Assembly Approves Downey Bill to Strengthen Equal Pay Protections for New Jersey Workers

Aiming to close the significant wage gap between women and men, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their salary history in the application process was approved Monday by the full Assembly by a vote of 53-24-2.

“In an ideal world, your gender would not influence how much you earn at work. But that’s not the world we live in,” said Assemblywoman Downey. 

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Prevailing Wage Passes Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey issued the following statement regarding the passage of bill A4291, which expands the circumstances under which the prevailing wage must be paid, by the State Assembly today:

“When we take wages out of the equation, contracting companies on public works projects are encouraged to improve the quality, productivity, and efficiency of their teams,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling.

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Houghtaling Bill Recognizing Preservation of Wildlife Habitats Approved by Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, who serves as Chair of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s approval by the State Assembly of his bill, A1040, which establishes a New Jersey "Landowner of the Year" award program for wildlife and habitat preservation.

“If an owner of one our State’s open spaces makes a laudable effort to protect and support wildlife habitats on their lands, it’s important that we recognize their work and contributions,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling.

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Downey & Houghtaling Bill to Improve Emergency Response for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Advances

TRENTON – Assembly Bill A4916, which requires the New Jersey Department of Human Services to study emergency response services for individuals with developmental disabilities, was released from the Assembly Human Service Committee last week following a hearing regarding the services available to persons with co-morbid developmental disabilities, severe behavioral disorders, and mental health issues. The bill is sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle.

“When individuals with developmental disabilities require emergency aid, our first responders sometimes lack the resources and training needed to resolve the situation successfully,” said Assemblywoman Downey, who serves as Chair of the Human Services Committee.

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Downey and Houghtaling Bill Urging FDA Ban of Electrical Stimulation Devices Advances

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling released the following statement regarding the Human Services Committee’s release of Assembly Resolution AR217, which respectfully urges the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately implement a ban on electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior, especially in individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities:

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Appropriation to Shore Protection Fund Clears Senate Committee

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey issued the following statement in response to the release of bill S1614 from the Senate Environment and Energy Committee:

“If the State does not contribute its share of shore protection costs, we could lose all federal funding,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “This bill increases the amount annually credited to the Shore Protection Fund to $50 million. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy showed us just how damaging these intense, powerful storms can be to the livelihoods of our residents on the shore. We need those funds to complete projects before future storms cause more erosion and property damage. If that happens, the cost of restoring and protecting the shore will go up, making any delays or underfunding a great concern to our coastal communities.”

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