Governor Phil Murphy

Governor Murphy Takes Action on Legislation


TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy announced that he has signed the following bills into law:
A2787 (Dancer, Andrzejczak, Houghtaling, Rooney/Cruz-Perez, Singer) – Extends pilot program authorizing special occasion events at wineries on preserved farmland; implements reporting requirement.

A3380 (McKeon, Murphy, Lampitt,Conaway/Vitale, Singleton) – “New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act.”

S482 (Vitale/Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Jasey) – Authorizes certain gestational carrier agreements.
S846 (Turner, Cruz-Perez/Pintor Marin, Mukherji, Gusciora, Jones, Sumter) – Reinstates and extends duration of certain UEZs; requires DCA to study UEZ program and report recommendations to the Legislature.

S868 (Sweeney, Vitale/Coughlin, Jasey, Schaer)– Permits candidates for school board to circulate petitions jointly and be bracketed together on ballot; permits short nonpolitical designation of principles on petitions and ballots. 

S1217 (Sweeney, Smith/Mazzeo, Armato, DeAngelo) – Requires BPU consideration and approval of amended application for qualified wind energy project offshore in certain NJ territorial waters.
S1870 (Vitale, Ruiz/Speight, Quijano, McKnight) – Requires Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board to study racial and ethnic disparities that contribute to infant mortality.

S1876 (Ruiz, Corrado/Vainieri Huttle, Caputo, Jasey) – Requires Commissioner of Education to include data on chronic absenteeism and disciplinary suspensions on School Report Card and requires public schools to make certain efforts to combat chronic absenteeism.

S1878 (Vitale, Singleton/McKeon, Lampitt, Murphy) – "New Jersey Health Insurance Premium Security Act;" establishes health insurance reinsurance plan. 

S1894 (Ruiz, Turner/Lampitt, Sumter, Barclay) – Requires "breakfast after the bell" program in all schools with 70% or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.

S1895 (Ruiz, Turner/Lampitt, Jones, Wimberly) – Requires certain school districts to submit report on nonparticipation in "Community Eligibility Provision" of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. 

S1896 (Ruiz, Turner/Lampitt, Wimberly, Jones) – Requires school district to report at least biannually to Department of Agriculture number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch.

S1897 (Ruiz, Turner/Lampitt, Pintor Marin, Barclay) – Expands summer meal program to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.

S2247 (Sweeney/Burzichelli, Mukherji, Murphy) – Allows charitable assets set aside from the sale of nonprofit hospital to for-profit entity to be allocated to successor nonprofit charitable entity that is establishing and operating equivalent nonprofit hospital.


Governor Murphy also announced that he has conditionally vetoed the following bills: 

S879 (Sweeney/Burzichelli, Taliaferro, Murphy) – Amends definition of "existing major hazardous waste facility" in "Major Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Act." 

Copy of message on S879

S976 (Vitale, Bateman/Vainieri Huttle, Lagana, Mukherji) – 
"Revised State Medical Examiner Act"; establishes Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner in DOH. 

Copy of message on S976

S1968 (Pou/Wimberly, Mukherji, Sumter) – Extends document submission deadline for certain residential and mixed use parking projects under Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant program; increases maximum credit amounts awarded for certain residential and mixed use parking projects. 

Copy of message on S1968