Houghtaling Bill Creating "Buy Local Week" Signed Into Law

TRENTON - Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (AJR-114) designating the last full week of July as "Buy Local Week" was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

"It's great to see New Jersey letting folks know about the importance of buying local produce," said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

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Downey Bill to Improve Access to Social Services Clears Assembly Panel

Moving to increase awareness for and enrollment in public assistance and social service programs, a measure (A-4876) sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) to require county welfare agencies to conduct a full eligibility screening of all administered public assistance and social service programs for people who apply for at least one service provided by the agency was approved Thursday by the Assembly Human Services Committee.

“We have a wide array of social services available in New Jersey, and it’s very possible one person could be eligible for multiple programs simultaneously," Downey said.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Urging Reauthorization of National Flood Insurance Program Clears Assembly Panel

To protect the future of the National Flood Insurance Program, a measure (AJR-28) sponsored by Assemblymembers Joann Downey (D-Freehold) & Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) to urge Congress to enact a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program was approved Monday by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

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Downey Bill Penalizing Tampering with Smart Technology Released From Assembly Committee

A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Joann Downey expanding penalties for cyber-harassment was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee this Monday.

As smart devices, including security systems, doorbells, and phones become more widespread in New Jersey households, criminals are finding it easier to hack or alter these devices to harass their owners. Bill A-4448, which is sponsored by Assemblywoman Downey, would expand the crime of cyber-harassment to penalize any person who tampers or interferes with smart technology.

“We’re seeing an alarming trend where offenders use these smart devices in order to harass others,” said Downey (D-Freehold).

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Honoring Revolutionary War Hero Signed Into Law

TRENTON - Paying tribute to one of the most famous privates of the Revolutionary War, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey released the following statements on their measure (AJR-157) to designate March 15 of each year as “Peter Francisco Day” in New Jersey, which was signed into law Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.

“Peter Francisco’s story is one of courage and perseverance," said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Develop Official “New Jersey-Made” State Logo Signed Into Law

TRENTON – To spotlight products made in the Garden State, a bill sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Clinton Calabrese to create an official “NJ-Made” logo to be used by in-state manufacturers received final legislative approval on Monday, passing the full Assembly by a vote tally of 75-0-0.

“A state brand showcases the variety of goods and products made right here in New Jersey,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling.

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