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Recent Legislation

Links to the New Jersey Legislature and other legislative information. If you are looking for new laws prior to 2018, please put in an OPRA request by contacting the NJDPB.


P.L. 2019, c. 407 (Chapter 407)

Renames Department of Environmental Protection conservation officers to conservation police officers.

Date Approved: January 21, 2020

Effective Date: April 1, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 361 (Chapter 361)

This law amends the SHBP’s required coverage for contraceptives and other related services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 15, 2020.

Date Approved: January 16, 2020

Effective Date: April 15, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 360 (Chapter 360)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for certain preventive services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 15, 2020.

Date Approved: January 16, 2020

Effective Date: April 15, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 343 (Chapter 343)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for breastfeeding support under any contracts purchased or renewed after July 11, 2020.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: July 11, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 306 (Chapter 306)

This law amends the SHBP’s and SEHBP’s required coverage for fertility preservation services under any contracts purchased or renewed after April 12, 2020.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: April 12, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 305 (Chapter 305)

This law increases the benefit paid to a surviving child or children of SPRS or PFRS members who die as an active death to 50% of final compensation for one child or split equally among 2 or more children.

Date Approved: January 13, 2020

Effective Date: January 13, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 287 (Chapter 287)

This law amends the statutory provisions of the Judicial Retirement System (JRS) and permits a member of the JRS to retire and defer receipt of benefits if the member is being appointed County Prosecutor by the Governor. The member must be at least age 65 and must have served at least 25 consecutive years as a judge. The JRS retirement will be effective after the end of service as a County Prosecutor; however, if the member turns 70 while serving as County Prosecutor, the person will be deemed retired.

Date Approved: January 9, 2020

Effective Date: January 9, 2020

P.L. 2019, c. 251 (Chapter 251)

Permits service credit transferred from another State-administered retirement system to apply toward creditable service requirement for retirement in State Police Retirement System.

Date Approved: August 23, 2019

Effective Date: October 22, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 219 (Chapter 219)

Renames State and county corrections officers as correctional police officers.

Date Approved: August 9, 2019

Effective Date: December 1, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 184 (Chapter 184)

Allows a TPAF retiree to be employed, without TPAF reenrollment, by a school district as a certificated superintendent or administrator for more than two years when approved by the Commissioner of Education as being in best interests of the school district.

Date Approved: July 19, 2019

Effective Date: July 19, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 157 (Chapter 157)

The Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery, and Cleanup Operations Act, permits an active or retired member of the PFRS, SPRS, or PERS Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to file for an Accidental Disability Retirement if the member is, or is to become, totally and permanently disabled due to participation in the rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations at the World Trade Center between September 11, 2001, and October 11, 2001, regardless of whether the member was enrolled in the PFRS, SPRS, or PERS at the time of participation or under orders or instruction by an employer to participate.

Date Approved: July 8, 2019

Effective Date: July 8, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 143 (Chapter 143)

Creates sub-accounts for SHBP and SEHBP health care services and prescription drug claims; requires procurement by the State of a third-party administrator.

Date Approved: June 30, 2019

Effective Date: June 30, 2019

P.L. 2019, c. 87 (Chapter 87)

Prohibits health benefits coverage for certain non-medically indicated early elective deliveries under Medicaid program, SHBP, and SEHBP.

Date Approved: May 8, 2019

Effective Date: September 1, 2019

P.L. 2018, c. 96 (Chapter 96)

Provides that a PERS or PFRS member who continues to be a volunteer firefighter or emergency services worker after retirement with the employer from whom member retires has bona fide severance for compliance with State and federal law.

Date Approved: August 17, 2018

Effective Date: August 17, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 88 (Chapter 88)

Requires SHBP and SEHBP to establish and contract for Medicare Primary Assignment and Audit Program ensuring that all persons in SHBP and SEHBP eligible for Medicare have Medicare as primary provider.

Date Approved: August 10, 2018

Effective Date: August 10, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 63 (Chapter 63)

This law provides that the State will pay the full cost of SHBP coverage in retirement for SPRS members who retire at mandatory retirement age of 55 with more than 20 but less than 25 years of service.

Date Approved: July 3, 2018

Effective Date: July 3, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 55 (Chapter 55)

This law transfers management of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) from the Division of Pensions & Benefits in the Department of the Treasury to the Board of Trustees of the PFRS and vests with the Board all the functions, powers, and duties relating to the investment and reinvestment funds under the control of the Board.

Date Approved: July 3, 2018

Effective Date: July 4, 2018

P.L. 2018, c. 32 (Chapter 32)

The “Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act” reforms various aspects of the health care delivery system in New Jersey to increase transparency in pricing for health care services, enhance consumer protections, create an arbitration system to resolve certain health care billing disputes, contain rising costs associated with out-of-network health care services, and measure success with regard to these goals.

Date Approved: June 1, 2018

Effective Date: August 30, 2018

P.L. 2017, c. 344 (Chapter 344)

This law changes PERS membership eligibility for certain elected public officials and provides for PERS enrollment.

Date Approved: January 16, 2018

Effective Date: January 16, 2018


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