Houghtaling and Downey Bill to Designate a School Employee as a Safety Specialist Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to designate a school employee as a safety specialist was passed through the Assembly and Senate on Sunday, July 1.

The bill (A3765) would amend current law to allow any employee with safety experience to be designated as a school safety specialist.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Issuance of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help revitalize shuttered military bases in Monmouth County by providing additional liquor licenses was approved Sunday, July 1 by the Senate.

The bill would authorize the issuance of additional alcoholic beverage licenses to a project area in three municipalities where a federally owned or operated military installation is closed and transferred to a government entity for the purpose of conversion, redevelopment, or revitalization.

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Downey Bill to Prevent Individuals with Criminal Records from Officiating School Sporting Events Advanced by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to prevent individuals with criminal records from officiating interscholastic athletic events was advanced by the General Assembly Monday by a vote of 75-0-0.

“We have to be more mindful about who we allow around our children,” said Downey. “Requiring a criminal background check for these officials can help ensure that we are not blindly trusting our students with individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Oppose Legislation to Increase Taxes

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey voted against five pieces legislation that would raise taxes for New Jersey residents and significantly impact the lives of their constituents in Monmouth County.

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Houghtaling and Downey Legislation to Make Sure Taxpayers are Aware of Property Tax Relief Programs Advanced by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help ensure that New Jersey taxpayers are well aware of the property tax relief programs available to them was advanced by the full Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 73-2-2.

“It’s no secret that New Jersey has one of the highest property tax rates in the country,” said Houghtaling.  “But what may be a secret to many is that there are a number of tax relief programs that they might be eligible for.  This bill will ensure that taxpayers are aware of the relief that is available.”

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Downey Bill to Make NJ’s Family Leave Program More Accessible & Affordable to More Working Families Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey expanding New Jersey’s paid leave program and making it more accessible and affordable to more New Jerseyans was released Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee.

The bill (A-3975) would expand leave times, provide higher compensation to those taking leave, cover more family members, improve job protections and boost awareness of the program.

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