Downey Bill to Help Students Facing Hardship Maintain NJ STARS Scholarships Now Law

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TRENTON -- Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey concerning student eligibility for NJ STARS scholarships has been signed into law. The law (A-2565) allows NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarship recipients to maintain program eligibility in the event that a medical condition, hardship, or recent death of a parent or spouse prevents enrollment as a full-time student.

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Downey Bill Extending Deadline to Apply for Senior Freeze Property Tax Rebates Signed into Law

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(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Raj Mukherji, Angela McKnight and Daniel R. Benson granting seniors and disabled residents more time to apply for their property tax rebates has been signed into law.

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Downey Bill to Ensure Safety of Students Transported on School Buses Becomes Law

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(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Reed Gusciora, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Daniel R. Benson, Joe Danielsen, Benjie Wimberly and Joann Downey to prevent individuals who have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked from operating a school bus was signed into law this week. 

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OP-ED: Legislature Must Ban Bump Stocks Without Delay

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On October 1, 2017, our country witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding more than 500 people. A tragedy of this magnitude is so unthinkable it almost defies explanation. But even as the news of the shooting fades from the headlines, we are left with hundreds of families who must now cope with an unfathomable loss.

These are families that will be forever changed by tragedy, communities who are mourning friends and neighbors. These are sons and daughters who won’t be coming home for the holidays this year.

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Houghtaling Legislation to Help Protect & Preserve Monarch Butterfly Population Heads to Governor's Desk

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TRENTON -- A legislative package sponsored by Monmouth County Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling that would help protect the monarch butterfly population has received final legislative approval and will now head to the governor’s desk. The monarch butterfly population, which stops to feed in New Jersey as it migrates south, has dwindled dramatically due to a shortage of their primary food.

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Downey Legislation to Create Domestic Violence Policy for Public Employers Heads to Governor

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Legislation Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Arthur Barclay, Patricia Egan Jones, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey sponsored to establish a protocol to support employees who are victims of domestic violence unanimously cleared the Senate on Thursday and now heads to the Governor's desk. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Assembly in May.

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