Downey Bill Requiring DEP to Update Shore Protection Master Plan Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Thursday.

“It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure the beautiful property and infrastructure down the Shore maintains its viability,” said Assemblywoman Downey.

“We have suffered through some brutally destructive storms over the past several years, partially due to climate change, and the creation of managerial lists will allow us to effectively and efficiently protect our shoreline properties from coastal storm damage, erosion and rising sea levels.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Applaud Signing of Earle Bill

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are pleased to announce Governor Phil Murphy signed their bill designed to unburden the Tinton Falls School District into law on May 16.

The bill (A1114) requires new students residing on Naval Weapons Station Earle to attend the Colts Neck School District for grades K-8. Traditionally, students who live on the base -- the residential section of which is located within Colts Neck -- attended school in Tinton Falls. However, the district was not compensated for the additional students and as a result faced an undue financial burden.

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Houghtaling and Downey Support Supreme Court Decision to Allow Sports Betting in NJ

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports betting in New Jersey:

“This decision stands to directly impact Monmouth County -- the home to the Monmouth Park Racetrack and Freehold Raceway -- not to mention the state at large.  In order to expedite this process, we have already introduced a bill that would allow this form of gambling at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks. We are confident this decision will positively impact our local economy and provide job security to the countless individuals employed by this industry,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

“We fully support the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports betting in New Jersey. Our racetracks have struggled in recent years but we are confident this bill is just what the industry needs to excite and attract customers once again. We look forward to guiding New Jersey through this process to ensure we implement this change quickly but effectively to gain the most benefit for New Jersey and for customers. This will ultimately help taxpayers by bringing in more State revenue, as well,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Create Gross Income Tax Return Contribution Supporting Affordable Housing Alliance Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to allow voluntary contributions on gross income tax returns to support Affordable Housing Alliance cleared the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee on Monday.

“With this bill, taxpayers can voluntarily help Affordable Housing Alliance continue to support residents in their time of need through a contribution on their gross income tax return,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling. “This designation is a good thing to do for the organizations who truly lend a hand in the community.”

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Houghtaling Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Legislative Package Approved by Assembly Panel

An Assembly panel approved on Monday a three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling requiring certain verifications for LIHEAP applicants, annually updating LIHEAP handbooks and providing quarterly trainings for employees.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that allows the State to provide assistance to help low-income residents cover home energy costs.

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Downey Bill Allowing Parents or Guardians to Place Security Freeze on Child’s Consumer Report Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey authorizing a parent or legal guardian to place a security freeze on a child’s consumer report cleared the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday.

The bill (A-1096) provides that a security freeze is to remain in place until the protected consumer’s parent or legal guardian requests that the security freeze be removed or the protected consumer reaches 18 years of age.

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Houghtaling Bills Supporting Winery Industry Advance

Two Assembly measures sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling designed to help New Jersey’s burgeoning winery industry create jobs and economic development were advanced Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during a special meeting at the Jessie Creek Winery.

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Houghtaling and Downey Respond to Caren Turner Incident

In response to the behavior of Port Authority Commissioner Caren Turner towards two Tenafly Police Officers, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements:

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Historic Equal Pay Act Signed Into Law

           

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to promote equal pay for women was signed into law by the Governor on Tuesday.

The law (A-1) modifies current law, including the Law Against Discrimination (LAD), to strengthen protections against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for equal women.

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Houghtaling and Downey Introduce Bill to Allow Sports Betting

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey recently introduced a bill that would allow casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks, including former racetracks, in this State to conduct wagering on professional and collegiate sport or athletic events.

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Houghtaling and Downey Introduce Bill Strengthening Move Over Law

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have introduced a bill amending the Move Over Law to strengthen penalties for drivers who violate the law.

The bill requires two motor vehicle penalty points to be assessed when a driver violates the Move Over Law.

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Downey 'Pass The Trash Bill' Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to thoroughly vet prospective school employees for allegations of sexual misconduct to prevent sexual predators from working in schools has been signed into law.         

There have been numerous cases where teachers accused of sexual misconduct involving children in one school were able to find work in other schools where they victimized other children. The past misconduct may not have been shared with the hiring school district, at times because of a non-disclosure agreement, leaving the hiring district without this important information.

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Houghtaling Joins Manufacturing Caucus

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling has joined the bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus.

“I am honored and proud to have had the opportunity to join the bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. I am looking forward to having a stronger voice in representing the hardworking men and women of New Jersey," Assemblyman Houghtaling said. 

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