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The Council on Local Mandates, which is independent of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of State government, was created pursuant to the "State Mandate, State Pay" amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, approved by voters in November 1995, and an enabling statute, the Council Statute, that became effective in May 1996.

The Council has the exclusive constitutional authority to rule that a State law, rule, or regulation imposes an unconstitutional "unfunded mandate" on boards of education, counties, or municipalities. Under the Constitution, if the Council so rules, the "unfunded mandate" in the law, rule or regulation ceases to be mandatory in effect and "expires."

To learn more about the Council and its activities, please consult the information provided under General Background.

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Blue Arrow Trial on complaint filed by the New Jersey Association of Counties (law requiring county clerks to furnish mail-in ballots to all qualified voters in future elections) is scheduled for September 23, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 16, which is located on the fourth floor of the State House Annex. The street address is 125 West State Street #2, Trenton, NJ 08608.
Blue Arrow Please visit the Updated Pending Cases page, to view the Complaint in the Matter filed by the New Jersey Assocation of Counties COLM-0001-19.
Blue Arrow Please visit the Council Decisions page to view the Written Opinion in the NJAC Matter COLM-0004-16.
Blue Arrow Written Opinion In The Matter of A Complaint filed by Deptford Township COLM-0003-15.
Blue Arrow Written Opinion In The Matter of A Complaint filed by Rockaway Township BOE COLM-0002-15.
Blue Arrow Written Opinion In The Matter of A Complaint filed by Rockaway Township BOE COLM-0001-15.
Blue Arrow Written Opinion In The Matter of A Complaint filed by Allamuchy Township Board of Education on September 7, 2011 (9-11).
Blue Arrow Council Rules of Procedure - Rule revisions adopted by the Council change the complaint filing process, permit filing complaints by e-mail, and further streamline complaint case procedures.
Blue Arrow Learn the basics -- Read the Council's Summary Guide. PDF [44K]