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Legislative Update: 02/06/17

Friday, February 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
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GFOA of NJ staff were presents at Monday's committee meetings for the following bills of interest.

Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation

S2722/A1991: Provides two elected members of pension commission of closed Hudson County Employees' Pension Fund may be active or retired county employees.

This bill amends N.J.S.A.43:10-10 which establishes the membership of the pension commission of the Hudson County Employees’ Pension Fund, which was closed to new members after January 10, 1974.  Since that date, new Hudson County employees have been enrolled in the State-administered Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Currently, this pension commission has five members: the executive officer of the county, the chief financial officer of the county, two active county employee members elected by active county employees, and a county citizen selected by the other four members of the commission.  Since the active membership of this closed fund is decreasing, the bill provides that the two elected commission members may be an active county employee member of the pension fund or a retired county employee who is receiving a pension from the fund.  Those two commission members will be elected by the active county employee members of the fund and the retired county employees receiving a pension from the fund. 

The bill also deletes the provision for the initial election of the county employee members at the time the pension commission was established.

The bill was reported from Senate Committee, 2nd reading.

Senate Education

A4284/ S2675: Provides that school districts and nonpublic schools may receive reimbursement for costs incurred on or after January 1, 2016 for testing school drinking water for lead.

The annual appropriations act for fiscal year 2016-2017 included a $10 million appropriation to be used to reimburse school districts for costs incurred when conducting lead testing in drinking water in schools.  The corresponding language provision stipulated that the reimbursement would be made pursuant to program requirements to be established by the Department of Education, which would be effective upon filing with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).  The department’s requirements stated that school districts would only be eligible to receive a reimbursement for lead testing 
performed after July 13, 2016.  This bill would allow a school district to receive a reimbursement for lead testing conducted on or after January 1, 2016, but before the department filed the program requirements with the OAL, if the lead testing meets or exceeds the program requirements established by the department.

The bill was reported from Senate Committee with amendments, 2nd reading.

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