Public Administration

Murphy Signs Bill on Liquor Licensing and Brewery Activity – On Jan. 16, Gov. Murphy signed S4265, a liquor license reform bill which also repeals restrictions on brewery activity strongly opposed by the industry. NJ’s liquor licensing laws cap the number of licenses issued in a municipality at 1 for every 3,000 residents, making licenses scarce and very costly. The Governor proposed significant reforms to this system last year, but resistance from Democrats in the legislature restrained changes to the system in this new legislation. Opponents of more sweeping reform fear that plummeting license values will cause significant financial losses to restaurant owners.  Codified as P.L.2023, c.290, the new law limits how long a license may go unused before a municipality may reclaim it, allows for transfers of licenses between municipalities, and creates new licenses at shopping malls. The changes may release as many as 1,356 licenses back into the market. The law also expands allowable activity for breweries, repealing many restrictions which were set to go into effect in the new year. (

Murphy Approves Salary Increases for Public Officials – Gov. Murphy signed on Jan. 16 A5910, codified as P.L.2023, c.349, which will raise salaries for public officials for the first time since 2002. Lawmakers will see a 67% raise from $49,000 to $82,000 in 2026; legislative staff, cabinet members, judges, and the governor will also see pay increases. Sponsors of the new legislation argue it will enable people from lower-paying professions to hold public office. (6ABC;



New Legislation Aims to Curb Toll Evasion – Gov. Murphy signed two pieces of legislation on Jan. 16 which aim to reduce toll evasion, which cost NJ Toll authorities $117 million in 2022. S4084, codified as P.L.2023, c.285, raises fines for dealers and users of fraudulent temporary license plates, which are often used to avoid tolls. A5799, codified as P.L.2023, c.339, enables the Department of Transportation (DOT) to call on the Motor Vehicle Commission to suspend the vehicle registrations of violators with $500 or more in unpaid fines – a power previously held only by the Turnpike Authority. This law also creates an avenue to enforce fare evasion from out-of-state drivers: the DOT may negotiate reciprocity agreements with other state toll agencies to suspend registrations of out-of-state violators. (



Students Must Complete FAFSA To Graduate – A new law signed by Gov. Murphy on Jan. 16 will require high school students to complete an application for financial aid for higher education – either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application – in order to graduate. A1181, codified as P.L.2023, c.295, aims to ensure students access any public financial aid opportunities for further education for which they qualify. The law will go into effect for this year’s 11th grade class. (

NJ Expands Eligibility for Free School Meals – On Jan. 16, Gov. Murphy signed the Working Class Families Anti-Hunger Act (A5684, codified as P.L.2023, c.336), which expands eligibility for free meals in schools. The new law makes eligible for free meals students enrolled in schools who participate in the National School Lunch Program and the federal School Breakfast Program and whose households make up to 224% of the federal poverty level. 60,000 families will now be eligible for this program, which aims to combat food insecurity. (NBC Philadelphia)



NJ Joins 32-State Counseling Compact – On Jan. 16, Gov. Murphy signed A5311, codified as P.L.2023, c.324, which enters the state into the Counseling Compact, an agreement with 31 other states which allows professional counselors licensed and residing in one member state to practice in all member states without the need for a new license. The change addresses a shortage of mental healthcare providers in the state. Six other states introduced similar legislation this year. (American Counseling Association)

State Mandates Hospitals to Allow Doulas to Accompany Maternity Patients – Gov. Murphy approved new legislation aimed to resolve disparities in maternal mortality rates and reduce infant and maternal mortality on Jan. 16. S4119, codified as P.L.2023, c.286 and championed by NJ First Lady and candidate for U.S. Senate Tammy Murphy, requires hospitals and birthing centers to develop policies and procedures to allow doulas to accompany maternity patients at their appointments before, during, and after childbirth. The new law requires the notification of the policy to patients as well as the designation of a liaison between staff, doula, and patient. (Audacy)



Bill No. Bill Title Date

2022-2023 Legislative Session

Pass A5664 Establishes the “Community Wealth Preservation Program”; expands access for certain buyers to purchase property from sheriff’s sales. 1/12/24
Pass A5326 Establishes the Community Crisis Response Advisory Council and community crisis response teams pilot program; designates “Seabrooks-Washington Community-Led Crisis Response Act;” appropriates $12 million. 1/12/24
Pass A5840 Extends certain accommodations implemented during the COVID-19 public health emergency for businesses participating in NJ economic development programs. 1/12/24
Pass S2415 Requires that State agencies update demographic data collection methods on Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian and Indian Diaspora residents of this State. 1/12/24
Pass S723 Creates the “New Jersey Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act.” 1/12/24
Pass S2459 Requires that State government entities provide vital documents and translation services in at least seven of the most common non-English languages. 1/12/24
Pass A3117 Clarifies juvenile’s right to attorney representation. 1/12/24
Pass A5235 Revises health insurance coverage requirements for the treatment of infertility. 1/12/24
Pass A5684 Requires certain nonpublic schools to provide meals to all students under the “Working Class Families Anti-Hunger Act”; authorizes limited expansion of income eligibility to qualify public and nonpublic school students for free lunch. 1/16/24
Pass A5909 Revises workers’ compensation coverage for certain injuries to certain volunteer and professional public safety and law enforcement personnel. 1/16/24
Pass S2304 Permits excused absences for students who attend civic events. 1/16/24
Pass S2249 Revises the number of qualified disabled veterans’ businesses required to designate a set-aside contract from three to two. 1/16/24
Pass S332 Requires notification to consumers of collection and disclosure of personal data by certain entities. 1/16/24
Pass S281 Concerns automatic fire sprinkler systems within newly constructed townhouses. 1/16/24
Pass S539 Permits online purchase of eligible foods using fund from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as well as the use of WIC funds for grocery delivery charges. 1/16/24
Pass S659 The “Manufacturing in Higher Education Act” requires various State entities to promote manufacturing career pathways for students and provides assistance to the manufacturing industry. 1/16/24
Pass S1110 Authorizes the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to finance transportation projects between Atlantic City Airport and Atlantic City Tourism District. 1/16/24
Pass S1680 Designates each community college in the state as a provider of allowable services under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training program. 1/16/24
Pass S2076 Establishes the “Twelfth Grade Postsecondary Transition Year Pilot Program” in the Department of Education. 1/16/24
Pass S2535 Requires health benefits coverage of hearing aids and cochlear implants. 1/16/24
Pass S2841 Raises the minimum amount of liability coverage for commercial motor vehicles and autocabs. 1/16/24
Pass S3080 Establishes the position of Youth Disconnection Prevention and Recovery Ombudsperson; establishes “School Disconnection Prevention Task Force”; appropriates $200,000.** 1/16/24
Pass S3102 Establishes an uptime requirement for electric vehicle charging station incentive programs. 1/16/24
Pass S3176 Requires the Department of Environmental Protection and the Drinking Water Quality Institute to perform a study concerning the regulation and treatment of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. 1/16/24
Pass S3632 Requires the labeling of non-flushable disposable wipes. 1/16/24
Pass S3758 Changes the deadline for unaffiliated mail-in voters to declare their political party before primary election. 1/16/24
Pass S4084 Concerns temporary registration certificates and license plates. 1/16/24
Pass S4130 Special legislation to change name of “Township of South Orange Village” to “South Orange Village”; changes titles of certain municipal officials; permits nonpartisan municipal elections to be moved to November; permits stipend for governing body members. 1/16/24
Pass S4206 Changes the number of signatures required on primary election petitions to nominate certain municipal candidates in certain municipalities. 1/16/24
Pass S4209 Eliminates the vote on school budgets for Type II school districts in April elections, except for separate proposals to spend above the cap. 1/16/24
Pass S4268 Permits certain special State officers to represent licensed cannabis and casino businesses. 1/16/24
Pass A203 Authorizes the creation of special license plates commemorating the horse as the state animal. 1/16/24
Pass A1100 Requires entities to remove abandoned telecommunications lines and mark information on certain lines. 1/16/24
Pass A1107 Directs the Chief Technology Officer to conduct a study on the impacts of redacting handwritten signatures published on state websites; allows for protocols for such redactions to be established by rules and regulations. 1/16/24
Pass A1255 Updates requirements and standards for authorization and prior authorization of health care services. 1/16/24
Pass A1755 Requires the installation of operational automatic rain sensors or smart sprinklers as condition of the sale of certain real properties, and on certain commercial, retail, and industrial properties and common interest communities within specified timeframes. 1/16/24
Pass A2146 Creates a state business assistance program to establish contracting agency procurement goals for socially and economically disadvantaged business enterprises. 1/16/24
Pass A2581 Provides that certain cosmetology and hairstyling courses may be taught using distance learning technology. 1/16/24
Pass A3142 Authorizes grants to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned homes for homeless veterans. 1/16/24
Pass A3211 Establishes “New Jersey Feminine Hygiene Products for the Homeless Act.” 1/16/24
Pass A3980 Grants children placed in resource family care and resource family parents the right to be notified when a case manager or supervisor is assigned to the child; grants children in resource family care the right to be notified of certain property and benefits. 1/16/24
Pass A4015 Requires the Department of Corrections to provide prenatal and post-partum education and services for certain inmates. 1/16/24
Pass A4183 Concerns the local unit filing requirement for certain shared services agreements. 1/16/24
Pass A4212 Establishes the Center for Career Relevant Education and Talent Evaluation of New Jersey at Thomas Edison State University. 1/16/24
Pass A4337 Requires the Department of Health to provide information to the Statewide 2-1-1 telephone system regarding the location of safe disposal sites for hypodermic syringes and needles and prescription drugs. 1/16/24
Pass A4496 Revises various provisions of the law governing the construction of school facilities projects and operations of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority; establishes “Charter School and Renaissance School Project Facilities Loan Program” in the Economic Development Authority. 1/16/24
Pass A4522 Requires certain disclosures by sellers of single-family homes with solar panels installed. 1/16/24
Pass A4691 Requires hazard mitigation plans to include climate change-related threat assessments and hazard prevention and mitigation strategies. 1/16/24
Pass A4723 Requires motor vehicle dealers to offer to delete personal information in motor vehicles in certain situations. 1/16/24
Pass A4791 Establishes the “Resiliency and Environmental System Investment Charge Program.” 1/16/24
Pass A4794 Requires request for proposal to establish demonstration projects to develop electric vehicle charging depots serviced by distributed energy resource charging centers for certain electric vehicle use. 1/16/24
Pass A4814 Removes the expected family contribution from the calculation of financial need under circumstances in which public institutions of higher education may reduce a student’s institutional financial aid. 1/16/24
Pass A4821 Directs the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to take certain actions concerning the identification and testing of microplastics in drinking water, and requires the DEP and Board of Public Utilities to study and promote the use of microplastics removal technologies. 1/16/24
Pass A5094 Concerns the licensing of security officer companies. 1/16/24
Pass A5227 Expands eligibility for the “fishing buddy license” fee. 1/16/24
Pass A5285 Requires copies of certain law enforcement records to be provided to victims of domestic violence upon request. 1/16/24
Pass A5293 Concerns the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium. 1/16/24
Pass A5391 Imposes conditions on drivers approaching disabled vehicles. 1/16/24
Pass A5412 Establishes a nonpublic school transportation program to provide funding to consortiums of nonpublic schools that will assume responsibility for mandated nonpublic school busing. 1/16/24
Pass A5416 Requires the State Board of Education to authorize alternate routes to expedite teacher certification of persons employed as paraprofessionals in school districts. 1/16/24
Pass A5442 Directs the Board of Public Utilities to conduct a study to determine feasibility, marketability, and costs of implementing large-scale geothermal heat pump systems in NJ. 1/16/24
Pass A5462 Revises the law establishing the Office of Food Security Advocate and establishes certain conditions for the use of monies appropriated to emergency food organizations. 1/16/24
Pass A5495 Clarifies the types of firearms allowed to be carried or transported while hunting. 1/16/24
Pass A5516 Requires certain health care professionals to undergo bias training. 1/16/24
Pass A5565 Provides that a 10-year term does not apply to leases of certain municipal properties unless they are waterfront properties or related to waterfront concessions. 1/16/24
Pass A5567 Extends the period of usefulness of fire engines for bonding purposes from 10 to 20 years; eliminates the exclusion of passenger cars and station wagons. 1/16/24
Pass A5582 Establishes a grant program for NJ YouthBuild programs through the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; makes appropriation. 1/16/24
Pass A5610 Revises penalties for the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage persons. 1/16/24
Pass A5755 Enhances notice requirements and occupancy restrictions for hotels and multiple dwellings following a determination of potentially hazardous conditions. 1/16/24
Pass A5799 Authorizes the Department of Transportation to establish and administer toll collection and enforcement systems on behalf of NJ toll authorities and to enter into reciprocal agreements for the enforcement of toll violations with toll authorities from other states. 1/16/24
Pass A5806 Appropriates $48 million from constitutionally dedicated Corporation Business Tax revenues to the Department of Environmental Protection for state acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including the Blue Acres projects, and Green Acres Program administrative costs. 1/16/24
Pass A5807 Appropriates $58 million from constitutionally dedicated Corporation Business Tax revenues for recreation and conservation purposes to the Department of Environmental Protection for state capital and park development projects. 1/16/24
Pass A5808 Appropriates $15,564,293 from constitutionally dedicated Corporation Business Tax revenues to the NJ Historic Trust for grants for certain historic preservation projects and associated administrative expenses. 1/16/24
Pass A5809 Amends lists of projects eligible to receive loans for environmental infrastructure projects from the NJ Infrastructure Bank for Fiscal Year 2024. 1/16/24
Pass A5810 Amends lists of environmental infrastructure projects approved for long-term funding by the Department of Environmental Protection under the Fiscal Year 2024 environmental infrastructure funding program. 1/16/24
Pass A5828 Authorizes the State Treasurer to sell as surplus certain real property and improvements in the Township of Woodbridge in Middlesex County. 1/16/24
Pass A5835 Authorizes a regional authority to develop and operate a regional rehabilitation and reentry center. 1/16/24
Pass A5836 Makes a supplemental appropriation of $650,000 to the New Jersey Division of State Police for trooper recruitment and retention. 1/16/24