Legislative Reports

Information provided by Legislative Committee Representative Charles McMickle, Hamburg Fire Department

Reported at 05/18/16 Meeting: Profile list for fire and emergency services-Specific Bills-93, Profile list for Fire Districts-Specific Bills-42, Profile List for Pensions-Specific Bills-44.
Reported at 03/16/16 Meeting: There are 5 Session Laws in place from January 12, 2016 to February 25, 2016.  None are related to fire.  There are 84 bills for Fire and Emergency Services-January 28, 2016 - February 17, 2016.  There are 40 bills for Fire Districts and 42 bills for Pensions for the same period.

One bill of interest SCR-76 Oroho and Van Drew sponsors - proposes constitutional amendment requiring Legislature to enact statute authorizing $200 property tax credit for primary residence of volunteer firefighter or first aid squad member.  Tracked in Pensions - February 16, 2016 - Referred-Senate Community and Urban Affairs.

Reported at 01/20/16 Meeting: A-1039 Related Bill S-2310 Set forth certain standards to be followed by law enforcement agencies and fire departments when utilizing drones.

S-264 Related Bill A1347 - tracked in Fire & Emergency Services Position Support.  "Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act", concerns workers' compensation for safety workers.

A-3006 Related Bill S-3272 Establishes procedure for consolidating fire districts.

Closing for voting on bills was Monday January 11, 2016.  Actual legal close of the Session is 12 Noon on the second Tuesday of every numbered year.

Reported at 11/24/15 Meeting: Governor Christie took time out from campaigning to sign some bills, he signed 39 in one day.  There was only one bill out of the 39 that pertains to the fire service.

Assembly Bill 4374-Upgrades crime of false public alarm under certain circumstances and establishes reporting requirements concerning crime.  Related Bill-Senate Bill 3011.  November 9, 2015-Chapter 156, Paul Moriarty, one of the sponsors.

Assembly Bill 4265 - Permits municipal, county and regional police and fire forces to establish five-year residency requirement for police officers and firefighters; allows exceptions to requirement under certain circumstances-Position:  Opposed-Related Bill S-2783.  Passed by both Houses (Sent to Governor), June 25, 2015, November 9, 2015, Absolute Veto, Absolute Veto received by the Assembly-November 4, 2015.

Reported at 9/23/15 Meeting: Still nothing going on in Trenton, everyone is campaigning including the Governor.  The Governor has been chastising the Assembly for lack of meetings and the reply of the Speaker Prieto noting the Governor's absence while touring the country.

There are no sessions at this time, the Senate met on September 24th.

Reported at 9/23/15 Meeting: Profile List for Fire and Emergency Services:  99

Profile List for Fire Districts:  33

Bill brought up in Convention under Legislative Report.  Bill sponsored by Ronald Dancer.  Bill Number 4648.  Reads as follows:  Provides public employee in State administered retirement system who continues pre-existing volunteer relationship with employer from whom employee retires has bona fide severance from employment for compliance with NJ and federal regulations, State and Local Government.  June 29, 2015 Introduced to Assembly State and Local Government Committee

Reported at 7/15/15 Meeting: Quite a bit of committee action on some of our bills which hopefully will lead into voting sessions.  We should see movement in July before summer vacation starts.

AJR-16 Tucker-Designates month of October each year as "Fire Safety Education Month."  June 15, 2015, Referred:  Senate Law & Public Safety

S-2989 Beck-imposes mandatory 30 days imprisonment and 30 days community service for crime of initiating, circulating or transmitting false public alarm.  June 11-Referred:  Senate Law & Public Safety

Reported at 4/15/15 Meeting: Attended Legislative Meeting for New Jersey State Firemen's Association on Saturday, March 29th, at Kenilworth, New Jersey.  We went over bills and we gave our support to them, some of the bills we opposed and some we took no action on.  We are now tracking 98 Fire and Emergency Services Bills, 34 Pension Bills and 63 Fire District Bills for a total of 195 Bills.  This is the last year of the 216th Session, all unsigned bills at the end of the session would expire.  The Legislature is closed for voting sessions due to budget deliberations.

A-1698-Wisniewski-requires fire suppression systems in new single and two family homes.  Sent to Governor on March 16 for his signature.

A-2996-Authorizes snow removal from covered fire hydrants and locator pole installation-On Governor's desk to be signed.

S-2824-Stack-Requires certain new residential buildings to have fire barriers in cocklofts, concrete or steel frames, and fire stops.  March 12, Referred-Senate Community and Urban Affairs.

Reported at 3/18/15 Meeting: S-1567-Bucco-Establishes DOT roadside memorial program for fallen police officers, EMS workers, and firefighters.  Related Bill A-410-March 9, 2015-2nd reading in Senate

S-1593-Turner-Establishes "Police Officer, Firefighter, Public School Teacher and Sanitation Worker Home-buyer Assistance Act-Related bill A-213-March 5, 2015-Meeting cancelled (snow) Senate

A-4265-McKeon-Permits municipalities to establish five year residency requirement for police officers and firefighters.  Related Bill s-2783-March 2, Referred Assembly Judiciary

Reported at 02/18/15 Meeting: Eighteen Bills have been signed - we have no fire Bills that have passed both Houses.

A-1698-Wisniewski-Related Bill S-2316 - requires fire suppression systems in new single and two family homes.  February 9 - 2nd reading in Senate

A-2996-Lagana-Related Bill S-2254 - authorizes snow removal from covered fire hydrants and locator pole installation  February 5 - 2nd reading in Assembly on concurrence with amendments.

A-1250-Prieto - provides certified municipal fire inspectors and fire officials having more than four consecutive years' service, 2015 with tenure in office.  February 12, 2015, Posted: Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness.

Reported at 01/21/15 Meeting: We had one of our four bills introduced before the end of the year, the Governor's Office did sign 14 bills into law for the period.

This ends the first year of the two year legislative session and our listing shows only 2 bills passed by both houses.  A-3310 suffered an absolute veto by the Governor and the Assembly has been able to over-ride it.  S-1869 was re-passed by the Senate but has not been able to move through the Assembly.

Assembly Bill A-3987-Mosquera, Gabriela, Permits certain fire police units to appoint fire police officers.  December 15, 2014, Referred:  Assembly Law and Public Safety

Reported at 10/15/14 Meeting: Assembly Bill 213-Related Bill Senate 1593  Establishes "Police Officer, Firefighter, Public School Teacher, and Sanitation Worker Home Buyer Assistance Act", Appropriates $5 Million.  Referred Assembly Appropriations September 18, 2014

Assembly Bill 3704-Related Bill Senate 456  Eliminates eligibility time limit on tuition benefits for spouses of certain Public safety workers killed in performance of their duties.  Referred September 18, 2014, Assembly Higher Education - September 18, 2014- Senate Budget and Appropriations

Senate Bill 1092-Assembly Bill 1537  Reduces amount of fire duty required in order to receive Exempt Fireman Certificate.  September 29, 2014-Passed by both Houses (Sent to the Governor to be signed).  Governor expected to sign when available.  One of the sponsors of the Bill is Assemblyman Parker Space.

Reported at 09/17/14 Meeting: Senate Bill 1092 - Sponsored by Anthony Bucco - Related Assembly Bill 1537.  Reduces amount of fire duty required in order to receive exempt certificate from 60% to 50%.  Passed Senate on June 26, 2014.  Had second Reading in Assembly on June 26, 2014.  It is a Bill we support.  Seems to be stalled in Assembly.

Assembly Bill 2953 - Sponsored by Assemblyman Sean T. Kean.  Synopsis:  Raises maximum eligibility age for Exempt Fireman Certificates and membership in New Jersey State Firemen's Association.  An Act concerning Exempt Fireman Certificates and New Jersey State Firemen's Association membership and amending N.J.S.A. 40A:14-56 and R.S.43:17-9.  Statement:  Under current law, a firefighter is required to join the fire service between the ages of 18 and 45 in order to be eligible for an Exempt Fireman Certificate.  Exempt Fireman Certificates are issued to eligible firefighters who have responded to at least 60% of their fire duty in a 7 year period.  This entitles the firefighter to death benefits under the New Jersey State Firemen's Association.  This Bill would increase from 45 to 60, the age by which a firefighter is required to join the fire service to establish eligibility for the New Jersey State Firemen's Association and for an Exempt Fireman Certificate.

Reported at 08/20/14 Meeting: Currently tracking 91 Bills under Fire and Emergency Services, 29 under Fire Districts and 55 under Pensions.  Total of 165.

We have one Bill signed into law, A3424, which revises certain laws governing police and fire interest arbitration; incorporates compounding in base salary calculations; extends 2% cap on basic salary awards.

Movement on Exempt 50% Bill S1092 has passed the Senate and is awaiting approval by the Assembly Committee and then to the floor.

S2310 Sacco, sets forth certain standards to be followed by law enforcement agencies and fire departments when utilizing drones.  July 31, 2014, Referred Senate Law and Public Safety

S2316 Whelan, requires fire suppression systems in new single and two family homes.  July 31, 2014, Referred:  Senate Community and Urban Affairs

Reported at 04/16/14 Meeting: Bill SCR-87 sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Jeff VanDrew from South Jersey, as of March 17, 2014, was Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs.  In our meeting in Kenilworth we supported this Bill but majority of members present do not think it will go far because of money.  Bill reads, Proposes constitutional amendment requiring Legislature to enact a statute authorizing $200 property tax credit for primary residence of volunteer firefighter or firs aid squad member.

We are tracking 78 Fire and Emergency Service Bills, 25 Pension Bills and 46 Fire District Bills for a total of 149.

Status reports of all profiled Bills were read and the committee acted on all the new Bills introduced since their last meeting.  We supported 20 Assembly Bills, 46 Senate Bills for a total of 66.  We opposed 3 Assembly Bills and 6 Senate Bills.  We took no action on 2 Assembly Bills and 2 Senate Bills.

Since 1993, 158 Bills have been signed into law.

Reported at 03/19/14 Meeting: The Legislature is one month in on the new Session Year.  We are tracking 63 bills in Fire and Emergency Services, 25 in Fire Districts and 29 in Pensions for a total of 117.

Last year 13 bills were signed into Law.

Three bills of interest are:

A-1537, Rible, Reduces amount of fire duty required in order to receive Exempt Firemen Certificate-Related Bill S-1092 March 10, Second Reading in Assembly.  Jake Genovay testified on this bill.

A-1698, Wisniewski, Requires fire suppression systems in new single and two family homes.  March 13, Posted: Assembly Housing and Community Development.

A-2779, Andrzejczak, Increases maximum municipal contribution to fire districts and volunteer fire companies; indexes amount biennially for inflation.  Related Bill, S-1480, March 10, 2014, Referred: Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness.

Reported at 02/19/14 Meeting: Information needed on request by Steve Raye to start letter writing campaign on a Bill that will be re-introduced in this Session of the Legislature by State Senator Steven Oroho.  There is no Bill number on this as of yet.  It states that a $200 property tax deduction be given to Fire Department members and EMS members.  Your letters should be addressed to State Senate-Honorable Steven Oroho, 115 Demarest Road, Suite 2B, Sparta, NJ 07871.  Also you can write letter to State Assembly-Allison Littell McHose, 115 Demarest Road, Suite 2B, Sparta, NJ 07871 and State Assembly Parker Space, 115 Demarest Road, Suite 2B, Sparta, NJ 07871.
Reported at 01/15/14 Meeting: End of the 215th session.  Both houses have three voting sessions before the end of the new 216th session.  January 14th is the last day that business can be done in the new session.  Law mandates that the new Legislature Team starts at noon on the second Tuesday of January in each numbered year.  One bill of interest S-512 Donald Norcross, authorizes payment of funeral expenses for certain public safety employees killed in line of duty.  Related Bill A-1399.  December 19, 2013-passed both houses and sent to Governor.
Reported at 10/16/13 Meeting: FW-A2593 This is the advance law showing that Division Fire Service must make recommendations to Governor in six months.  There will be mailing out asking all firefighters in all counties to respond to Bill Kramer, Acting Director.

Bills mentioned at Sept. meeting signed by the Governor:

S-503 3/12/13, Cap 29, requires medical oxygen suppliers to notify fire department when stopping of oxygen to a local residence.

S-900 3/12/13, Cap 32, requires all state firefighter training to be certified.

S-1469 6/13/13, Ca 62, provides surviving spouses of certain firefighters who die in line of duty with worker's compensation for entire period of survivorship.

S-1918 8/17/13, Chap 89 permits local units to enter into joint agreements to purchase fire equipment.

A-3253 8/19/13, Chap 129 provides emergency vehicle exemption for vehicle spotlights.

A-45191 9/9/13, Chap 135 exempts certain persons from all-terrain use restrictions.  (Bill number may be wrong)

A-2596 8/28/13 improves requirements for one and two family residences to be equipped with a portable fire extinguisher.

Reported at 09/18/13 Meeting: Governor Christie has signed the following bills into law:  S-503; S-900; S-1469; S-1918; A-3253; A415191.  Approved conditionally by the Governor are A-2593 and A2596
Reported at 08/21/13 Meeting: Governor Christie has signed a fistful of bills in August and 3 of the bills are fire related.  Senate Session will try and move bills on Governor recommendations.  No word on activity from Speaker Oliver on the Assembly schedule.

8/9/13 Chapter 135, 2013  A-4191 Wisniewski, John.  Exempts certain persons from all-terrain vehicle use restriction.

8/9/13 Chapter 129, 2013  A-3253 Coughlin, Craig.  Provides emergency vehicle exemption for vehicle spot lamps.  Related Bill S-2335

8/7/13 Chapter 89, 2013  S-1918 Cardinale, Gerald.  Permits local units to enter into joint agreements to purchase fire equipment, Related Bill A-3263

Reported at 07/17/13 Meeting: We have two initiatives that impact Fire and EMS - First bill The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (S-1163), affects all of us, second initiative-The Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Reauthorization Act (VRIPA) S501, affects Chiefs of volunteer fire departments.  These are tax reform legislation bills.
Reported at 05/15/13 Meeting: Legislature has had some sessions during April.  They usually use this time to have budget hearings only.  Mostly discussion on gun control matters.

S1469 - Provides surviving spouses of certain fire and police personnel who die in the line of duty with workers' compensation for entire period of survivorship.  Also this bill would provide benefits to close relatives and to survivors who re-marry, and would also contribute up to $3,500 for burial costs.  4/29/13 passed by both Houses (Sent to Governor)

S3253 - Provides emergency vehicle exemption for vehicle spot lamps.  Related Bill S2335.  Passed by the Assembly (75-0)

Reported at 04/17/13 Meeting: Attended Legislative Meeting in Kenilworth, NJ 4/6/2013

Working on a total of 214 bills.  107 Fire and Emergency Services; 56 Fire District; 51 Pensions.

2012 Bills Passed:  S199 Prohibits first responders from photographing persons being assisted or disclosing photographs of such persons without their consent.  S965 Extends hiring preference for certain federal firefighters.  S88 Resolution commends first responders efforts in Hurricane Sandy.

2013:  S503 Requires medical oxygen providers to notify fire departments whenever they stop delivering oxygen to local residences.  S900 (3/12/13) Requires all State firefighter training to be accredited.  Passed in Assembly 9 bills.  Passed in Senate 2-2013.

Went over all the bills that are still in the hopper - gave support on them, opposition or no action.  8 Session laws have been passed so far in 2013.

Reported at 03/20/13 Meeting: A2596-Wisniewski, John:  Removes requirement for one and two-family residences to be equipped with a portable fire extinguisher.  Related Bill, S1829 - 12/10/12.  Conditionally veto received by the Assembly.

A2593-Wisniewski, John:  Requires designated fire command structure in municipal emergency operations plans involving mutual aid responses to fires.  Related Bill S1397-2/7/13.  Passed by both Houses (Sent to Governor)

S900-Vitale, Joseph:  Requires all State firefighter training to be accredited.  Related Bill A2399, 1/28/13.  Passed by both Houses.  (Sent to the Governor)

S53-Norcross, Donald:  Requires medical oxygen providers to notify fire department whenever the stop delivering oxygen to a local residence.  Related Bill A2291-1/28/13.  Passed by both Houses (Sent to Governor)

S2623-Bucco, Anthony:  Reduces amount of fire duty required to receive exempt fireman certificate.  Related Bill A2600-3/4/13.  Referred Senate Law and Public Safety.  New bill.

Reported at 02/20/13 Meeting: The Governor has signed 10 bills into law since the last mailing received.

A2593-Wisniewski, John:  Requires designated fire command structure in municipal emergency operations plans involving mutual aid responses to fires.  Related Bill S1397-2/7/13, passed both Houses.  Sent to Governor.

New Bill A3751-O'Donnell, Jason:  Provides for life imprisonment without parole for killing an emergency responder.  2/7/13 referred Assembly Law and Public Safety

AR-118, Caputo, Ralph:  Honors New Jersey emergency medical services personnel for service during Hurricane Sandy.  2/11/13 2nd reading in Assembly

This Bill is under Pensions A3819, Jimenez, Angelica:  Establishes that volunteer firemen appointed to pay positions are not required to be recertified in certain instances.  2/11/13 referred Assembly Law and Public Safety

Reported at 01/16/13 Meeting: First of all this year brings election of Governor and 120 seats in both Senate and the Assembly.  Both the houses met on January 8th to start the second and final year of the 215th session.

Proposed Introduction:  Senate Bill S2443 Van Drew-Provides family leave insurance for certain first responders

A-1570 Follow up report on this bill:  Wisniewski - requires fire suppression systems in new single and two family houses.  Related Bill S-2275; 2nd Reading in Assembly 12/17/2012

Reported at 11/20/12 Meeting: A-2593 Wisniewski:  Requires designated fire command structure in municipal emergency operations plans involving mutual aid responses to fires.  2nd reading in Senate, 10/25/12

A2596 Wisniewski:  Removes requirements for one and two family residences to be equipped with a portable fire extinguisher. 10/25/12 passed by both Houses (sent to the Governor)

A3038 Conaway:  Requires public water utilities to provide customers notice in utility bills of request for increase in rates.  10/25/12 Referred Senate Economic Growth

Reported at 10/17/12 Meeting: Senate Bill S-1255 Vitale, Joseph:  Group Home Fire Safety Act, Related Bill A-1843; 10/1/12 - referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations

A-3253 Coughlin, Crag:  Provides emergency service exemption for vehicle spotlights.  9/27/12 - referred to Assembly Transportation, Public Workers and Independent Authorities

Both Houses show only four sessions before the close for Christmas recess.  Jake's interpretation of this bill, appears from the wording at this time no motor vehicles are allowed to have more than one spotlight

Reported at 9/19/12 Meeting: The Assembly as set 9/24 and 9/27 for quorum calls but not voting sessions.  The Senate has listed quorum calls for 9/13 and 9/24, also 10/1.  They will have a voting session Thurs., 10/4.

Public Safety-S2183, Van Drew-Requires Division of Fire Safety regulations to establish annual Statewide Type 1 propane tank permit.

Reported at 8/15/12 Meeting: The Senate has quorum calls for August 9 and 16 and a voting session for the 20th.  Still no word from the Assembly on future sessions.

Governor Christie has signed 20 bills.  Two bills pertain to fire and emergency services.

Connors-S199:  prohibits first responders from photographing persons being assisted or disclosing photographs of such persons without their consent.  Signed by Governor 8/7/12.  Related Bill A789.

Weinberg-S965:  extends hiring preference for certain civilian federal firefighters.  Signed by Governor 8/7/12.  Related Bill A2375.

Reported at 7/18/12 Meeting: These three bills were posted in the Assembly 6/21/12.

A-266, Schroeder:  requires that fire departments be notified of roof mounted solar panels on residential and non-residential structures; requires exterior disconnection for solar panels.

A-2596, Wisniewski:  removes requirement for one and two family residences to be equipped with a portable fire extinguisher.  Related Bill S1829.

S-199, Connors:  prohibits first responders from photographing persons being assisted or disclosing photographs of such persons without their consent.  Related Bill A-789.

Reported at 4/18/12 Meeting: Report on Legislative Committee Meeting 3/24/12-Kenilworth:

There were 19 Legislative Members present and 2 were excused.  Jake Genovay, 1st Assistant Secretary ran the meeting.  He, "reported there were 89 Fire and Emergency Service Bills, 37 Pension Bills and 42 Fire District Bills for a total of 168.  We went over each of the bills and gave our support, opposition or No Action.

President Heflich noted that a committee has met on the resolution from last year's conventions referencing Life Members Full expenses.  State Office will be sending out questionnaire for input.  Meeting next year April 6th.

Reported at 3/15/12 Meeting: Sessions in both houses will be the last voting sessions scheduled before the start of budget hearings.  We have four bills on the docket.  Two in each house.

A-1660, Johnson, Related Bill: S-960 Increases contribution limit by counties and municipalities to volunteer first aid, ambulance, and rescue squads.  Posted Assembly, 3/15/12.  79-0-0

A-2597, Wisniewski, Related Bill 1212 Requires DOT Commissioner to develop awareness programs and use variable message signs to inform motorists about State's "Move Over" law.  Posted Assembly 3/15/12.  75-4

S-512, Norcross, Related Bill A-139 Authorizes payment of funeral expenses for certain public safety employees killed in line of duty.  Posted Senate 3/15/12.  39-0

S-900, Vitale, Related Bill A-2399 Requires all State firefighter training to be accredited.  Posted Senate 3/15/12.  37-1

Reported at 2/15/12 Meeting:

The topics that will be on the agenda for the near future are Same Sex Marriage, Education and Taxes.  Profile List for Fire and Emergency Services 2/2/12-2/9/12, Specific Bills 61, Profile List for Pensions for 2/2/12-2/9/12, Specific Bills 36, Profile List for Fire Districts for 2/2/12-2/9/12, Specific Bills 54.

A-2243 provides certified municipal fire inspectors and fire officials having more than four consecutive years service with tenure in office 2/2/12 Referred Assembly Housing and Local Government.

A-789 prohibits first responders from disseminating photographs of accident victims and patients to public without consent of victim or patient 1/10/12 referred Assembly Health and Senior Services.

A-1217 enhances penalties for failing to move over when approaching stationary emergency vehicles displaying emergency lights Assembly Committee.

A-1606 requires employers to provide time off from work for members of certain volunteer organizations to respond to fires under certain conditions.

Reported at 1/18/12 Meeting: The 214th Session is over other than the Governor has until 1/19/12 to sign or veto bills that passed both houses.  92 bills were approved on Monday, the last day.  The Governor signed 2 of our bills.

S-1141 permits Board of Fire Commissioners to amend budget to insert special items of revenue.

A-309 requires state, local government agencies to have a web page.

Governor conditionally vetoed A-2095 revises requirements for delivery of EMS services.

Bill A-1463 requires designated fire command structure in municipal emergency operations plans involving mutual aid responses to fire.  He will look at.

The OLS lists 2964 bills pre-filed for 215th session.  We have 81 bills in our three listings.

Reported at 10/19/11 Meeting: S-2674 Requires local law enforcement officer or firefighter prescribed anabolic steroids or human growth hormone to report to designated physician for evaluation of fitness for duty.  Related Bill A-3737 September 19, 2011 - Withdrawn.

No action taken on any of our bills.  Three bills were introduced.  No real schedule for sessions, Legislature may not come back until the election is over.

S-3076 Requires impact statement for any proposed regulation affecting volunteer ambulance squads and fire companies.  Related Bill A-381 September 26, 2011-referred Senate Law and Public Safety.

S-3097 Exempts construction, expansion and renovation of buildings or other structures for police departments, fire departments and volunteer first aid, emergency, ambulance or rescue squads from Highland Water Protection and Planning Act.  Related Bill A-135, September 26, 2011-proposed for Senate introduction.

Bill Report for Fire Districts for 9/22-9/29/11:  S-3073 Property Tax Reduction Work Act, permits local units to recruit residents to perform services in return for property tax vouchers.  Related Bill A-3149, September 26, 2011-referred Senate Community and Urban Affairs.

Reported at 9/21/11 Meeting: The Legislative Committee is tracking 131 bills under Fire and Emergency Services, 119 covering the career service listed as pensions and 101 for Fire District for a total of 351 bills being tracked.

The Governor has signed 230 bills and only five were relative to the fire service.  A-3393 signed 12/21/10, Chapter 105-Revises procedure for police and fire contract disputes; imposes a cap on certain arbitration awards.

S-2208 signed 12/23/10, Chapter 106-Allows certain organizations to file complaints with Council on Local Mandates in certain circumstances.

A-1570 signed 1/25/11, Chapter 6, Requires NJ Institutions of Higher Education to disseminate fire safety information to students, parents and employees.

S-923 signed 3/2/11, Chapter 37, changes date for mail in ballots from 49th to 45th day before an election.

A-2032 signed 4/20/11, Chapter 56, permits certain members of Junior Firemen's Auxiliary to perform non-hazardous support duties at fire sites.  There are insurance matters with this topic.

Reported at 8/17/11 Meeting: All 120 seats in both houses are up for election this year.  This is the period of the two year term for seats in the Senate.

We have had little or no movement on our bills and only three bills signed in law this year.  A-1570 Chapter 6, 2011 - requires Higher Education institutions top disseminate fire safety information to students, parents and guardians.  S-923 Chapter 37-Changes date for mail-in-ballots from 40th to 45th day before and election.  A-2032-Permits certain members of junior Firemen's Auxiliary to perform non-hazardous support duties at fire sites.

Junior Firefighters Study Committee: A bill has been signed that allows junior firefighters to be at fire scenes and ride vehicles from age 16 to 18.  There is one stipulation in there that junior firefighters have to have the same type of insurance as regular firefighters.  Chairman Finnegan of committee asked to check with Trenton if any child Labor laws are being violated.  Chairman Cavallo will also look into Workers Comp. statutes.

Information taken from the Abridged Report of July 16th.  Each relief secretary has a copy of this report.

Reported at 4/20/11 Meeting: This is the 215th Session of the Legislature coming up - 2012-2014.  There are 120 seats up for election.

In Sussex County as of this meeting date, we have 1470 Firefighters.  The largest number of firefighters is Bergen County with 7524.  Cumberland County has the smallest amount with 774.

We are tracking 361 bills.  124 Fire and Emergency, 114 Fire District Bills and 99 Pension Bills.

At the 3/26 Legislative Committee meeting in Kenilworth, we reviewed each of the bills and gave our support, opposition and some we took no action on.  The new district map was approved by the committee.

Reported at 3/16/11 Meeting: Legislature making little progress,  leadership is still balking at cooperating with the Governor.  No action on tool kit bills.  Governor has conditionally vetoed some of the last bills from them.

Other than two introductions, 3/3, absolutely no progress on any of our listed bills.  Little action on any bills during week.  Budget talks are starting to take most progress of the Legislature.

A-3381-McKeon, requires DCA to promulgate certain fire safety regulations concerning upholstered furniture and furnishing purchased for use in residential premises and public buildings.  3/7/11, Referred: Assembly Housing and Local Government

SJR-49-Girgenti, designates September 11th of each year as "American Heroes Day".  Related Bill AJR-28, 3/3, second reading in Senate

Reported at 2/16/11 Meeting: A-1570, Scalera, requires New Jersey Institutions of higher education to disseminate fire safety information about their facilities to students, parents or guardians, and employees.  Related Bill S-2319 signed into law 1/25/11 Chapter 6, 2011

S-2285, Bucco, Requires medical oxygen providers to notify fire department whenever they stop delivering oxygen to a local residence. 2nd reading in Senate January 20th

S-1917, Gordon, Permits certain members of Junior Firemen's Auxiliaries to perform non-hazardous support duties at fire sites.  Related Bill A-2032 2nd reading in Senate, January 20th

S-2660, Weinberg, Concerns workers' compensation for firefighters with cancer.  Related Bill A-1566, Referred Senate Labor January 25th

Reported at 1/19/11 Meeting: Governor Christie has signed two of our bills bringing the total of five (5) signed for the calendar year 2010.

Chapter 1 03/22/2010  S-2 Makes various pension system changes to PRFS.

Chapter 25 06/29/2010  A-3010 Increases application fees and other changes to Civil Service program.

Chapter 43 07/02/2010  A-2031 Extends time period which municipal fire departments may hire certain laid off firefighters.

Chapter 105 12/21/2010  A-3393 Revises procedure for fire police and fire contract disputes: imposes a cap on certain arbitration awards.

Chapter 106 12/23/2010  S-2208 Allows certain organizations to file complaints with council on Local Mandates in certain circumstances.

Senate Bill S-2594 Establishes special license plates for family members of fallen police officers and firefighters.  December, 2010 Proposed for Senate Introduction.

Reported at 11/17/10 Meeting: Governor Christie is working on Tool Kit Bills.  He has been having meetings around the state.  He has about 35 days to get them approved.

There has not been much action on fire-related Bills.

Reported at 10/20/10 Meeting: Still very little progress on any of our bills.  Governor not please with lack of movement on his Took Kit Bills.

Two bills of interest:

A-1570-Scalera - Related Bill S-2319 - requires NJ Institutions of higher education to disseminate fire safety information about their facilities to students, parents or guardians and employees. 9/30-referred: Senate Education

A-3278-Wisniewski - Related Bill S-2287 - requires fire suppression systems in new single and two family houses.  9/30-referred: Assembly Housing and Local Government

Reported at 8/19/10 Meeting: Tracking 106 Bills under Fire and Emergency Services, 75 under Pensions, 72 for Fire Districts.  Total of 253 Bills being tracked

Governor has signed 119 Bills since last convention.  Seven relative to Fire Service

S-2885 Chapter 174 signed 1/11/10 - Makes emergency technician certificate certification valid for 5 years

A-1263 - Chapter 202 signed 1/14/10 - Affords employment protection to certain emergency responders

A-4338 Chapter 206 signed 1/150/10 - Permits members of volunteer fire company and emergency response squad to hold municipal office

A-3343 Chapter 286 signed 1/17/10 - Changes filing date for Board of Fire Commissioners

A-3396 Chapter 324 signed 1/18/10 - Provides authorized emergency vehicles protection under "Lemon Law"

S-2 Chapter 2 signed 3/22/10 - Makes various pension system changes re: PFRS special retirement

S-3 Chapter 3 signed 3/22/10 - Makes various changes to health care benefits to public employees and retirees

Reported at 8/19/10 Meeting: Not much action by the Legislature.  It appears that they are at an impasse with the Governor about returning for emergency sessions. 

There were 11 bills signed into law by the Governor between July 29th and Aug. 5th - none involving fire service.

Reported at 5/19/10 Meeting: The "Do No Harm - Developmental Disabilities Awareness Training for NJ First Responders" course is not available at www.NJLearn.com as mandatory continuing education for all New Jersey Firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics.  All New Jersey first responders must complete this course at some time during the next three years in order to comply with P.L.2008, c.80.  NJ certified EMT's must have the course completed as a requirement of recertification beginning with 12/31/10 recertifications.

Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) - Municipality may establish tax-deferred income benefit program for emergency service volunteers (fire and ems) who meet service criteria (N.J.S.A.40A:14-183 et. seq.)

County College Tuition Program - provides tuition credit of $2,400 for classes at county colleges and vocational schools for fire and EMS volunteers, their spouses and children.  Volunteer must serve four years to obtain full credit (N.J.S.A. 18A:71-78.1 et. seq.)

Survivor Tuition Benefits Program - provides funds for undergraduate study for children or spouse of member who suffers a Line of Duty death (N.J.S.A. 18A:71B-23)  Certain limits prevail.

New Jersey Firemen's Home - residence for aged, indigent and disabled firemen who meet certain criteria (N.J.S.A. 30:7-1 et seq.)

Exemption of Jury Service - Exemption is provided to volunteer firefighters, members of a fire patrol, and volunteer members of first-aid and rescue squads. (N.J.S.A.2B-20-10)

Compensatory time for municipal employees - Municipality may grant time off with pay for fire and EMS personnel who respond to alarms during working hours. (N.J.S.A.40A:9-160. 1)

Insurance for Volunteer firefighters - A municipality or fire district may provide life insurance for volunteer firefighters and members of a junior firemen's auxiliary (N.J.S.A.40A:10-29 et. seq.), (N.J.S.A.40A:14-37 et seq.)

Compensation for losses - Municipality may appropriate such funds as are necessary to compensate volunteer firefighters for losses sustained in the performance of their duties (N.J.S.A.40A:14-36 et seq.)

Pensions to surviving spouse and minor children - May be granted by municipality when volunteer fireman or EMS volunteer dies as result of injuries sustained in line of duty. (N.J.S.A.43:12-28.1 et seq.)

Special licenses to certain volunteers - Exempt volunteer firefighter may be issued, without cost, a municipal license to hawk or peddle goods. (N.J.S.A.45:24-9 et seq.)

Hiring preference when municipality creates paid position - Volunteer firefighters receive hiring preference when municipality creates paid firefighter position. (N.J.S.A.40A:14-42)

Exempt Fireman certificate - Firefighters who respond to not less than 60 percent of fire calls over a seven year period are eligible to receive certificate which provides certain rights of tenure in public positions. (N.J.S.A.40A:14-55 et seq.)

EMT Training Fund - Funding provided by $.50 surcharge on traffic fines used to defray cost of EMT training programs. (N.L.S.A..26:2K-54)

Chapter 134 PL 2002 signed 11/9/03 (5-1432) Requires state pension benefits to survivors of volunteer firefighters & emergency service workers who suffers accidental death on duty.

Chapter 99 PL 2004 signed 7/13/04 (A-377) Requires NJSFA to pay LOD benefits to members employed as law enforcement officers who die in terrorist attack.

Chapter 290 PL 2005 signed 1/9/06 (A-880) Establishes certain hiring preferences for children of firefighters, lawn enforcement officers killed in the Line of Duty.

The "Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act", a Federal Law gives a tax exemption of up to $360 per year for Volunteer Firefighters.  This applies only to compensation received and is only for years 2008, 2009 & 2010.  I.R.S. has not drawn up paperwork at this time.

 

Reported at 4/21/10 Meeting: A-2032 - (Johnson) Follow up:  Permits certain members of Junior Firemen's Auxiliaries to perform non-hazardous support duties at fire sites.  3/4/10 - Referred Senate Law and Public Safety

A-2326 - (Rumpf) Follow up:  Allows certain volunteer firefighters, rescue and first aid squad members to claim $5,000 income tax deduction.  2/25/10 - Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness

S-1597 (VanDrew) Follow up:  Requires State to offer State Police vehicles to certain volunteer and fire emergency service organizations.  3/14/10 - Referred Senate Law and Public Safety

S-1690 (Kean) - Raises maximum eligibility age for exempt firemen certificates and membership in New Jersey State Firemen's Association.  3/11/10 - referred Senate Law and Public Safety.

Right now, budget hearings are going on. 

Reported at 3/17/10 Meeting: A-2032 - Permits certain members of Junior Firemen's Auxiliaries to perform non-Hazardous support duties at fire scenes.  Posted in the Assembly 2/25/2010

S-1597 (Drew) - Requires State to offer surplus State police vehicles to certain volunteer fire and emergency service organizations.  Proposed for Senate Introduction

A-2326 - Allows certain volunteer firefighters, rescue and first aid squad members to claim $5,000 income tax deduction.  2/18/2010 Proposed for Assembly Introduction

These bills are available on NJ Legislative website for more information at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/

Reported at 2/17/10 Meeting: Profile list for Fire and Emergency Services for 1/28-2/4/10 - Specific Bills ~ 88

Profile list for Fire Districts for 1/28-2/4/10 - Specific Bills ~ 54

Profile list for Pensions for 1/28-2/4/10 - Specific Bills ~ 51

Breakdown of some of the important Bills being followed will be reported at 3/17 Meeting in McAfee.

Reported at 1/20/10 Meeting: A-4338 (Scalera)  Permits member of volunteer fire company and emergency response squad to hold municipal elective office.  Related Bill S-3139.  Passed both Houses on 1/11/10 and signed into Law by Governor Corzine on 1/15/10.

A-3396 (Chiusano / McHose)  Provides authorized emergency vehicles protection under Lemon Law.  Related Bill S-2304.  Passed by both Houses 1/11/10 and sent to Governor.

A-1263 (Moriarty)  Affords employment protection to certain volunteer emergency responders.  Passed by both Houses 1/11/10 and sent to Governor.

These three (3) Bills will be signed by the new President of the Senate Steven Sweeney.

Any Bill not signed before 1/19/10 will die.

214th Session started 1/12/10.

S-2885 (Girgenti)  Makes emergency medical technician certification valid for five (5) years.  Signed into Law 1/11/10.  Related Bill A-4089.

Reported at 11/18/09 Meeting: U.S. Government Printing Office via G-PO Access / 111th Congress, 1st session, H.R. 3066:  To authorize the Secretary of Housing to make temporary mortgage assistance loans to save the homes of unemployed homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgage payments.

Website to check on Bills:  www.njleg.state.nj.us

Reported at 10/21/09 Meeting:  Governor Corzine signed into law Bill SJR October 1st, 2009 which Designates October 2nd of each year as Firefighter Recognition Day.  Related Bill AJR-52 File 9, 2009.

 

 

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