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  • NJ A537
  • Establishes fast track hearing for challenges to shared service agreements and municipal consolidations.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish a fast track hearing process for challenges to proposed shared service or joint meeting agreements or municipal consolidations. Local units of government are faced with providing high quality services without increasing property taxes. One way a local unit may accomplish this is by entering into agreements with other local units so they can jointly provide a service. Oftentimes, cost savings are realized by reducing overall staffing levels. When jobs are at stake, employee organizations may institute lawsuits to delay or prevent implementation of shared service or joint meeting agreements or municipal consolidations. Litigants should have their day in court, however, protracted delays based upon specious legal arguments undermine the financial benefits that should inure to local taxpayers when shared service agreements and municipal consolidations are properly entered into. Under this bill, if a court action is instituted that may prevent or delay implementation of a shared service or joint meeting agreement or municipal consolidation, the matter will be expedited by the assignment judge. It will then be heard on an emergent basis, with limited discovery, to determine whether the proposed shared service or joint meeting agreement or municipal consolidation complies with the provisions of the "Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act." If the court determines that the proposed shared service or joint meeting agreement or municipal consolidation substantially complies with the provisions of the "Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act," the court will award the public entity or entities litigation costs and reasonable attorney fees.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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