Assembly Bill to Protect NJ Public Safety Officers Gains Final Legislative OK


Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson, Raj Mukherji, Elizabeth Muoio, Jamel Holley, Shavonda Sumter, Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Sheila Oliver, Joe Danielsen and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to support workers who are attacked while supervising inmates or detainees was approved 34-0 Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

The bill was approved by the Assembly in February. It now goes to the governor.

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Downey, Houghtaling Bill to Facilitate Education for Students Living in Homeless Shelters Goes to Gov's Desk


Legislation introduced by Monmouth County Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling to require the state to pay the educational costs for certain students who reside in a homeless shelter outside of their district of residence unanimously cleared the state Senate on Monday, giving it final Legislative approval.

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Houghtaling Bill to Protect New Jersey Bee Population Clears Assembly Panel


Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Gary Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) to require advance notice of mosquito control spraying operations to nearby apiaries to prevent harming bee populations was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bring Veterans Affairs Professionals to Monmouth County on March 23


WEST LONG BRANCH -- Local Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs Newark Regional Office to host a Claims Clinic for any and all veterans in the 11th Legislative District, bringing veterans affairs professional directly to the local community.

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Houghtaling & Downey: Governor Christie Finally Wakes Up to School Funding Crisis in His Budget Address


TRENTON -- Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey criticized Governor Christie’s approach to school funding following his annual budget address at the State House on Tuesday. Houghtaling and Downey, who have made school funding a hallmark of their legislative profile since taking office, have previously denounced Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula,” which would increase state school aid to wealthy districts at the expense of urban and working class districts.

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DOWNEY: Gender Equality Vital, Now More than Ever


In late January, our country witnessed an incredible movement and mobilization of citizens of every race, creed, gender, and background in the form of the Women’s March on Washington. Here at home in Monmouth County, we had nearly six thousand marchers in Asbury Park, who stood up for gender equality and spoke out with a unified voice that was impossible to ignore. When I addressed the crowd, I was completely inspired and awestruck.

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