Now that election day has passed, the lame duck season has begun – and Governor Murphy took action on nearly 100 pieces of legislation.
The governor is typically required to take action on legislation within 45 days after passage by the legislature, or else the bill becomes law by default. However, if the House of origin is not in session on the 45th day, the time is extended until it reconvenes. The legislature went into recess at the beginning of July and did not return until today, hence, the governor was able to hold off on taking action on these bills until today.
The governor today signed into law over 50 bills. He conditionally vetoed 26 bills, and he absolutely vetoed 9 bills.
Among the bills he did sign into law are:
• S-324/A3533 – allows drivers to electronically display their vehicle registration on smartphones and tablets. (A similar measure allowing drivers to display electronic proof of insurance was enacted in 2015.)
• SCS for S-399 and 1645/ACS for A-869 and 1380 – Requires residential landlords to install covers on steam radiators upon request of tenant
• S-537/A-3110 – Establishes certain minimum and maximum temperatures in rooming and boarding houses, dementia care homes, and certain nursing homes and residential health care facilities
• S-3032/A-4855 – Requires DOH to develop Statewide plan for infection control and prevention infrastructure improvements in nursing homes
• S-3091/A-4933 – Requires builders to offer unit concrete products that utilize carbon footprint-reducing technology as option in new construction; establishes tax incentives, and State and local purchasing requirements, for unit concrete products that utilize carbon footprint-reducing technology
• A-4138/S-2701 – Requires Department of Human Services to develop public emergency response plan for licensed providers of services to individuals with developmental disabilities
• A-853/S-797 – Prohibits municipal licensure of children operating temporary businesses
• A4861/S-3041 – Requires DOH to publish total number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in long-term care facilities
• A-4869/S-2414 – Requires certain bidders for prevailing wage public work to provide proof that prevailing wage will be paid
• A-5059/S-3031 – Requires DOH to establish certain nursing education and professional advancement programs
• A-5212/S-3638 – Permits dentists to administer vaccines under certain circumstances
• A-5751/S-3823 – Expands State corrections officers training to include topics contributing to their core mission of treating inmates with dignity, fairness, and respect
• A-5817/S-3852 – Revises violation and fines for approving or assigning unauthorized individuals as school bus drivers
• A-5818/S-3849 – Provides for debarment of school bus contractors for certain violations; requires certain information in pupil transportation contract bid