JULY NEWSLETTER: Houghtaling & Downey Introduce Public Safety, Gun Control Measures

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A-3934: Responsible, Common-Sense Gun Control Legislation
Houghtaling and Downey have introduced an original bill to require that all newly manufactured handguns sold in New Jersey be micro-stamped, and directs the Superintendent of Police to establish a database of gun sales in New Jersey. This combination of micro-stamping and reporting of gun sales will empower law enforcement to trace the origins of bullets used in criminal acts, and help eliminate unsolved gun crimes.

AJR-103: Bringing Awareness to Pancreatic Cancer
A joint resolution introduced by Houghtaling and Downey would designate November of every year as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" in New Jersey. Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer. Increased awareness of the disease, its prevalence, and approaches to screening and prevention can help save lives.

More original legislation from Houghtaling & Downey:
  • A-3999: Enables collection of voluntary contributions for Jersey Fresh Program through gross income tax returns.
  • A-4007: Requires Director of Division of Taxation to promulgate the Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights
  • ACR-191: Establishes the "New Jersey Tax Structure Study Commission"
  • AR-153: Urges Congress and President of US to remove barriers to providing employees continuation of health insurance coverage during strikes.


Assemblyman Houghtaling tours LunchBreak in Red Bank, an organization that provides food and other necessities to residents in need.
Houghtaling and Downey spend time at the Monmouth County SPCA, where over 100 dogs rescued from an extreme hoarding situation are being cared for.
Houghtaling, Downey, & Freehold Township Mayor McMorrow present a Resolution to Grace "Cookie" West, who founded a nonprofit to raise money for pediatric cancer research.


Houghtaling & Downey in the News

Sweeney and LD11 Assembly Dems Announce Bill Creating School Funding Commission - by JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ
"The new bill from Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-29) and first-term Assembly Democrats Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling would create a commission made up of two appointees from the governor, one from Sweeney and one from Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32). The legislation aims to prevent gridlock by having the upper and lower houses on equal footing, and marks the first time Downey and Houghtaling have sponsored a major policy initiative since their surprise victory in 2015’s Assembly elections."

N.J. considers measures to help babies, parents rest easy - by Phil Gregory, Newsworks
"After a study found that some baby monitors sending live audio and video feeds over the internet don't have adequate security protections, New Jersey lawmakers are considering a remedy. Assemblywoman Joann Downey said hackers can access baby monitors that aren't on a secure network."



Houghtaling and Downey Bill to Prohibit Those with DWI Convictions from Operating NJ Transit Trains Heads to the Governors Desk

Our bill (A-20) to prohibit individuals with DWI convictions from operating NJ Transit trains and locomotives was approved by both houses of the Legislature this month, and now heads to Governor Christie's desk. At a time when so many commuters depend on NJ Transit, this will close a dangerous loophole and protect public safety. Someone who cannot be trusted to operate a vehicle should not be trusted with an NJ Transit locomotive - it's that simple. We hope that Governor Christie will waste no time signing this bill into law.



Freehold Township Day

Enjoy a concert and festival with rides, merchandise, car show, and food vendors, as well as a fireworks display at 9:00pm!

Saturday, July 9, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Michael J. Tighe Park, Freehold



Monmouth County Fair

The 42nd Annual Monmouth County Fair returns, with highlights including rides, animal shows and exhibits, food, and so much more.

Wednesday - Sunday, July 27-31
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold



Red Bank Sidewalk Sales

The 62nd Annual Sidewalk Sale allows you to enjoy all that Red Bank has to offer and find the best deals of the year.

July 29, 30 & 31
Downtown Red Bank Borough



In Your Community: Local News
Springwood Avenue Park Opening Sparks Revitalization - by Michelle Gladden, Asbury Park Sun
"The first park built by the city on the west side of town, the opening coincided Second Baptist Church’s Pre-Father’s Day Festival and St Stephens Church’s car show and flea market, resulting in hundreds gathering to enjoy the neighborhood festivities. And while the road to fruition was long and fraught with challenges, the result was favorable comments from those in attendance."

"Love is Stronger Than Hate" - by John Burton, The Two River Times
"Candlelight provided a somber backdrop last Wednesday night as the names of the Orlando victims were read in hushed tones, and clergy and town officials reflected on the tragedy of the recent mass shooting. An estimated 250 people gathered outside the municipal complex, 90 Monmouth St., as a show of solidarity and to honor the memory of the 49 killed and the more than 50 injured in the June 12 shooting in a gay nightclub in Florida."

In Neptune: High-Flying Principal - by Don Stine, The Coaster
"It’s not every day that elementary school students get to see their principal flying over their heads on a parasail. But that is exactly what hundreds of Neptune Midtown Community Elementary School students saw on Mon., June 20.
School principal Arlene Rogo promised her school’s 450 students that if they could read 25,000 books by the end of the school year, she would go parasailing for them. And, the kids won the bet by reading 26,308 books!"

Help_my_Parents.jpgCOMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Help My Parents

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