Houghtaling and Downey Bill to Designate a School Employee as a Safety Specialist Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to designate a school employee as a safety specialist was passed through the Assembly and Senate on Sunday, July 1.

The bill (A3765) would amend current law to allow any employee with safety experience to be designated as a school safety specialist.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Issuance of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help revitalize shuttered military bases in Monmouth County by providing additional liquor licenses was approved Sunday, July 1 by the Senate.

The bill would authorize the issuance of additional alcoholic beverage licenses to a project area in three municipalities where a federally owned or operated military installation is closed and transferred to a government entity for the purpose of conversion, redevelopment, or revitalization.

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Downey Bill to Prevent Individuals with Criminal Records from Officiating School Sporting Events Advanced by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to prevent individuals with criminal records from officiating interscholastic athletic events was advanced by the General Assembly Monday by a vote of 75-0-0.

“We have to be more mindful about who we allow around our children,” said Downey. “Requiring a criminal background check for these officials can help ensure that we are not blindly trusting our students with individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Oppose Legislation to Increase Taxes

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey voted against five pieces legislation that would raise taxes for New Jersey residents and significantly impact the lives of their constituents in Monmouth County.

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Houghtaling and Downey Legislation to Make Sure Taxpayers are Aware of Property Tax Relief Programs Advanced by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help ensure that New Jersey taxpayers are well aware of the property tax relief programs available to them was advanced by the full Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 73-2-2.

“It’s no secret that New Jersey has one of the highest property tax rates in the country,” said Houghtaling.  “But what may be a secret to many is that there are a number of tax relief programs that they might be eligible for.  This bill will ensure that taxpayers are aware of the relief that is available.”

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Downey Bill to Make NJ’s Family Leave Program More Accessible & Affordable to More Working Families Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey expanding New Jersey’s paid leave program and making it more accessible and affordable to more New Jerseyans was released Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee.

The bill (A-3975) would expand leave times, provide higher compensation to those taking leave, cover more family members, improve job protections and boost awareness of the program.

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill to Make Sure Taxpayers are Aware of Property Tax Relief Programs Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help ensure that New Jersey taxpayers are well aware of the property tax relief programs available to them was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

“It’s no secret that New Jersey has one of the highest property tax rates in the country,” said Houghtaling.  “But what may be a secret to many is that there are a number of tax relief programs that they might be eligible for.  This bill will ensure that taxpayers are aware of the relief that is available.”

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Houghtaling Bill to Boost School Security Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to ensure school buildings are safe was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-4147) would require school districts to annually conduct a school safety audit for each of its buildings using a standardized checklist. The school district would submit the completed audit to the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Department of Education. The audits would be kept confidential and would not be deemed a public record. The audits may be used for the purposes of allocating any state grants or loans available for school facility safety and security upgrades.

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Houghtaling Bill Establishing Value-Added Dairy Farming Program Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling requiring the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to establish a “Value-Added Dairy Farming Program” cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

“This is a program that will assist the growing needs of our dairy farmers,” said Houghtaling. “We must make our dairy products a commodity again.”

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Houghtaling & Downey Legislation Aiding in Tax Relief for Veterans Approved by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey extending property tax deductions and exemptions for veterans living in continuing care retirement communities was cleared by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Thursday.

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Downey Bill Providing Oversight to Medicaid Transportation Brokerage Program Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey establishing standards in association with New Jersey’s transportation brokerage program cleared the Assembly Human Services Committee on Thursday.

“It is simply not right for patients to be late for their appointments, or miss them all together, through no fault of your own,” said Downey. “Not only will our bill solve this problem by requiring drivers to arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled pickup time, but it will also save the state a significant amount of money by implementing strict oversight measures to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.”

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey’s Princess Prom Project a Great Success

Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey provided nearly 50 local high school girls with beautiful prom dresses through the third annual Princess Prom Project.

The expenses related to prom can add up quickly, especially for a family living on a tight budget. The Princess Prom Project works to alleviate a major expense by providing local high school students with a dress and accessories to ensure every student has the opportunity to enjoy prom.

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Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Narcan Supply Continues Advancing

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was approved Thursday by a Senate panel.

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