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Capitol Report

October 28, 2013 

 This is a status report provided by the New Jersey State Bar Association on recently passed and pending legislation, regulations, gubernatorial nominations and/or appointments of interest to lawyers, as well as the involvement of the NJSBA as amicus in appellate court matters. To learn more, visit njsba.com.

NJSBA RECENT ACTION IN TRENTON:

P.L.2013. c.167 – Establishes bill of rights for continuing care retirement community residents. On Aug. 19, the bill passed in the Senate (37-0) and was sent to the Governor. On Oct. 16, Gov. Chris Christie signed this bill into law. 

The NJSBA’s Board of Trustees, Legislative Committee and Elder and Disability Law Section supported this legislation as important for seniors who live in Continuing Care Retirement Community’s (CCRC). It is critical they know that they have rights that can be monitored and enforced through the Long-Term Care Ombudsman regardless of what setting in which the resident resides.

P.L.2013. c.168 – Makes it a crime of the third degree to practice or represent oneself to others concerning certain licensed or certified healthcare related professions. On Aug. 19, the bill passed in the Senate (36-0) and was sent to the Governor. On Oct. 16, it was signed into law.

The NJSBA’s Board of Trustees, Legislative Committee, Family Law, Health Law and Women in the Profession sections support it, as amended, because the bill protects vulnerable patients seeking treatment for very personal and emotional problems from unlicensed professionals who have the potential to inflict significant harm on such patients.

NEW LAWS:

P.L.2013. c.166 - The Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act concerns shared service agreements and joint contracts, in certain municipalities, for certain tenured local employees under the Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act. On Aug. 19, the bill passed in the Senate (35-0) and was sent to the Governor. On Oct. 16, it was signed into law.

P.L.2013. c.169 Concerns requirements to report newly hired employees. On Sept. 12, the bill passed in the Senate (35-0) and was sent to the Governor. On Oct. 16, it was signed into law.

PUBLIC NOTICE:

US Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy: Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship seated in Camden, District of New Jersey. 

Any and all applications must be submitted electronically by noon on Friday, Nov. 22. To submit an application or find out more, visit ca3.uscourts.gov.

REMINDER: CHANGE TO ATTORNEY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

Effective Nov. 1, all attorneys will be required to use their attorney identification number on the first page of all court filings. This requirement is an amendment to R.1:41, adopted by the Supreme Court as part of a series of rule amendments.

The attorney index listing attorney identification numbers can be found on the Court’s website: njcourtsonline.com under the heading “legal.”