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09/12/2016   Proposed New Rule: N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1 Local Government Ethics Law
09/01/2016   Superstorm Sandy Non-Federal Cost Share ("Match") Program
06/23/2016   Pre-proposed Amendments: Certification of Available Funds
03/23/2016   Proposed Amendments to Electronic Disbursement Control Rules
02/04/2016   LFN 2016-03: Guidance on LOSAPs
01/26/2016   LFN 2016-02: State of Emergency Relating to Snow Storm

Proposed New Rule: N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1 Local Government Ethics Law - 09/12/2016

The Local Government Ethics Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.1 et seq.) requires those individuals defined as "local government officers" to annually file financial disclosure statements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.6.  Individuals classified as "managerial executive employees" are among those that fall under the "local government officer" definition.   N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.3.g was recently amended, by Section 21 of P.L. 2015, c. 95, to grant the Director of the Division of Local Government Services authority to define by regulation who qualifies as a "managerial executive". The Director has proposed N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1, a new rule that would define which titles, or responsibilities equivalent to such titles, are "managerial executive" and thus be required to file an annual financial disclosure statement.  Published in the September 6, 2016 New Jersey Register, the rule proposal is located on DLGS's "Rules and Regulations" webpage under "Proposed Rules".  Please submit written comments on the notice of proposal by November 5, 2016 either by e-mail to dlgs@dca.nj.gov with subject heading "NJAC 5:32-2.1: LGEL Managerial Executive Definition" or by regular mail to: Jason R. Martucci, Esq., Administrative Practice Officer / Division of Local Government Services / Department of Community Affairs / P.O. Box 803 / Trenton, NJ 08625-0803.  

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Superstorm Sandy Non-Federal Cost Share ("Match") Program - 09/01/2016

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Sandy Recovery Division is now accepting applications for the Non-Federal Cost Share (“Match”) Program, which provides Sandy-impacted municipalities, counties and public school districts with financial assistance for eligible disaster recovery costs. THEY MUST BE LOCATED IN THE NINE (9) MOST IMPACTED COUNTIES (ATLANTIC, BERGEN, CAPE MAY, ESSEX, HUDSON, MIDDLESEX, MONMOUTH, OCEAN and UNION) as detailed in the State’s Disaster Recovery Action Plan, in order to be eligible to receive funding for the local match requirement under the FEMA PA Program.  The Match Program is intended to provide funding for some or all of the 10 percent match required by the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program to pay for recovery activities such as debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The application can be downloaded and must be submitted to the Sandy Recovery Division, with appropriate documentation, ON or BEFORE 5:00 p.m. October 18, 2016. The completion and submission of the application does not guarantee funding. The application may be submitted via email to FEMALocalMatch@dca.nj.gov or a hard copy of the application may be mailed to: New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Sandy Recovery Division, Attn: FEMA Match, 101 South Broad Street, P O Box 823, Trenton, NJ 08625-0823. FOR QUESTIONS regarding the Match Program or the application, contact the Sandy Recovery Division at FEMALocalMatch@dca.nj.gov or call (609) 633-7363 or (609) 292-8340.

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Pre-proposed Amendments: Certification of Available Funds - 06/23/2016

The Local Finance Board is seeking public input on draft changes to rules pertaining to Certification of Available Funds.  The Notice of Preproposal concerning draft amendments to N.J.A.C. 5:30-5.3 through 5.5 can be found on the Division’s “Rules and Regulations” webpage under the heading “Proposed Rules”.  Please submit written comments on the notice of pre-proposal by July 20, 2016 via e-mail to dlgs@dca.nj.gov or by regular mail to: Patricia Parkin McNamara, Executive Secretary - Local Finance Board - Department of Community Affairs - PO Box 803 - Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0803. For comments submitted via e-mail, please place in the subject heading “N.J.A.C. 5:30 Certification of Available Funds Pre-Proposal”.

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Proposed Amendments to Electronic Disbursement Control Rules - 03/23/2016

The Local Finance Board seeks public input on proposed amendments to rules governing electronic disbursement controls for local units.  The proposed amendments, approved for promulgation by the Board at its February 10, 2016 meeting, would expressly authorize a third-party organization to audit, consolidate, and pay energy and utility bills on a local unit’s behalf. The proposed rule amendments to N.J.A.C. 5:30-17.1 through 17.6 have been published in the March 21, 2016 New Jersey Register, and are accessible to view online. Comments on the proposed rule amendments are due no later than May 20, 2016 and may be submitted via email to dlgs@dca.nj.gov with the subject heading “N.J.A.C. 5:30-17 Electronic Disbursement Controls” or by regular mail addressed as follows: Patricia Parkin McNamara, Executive Secretary, Local Finance Board, Department of Community Affairs, P.O. Box 803, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0803.   

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LFN 2016-03: Guidance on LOSAPs - 02/04/2016

The "Emergency Services Volunteer Length of Service Award Program" (P.L. 1997, c.388) ("LOSAP") was signed into law in 1998 to support the recruitment and retention of fire and first aid volunteers by rewarding their service. The Division of Local Government Services adopted LOSAP Rules on January 16, 2001 and amended on November 26, 2003. In response to concerns with the oversight of certain LOSAPs, the State of New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller ("OSC") conducted a review of several LOSAPs across the State. On June 30, 2015, then Acting State Comptroller Marc Larkins, issued an "Investigative Report: Emergency Services Volunteer Length of Service Award Program" (the "OSC Report"). Local Finance Notice 2016-03 provides Guidance on Administration of Length of Service Award Programs (LOSAPs).

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LFN 2016-02: State of Emergency Relating to Snow Storm - 01/26/2016

Commencing on Friday, January 22nd, a severe winter storm moved through New Jersey for which Governor Christie declared a state of emergency via Executive Order 202.  The storm brought heavy snow, mixed precipitation, strong winds, freezing temperatures and flooding conditions to various portions of the State.  Local Finance Notice 2016-02 has been issued to inform impacted local units of relevant post-storm financing, procurement and property tax related matters.

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