Houghtaling and Downey Bill Expanding Issuance of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to issue additional alcoholic beverage licenses to a project area in three municipalities and at which a federally owned or operated military installation is closed and transferred to a government entity for the purpose of conversion, redevelopment, or revitalization advanced Monday in the Assembly.

Under the current law, a municipality may issue one plenary retail consumption license, for bars and restaurants, for each 3,000 of its population. This bill provides that an increase in population resulting from residential development in a formerly federally owned or operated military installation would not be included in the calculation issued to new licenses.

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Downey Bill Requiring DEP to Update Shore Protection Master Plan Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Monday.

“It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure the beautiful property and infrastructure down the Shore maintains its viability,” said Assemblywoman Downey. “We have suffered through some brutally destructive storms over the past several years, partially due to climate change, and the creation of managerial lists will allow us to effectively and efficiently protect our shoreline properties from coastal storm damage, erosion and rising sea levels.”

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Assembly Bill to Establish Loan Program for N.J. Wineries Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation aiming to help New Jersey’s burgeoning winery industry create jobs and economic development was advanced Monday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The bill (A-1046), sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, directs the EDA, in consultation with Department of Agriculture, to establish a loan program for certain vineyard and winery capital expenses.

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Houghtaling Bill to Help Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Moves through Senate

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to protect agricultural and horticultural lands against trespassing and vandalism was approved by a Senate panel on Thursday.

“This helps protect agricultural businesses in the state from encroachment that can damage crops and put a damper on their business,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling. “Farming is an expensive venture. Damage caused by trespassing, whether intentional or not, should be rectified.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Host Senior Health Q&A

In an effort to engage Monmouth County’s senior community and emphasize the importance of healthy living, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey hosted a Senior Health Q&A on diabetes Wednesday.

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Houghtaling & Downey Remind Drivers to “Move Over” Ahead of Busy Memorial Day Weekend

        With more than one million New Jersey drivers expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are reminding drivers that they must move over if they spot an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.  

        According to AAA, more than one million New Jersey residents will travel this Memorial Day Weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years.

        The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28.

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