Houghtaling Bill to Fight Food Waste, Expand Food Bank Donations Goes to the Governor


Legislation sponsored by local Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling  aimed at decreasing food waste and encouraging food bank donations from school districts was approved by the State Senate last week, and will head to the Governor’s desk. The bill will extend immunity protections of the “Food Bank Good Samaritan Act” to all New Jersey schools, and will establish voluntary guidelines for K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste.

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Assembly Democratic Bills to Help Gold Star Families Advanced by Senate Panel


(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Gordon Johnson, Bruce R. Land, Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, Eric Houghtaling, Dan Benson, Patricia Jones, Raj Mukherji and Joseph Danielsen to provide mental health services and other resources to Gold Star families were advanced Thursday by the Senate budget panel.

The bills were approved by the Assembly in February.

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Houghtaling, Downey Bill to Require Annual Report on Unspent Funds in State Accounts Clears Budget Panel


(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey, Jamel Holley and Elizabeth Muoio sponsored to help ensure that taxpayer dollars are allocated and spent efficiently was advanced Thursday by the Senate budget panel.

The bill was approved by the Assembly in October and would require the State Auditor to report annually on unspent state account balances.

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Bill seeking to close gender pay gap passes Assembly


“It’s 2017. I don’t understand why we’re even talking about this, but obviously we have to,” Assemblywoman Joann Downey said.

Downey wants to ban one of the age-old questions used during an applicant’s hiring process: what was your previous salary?

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N.J. may soon ban employers from asking your salary history


TRENTON -- New Jersey is one step closer to becoming the latest place to bar employers from asking job applicants to reveal their salary history. The Democratic-controlled state Assembly voted 49-19, with seven abstentions, Monday to approve the Democratic-controlled measure.

"'What were you making at your last job?' -- people ask that all the time," said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), a co-sponsor. 

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N.J. debates whether asking about previous salary is discriminatory


The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill intended to strengthen protections against employment discrimination. Assemblywoman Joann Downey said it would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their employment history.

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