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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 52, STATE GOVERNMENT, DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICERS
Section: 52:14B-25: Definitions relative to certain mandate requirements, procedures for small municipalities.
13. a. For the purposes of this section:
"State mandate" means a program, service or activity that is to be performed or implemented by a local unit for or on behalf of its residents, which results in an added net cost to the local unit, and which is mandated in any statute enacted by the Legislature either prior to or after the effective date of this act. A "state mandated program" shall not include the following: any activity pertaining to a statute carrying criminal penalties; any mandate required by or arising from a court order or judgment; any program or service which is provided at local option under permissive State laws, rules, regulations or orders; any program which is required by private, special or local laws pursuant to Article IV, Section VII, paragraphs 8 and 10 of the State Constitution; any program required by or arising from an executive order of the Governor in exercising emergency powers granted by law; or any program mandated by federal law, rule, regulation or order.
"Small municipality" shall mean a municipality that has a limited population or geographic area according to criteria promulgated by the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs.
b. In developing and proposing a rule for adoption, the agency involved shall utilize approaches which will accomplish the objectives of applicable statutes while minimizing any adverse economic impact of the proposed rule on small municipalities. Consistent with the objectives of applicable statutes, the agency shall utilize such approaches as:
(1) The establishment of differing compliance or reporting requirements or timetables that take into account the resources available to small municipalities;
(2) The use of performance rather than design standards; and
(3) An exemption from coverage by the rule, or by any part thereof, for small municipalities so long as the public health, safety, or general welfare is not endangered, or if an exemption is not a possibility, the use of alternative methods of implementing the requirements of the rule.
c. In proposing a rule for adoption, the agency involved shall issue a State mandate flexibility analysis regarding the rule, which shall be included in the notice of a proposed rule as required by subsection (a) of section 4 of P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-4). Each State mandate flexibility analysis shall contain:
(1) An estimate of the number of small municipalities to which the proposed rule will apply;
(2) A description of the reporting, record-keeping and other compliance requirements being proposed for adoption, and the kinds of professional services that a small municipality is likely to need in order to comply with the requirements;
(3) An estimate of the annual cost to a small municipality of complying with the rule; and
(4) An indication of how the rule, as proposed for adoption, is designed to minimize any adverse economic impact of the proposed rule on small municipalities.
d. This section shall not apply to any proposed rule which the agency finds would not impose reporting, record-keeping, or other compliance requirements on small municipalities. The agency's finding and an indication of the basis for its finding shall be included in the notice of a proposed rule as required by subsection (a) of section 4 of P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-4).
e. In order to avoid duplicative action, an agency may consider a series of closely related rules as one rule for the purposes of complying with the requirements of this section.
f. In complying with the provisions of this section, an agency may provide either a quantifiable or numerical description of the effects of a proposed rule or more general descriptive statements, if quantification is not practicable or reliable.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:55.
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