Assembly Bill to Establish Loan Program for N.J. Wineries Goes to Governor

Legislation aiming to help New Jersey’s burgeoning winery industry create jobs and economic development received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor’s desk.  

The bill (A-1046), sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, directs the EDA, in consultation with Department of Agriculture, to establish a loan program for certain vineyard and winery capital expenses.

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Assembly Bill to Ban Smoking in Public Parks & Beaches Clears Assembly Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to prohibit smoking at public parks and beaches was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.

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Houghtaling Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Bill Continues to Advance in Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to require LIHEAP handbooks to be updated annually and provide quarterly trainings for employees on administering the program cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Monday.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that allows the State to provide assistance to help low-income residents cover home energy costs.

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill Authorizing Sports Betting Clears Assembly Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey authorizing casinos in Atlantic City, racetracks and former racetracks to conduct wagering on professional and collegiate sport or athletic events cleared the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee on Monday.

“This is about fairness, freedom, job creation and economic development,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling. “Places like Monmouth Park and Freehold Racetrack have been left in the dark for far too long. Finally, this will no longer be the case.”

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Gopal, Houghtaling, Downey Applaud Completion of Monmouth County Dredging Projects

With New Jersey’s busy summer season just beginning, Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey are pleased that the  New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has completed two dredging projects in the 11th Legislative District.

The NJDOT recently announced the completion of dredging projects in the Shark River and the Shrewsbury River. These projects were vital in restoring these local waterways, many of which had been shoaled in since Superstorm Sandy, limiting boating options, emergency response, and commercial vessel traffic in the area. These channels are now considered to be in a state of good repair for the 2018 boating season, and will provide access to enhanced recreational and economic activity for summer visitors and residents alike.

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill Expanding Issuance of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to issue additional alcoholic beverage licenses to a project area in three municipalities and at which a federally owned or operated military installation is closed and transferred to a government entity for the purpose of conversion, redevelopment, or revitalization advanced Monday in the Assembly.

Under the current law, a municipality may issue one plenary retail consumption license, for bars and restaurants, for each 3,000 of its population. This bill provides that an increase in population resulting from residential development in a formerly federally owned or operated military installation would not be included in the calculation issued to new licenses.

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