Legislative & Government Affairs

On June 26, 2017, NJ Senate passed S-3317 to require NJ to Join Climate Alliance to uphold Paris Climate Accord. AIA NJ supports the passing of this Senate Bill. Along with AIA National, AIA NJ stands for a sustainable future and for protecting communities from the impact of climate change.  Climate change caused by human activity remains one of the most urgent challenges…

Due to a change in the NJ legislative schedule AIA NJ Architects Action Day will be postponed until November 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will be able to join us this fall. Do you want your voice to be heard? Take a stand to preserve the common values we share in our profession. When Architects speak up, policy makers…

When I first started working my way up through the officers ranks, I thought the presidency would be an easy position to hold.  You know kiss a couple of babies, cut some ribbons, easy stuff.  It is not true. This has been one of the busiest years of my life and one of the more fulfilling.  I have had the benefit of a…

January 25, 2010 Governor Christie today warned New Jersey businesses that they can expect an increase of up to $1,000 per employee in their unemployment tax starting July 1 unless the federal government helps the state replenish the fund. Business taxes are increased by law when the fund’s balance dips below a certain level as measured every March. Christie says the fund will…

Christie Nominates Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, Executive Director of School Development Authority Board. Governor Chris Christie today nominated Dr. Poonam Alaigh, to serve as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and Marc Larkins to serve as Executive Director of the New Jersey School Development Authority Board. Dr. Alaigh is the Executive Director at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey…

Christie Signs Executive Orders Governor Chris Christie today signed a series of executive orders designed to make budgeting and finances more transparent, halt unfunded mandates on towns, freeze new regulations on business and broaden state pay-to-play prohibitions to limit donations by labor unions. A brief summary of the executive orders follows: Executive Order 1 freezes and suspends for a period of 90 days…

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq. Lawmakers have reacted swifty to the Appellate Division’s recent decision that affordable housing must be accorded “inherently beneficial” status when proposed in use variance applications, even if a town has already otherwise met all affordable housing obligations assigned by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). On September 18, two Republican Senators, Phillip Haines of Burlington County and Christopher…

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq. On August 24, 2009, the Appellate Division issued a decision in Homes of Hope v. Eastampton Land Use Planning Board that makes it harder for municipal land use boards to deny use variance applications by developers seeking to build affordable housing. At issue in the lawsuit was whether a 100% affordable housing project proposed by a non-profit developer…

Monday, October 19, 2009 Gubernatorial Race Update A New York Times Poll that was released today shows Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leading Republican Chris Christie 40-37% while independent Christopher Daggett is at 14%.  Corzine’s lead over Christie is within the poll’s margin of error.  Despite Corzine’s lead among registered voters, his favorability ratings are more upside-down than in most other independent polls.  Only…

On June 25, 2009, the State Legislature voted with strong bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly to let the New Jersey voters decide in November whether to continue the State’s investments in open space. The timing was crucial, with the Garden State Preservation Trust essentially empty and no longer able to fund the NJ Historic Trust restoration grants or undertake new land…

On July 27, 2009 Governor Jon S. Corzine signed into law the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009. Sections 37 through 39 of the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 suspend the Non-Residential Development Fee Act which was signed into law on July 17, 2008. As a result, proof of payment of a non-residential development fee or proof of an exemption…

New Jersey homebuilders are applauding a unanimous June decision by the state Supreme Court that stops towns from requiring builders and developers to set aside land for open space (or pay a cash fee) as a permitting condition for housing developments. In the cases of New Jersey Shore Builders Association v. Township of Jackson and Builders League of South Jersey v. Egg Harbor…

Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP of New Brunswick, NJ announces that four of our attorneys passed the LEED exam and are now LEED Accredited Professionals, certified by the Green Building Institute. Anthony Iacocca, Richard Gaeckle, Jacob Grouser and Vincent Carita, play significant roles in the firm’s recently formed Green Building practice group, led by Partner Lawrence P. Powers. By serving the…

Members of AIA New Jersey, including AIA-NJ President Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, attended a fundraiser for the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA). In attendance was Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Chairman of the RGA as well as Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Christie. The event was another in a long list of events funded by APAC. The RGA has committed $2 million dollars to this years NJ…

PLEASE DO THIS TODAY New Jersey’s support for historic preservation has been especially strong since the 1980s. Through the New Jersey Historic Trust, more than 70 million dollars have been invested and hundreds of buildings having been restored throughout the state. Funding for the valuable programs provided by the Trust and open space are expiring and are in jeopardy under the current effort…

New Jersey design professionals that do public work need to be aware that a long time practice of theirs concerning the inclusion of hard copies of prevailing wage determinations in their project specifications may no longer be advisable. As you are aware, New Jersey law requires the payment of prevailing wages on public projects. Accordingly, design professionals always include provisions in their specifications…

May 22, 2009 Treasurer Provides Revenue Update; Outlines Further Cuts in FY2010 Budget State Treasurer David Rousseau appeared before both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee this week to provide updated revenue projections and the Administration’s proposals to close a gap in the FY2010 budget. The Governor’s budget proposal now anticipates spending of $28.61 billion which is $1.2…

A Note form the AIA State Government Network Representative: (May 13, 2009) The ICC is forming a new committee entitled the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC). The SBTC was originally tasked with the improvement of ICC Codes, Standards and Guidelines in the areas of sustainability and high performance. This includes areas of water, energy and mechanical efficiency, as well as new and renewable…

May 8, 2009 Budget Shortfall Increases The Office of Legislative Services released a report this week that indicated the budget shortfall in the current fiscal year has grown to $1.2 billion, almost triple the $383 million shortfall OLS predicted when the Legislature’s budget hearings began in April. The OLS prediction was made based on April income tax collections that were about $800 million…

State Revenues Expected to Decline Further Governor Jon Corzine confirmed yesterday that revenue collections may now come in between $1.5 billion to $2 billion short of what his administration has projected for the end of the current budget year and the new one that begins July 1. In March the Governor proposed a $29.8 billion dollar budget which is approximately $3 billion below…

Bateman Appointed to Judiciary Committee Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced this week that Deputy Republican Conference Leader Christopher “Kip” Bateman will take the new Republican seat that has been created on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate President Richard J. Codey announced in March that he was expanding the membership on both the Senate Judiciary and Labor committees by two, with one new…

A Note form the AIA State Government Network Representative: Coupled with the Federal Stimulus Package will be opportunities for Architects. Elaine Howley, Editor of the new privately released Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, says “A lot of designers are put off by the term ‘shovel-ready. They think this bill isn’t really for them, but that’s not necessarily the…

Legislative Action This week the Assembly Budget Committee held a public hearing on the Governor’s budget proposal. The hearing focused on economic development, public safety, transportation, environment and arts, history and cultural issues. Next week both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee will receive a budget overview and revenue forecast form the Office of Legislative Services and a…

PISCATAWAY — A package of bills sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which will promote renewable energy usage throughout the State of New Jersey was signed into law today by Governor Corzine at the Busch Cogeneration Facility at Rutgers University’s Busch campus. “Today, the Governor has taken a strong step forward in promoting clean, sustainable energy and New Jersey’s burgeoning green economy,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset,…

AIA-NJ supports the proposed 18 month moratorium on COAH fees to promote economic activity in the state. We have formed a special task force which will research issues and make recommendations for COAH going forward. AIA-NJ has also been invited by State Senator Lesniak to participate in the COAH discussion over the next 18 months.