposed new rules set forth standards which must be followed for the use of procurement cards and also requires municipalities and other entities to develope a policy for their use.

N.J.A.C. 5:30-18 – Employee Compensation Disclosure

  • With this new rule proposed by the Local Finance Board, the Board seeks to use its statutory authority to implement a 2007 law and create an employee compensation disclosure form to be used when a municipality seeks to ratify a collectively negotiated agreement or an individual employment contact.  The purpose of the form is to provide a comparison of the employee’s salary, year over year in order to keep the public better informed of salary decisions.

N.J.A.C. 5:33-1.1 – Electronic Tax Lien Sales

  • The Division of Local Government Services has proposed new rules concerning the electronic sale of delinquent tax liens and municipal charges.  The proposed rule seeks to expand the current pilot program and includes some changes to the procedures and parameters currently in place for the sale of these liens via the internet.

Amendments, N.J.A.C. 16:41C – Roadside Sign Control and Outdoor Advertising

The Department of Transportation seeks to amend the rules concerning outdoor advertisement.  The proposed amendments would put limitations on the types and manner in which signs could appear bike share stations.  The proposed amendment would include charging a permitting fee to municipalities before the posting of a sign on a bike share station.