Downey Bill to Combat Student Loan Debt in New Jersey Becomes Law

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(TRENTON) -- Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Downey to combat student loan debt in New Jersey by increasing transparency for the NJCLASS student loan program was signed into law on Monday. The new law (formerly bill A-4239) revises the NJ CLASS program to require that applicants first exhaust federal student loans, conduct income verification and limit total student loan amounts. 

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Provide Property Tax Relief to Disaster Victims Now Law

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(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey aimed at closing a loop hole in Monmouth County's Assessment Demonstration Program, sponsoring in the wake of a five-alarm fire in Ocean Grove back in March, was signed into law on Monday.

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Houghtaling & Downey "Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights" Now Law

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(TRENTON) Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Gabriela Mosquera to establish a Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights has been signed into law. 

The law (A-4007) requires the Director of the Division of Taxation to develop and publish a Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights that sets forth in simple and non-technical terms the right of every property taxpayer to understand their property assessment and to appeal an assessment that a taxpayer believes is too high. 

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Downey & Houghtaling: Christie's Veto of Salary History Bill is an Insult to NJ Women

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OCEAN TWP -- Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling slammed Governor Christie on Friday following his absolute veto of their salary history bill. The legislation, aimed at closing the gender wage gap, would have prohibited employers from inquiring about or basing a proposed salary on an applicant’s salary history.

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Assembly Approves Houghtaling Bill to Provide Free Internet Service for Public Libraries

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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo and Eric Houghtaling to require certain cable television companies to provide free internet access to public libraries was approved by the Assembly, 71-3-1, on Thursday.

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Houghtaling Bill to Encourage Construction of Rental Housing for Veterans Clears Assembly

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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Sheila Oliver, Jamel Holley and Eric Houghtaling to promote the construction of more rental housing for veterans was approved Thursday by the General Assembly. 

The bill (A-2212) would establish a tax credit for New Jersey housing developers who construct homes for New Jersey veterans. The bill would permit developers to receive a non-refundable credit against New Jersey business taxes. 

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