MONMOUTH COUNTY - Assemblywoman Joann Downey this month sponsored a legislative resolution that would formally recognize “Equal Pay Day” in New Jersey.
This bill (AJR52) would designate the second Tuesday in April as “Equal Pay Day.” More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women working full-time, year-round in 2014 typically earned 79 percent of what men earned, indicating little change or progress in pay equity.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A new bill expanding the times when cold weather shelters are opened to at-risk individuals, including families experiencing temporary homelessness, was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee this Thursday.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) to name New Jersey’s “Transgender Day of Remembrance” in honor of New Jersey transgender activist Babs Siperstein was unanimously approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee today, moving the bill to the full Assembly for a vote.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - This week, Governor Murphy formally appointed Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) as New Jersey’s legislative representative on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate commission that works to coordinate and manage fisheries resources along the Atlantic coast of the United States, including saltwater fish, shellfish, and migratory fish.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) was honored Thursday evening as "Green Industry Advocate of the Year" for his efforts as Chair of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and his dedication to protecting open spaces, promoting native plants, and protecting local pollinators.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey today announced that Monmouth County municipalities will receive a combined $12.6 million in infrastructure grants from the Department of Transportation.Read more