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By Scott Miccio on March 18, 2021
Action Required: Five Considerations for a Municipality Developing a Cannabis Strategy

On February 22, 2021, Governor Murphy signed three expansive pieces of legislation that create the framework for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the State.  The new law creates a laundry list of action items that must be addressed by municipal governing bodies within specified time frames.

By Emily E. Strawbridge on January 13, 2021
New Jersey Appellate Division Offers Clarity to OPRA Requests for Student Records

The New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision on January 12, 2021, in the matter of Chris Doe v. Rutgers University, which offers some clarity to the obligation of school districts to respond to certain Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) requests for student records.

By George M. Morris on July 30, 2020
With Public Pressure Mounting, NJ Seeks to Update Access to Police Records

In the wake of nationwide protests stemming from the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent calls across the country to both defund police departments and reform their practices, access to real time information regarding police activities has rapidly gained momentum.

By William J. Kaufmann on July 29, 2020
Anticipating Applications for Small Wireless Facilities – How Municipalities Can Proactively Prepare to Meet Challenging Timelines

We keep hearing that 5G networks are coming to municipalities as necessary to the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and as a significant improvement to our past mobile networks.

By Dana A. Stefanoni on June 25, 2020
Court Clarifies Custodian’s Requirements to Produce Certain Police Records

In a shift from past opinions, a recent Appellate Division decision provides municipalities and their police departments’ protection from Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) litigation for certain records produced by police officers but ultimately maintained by the judiciary through an electronic system.

From Courtroom to Court Zoom-- Serving Justice Virtually during Covid-19

Recently, we became pioneers in the realm of a virtual trial. Our litigation was on a fast track -- it involved affordable housing and a challenge to a zoning ordinance. 

By Andrew W. Li, Michael W. Herbert on January 17, 2020
Will New Jersey's "CROWN Act" Prove to be a Headache for Public Employers?

With new amendments to the Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) signed into law last month, New Jersey became the third state in the country to prohibit discrimination against a person’s hair style. 

November 25, 2019
Municipal Planning for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The New Jersey legislature is getting serious about electric vehicles. On November 6, 2019, it passed S-606 (formerly A-1371) encouraging municipalities to begin planning for expanded electric vehicle ("EV") infrastructure across the state.

November 11, 2019
Time to Dish the Dirt – New Jersey Makes a Bid to Reduce Contaminated Fill in Local Communities

The unauthorized use of “dirty dirt” as fill in sites across New Jersey has long been an issue facing municipalities. In October 2019, DEP launched the "Guard Your Backyard" initiative specifically aimed at curbing the dumping of tainted fill in New Jersey communities.

By Jeffrey D. Winitsky on August 28, 2019
Changes to Timing for Payment of Non-Residential Tax Appeals by Municipalities  

On August 9, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy Assembly Bill A-2004, (the "Bill"), which now permits municipalities in New Jersey to pay non-residential property tax appeal refunds over a period of three years.   

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