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Legislation

New and revised legislations affect every type of OCNJ business. Stay current on the newest laws and regulations pertaining to OCNJ commerce with these legislation reports.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Mayor's Update March 22, 2020

Dear Friends,
 
I just finished a conference call with N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy’s staff and local mayors.
 
Whether we like it or not, COVID-19 is already here in Ocean City, in Cape May County, in New Jersey and throughout the nation and world. Wishing it was not that way and attacking each other will not stop the virus whatsoever. Doing what has been asked of us will. 
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mayor's Update March 21, 2020

Dear Friends,
 
N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order effective at 9 p.m. tonight advising all people to “stay at home.” He urged owners not to go to their Jersey Shore homes and to stay at primary residences. All events and gatherings must be canceled.
 
The order closes all non-essential businesses to the public. Essential businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, medical supply stores, gas stations, convenience stores, takeout restaurants, laundromats, liquor stores, banks, pet stores and office supply stores. The governor urged all businesses to make arrangements for employees to work from home, wherever possible. Construction work, construction supply stores and hardware stores may continue to operate.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Mayor's Update March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
We are facing extraordinary times, and our world is changing in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago. But we must do everything in our power to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic before it’s too late. We must do what we can to protect every member of our community.
 
I am asking that everybody please stay at home, limit travel only to essential destinations, and practice social distancing if you have to go out.  These are guidelines that have been shared at every level from the federal Centers for Disease Control down to the Cape May County Department of Health. These recommendations include avoiding unnecessary travel to, from and within Ocean City.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

$15 Minimum Wage Update

We want to thank New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Jeff VanDrew for meeting with us yesterday in Trenton.

Following the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting in March, Senator VanDrew worked with our chamber to arrange a meeting with the Senate President and members of the South Jersey business community to discuss the $15 an hour minimum wage issue as it pertains to small businesses.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Legislative Update 6/23/17

TRENTON WATCH
June 23, 2017

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CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Minimum Age for Tobacco Products - S-359 (Codey/D-27; Vitale/D-19; Huttle/D-37; Conaway/D-7; Jimenez/D-32; Lampitt/D-6; Diegnan/D-18; Jasey/D-27; Sumter/D-35): Assembly passed 53-16, sent to the Governor. Raises minimum age for purchase and sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21. This bill also amends related statutes concerning penalties, fines, signage requirements, non-face-to-face transactions and enforcement provisions to reflect the increased minimum age. Contact: Michael Egenton

Tax Deduction for Charitable Food Contributions - S-3012 (Lesniak/D-20; Oroho/R-24)/A-2753 (Mukherji/D-33; Benson/D-14): Senate 38-0. Allows a NJ gross income tax deduction for charitable contributions of food made from business inventory. The deduction applies to food that meets all quality and labeling standards even though the food may not be marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus or other conditions. This new tax deduction will encourage charitable contributions of food to deserving organizations that support those in need. Contact: Michael Egenton

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Legislative Update 5/31/17

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May 30, 2017

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Legislative Update 2/24/17

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February 24, 2017

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CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Thumbs downLimits Consumer Contract Disputes Forum - A-1515 (McKeon/D-27; Diegnan/D-18; Benson/D-14; Muoio/D-15; Pinkin/D-18; Moriarity/D-4)/S-387 (Cruz-Perez/D-5; Barnes/D-18): Assembly passed 49-20. The measure prohibits conditions in a consumer contract that require disputes be resolved in a venue, forum or jurisdiction inside the state of New Jersey. The business community opposes limiting the venue for these arbitration disputes to within the State. Independent third-party arbitrators are typically located in Philadelphia or New York, which is not an unreasonable distance for the parties to travel. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thumbs UpEmergency Price Increases -S-2321 (Oroho/R-24; Beach/D-6; Burzichelli/D-3; Wisniewski/D-19; Mosquera/D-4; Houghtaling/D-11; Wimberly/D-35): Signed into law by the Governor. Amends statutory language regarding so-called price-gouging during a state of emergency by specifying an exact period of time during which 'excessive' price increases would be prohibited. This bill stipulates that 'excessive' price increases would be prohibited during a state of emergency and for an initial period of 30 days following the declaration of a state of emergency, unless the Governor extends the prohibition for periods of up to 10 days. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Legislative Update 4/6/16

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April 6, 2016

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Legislative Update 11/17/15

 

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
 

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November 17, 2015

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

10/20/15 Legislative Update

 

 

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October 20, 2015

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  
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Surveying Outgoing Employers - S-2710 (Bucco/R-25; Sarlo/D-36): Senate passed 38-0. Requires the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to annually provide results of surveys of employers that leave the state. The goal of this legislation is to determine the reasons why employers leave the state, information that would inform public policy solutions for the state's economy. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Legislative Update 6/22/15

 

 
 

TRENTON WATCH
 

June 22, 2015 

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is tracking legislation and other items important to the business community:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee

 

Thumbs UpTransparency for Redevelopers - A-4394 (Garcia/D-33; Gusciora/D-15; DeAngelo/D-14): Assembly committee passed. Requires the Department of Community Affairs to maintain a database on its website to provide redevelopers with current information about laws, permits and state resources relevant to redevelopment. This one-stop-shop portal will provide developers and businesses with the knowledge and direction needed to pursue projects throughout the state. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee A-4394 Vote: Johnson, Gordon M. (C) - Yes; Caride, Marlene (VC) - Yes; Benson, Daniel R. - Yes; Bucco, Anthony M. - Yes; DeCroce, BettyLou - Yes; Mosquera, Gabriela M. - Yes; Mukherji, Raj - Yes; Munoz, Nancy F. - Yes; Oliver, Sheila Y. - Yes; Pintor Marin, Eliana - Yes

 

 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Legislative Update - May 20, 2015

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MAY 20, 2015

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Legislative Update 1/21/14

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JANUARY 21, 2015

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trenton Watch 10/21/14

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OCTOBER 21, 2014

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Thumbs UpEO14, Part 3 - A-3213 (Greenwald/D-6; Sumter/D-35; Mazzeo/D-2; Wimberly/D-35)/ S-1551 (Lesniak/D-20): The Senate concurred with the Governor's conditional veto by a vote of 22-5 making this version law. The Assembly concurred with the Governor's conditional veto by a vote of 49-13-9. It changes the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 by further empowering Garden State Growth Zones to establish thresholds to encourage growth; extending the sunset date for the residential Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) incentive program from July 2015 to July 2018; clarifying the proposed regulatory definition of "industrial" by including "warehouse" and expanding the ERG program to allow for 100% financing of publicly dedicated improvements. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Application Deadline Extended For Stronger NJ Business Grant Program

If you haven't had time to complete your application for the Stronger NJ Business Grant program -- don't worry. The NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) has extended the application deadline from October 31, 2013 to December 31, 2013, to allow more time for busy business owners to submit their applications.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Trenton Watch 9/13/13

TRENTON WATCH

September 13, 2013

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is tracking legislation and other items important to the business community:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Streamlining Economic Incentives - A-3680 (Coutinho/D-29; Singleton/D-7; Watson Coleman/D-15; Ramos/D-33; Green/D-22; Bramnick/R-21; Bucco/R-25; Conaway/D-7; Wimberly/D-35; Moriarty/D-4): Re-Sent to Governor. Senate approved governor's conditional veto 33-1; Assembly approved governor's conditional veto 71-6. The Governor had conditionally approved the bill with two recommendations. The conditional veto removed a provision in the bill requiring that anyone receiving a tax credit would have to provide prevailing wage for maintenance workers. The State Chamber opposed the inclusion of this requirement because it would have driven up costs of many critical projects. The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 enhances and merges five of the state's economic incentive programs for businesses into the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program and the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program. The State Chamber believes enhancing the state's incentive programs will benefit small businesses, attract larger businesses to the state, and encourage new entrepreneurs - making New Jersey a formidable competitor in both the national and global economy. Contact: Michael Egenton

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Legislative Update 8-22-13

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August 22, 2013

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Trenton Watch - July 1, 2013

 

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July 1, 2013  

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BUDGET

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee & Assembly Budget Committee

                       

FY 2014 Budget Appropriations Bill - S-3000/A-4200  (Sarlo/D-36; A.R. Bucco/R-25; Van Drew/D-1; O'Toole/R-40; Prieto/D-32; O'Scanlon/R-13) Governor signed on June 28. Senate passed 29-11. Assembly passed 52-25. Appropriates $32.98 billion in state funds and $13.43 billion in federal funds for the state budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. The State Chamber supports the following business tax reforms included in the 2014 budget: the final phase-out of the TEFA (Transitional Energy Facility Assessment); a 25 percent reduction in the minimum tax on S-corporations from 2011 levels; another phase-in of the single sales factor for calculating corporate taxes, and allowing business entities to carry forward net operating losses for up to 20 years. Additionally, the State Chamber supports the budget's full funding of both the R&D Tax Credit and the Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program for businesses specializing in innovation. These reforms give New Jersey businesses the tax flexibility to grow.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stronger NJ Business Loan Progarm

Now Available: Stronger NJ Business Loan Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will now begin accepting applications for the Stronger NJ Business Loan Program. The Stronger NJ Business Loan Program is available to help small businesses and non-profits that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy, as well as businesses looking to expand within storm-impacted communities. Eligible small businesses and non-profits may apply for loans up to $5 million per eligible location, with 0% interest for the first 24 months. Loans can be used for renovation, new construction, equipment, and working capital. The maximum working capital loan amount is $500,000, exclusive of equipment.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Important - Issue with J-1 Visa Program

Please take a minute to read the message below. J-1 Visa students are essential to the operation of businesses,

particularly in tourist destination communities.

  

Changes to the J-1 Visa Program may have detrimental effects for Ocean City, NJ and our surrounding communities.  

  

Changes to J-1 Visa Program 

Senate Immigration Bill S.744.  

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