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  • NJ A1690
  • Allows fire district elections to be moved to November; eliminates certain fire district budget referenda; and eliminates certain fire district capital purchase referenda.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/1/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/29/2017)
Passed
(6/29/2017)
Signed
(8/7/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish procedures for moving the date of a fire district's annual election to the day of the general election in November. Under the bill, the date of the annual fire district election may be moved to November upon the adoption of a resolution by the board of fire commissioners of a fire district. Under current law, annual fire district elections are held on the third Saturday in February. Permitting annual fire district elections to be held at the time of the general election would help increase voter participation in fire district elections. Under the bill, an annual fire district election held in November would be conducted in accordance with the procedures provided for the general election in Title 19 of the Revised Statues. In addition, candidates for members of a board of fire commissioners to be voted for at such elections would be nominated through the direct nomination by petition process set forth in Title 19 of the Revised Statues. If the fire district's annual election is moved to November, the terms of the fire commissioners then in office would be extended until the first Tuesday in December of the years in which their terms expire, and the new fire commissioners would take office at that time. Before a fire district election may be moved to November, the county board of election in each county within which a fire district is located would have to ensure that election districts are appropriately apportioned to enable annual fire district elections to be held as part of the general election. If the election for the first board of fire commissioners is held at the time of the general election, subsequent annual elections for the fire district would also be conducted at the time of the general election, and in accordance with the procedures provided for the general election in Title 19 of the Revised Statues. The bill would also eliminate voter referenda required under current law for fire district budgets, except for proposals to raise revenue above the statutory two percent property tax levy cap. The bill would also eliminate currently required voter referenda for certain capital purchases, which are funded by increased property tax levies permitted under the two percent property tax levy cap law. The board of commissioners of a fire district would be able to raise the funds for these purchases by a resolution adopted by at least a 2/3 majority vote. The resolution would have to be advertised and subject to a public hearing, similar to a process followed by municipalities and counties for certain capital expenditures.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.206.  (on 8/7/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
8/7/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.206.
6/29/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (74-0-2)
6/29/2017 A Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/29/2017 S Passed by the Senate (33-0)
6/29/2017 S Substituted for S660/2002 (SCS/1R)
6/22/2017 S Senate Amendment (28-0) (Beach)
6/1/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 *Revised 5/31/17 - S-2180 and S-2793 have been added. S-2490 (1R)
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-320 (1R), A-1690 (ACS) and A-4587 (2R) are all pending referra)
5/25/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
5/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (73-0-2)
1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 A-4352 pending referral)
1/30/2017 A Reported from Assembly Comm. as a Substitute, 2nd Reading
1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
12/12/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
12/12/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 12/12/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 7/4/2017 Assembly Floor: Concur in Senate Amendments 74 0 6
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 33 0 7
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S660 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 28 0 12
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 9 0 4
Detail 5/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 73 0 7
Detail 1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Substitution 11 0 0
Detail 12/12/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 7 0 0