Governor Murphy today signed into law amendments to the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act, P.L. 2018, c. 56 (the “Program”). Below is a summary of the key changes to the Program:

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DEP has adopted new Inland Flood and Stormwater rules effective upon publication in either the July 3, 2023 or July 17, 2023 New Jersey Register. We will post an update when the exact date is known. A courtesy copy of the rule adoption document can be found here.

As summarized in our June 3, 2022 post regarding the initial proposals, anyone with a pending or planned project that involves either an area near a non-tidal river or stream or a project that is subject to DEP’s stormwater rules, will likely need to reassess the scope of the project if approvals are pending.

After extensive comments from the regulated community were received, the Department revised the various “grandfather” provisions from the initial proposal. The following categories of “activities” would be subject to the current rules:

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A bill on Governor Murphy’s desk for possible enactment into law would add yet another burden on commercial property owners. This time it’s an effort to create a public database of all vacant commercial space available in the state for lease or purchase. Legislators have touted this initiative (Senate Bill 3286/Assembly Bill 4750) as a tool to help New Jersey’s small businesses in “locating storefronts,” but what does it mean for commercial property owners?

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Op-ed as seen on: ROI-NJ.com
By: George Jacobs and Ted Zangari

High on the list of antiquated regulations that are stifling competitiveness in New Jersey are those governing restaurant liquor licensing. So, kudos to Gov. Phil Murphy for being the first governor in modern state history to openly call for the overhaul of a system that for decades has prevented many restaurants from offering their customers the convenience of an adult beverage. The Murphy administration’s plan is to make restaurant liquor licenses less expensive and more readily available. Both are laudable goals, but the governor’s initiative has encountered resistance from an array of special interests, and legislators are now focusing more narrowly on the issue.

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Recently passed legislation on Governor Murphy’s desk for enactment would require all new leases and lease renewals in New Jersey – both commercial and residential – to include specific disclosures regarding potential and past flooding. Similar disclosures would also be required to be added to the “Property Condition Disclosure Statement” for the sale of “any real property located in the State.” (A separate post on this law blog will summarize the bill’s impact on sale contracts.)

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Governor Murphy this week signed the Elections Transparency Act, expanding reporting requirements for recipients of political contributions – thus the name of the new law.  But the Act does more than expand reporting requirements. It weakens pay-to-play restrictions and increases the amounts that individuals and corporations may contribute to candidates and political parties.  The changes to the law contain both good news and bad news for public contractors and other corporate campaign contributors (and their counsel).

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Gov. Murphy held a roundtable discussion today with restaurant owners and other stakeholders to discuss details of his administration’s legislative proposal to increase the availability of Plenary Retail Consumption Licenses gradually over five years.

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Real estate owners and developers will finally have recourse when construction inspections are not timely performed. Governor Phil Murphy has just signed into law Senate Bill 3014/ Assembly Bill A573, which provides for expedited construction inspections under the Uniform Construction Code, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-124.

The new law provides rules for the timely inspection of construction projects and grants the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (“Commissioner”) new powers to compel compliance, order corrective action or issue penalties when an enforcing agency is unable or unwilling to meet its obligations.

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DEP Commissioner announced that the Department is moving forward with proposing rules relating to inland flood areas. Earlier this year, DEP had prepared to issue new flood area rules on an “Emergency” basis. The rule concepts put forward by DEP would dramatically expand areas identified as Flood Hazard Areas, and further limit activities in those areas. After significant uproar from municipalities, counties, other state agencies and the development community, the “Emergency Rule” concept was pulled back.

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On September 1, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) announced its plan to institute a new financial incentive program called the “Brownfields Redevelopment Incentive (BRI) Program,” part of the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act, to spur brownfield redevelopment in New Jersey. The EDA requested public feedback based on information it provided to the public (EDA Information), so that it may tweak the program before the program is established. The EDA held information sessions on September 7 and 8, to present a summary of the program. The slides provided by the EDA at the BRI information sessions are linked here and provide a detailed summary of the program. Following are highlights of key aspects of the proposed program, as set forth in the EDA Information:

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