Houghtaling Bill Establishing Pilot Program Developing Tick Control Methods Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON – New Jersey is especially conducive to ticks because of its climate, its woodland landscape, and its large agricultural sector. To study and develop new methods to fight the growing population of ticks, a bill (A-5160) sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) was approved by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. Houghtaling, chair of the committee, released the following statement:

“New Jersey ranks among states in the top 20% of the nation’s reported disease cases caused by ticks.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Ban Law Enforcement-Style Badges for Certain Officials Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON – Aiming to prevent non-law enforcement officials from using police-style badges to garner favor, legislation sponsored by Assemblymembers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey was approved Thursday by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.

“We’ve seen multiple scenarios recently where commissioners have tried to use their badges to get out of traffic stops,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

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Houghtaling Bill Creating "Buy Local Week" Signed Into Law

TRENTON - Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (AJR-114) designating the last full week of July as "Buy Local Week" was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

"It's great to see New Jersey letting folks know about the importance of buying local produce," said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

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Downey Bill to Improve Access to Social Services Clears Assembly Panel

Moving to increase awareness for and enrollment in public assistance and social service programs, a measure (A-4876) sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) to require county welfare agencies to conduct a full eligibility screening of all administered public assistance and social service programs for people who apply for at least one service provided by the agency was approved Thursday by the Assembly Human Services Committee.

“We have a wide array of social services available in New Jersey, and it’s very possible one person could be eligible for multiple programs simultaneously," Downey said.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Urging Reauthorization of National Flood Insurance Program Clears Assembly Panel

To protect the future of the National Flood Insurance Program, a measure (AJR-28) sponsored by Assemblymembers Joann Downey (D-Freehold) & Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) to urge Congress to enact a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program was approved Monday by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

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Downey Bill Penalizing Tampering with Smart Technology Released From Assembly Committee

A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Joann Downey expanding penalties for cyber-harassment was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee this Monday.

As smart devices, including security systems, doorbells, and phones become more widespread in New Jersey households, criminals are finding it easier to hack or alter these devices to harass their owners. Bill A-4448, which is sponsored by Assemblywoman Downey, would expand the crime of cyber-harassment to penalize any person who tampers or interferes with smart technology.

“We’re seeing an alarming trend where offenders use these smart devices in order to harass others,” said Downey (D-Freehold).

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