Committee Advances Downey, Houghtaling & Johnson Bill Creating Price Preference for Disabled Veterans’ Businesses
Legislation Would Make it Easier for these Businesses to Obtain Competitive State Contracts
(TRENTON) – To give a boost to service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses in New Jersey, Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling and Gordon Johnson sponsor a bill to establish a price preference program when these businesses compete for State contracts. The measure was advanced by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday.Read more
Downey, Freiman & Lopez Bill Allowing Donations to NJ Department for Veteran Suicide Prevention PSAs Passes Committee
(TRENTON) – With 63 or more New Jersey veterans lost to suicide every year, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Roy Freiman and Yvonne Lopez would make it easier for the State to create public service announcements (PSAs) regarding veteran suicide prevention. The legislation was advanced by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday.Read more
Legislation Would Establish a Safe Protocol to Enhance Gun Safety Laws in New Jersey
(TRENTON) – To enhance gun safety in New Jersey, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) introduced legislation Wednesday that would mandate safe storage of firearms.
The bill (A-5647) would require a legal owner of a firearm to store and secure an unloaded gun in a safe or securely locked container. The measure would also mandate that the legal owner of the firearm must store the ammunition separately in a securely locked box or container.Read more
(TRENTON) – Sports wagering has become wildly popular in New Jersey since it was approved in 2018, but certain collegiate events have been prohibited to bettors. Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (D- Both Monmouth) sponsor a resolution to ask voters to amend the State Constitution. The measure passed by the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee on Wednesday, would permit sports wagering through casinos and current or former racetracks on collegiate athletic competitions if approved by New Jersey voters in the November election.
If approved, the amendment (ACR-200) would permit wagering even if the event takes place in New Jersey.Read more
Legislation would establish a safe protocol to enhance gun safety laws in New Jersey.
FREEHOLD - Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) is set to introduce legislation mandating safe storage of firearms. This bill requires a legal owner of a firearm to store or secure an unloaded firearm in a gun safe or securely locked box or container. This legislation also mandates the legal owner to store the ammunition separately in a securely locked box or container.
By Eric Houghtaling
In the past year, we’ve come to associate the word ‘quarantine’ with staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many New Jerseyans may not know much of the state is under a very different kind of quarantine aimed to protect our crops, native plants and agricultural industry from a dangerous invasive species.Read more