Two NJEA initiated bills passed both houses of the legislature with bi-partisan support and are now are in the hands of the Governor.
The first bill, S-1127/A-3791 (Greenstein, Diegnan), would allow school districts and employee representatives to negotiate contracts up to five years in length. Current law restricts these contracts to only three years. This bill will give employees and school districts more flexibility at the bargaining table.
The second bill, S-3086/A-3783 (Sarlo, Oroho, Stender, Diegnan, Eustace), which passed unanimously in both houses, requires school districts to disclose any money received in the form of a reimbursement, refund, or other credit from its health insurance premium. The bill also requires this money to be used to offset the cost of future health insurance premiums.
Since the 215th legislative session concludes on Jan. 14 at noon, the Governor has until Jan. 21 to sign the bills. If he does not sign the bills they will be “pocket vetoed.” The Governor can also conditionally veto the bills on Jan. 14 before the session ends or do an absolute veto of the bill before Jan. 21.
Please contact the Governor’s office at (609) 292-6000 and ask him to sign these bills.