One of the great and constant lessons of working on the State Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is how closely agricultural issues intertwine with the preservation of natural resources and open space.Read more
Full Assembly Clears Downey Bill to End School Lunch Shaming, Address Meal Debt Practices in Schools
Following the controversy surrounding unpaid breakfast and lunch meals, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to address practices employed by New Jersey schools concerning this debt was advanced unanimously by a full Assembly vote of 79-0 on Monday.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey were pleased to see that Governor Murphy is supporting their well-publicized plan for stabilization aid to school districts facing a decrease in state funding due to declining enrollment during his annual budget address this Tuesday.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal joined Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey in announcing a $25,000 award to Interfaith Neighbors in Asbury Park from the state Meals On Wheels program.Read more
Often, the inspiration behind legislation is the story of a single individual that is so compelling it demands action.
Anna Landre, a former Freehold Township High School valedictorian who is currently a thriving student at Georgetown University, is one of those individuals. Her near-perfect 3.9-grade point average through her first two years helped Anna land an internship at the U.S. State Department last summer - but it almost didn’t happen.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - In response to reports of potential program cuts for Monmouth County school districts, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Downey are calling on Governor Murphy and the state legislature to dedicate new corporate tax revenues to New Jersey public schools, protecting student services and reducing the burden on local property taxpayers.Read more