Key Senate Committee Approves NJAA Priority Bill to Eliminate Duplicative Municipal Registration

Legislation to eliminate duplication and redundancy in registration of apartments was approved on March 4th by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee in a bi-partisan 4-0-1 vote. The bill, S-2114, builds upon a key policy recommendation released in February 2012 from the Lt Governor's bi-partisan Red Tape Review Commission calling for the elimination of redundancy in apartment registration and the double-charging of fees associated with that duplication. The bill is sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May) and Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), and is co-sponsored by seven other Senators: Senate GOP Leader Tom Kean (R-Union); Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex); Senator Sam Thompson (R-Middlesex); Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth); Senator Bob Gordon (D-Bergen); Senator Ray Lesniak (R-Union), and, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). Click here for NJAA’s testimony in support and click here for a copy of S-2114 as approved. This bi-partisan reform initiative is the NJAA’s #1 policy priority and is supported by the NJ Affordable Housing Managers Association (JAHMA), NJ Builders Association (NJBA), and NJ Association of Realtors (NJAR). S-2214’s companion, A-3317, was approved by the Assembly Housing & Local Government Committee in a unanimous 5-0 vote on Dec 6, 2012. The NJAA continues to engage with both Senate and Assembly Leadership to advance this important reform legislation in the months ahead.

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