Houghtaling and Downey Bill Requiring Bi-hourly Election Reports Signed Into Law

A bill sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, which requires district boards of election to report every two hours the number of voters who have voted at each precinct, was signed into law on Friday, August 24 by Governor Phil Murphy.

This bill (A3463) requires the district boards of election to report every two hours the number of voters who have voted at each precinct, and authorizes challengers to request the reported count.      

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Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Opioid Antidote Supply Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on Friday, August 24.

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First Annual Kids Congress A Great Success

The first annual Kids Congress event, hosted by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, was a great success, with over 20 local children in attendance.

Hosted on Monday, August 27 at the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury, Kids Congress treated children to a day of fun and learning through group activities and educational games. Nearly two-dozen children spent their morning learning how a bill is made, who their representatives are, and testing their knowledge of U.S. Government through games and activities.  

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Creating a Better World for Our Daughters

The world I grew up in as a girl was far different than the world we live in today.

The thought of becoming a successful attorney, or holding public office, was not as tangible for little girls when I was growing up as it is today. To this day, I operate in worlds that are largely dominated by men, both as a lawyer and as an Assemblywoman.

But through the support of my loving family and later my incredible husband, I overcame the gender stereotypes that society expected me to conform to and a forged a new path for myself — one that felt true to me and not ascribed to me by gender norms or external expectations. I developed a successful law practice, I won a seat in the General Assembly in a stunning upset, and I did it all while raising two daughters.

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Houghtaling and Downey to Host Kids Congress

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are inviting local children to learn more about their government through fun, games and collaboration at the first annual Kids Congress.

Kids Congress is a non-partisan, kid-friendly event that offers Monmouth County children between the ages of 6 and 10 the opportunity to learn how their government works, why legislators pass laws, and how a law is made through fun games and group activities.

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Houghtaling & Downey Applaud Signing of Fort Monmouth Liquor License Bill

Today Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to distribute additional liquor licenses to the three host municipalities in Fort Monmouth.

The three towns impacted by the bill are Oceanport, Eatontown and Tinton Falls. Under the current law, a municipality may only issue one plenary retail consumption license, for bars and restaurants, for each 3,000 of its population.

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