Three important legislative priorities for the State PBA were advanced in Trenton over the last few weeks continuing a string of successful lobbying on the issues that matter to active and retired PBA members:
Senate Bill 879: The legislation  would prohibit a law enforcement agency from terminating an officer for “fitness for duty” who sustained a career ending injury while they are awaiting their disability pension and using sick leave.  The bill was unanimously approved by the State Senate and is awaiting consideration by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
Senate Bill 790: The bill creates a “GAP training” program for corrections officers to become sheriff officers in certain counties.  The bill, originating from the State PBA, was unanimously released by the Senate Budget Committee, and is awaiting final passage.
Assembly Bill 2690: The bill updates the law governing the carrying of firearms by retired law enforcement officers by clarifying the list of law enforcement agencies covered by the original State PBA initiated law from 1997.

Thank you to all the PBA members who traveled to Trenton yesterday to fight for our entire NJSPBA membership.  Assembly Speaker Prieto’s decision to delay a vote on the Atlantic City recovery legislation hopefully allows the leaders of our State, the City and the PBA to develop a fair compromise.  Any compromise needs to protect our employee collective bargaining rights and local voting rights while getting Atlantic City back on the path to fiscal recovery. Now is not the time for ego and selfishness.   The next vote on this matter is scheduled for Wednesday, please let as many of our PBA brothers and sisters as possible know that we may need support in Trenton again next Wednesday. Speaker Prieto has opened up the door to a compromised solution and now all the players need to do is just walk through it. 

On March 3rd from 9am to 3pm, the State PBA will be holding our annual "Trenton Day" visit to the State House. This event has become a crucial part of our legislative activity and a large turnout of PBA members sends a message to our legislators that the State PBA speaks and acts as one and is active, engaged and ready to descend upon Trenton at a moments notice.

Members will have a chance to sit in on legislative committees and meet your legislators.

I therefore want to encourage you to spread the word to your Local and to your retired members to set time aside on March 3rd and join us in Trenton. Let's make sure that there isn't a spot in the State House and the State House Annex that isn't lined wall to wall with PBA members.

Thanks and I hope to see you in Trenton in a few days

Pat Colligan

State President