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  • NJ A1752
  • Exempts school district employees in certain counties from requirement to reside in State as pilot project; requires DOE report.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides an exemption for school district employees, during the course of their employment, from the requirement that all public employees have their principal residence in this State. An employee who is not a State resident will be exempt from the State residency requirement if employment is commenced after the effective date of this bill or commenced prior to that effective date but the employee had not yet complied with the residency requirement. This exemption will apply only to employees in school districts located in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Essex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Burlington, or Camden County. The purpose of this bill is to create a pilot project to ascertain the impact of the exemption on the administrative and instructional needs of the school districts in the specified counties. For this purpose, each school district will submit periodic reports in writing to the Department of Education on the impact of the exemption on employment within the district. Each report by a school district must specify, and compare to the eight-year period before the availability of the exemption, the number of candidates applying for positions to be filled, the types of positions to be filled, changes in the number of candidates, the number of new employees, the State of residence of the candidates and those employed, retention rates of newly employed employees, the difficulties experienced in finding qualified candidates for certain positions, and such other information as the department may require. The Department of Education will compile and analyze the information provided in the reports of the school districts and prepare a written report detailing that information, describing its findings and setting forth its conclusions, along with any recommendations on this matter that the department determines to be appropriate and necessary. The report will be submitted to the Governor and to the Legislature after the end of the third full school year following the effective date of the bill. The Governor and Legislature may then make a determination to retain the exemption or amend the statute to eliminate it. "School district" is defined in the current law as any local or regional school district established pursuant to chapter 8 or chapter 13 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes and any jointure commission, county vocational school, county special services district, educational services commission, educational research and demonstration center, environmental education center, and educational information and resource center.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
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