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MCANJ “Legislative Update” 
May 3, 2018 
New Laws 
P.L. 2018, c. 6Offers every person applying in person for driver’s license, permit, 
probationary driver’s license or non-driver identification card, including renewals, the 
opportunity to decline automatic voter registration as long as they meet all the 
requirements to be eligible to vote.  The Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) must 
promptly electronically transmit the information to the Secretary of State.  MVC is 
required to include notice to drivers, including information on penalties for false voter 
registration, about the program and the ability to opt-out. If a person who is not eligible to 
vote becomes a register voter it is presumed to have been as a result with official 
authorization and the voter is deemed not to have committed a crime. However, there are 
penalties for those who knowingly and willfully unlawfully register to vote.  The law also 
permits any state agency that collects similar information to work with Secretary of State 
to establish a procedure for automatic voter registration. The law will take effect on 
November 1, 2018.  
P.L. 2018, c. 8: Permits taxpayers to make dedicated prepayment towards anticipated 
property taxes, regardless if the governing body has adopted a resolution. The tax 
collector must accept payments made in full or installments of not less than $1. If a 
prepayment exceeds the total property tax bill a refund must be issued within 60 days of 
the issuance of the property tax bill. If governing body does not meet within the 60 days, 
then at next regular governing body meeting. The law took effect April 20, 2018 and was 
retroactive to July 1, 2017. For more see our blog post.  
P.L. 2017, c. 317: Establishes standardized change condition clauses for local public 
construction contracts. The law establishes standard process for differing site conditions, 
suspension of contract work, changes in the character of contract work, and changes in 
the amount of work to be performed by the contractor. The Division of Local 
Government Services is working on regulations. For more please see our blog post. The 
law took effect January 16, 2018.  
P.L. 2017, c. 266: Permits a governing body by ordinance to require the municipal clerk 
to create and maintain a list of municipal residents who identify as being in need of 
special assistance in the event of emergency. The list must include the person’s name, 
address, and special circumstance. The list must be delivered monthly to the municipal 
police department, each fire company and first aid servicing the municipality. The list 
must be cross-indexed by name and address of each resident. A notice of the program 
must be included in the tax bill mailing. In addition, a notice must be provided on how 
tenant can be added to each landlord who has filed a certificate of registration with the 
town. The list is exempted from the Open Public Records Act. Department of 
Community Affairs was given rulemaking authority. The law took effect on January 8, 

P.L. 2017, c. 260Permits voters of municipality to approve an increase in the municipal 
free public library tax in addition to 1/3 of mil by a public question. The public question 
can either be by ordinance or petition. Any increase approved by a public question would 
be for ten (10) years. A public question cannot be submitted more than once in a three 
year election cycle. However, the question can be renewed by another public question. 
The law took effect on January 8, 2018.  
P.L. 2017, c. 315: Regulates and prohibits certain operations of drones. The law also 
preempts any law, ordinance, resolution, or regulation adopted by the governing body 
concerning the private use of a drone that is inconsistent with the bill’s provisions. The 
law took effect on May 1, 2018.  
P.L. 2017. c. 331: Revises the way animal cruelty law is enforced in the State. The law 
transfers the power of the human law enforcement from the NJ Society for Prevention of 
Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) to the county prosecutor in each county. The governing 
body in each municipality with an existing police department must designation at least 
one municipal human law enforcement officer, who will be responsible for animal 
welfare within the municipality. The municipal human law enforcement officer is 
required to enforce and abide by the animal cruelty laws of the State and municipality. 
The municipal human law enforcement officer may be authorize to use a firearm in the 
furtherance of their duties if they complete an approve firearms training course and 
qualifies twice a year in the use of a revolver or similar weapon. All third (3rd) and fourth 
(4th) degree criminal offense under the animal cruelty laws must be referred to the County 
Prosecutor for investigation. Municipalities may handle Civil and disorderly persons’ 
offenses. Each County must designate an animal cruelty prosecutor and chief human law 
enforcement officer. A governing body may enter into a Memorandum of Understanding 
(MOU) with the County SPCA, under the supervision of the county prosecutor. 
Rulemaking authority has been given to the Attorney General. For more please see our 
blog post. 
P.L. 2017, c. 321: Permits any law enforcement agency to authorize the towing of a 
vehicle from private property if it is deemed appropriate for public safety. The owner will 
be responsible for the expense of tow. The law also exempts law enforcement officers, in 
course of work, that deems appropriate for public safety to tow a car from requiring 
consent of motor vehicle owner from private property. The law took effect January 16, 
P.L. 2017, c. 259: Requires the removal of equipment and markings of emergency 
vehicles prior to sale or transfer to a private individual entity. The law defines emergency 
vehicles as fire, police, ambulance or any vehicle approved by the Motor Vehicle 
Commission to operate in response to emergency call. The law does exempt historic 
vehicles. The law does not apply to sales or transfers to the State, local governments, 
volunteer companies or authorize dealers of emergency vehicles. The law requires the 

Attorney General to issue guidelines or directives for enforcement. The law took effect 
on May 1, 2018.  
P.L. 2017, c. 272: Requires the Civil Service Commission to develop a uniform domestic 
violence policy to be adopted by all public employees, regardless if they are subject to 
Civil Service. Employers must distribute a copy of the policy to all employees. The law 
took effect January 8, 2018.  
P.L. 2017, c. 275: Requires Master Plans to include a statement of strategy concerning 
smart growth, including consideration of potential locations of installation of electric 
vehicle charging station; storm resiliency with respect to energy supply, flood-prone 
areas and environmental infrastructure; and environmental sustainability. The law took 
effect on January 8, 2018.  
P.L. 2018, c. 9 For all employers in the State, the unlawful employment practice under 
Law Against Discrimination is expanded to include discrimination based on 
compensation or financial terms or conditions of employment. It is unlawful for employer 
to pay any of its employees, who are members of a protected class, at a rate of 
compensation, including benefits, which is less than the rate paid to employees, who are 
not members of the protected class, for substantially similar work when viewed as a 
composite of skill, effort, and responsibility. An employer cannot reduce the rate of pay 
of an employee but must bring the lower salary to the higher salary.  An employer can 
pay different salary rates to employees only if the difference is based on seniority system, 
merit system or the employer demonstrates certain factors.  Each paycheck is viewed as 
an occurrence and monetary damage awards are at the rate of three times. For more see 
our blog post. The law takes effect on July 1, 2018.  
Laws Ready to be Sign  
(Please note that the laws have been signed since the conference) 
Earned Sick Leave:  This law (P.L. 2018, c. 10) requires all employees to provide sick 
leave of at least 1 hour for every 30 hours of work and expands what is consider sick 
time. The law excludes Civil Service communities from the requirements of the law. The 
law takes effect on October 29, 2018.  For more see our blog post.  
Charitable Trust: This law (P.L. 2018, c. 11) permits towns, counties, and/or school 
districts to establish one or more charitable trust, each for a specific public purpose, and 
permits property tax credits in association with certain donations. This law is a response 
to a new Federal Income Tax cap on the SALT property tax deduction. The law takes 
effect on July 3, 2018. For more see our blog post on the law and IRS guidance.  
On Governor’s Desk 
PFRS Pension Bill (S5): This bill will transfer the management of the Police and Fire 
Retirement System to a labor (7) – management (5) board.  Please note since the 

conference the Governor conditionally vetoed the bill and has returned it to the 
legislature. It is anticipated that the Senate will consider the bill on June 7. For more on 
the bill and the Governor’s conditional veto see our blog post.  
Workplace Democracy Act (A3686): This legislation is in response to a United State 
Supreme Court case of Janus v. ASCFM. Please note since the conference the Governor 
signed this bill into law (P.L. 2018, c.15). The law imposes mandatory requirements on 
public employers to ensure that public unions are able to carry out their statutory duties 
by having access to, and the ability to communicate with, their public employee 
members. This law took effect immediately. For more see our blog post.  
School Board Petitions (S868): Permits two or more candidates for School Board to 
circulate a nominating petition jointly and be bracketed together for the same term for 
both the April and November school board elections. However, the candidates must first 
notify the School Board Secretary. Please note that the Governor signed this bill into law 
(P.L. 2018, c. 20) and it took effect on May 30. 
Of Interest 
S-1: This bill would modify the “Uniformed Shared Services and Consolidation Act” and 
“Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission” (LUARCC) to 
encourage and facilitate shared services.  For more please see our blog post. The bill is 
awaiting consideration of the full Senate.  
A-1100: Expands the Common Sense Shared Service Pilot Program to include 
Monmouth and Atlantic counties. If you recall the Common Sense Shared Service Pilot 
permits the sharing of the municipal clerk, chief financial officer, tax assessor, tax 
collector, municipal treasurer, and principal public works manager regardless of tenure in 
Camden, Morris, Ocean, Sussex and Warren counties. The bill unanimously passed the 
Assembly and is awaiting consideration by Senate Community and Urban Affairs 
A-1521: Permits any registered voter who is 17 years of age prior to primary election but 
is 18 years old at general election is permitted to vote in the primary election. The bill 
passed the Assembly 56-17 and awaits consideration of the full Senate.