MONMOUTH COUNTY - A new state law will now ban New Jersey employers from asking potential job applicants about their salary history - a controversial practice that critics say promotes unfairness in the workplace and perpetuates the gender wage gap.
“The gender wage gap can drag down anyone’s earnings, even if their employer doesn’t mean to discriminate at all,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold), who sponsored the law in the State Assembly. “A single underpaying job can set a worker back permanently, draining thousands or even millions of dollars from potential paychecks in other positions.”Read more
MONMOUTH COUNTY - On a cold winter day, families without a home or shelter can face major health risks like hypothermia, frostbite, blisters, and ulcers if they’re not able to keep themselves warm. That’s why Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey worked to establish “Socks for the Homeless” Day in New Jersey two years ago, and why their legislative office is now accepting donations of new and unused socks from today through February 10.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Today, Governor Murphy signed into law a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune), restoring nearly $10 million in funding to women’s healthcare clinics across New Jersey.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A bill sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would prohibit pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) from common abusive practices that harm community pharmacies was signed into law this week. A PBM is a third-party administrator of prescription drug programs for a commercial, self-insured, Medicare Part D, Federal employee, or state employee health plan.
“If you pay a restaurant or cashier for a product or service, no person in their right mind would reasonably allow you to then demand a “fee” from the business in exchange for making that purchase,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune). “Even so, this is exactly the relationship that many PBMs have forced community pharmacies into. It’s a demonstrably ridiculous system, and badly needs to be reformed.”Read more
Downey Bill Allowing Students to Use Military Academic Experience for College Credit Passes Assembly
Making the path to higher education easier for former military members in New Jersey, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrat Joann Downey would help veterans earn college credit for the skills and information acquired through their service. The legislation unanimously passed both the full Assembly and Senate on Monday.Read more
Assembly Democrat Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) sponsored a bill (A-5977) aimed at improving New Jersey’s healthcare through the creation of a Regional Health Hub Program.
Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald authored legislation that created the original Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Demonstration Project in 2011, and this bill represents a continuation of those efforts.Read more