District 11 Legislative Offices Closed Through March 31

Out of an abundance of caution and to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, each of our 11th Legislative District offices, by the direction of the Assembly Speaker, has been closed through March 31. You can still contact our Ocean Township district office via the phone number (732) 695-3371; however, please be prepared to leave a detailed message if you are not immediately connected with a member of our staff.

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Houghtaling and Downey Announce Funding for Affordable Housing Alliance

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - State Senator Vin Gopal joined Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey in announcing two state grants to the Affordable Housing Alliance Inc. of Monmouth County.

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Committee Clears Downey Bill Protecting Abused Seniors

TRENTON - With the goal to ensure individuals who fail to report suspected abuse or exploitation of a senior citizen residing in a nursing home or other institution are appropriately brought to justice, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee.

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Houghtaling Bill Legalizing eSports Betting Passes Committee

TRENTON - Looking to allow New Jersey residents to bet on a wide variety of sporting events, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling sponsored legislation to permanently include additional skill-based competitions such as electronic sports (eSports) in the state’s legal sports wagering industry.

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Downey Bill Expanding Access to Medical Cannabis for Homebound Patients Approved by Committee

TRENTON – In an effort to help more New Jersey patients access the pain relief they need, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) sponsored a bill that would allow health care practitioners to remotely authorize medical marijuana use via telemedicine.

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Houghtaling & Downey Work to Restore Benefits for New Jersey LGBTQ Veterans Discharged Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - For nearly 18 years, members of the United States military could be dishonorably discharged if they were found to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), an official military policy that forced thousands of patriotic Americans out of the military, depriving them of a chance to serve their country and their hard-earned benefits. Today, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling announced the introduction of new state legislation restoring these benefits for LGBTQ veterans discharged under DADT.

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