Houghtaling & Downey’s Bill to Designate a School Employee as a Safety Specialist Now Law

Today Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to designate a school employee as a Safety Specialist.

The bill (A3765) amends current law to allow any employee with safety experience to be designated as a school safety specialist. Previously, Superintendents were only allowed to appoint Administrators as the school safety specialist.  

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Signed into Law

Today Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill introduced by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to limit the time continuing care retirement communities retain refundable entrance fees after a resident vacates a facility.

“We have a duty to ensure our seniors and their families are not being taken advantage of,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “Once a resident leaves the retirement community, the refund should be issued, period. Residents, or their families, should not have to jump through hoops to receive money that is rightfully theirs.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Host Second Senior Summer Alzheimer’s Q&A

After the success of their first Senior Summer Health Q&A on Alzheimer's Disease, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have decided to once again partner with the Alzheimer's Association to bring vital information to residents.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, the Assembly Members will host a Senior Health Q&A centered on legal and financial planning for Alzheimer's Disease from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the Ocean Township Library, located at 701 Deal Road.

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Host School Supplies Drive

To ensure local students have the resources they need for a successful school year, District 11 Legislators Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are hosting their annual School Supplies Drive.

“Back to school shopping can be a major expense for families who live on a strict budget,” said Senator Vin Gopal. “We want to ensure that every student has the supplies they need to start the year off right. Every child deserves the same chance at a successful school year. We are here to make that happen.”

“No family should have to worry about how they are going to afford the supplies their children need for school,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “This initiative provides local students with all of the basics they need for back to school. We are proud to be able to support our local students and we are grateful to everyone who has donated thus far.”

“As children and their parents prepare for the start of the school year, they should be focused on studying, making new friends and making the most out of the new year,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “They should not have to worry about how they are going to be able to get new school supplies. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with the City of Asbury Park to collect donated school supplies to ensure every child starts the year out right.”

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Houghtaling & Downey to Introduce Bill to Help Alleviate Medical Debt for Residents

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey announced at a press conference Wednesday that they will be introducing legislation this coming September designed to alleviate medical debt.

“Medical bills should not consume someone’s life,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “It is only fair that patients are provided with feasible methods to pay off their debt.”

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Houghtaling and Downey to Host Free Eye Screenings

In a continuation of their Senior Summer Series, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey will host a Free Eye Screening Clinic in August.

The screening will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Freehold Township Senior Center, located at 116 Jackson Mills Road.

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill to Designate a School Employee as a Safety Specialist Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to designate a school employee as a safety specialist was passed through the Assembly and Senate on Sunday, July 1.

The bill (A3765) would amend current law to allow any employee with safety experience to be designated as a school safety specialist.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Issuance of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help revitalize shuttered military bases in Monmouth County by providing additional liquor licenses was approved Sunday, July 1 by the Senate.

The bill would authorize the issuance of additional alcoholic beverage licenses to a project area in three municipalities where a federally owned or operated military installation is closed and transferred to a government entity for the purpose of conversion, redevelopment, or revitalization.

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Downey Bill to Prevent Individuals with Criminal Records from Officiating School Sporting Events Advanced by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to prevent individuals with criminal records from officiating interscholastic athletic events was advanced by the General Assembly Monday by a vote of 75-0-0.

“We have to be more mindful about who we allow around our children,” said Downey. “Requiring a criminal background check for these officials can help ensure that we are not blindly trusting our students with individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Oppose Legislation to Increase Taxes

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey voted against five pieces legislation that would raise taxes for New Jersey residents and significantly impact the lives of their constituents in Monmouth County.

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Houghtaling and Downey Legislation to Make Sure Taxpayers are Aware of Property Tax Relief Programs Advanced by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help ensure that New Jersey taxpayers are well aware of the property tax relief programs available to them was advanced by the full Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 73-2-2.

“It’s no secret that New Jersey has one of the highest property tax rates in the country,” said Houghtaling.  “But what may be a secret to many is that there are a number of tax relief programs that they might be eligible for.  This bill will ensure that taxpayers are aware of the relief that is available.”

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Downey Bill to Make NJ’s Family Leave Program More Accessible & Affordable to More Working Families Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey expanding New Jersey’s paid leave program and making it more accessible and affordable to more New Jerseyans was released Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee.

The bill (A-3975) would expand leave times, provide higher compensation to those taking leave, cover more family members, improve job protections and boost awareness of the program.

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill to Make Sure Taxpayers are Aware of Property Tax Relief Programs Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help ensure that New Jersey taxpayers are well aware of the property tax relief programs available to them was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

“It’s no secret that New Jersey has one of the highest property tax rates in the country,” said Houghtaling.  “But what may be a secret to many is that there are a number of tax relief programs that they might be eligible for.  This bill will ensure that taxpayers are aware of the relief that is available.”

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