Downey Bill Requiring NJ to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Approved by Assembly

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(TRENTON) - The full Assembly on Thursday gave final legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, James Kennedy and Nancy Pinkin requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The measure passed 49-23. 

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Houghtaling Bill to Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Clears Assembly

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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Adam Taliaferro and Bob Andrzejczak to protect agricultural and horticultural lands against trespassing and vandalism was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

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Downey Bill Package to Strengthen Domestic Violence Protections Advances

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Bill would enhance domestic violence training for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers; amend domestic violence definition to ensure offenders not spared penalties

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday approved a four-bill legislative package sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to better protect victims of domestic violence.

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Downey Legislation Ensuring Homeowners who Prepaid Property Taxes Get Immediate State Income Tax Credit Advances

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(TRENTON) -- An Assembly panel on Monday advanced multiple measures sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey conerniing federal tax changes to prepayment guidelines, and ensuring homeowners who have pre-paid property tax payments are able to include these payments as part of their 2017 state taxes.

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Downey Bill to Revise Wiretap Law Gains Assembly Panel Approval

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(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Benjie Wimberly, Tim Eustace, Vince Mazzeo and Joann Downey to revise the state’s wiretapping laws to help aid investigations into crimes such as child luring.

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Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Narcan Supply Clears Assembly Panel

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(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Joseph Lagana, Bob Andrzejczak, Andrew Zwicker, Bruce Land, Dan Benson & Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.

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Downey Bill to Require School Districts to Display Child Abuse Hotline Information in Schools Clears Assembly Panel

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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera. Patricia Egan Jones, Jamel Holley, Angela McKnight and Joann Downey to require school districts to display the state's child abuse hotline in schools was released Thursday by an Assembly panel. 

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Downey Bill Requiring NJ to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Clears First Legislative Hurdle

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(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel approved on Thursday legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, James Kennedy and Nancy Pinkin requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The bill was first introduced last session, and given final approval by the Assembly on January 8. It was among many bills subjected to a pocket veto under the previous Governor. 

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Houghtaling Bill to Help Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Clears Committee

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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Adam Taliaferro and Bob Andrzejczak to protect agricultural and horticultural lands against trespassing and vandalism was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

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Houghtaling Bill to Increase Penalties for Slamming Practices Clears Assembly Panel

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(TRENTON) - Bipartisan legislation sponsored in-part by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Eric Houghtaling, and Paul Moriarty to strengthen state law against energy "slamming" practices was released on Monday by the Assembly Telecommunications panel.

Energy "slamming" is a practice that involves changing consumers' electric power or gas supplier without their knowledge or consent. 

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Downey Bill to Help Students Facing Hardship Maintain NJ STARS Scholarships Now Law

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TRENTON -- Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey concerning student eligibility for NJ STARS scholarships has been signed into law. The law (A-2565) allows NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarship recipients to maintain program eligibility in the event that a medical condition, hardship, or recent death of a parent or spouse prevents enrollment as a full-time student.

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Downey Bill Extending Deadline to Apply for Senior Freeze Property Tax Rebates Signed into Law

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(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Raj Mukherji, Angela McKnight and Daniel R. Benson granting seniors and disabled residents more time to apply for their property tax rebates has been signed into law.

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Downey Bill to Ensure Safety of Students Transported on School Buses Becomes Law

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(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Reed Gusciora, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Daniel R. Benson, Joe Danielsen, Benjie Wimberly and Joann Downey to prevent individuals who have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked from operating a school bus was signed into law this week. 

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