Houghtaling & Downey Bill Raising Awareness of Youth Suicide Prevention Clears Committee

TRENTON - A joint resolution sponsored by Assemblymembers Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Joann Downey (D-Freehold) that would permanently designate September as "Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness Month" in New Jersey was released from the Assembly Women and Children Committee this past week. The bill aims to increase public awareness of the risk factors and warning signs for youth suicide, increase community involvement in creating strategies to prevent teens and young adults from taking their own lives, and to encourage the development of Statewide comprehensive anti-suicide initiatives.

“It is our hope that this resolution will encourage nonprofits, school districts, and boards across New Jersey to develop and improve anti-suicide initiatives,” Downey said.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Access to Medical Cannabis Passed by Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation expanding patient access to medical cannabis in New Jersey sponsored by Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling was approved by the State Assembly on Thursday.

“This legislation will fight for patients like Jake Honig: sick kids and adults who deserve to live their lives free of constant and chronic pain,” said Downey (D-Freehold).

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Downey Bill Protecting Developmentally Disabled from Sexual Assault Clears Committee

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey released the following statement regarding the advancement by the Assembly Human Services Committee of her bill A-4482, which would establish a “Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Persons with Developmental Disabilities” within the Department of Human Services, was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

“The assault of a person with developmental disabilities is a monstrous act,” said Downey. 

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Beach Access for Disabled Community Advances in Assembly

TRENTON – With the summer season quickly approaching, a measure (A-4388) sponsored by Assemblymembers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to establish state-level standards for beach accessibility for people with disabilities was approved Thursday by the Assembly Human Services Committee. Houghtaling and Downey released the following statements:

“We often think of the beach as a place to relax and enjoy, but it can be burdensome for a person with disabilities," Houghtaling (D-Neptune) said. 

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Houghtaling Bill Establishing Pilot Program Developing Tick Control Methods Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON – New Jersey is especially conducive to ticks because of its climate, its woodland landscape, and its large agricultural sector. To study and develop new methods to fight the growing population of ticks, a bill (A-5160) sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) was approved by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. Houghtaling, chair of the committee, released the following statement:

“New Jersey ranks among states in the top 20% of the nation’s reported disease cases caused by ticks.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Ban Law Enforcement-Style Badges for Certain Officials Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON – Aiming to prevent non-law enforcement officials from using police-style badges to garner favor, legislation sponsored by Assemblymembers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey was approved Thursday by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.

“We’ve seen multiple scenarios recently where commissioners have tried to use their badges to get out of traffic stops,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

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