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SSA Gives Guidance on the Use of Prepaid Debit Cards by Special Needs Trust Beneficiaries

Trustees of special needs trusts are increasingly relying on “administrator-managed prepaid debit cards,” such as True Link cards, when disbursing funds to beneficiaries. These cards offer trust beneficiaries greater independence and the ability to get what they need more quickly ...

Stormwater Bill to Create New Utilities, New Fees

In an effort to address significant stormwater flooding and pollution in the state, on June 21, 2018 the New Jersey Senate passed bill S-1073, which will allow for broad local regulation of stormwater runoff, including creation of stormwater utilities and necessary infrastructure. The ...

Supreme Court Clarifies Applications Protected by the Time of Application Rule

On June 20, 2018, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued its decision in Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Township of Franklin, addressing whether an incomplete site plan application triggered the Municipal Land Use Law’s (MLUL) Time of Application Rule (TOA). The ...

Highlights from DEP Commissioner McCabe on NJ Environmental Policy

Connell Foley was proud to host CIANJ's  program featuring newly minted  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine McCabe. Commissioner McCabe provided the regulated community with insight into what to expect under Governor Murphy -- a focus on ...

Emerging Contaminants:  Property Owners and Licensed Environmental Professionals Take Notice

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and individual states are examing per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in an attempt to establish new cleanup standards, which will affect both ongoing and previously completed cleanups at contaminated sites. In order to ...

EPA Issues Final 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan

On May 2, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Final 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (Final 2016 Plan). Pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA), EPA must publish a plan for new and revised effluent guidelines every two years. EPA is also required under the CWA to ...

When victims of medical malpractice and other catastrophic accidents receive awards in personal injury lawsuits, obtaining the award is only half the battle. Of equal, or greater, importance for the person’s future is constructing the settlement structure in a way that best protects ...

Colorado Toughens Data Protection Law

On May 29, 2018, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1128, a law that aims to statutorily require reasonable procedures and practices for safeguarding personally identifiable information. The unanimously passed piece of legislation will take effect in September of this ...

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Advancing Renewable Energy Agenda

On May 23, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that boosts the Garden State’s renewable energy economy.  Directly impacting utilities as well as the renewable energy sector, the bill requires that by 2020, 21 percent of the energy sold in New Jersey must be from Class I ...

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