Houghtaling Bill to Boost School Security Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to ensure school buildings are safe was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-4147) would require school districts to annually conduct a school safety audit for each of its buildings using a standardized checklist. The school district would submit the completed audit to the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Department of Education. The audits would be kept confidential and would not be deemed a public record. The audits may be used for the purposes of allocating any state grants or loans available for school facility safety and security upgrades.

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Houghtaling Bill Establishing Value-Added Dairy Farming Program Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling requiring the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to establish a “Value-Added Dairy Farming Program” cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

“This is a program that will assist the growing needs of our dairy farmers,” said Houghtaling. “We must make our dairy products a commodity again.”

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Houghtaling & Downey Legislation Aiding in Tax Relief for Veterans Approved by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey extending property tax deductions and exemptions for veterans living in continuing care retirement communities was cleared by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Thursday.

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Downey Bill Providing Oversight to Medicaid Transportation Brokerage Program Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey establishing standards in association with New Jersey’s transportation brokerage program cleared the Assembly Human Services Committee on Thursday.

“It is simply not right for patients to be late for their appointments, or miss them all together, through no fault of your own,” said Downey. “Not only will our bill solve this problem by requiring drivers to arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled pickup time, but it will also save the state a significant amount of money by implementing strict oversight measures to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.”

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey’s Princess Prom Project a Great Success

Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey provided nearly 50 local high school girls with beautiful prom dresses through the third annual Princess Prom Project.

The expenses related to prom can add up quickly, especially for a family living on a tight budget. The Princess Prom Project works to alleviate a major expense by providing local high school students with a dress and accessories to ensure every student has the opportunity to enjoy prom.

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Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Narcan Supply Continues Advancing

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was approved Thursday by a Senate panel.

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