Monmouth County Assembly Members Collecting School Supplies to Benefit Local Students


Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have launched their first annual Supplies for Students drive, to collect backpacks, notebooks, crayons, pencils, and various other school supplies for local students in need. The supply drive will run until the end of the summer, and donations will benefit United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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Assembly Members Houghtaling and Downey Announce 5K Team, Effort to Raise $25,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research


As part of their initiative to bring more attention and awareness to pancreatic cancer, Assembly Members Houghtaling and Downey have launched a team for the upcoming “Pound the Pavement for Purple” 5K run/walk to be held in Neptune Township in October. The members have begun recruiting team members and donors, aiming to raise $25,000 through their team for the Lustgarten Foundation and pancreatic cancer research.

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Watch Assemblywoman Downey's Interview on Comcast Newsmakers


Assemblywoman Joann Downey discusses legislation she's sponsoring alongside Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, including bills to bar individuals with DWIs from operating NJ Transit locomotives and to require microstamping of all handguns manufactured in New Jersey.

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DOWNEY: 'Fairness Formula' robs from poor, gives to rich




Education is the essence of American opportunity. It levels the playing field and makes the system fair. Our current state school funding formula was developed with the best intentions, but now its inadequacies are holding back the children that it once intended to help. Reforms are needed and educational fairness must be restored.

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill to Reaffirm the Right of Individuals With Service Dogs to Ride on NJ Transit Becomes Law


Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to prohibit New Jersey Transit from denying individuals who require a guide or service dog access to any of its modes of transportation was signed into law on Thursday. NJ Transit previously had a policy that excluded guide dogs on sedans, including its Access Link fleet, which serves the disabled population. NJ Transit later changed its policy, and this law codifies those changes.

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Monmouth County Assembly Members Houghling and Downey Sponsor Bill to Ban Smoking at Public Parks and Beaches


Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have sponsored legislation that would extend the “New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act” by prohibiting smoking at public parks and beaches. The bill, which aims to protect not only the health of beachgoers, but the environment of New Jersey’s parks and beaches, has been approved by both houses of the Legislature and now awaits the Governor’s signature.

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Monmouth County Assembly Members Introduce Legislation to Create and Promote Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights


Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have introduced new legislation that would establish, and require local governments to promote, a Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The bill aims to delineate specific rights that property owners and taxpayers have under State law, and keep residents informed regarding how assessment processes work, and how unfair assessments can be appealed.

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JULY NEWSLETTER: Houghtaling & Downey Introduce Public Safety, Gun Control Measures

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A-3934: Responsible, Common-Sense Gun Control Legislation
Houghtaling and Downey have introduced an original bill to require that all newly manufactured handguns sold in New Jersey be micro-stamped, and directs the Superintendent of Police to establish a database of gun sales in New Jersey. This combination of micro-stamping and reporting of gun sales will empower law enforcement to trace the origins of bullets used in criminal acts, and help eliminate unsolved gun crimes.

AJR-103: Bringing Awareness to Pancreatic Cancer
A joint resolution introduced by Houghtaling and Downey would designate November of every year as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" in New Jersey. Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer. Increased awareness of the disease, its prevalence, and approaches to screening and prevention can help save lives.

More original legislation from Houghtaling & Downey:
  • A-3999: Enables collection of voluntary contributions for Jersey Fresh Program through gross income tax returns.
  • A-4007: Requires Director of Division of Taxation to promulgate the Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights
  • ACR-191: Establishes the "New Jersey Tax Structure Study Commission"
  • AR-153: Urges Congress and President of US to remove barriers to providing employees continuation of health insurance coverage during strikes.
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Houghtaling and Downey Joint Resolution to Increase Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer Gains Assembly Approval


A joint resolution introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to dedicate November of each year as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month” in New Jersey gained unanimous Assembly approval Monday night. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most high-risk types of cancer, with detection of the disease usually coming too late for an optimistic prognosis. Houghtaling and Downey have sponsored the joint resolution in hopes that increased awareness of the disease, its prevalence, and approaches to screening and prevention will help save lives.

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Burzichelli, Caputo & Houghtaling Bill to Allow Wagering at Far Hills Race Meeting Approved by Assembly


Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John Burzichelli, Ralph Caputo and Eric Houghtaling to allow wagering at the annual Far Hills race meeting in Somerset County was approved earlier this week by the General Assembly.

The bill (A-1697) would allow a running race permit holder in good standing with the state to coordinate with the Far Hills Race Meeting Association to allow wagering on the races.

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Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace, Downey Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration Through MVC Heads to Governor


Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace, Downey, Benson, Wimberly, McKeon, Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Heads to Governor

By a vote of 54-24, the full Assembly granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, Daniel Benson, Benjie Wimberly, John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of applying for or renewing a driver's license.

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Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Mukherji, Moriarty, Benson, Danielsen & Houghtaling Legislation to Boost Care for 'Wounded Warriors' Clears Assembly


Legislation Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Raj Mukherji, Paul Moriarty, Daniel Benson, Joseph Danielsen and Eric Houghtaling sponsored to boost assistance for "wounded warriors" and their caregivers, an ever-growing demographic that faces unique challenges in the post-9/11 era, advanced by the full Assembly on Monday, 78-0.

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Houghtaling and Downey Introduce Original Gun Control Legislation to Require Micro-Stamping of All Newly Manufactured Guns


Freshman Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey introduced a piece of original legislation this past Thursday that would require all handguns sold in New Jersey to be micro-stamped. Micro-stamping is a laser technology that can engrave small identifying characters or letters on small objects. In this case, the cartridge cases of a handgun would be imprinted on when fired, enabling them to be traced to their firearm of origin. Houghtaling and Downey campaigned heavily on common-sense gun control prior to their election in November. Although this is not their first firearm-related bill, it is their first piece of original legislation addressing gun control.

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